Page 1 of 3 123 LastLast
  1.    04 Aug 2015 #1
    Join Date : Feb 2015
    Posts : 86
    7

    How do I restore Windows Live Mail?


    Folks,

    I've upgraded my wife's laptop to W10. (She hated/despised W8, W8.1, until I installed the Start8 shell.) Whereas W10 is a great improvement, the bundled email software is not.

    W10's mail program does not allow new folders to be created (you can add pre-existing ones, but you cannot make your own); it does not allow you to look at all unread emails (you've got to go into each account); the upgrade process wiped out all her contacts (I'm hoping they still exist somewhere on her hard-drive).

    How do I reinstall Windows Live Mail?

    Thanks,
    Ken
      My ComputerSystem Spec
  2.    04 Aug 2015 #2
    Join Date : Jul 2015
    Posts : 243
    Win 10 Pro 64bit

    I can't remember off the top of my bonce if it works on Win 10 Release, with or without jumping through hoops, but I want to say no. There are a number of threads on here about it.

    I use Thunderbird, the interface is like old school Outlook but you have full control over everything and it's massively customisable.

    Thunderbird - Software made to make email easier


    eM Client is similar to Windows Live Mail.

    eM Client | Best Email Client for Windows 8, 7, Vista, XP
      My ComputerSystem Spec
  3.    04 Aug 2015 #3
    Join Date : Jun 2015
    Posts : 26
    8.1

    WLM survived the upgrade to W10 on my computer. Did you lose it? You should be able to reinstall by installing Windows Essentials and choosing WLM during the install.
      My ComputerSystem Spec
  4.    04 Aug 2015 #4

    Working for me on W10, you can download Windows Essentials here Windows Essentials: Other Programs - Microsoft Windows
    its a part of that.
      My ComputerSystem Spec
  5.    04 Aug 2015 #5
    Join Date : Oct 2013
    Penns Forrest
    Posts : 3,506
    Win_8.1-Pro, Win_10.1607-Pro, Mint_17.3

    Use the link Flik provided or here's an alternative
    Windows Essentials download options - Free Email, Instant Messaging, and Photo Editing Software from Microsoft


    Select the lanuguage you want and download the web installer stub (wlsetup-web.exe)

    You can install all Windows Essentials applets or choose the ones you want to install

    Click image for larger version. 

Name:	weInstallOpts.PNG 
Views:	1793 
Size:	31.5 KB 
ID:	28418

    I only use Mail, so I'm not sure if the others works on Win10.

    If the installer complains about .NET 3.5, you'll have to turn that version of .NET on in Programs & Features Turn Windows features on or off.

    Click image for larger version. 

Name:	pgmsFeatsONorOFF.png 
Views:	1786 
Size:	4.0 KB 
ID:	28423

    Click image for larger version. 

Name:	p&fNet3_5.png 
Views:	1786 
Size:	6.8 KB 
ID:	28424

    Answer yes to download the required components from Windows Update.
      My ComputerSystem Spec
  6.    04 Aug 2015 #6
    Join Date : Feb 2015
    Posts : 86
    7
    Thread Starter

    Ahhh....I thought that the links would do it: to no avail. I am told that I already have "mail" installed, when I followed the links and I downloaded Windows Essentials 2012.

    The W10 update never gave any sort of option to import favorites or contacts. I didn't think I'd need to manually import them. (Yeah, I know. But I thought after all the friggin' public testing that all the warts were removed.)

    W10 imported all the programs, etc., that she used. Why couldn't it import contacts and favorites? (I've found the favorites folder in the Windows.old directory.)

    So...since W10 mail is working...with no contacts...how do I import her old contacts from the Windows.old directory?

    Thanks,
    Ken
      My ComputerSystem Spec
  7.    04 Aug 2015 #7
    Join Date : Oct 2013
    Penns Forrest
    Posts : 3,506
    Win_8.1-Pro, Win_10.1607-Pro, Mint_17.3

    You could try removing the Mail app and then try installing weMail again.

    If you already have mail in the Mail app - I'm not sure how to back that up.
    You could check the server to see if the mail is still there - that would be your backup.

    If you want to proceed, here are the instructions to remove Mail app:

    Launch PowerShell
    Enter the following command to get a list of apps
    get-appxPackage

    Look for microsoft.windowscommunicationsapps - that is the Mail and Calendar apps

    Copy the value of PackageFullName for that app, use the PowerShell remove-appxPackage command with the FulPackageName to remove the app:
    Using what was returned on my machine, the command would be
    remove-appxPackage microsoft.windowscommunicationsapps_17.6020.42011.0_x64__8wekyb3d8bbwe

    The PackageFullName might be different on your machine, you need to enter the specific name when you run the remove-appxPackage command.

    Here's what get-appxPackage returned on my machine for Mail

    Attribute : Value
    Name : microsoft.windowscommunicationsapps
    Publisher : CN=Microsoft Corporation, O=Microsoft Corporation, L=Redmond, S=Washington, C=US
    Architecture : X64
    ResourceId :
    Version : 17.6020.42011.0
    PackageFullName : microsoft.windowscommunicationsapps_17.6020.42011.0_x64__8wekyb3d8bbwe
    InstallLocation : C:\Program Files\WindowsApps\microsoft.windowscommunicationsapps_17.6020.42011.0_x64__8wekyb3d8bbwe
    IsFramework : False
    PackageFamilyName : microsoft.windowscommunicationsapps_8wekyb3d8bbwe
    PublisherId : 8wekyb3d8bbwe
    IsResourcePackage : False
    IsBundle : False
    IsDevelopmentMode : False
    Dependencies : {Microsoft.VCLibs.140.00_14.0.22929.0_x64__8wekyb3d8bbwe}
      My ComputerSystem Spec
  8.    05 Aug 2015 #8
    Join Date : Apr 2015
    Posts : 12,588
    W10Prox64

    Quote Originally Posted by iamc3k View Post
    Folks,

    I've upgraded my wife's laptop to W10. (She hated/despised W8, W8.1, until I installed the Start8 shell.) Whereas W10 is a great improvement, the bundled email software is not.

    W10's mail program does not allow new folders to be created (you can add pre-existing ones, but you cannot make your own); it does not allow you to look at all unread emails (you've got to go into each account); the upgrade process wiped out all her contacts (I'm hoping they still exist somewhere on her hard-drive).

    How do I reinstall Windows Live Mail?

    Thanks,
    Ken
    Before you get WindowsLive Mail re-installed, have a look at the video in this post; it may help you

    Help migrating WinLiveMail for W10 upgrade
      My ComputerSystem Spec
  9.    11 Aug 2015 #9
    Join Date : Feb 2015
    Posts : 86
    7
    Thread Starter

    Folks,

    This is resolved. I'll give you the narrative, and, perhaps, someone at MS will learn from it, fix it, and help others.

    The issue has been the Mail program in W10. This is the big, double-width, icon you see in the Start Menu; "Mail".
    It will not let my wife create new folders, like "Kitchen Ideas" or whatever. Also, it is as slow as molasses to open up and use. ("Mail" would take over 10 minutes to check for, and download, new messages. Even to open an existing message would take over 10 minutes.)

    As well as being unresponsive and uncustomizable, it also flushed all her contacts. Unhappy wife.

    Using the advice, above, I downloaded and installed eM. It's free it looks good, etc. I set it up on her machine. It fulfilled the requirement to be customized and it was very responsive.

    Unfortunately, it did not restore her contacts. (Nor could I find them anywhere using search and various suffixes with a *.)

    When she came home, I sat down with her to show her the new eM program. I opened up W10, and started to scroll down the Start Menu. Lo and behold, all the way at the bottom, was Windows Live Mail. Huh. Click. It opened up...with all her contacts intact.

    I'd never scrolled past all the Start Menu crap down to the bottom. The "movie" and other fluff. There's a lot there...which has never been used, nor will be.

    I'm glad WLM was imported into the W10 upgrade and that it kept the contacts. It had been there all along, hidden in plain sight.

    I cannot excoriate the design and dysfunctionality of "Mail" enough. It is horrible. Maybe it was left in for a non-email user? I don't know.

    eM is a great little program.

    WLM contacts should not be hidden when searching. I looked in "Windows.old" and also in "C:". Never found 'em until I opened WLM.

    Anyhow, thanks for the help.

    Ken
      My ComputerSystem Spec
  10.    11 Aug 2015 #10
    Join Date : Apr 2015
    Posts : 12,588
    W10Prox64

    Good news indeed, Ken. I will be upgrading a friend's system which has Windows Mail (not Windows Live Mail) and I hope to be able to *not* lose contacts and email when I do it, (or we may not be friends after that!), and your solution gives me hope...
      My ComputerSystem Spec

 
Page 1 of 3 123 LastLast


Similar Threads
Thread Forum
Windows Live Mail with Win 10?
I have been playing around with win 10 for a while now, first in a virtual machine but lately as a dual boot with Win 8.1. Now I am seriously thinking of making Win 10 my main OS. My question - with Win 8.1, I use Windows Live Mail, will this be...
Browsers and Email
Solved Can I Import Live Mail 2012 to Windows 10 Mail?
I've used WLM 2012 with Windows 7 and it has worked fine all these years. After installing 10 I see it contains its own Mail app. Is it possible to transfer all my emails and settings from WLM to Mail?
Browsers and Email
windows live mail 2012
Hi I have just installed windows 10 upgrade and everything is fine but my email. I use WLM 2012 for work with my work signature on it and it wont work properly. It seems to give this error message when i try and send " the message cannot be sent...
Browsers and Email
Windows 10 Mail App: Migrate from Windows Live Mail?
When I upgraded my wife's PC I expected her Windows Live Mail settings and data to be migrated to the Windows 10 Mail App, and for this app to become the default. Is this migration possible? Having said that, I'm not sure I've even found the...
Browsers and Email
Solved MS mail Windows 10 app deleted. Restore?
Hi. I have had many problems setting up the inbuild e-mail client in W10. Finally I desited to delete the app in order to reinstall it and start over. Is there a way to get the client back?
Browsers and Email
Our Sites
Site Links
About Us
Windows 10 Forums is an independent web site and has not been authorized, sponsored, or otherwise approved by Microsoft Corporation. "Windows 10" and related materials are trademarks of Microsoft Corp.

Designer Media Ltd
All times are GMT -5. The time now is 09:17.
Find Us
Twitter Facebook Google+ Ten Forums iOS App Ten Forums Android App



Windows 10 Forums