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Discussion in 'Windows Vista' started by bugs461, May 30, 2012.

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  1. bugs461

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    i am useing windows vista home basics. version 6 service pack 2. when i get an email that opens with notepad the message comes in note pad alright but it is all encripted and unreadable. how can i fix.
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    Hi bugs461, and welcome to TSG.

    Notepad is not an e-mail program that would normally open an e-mail message. It might be used to open certain types of files that are attached to an e-mail message. Are you trying to open attachments to e-mails? A wrong program association in the the email program may be causing the mail software to use Notepad to open a non-text file.
     
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    yes it is supposed to be used to open attatchments.
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    Are the attachments simple uncompressed text files that you are expecting from people you know?

    An unexpected file from a friend could be a virus sent from the friend's virus infected computer and any kind of attachment from an unknown sender could be a virus. Best to have automatic e-mail scanning anti-virus software running on your computer with up to date virus definitions in place.

    Attempting to open anything other than an uncompressed text file (zipped file, music, video, picture, executable, etc.) with Notepad would show gibberish.

    If the attachments are a simple text file, are they in the same language you use on your computer? A text file in a different language may use different encoding and may require special fonts installed on your computer in order to be readable.

    EDIT: What are the file name extensions of the attachments?
     
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