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Solved: Opening saved Windows mail documents in Win.8

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  1. Cheryl

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    I bought a new Dell laptop with windows 8 as the operating system. I transferred all my saved documents onto the new laptop. Some emails I had saved that were received in Windows mail program will not open in Windows 8. I can't read them now. Is there some program/app that will allow me to see these saved emails?
     
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    You were using Vista's Windows Mail? How were the messages saved?

    Are you able to read some of the saved email, on none of it?

    Are you still able to use the old system and email client?
     
  3. Cheryl

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    Hi Terry .... yes I was using Microsoft Mail in Vista. If I got an email I wanted to save I would just click file - save as and then put it in my documents. Yes I can still use my old laptop (Vista) and Windows Mail.
     
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    OK; I'm guessing that they were saved as .eml files (that's normal for email messages, but I don't know for sure about Windows Mail). If they are .eml then I think pretty much any email client should be able to read them.

    When you double click on the files in Windows 8 you are getting a "don't know what program to use" message?

    What email client are you using in Windows 8?
     
  5. Cheryl

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    Yes they were saved as .eml files .... I am using Yahoo mail client on Windows 8. It came with Outlook but had trouble incorporating my pop-3 mail client to Mail on this new laptop. You are right when I click to open a saved email it has suggestions on various programs that could open it .... well of course they don't.
     
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    Outlook should be able to handle those I would think. Is it just a trial, that you have to pay for after a month or so?

    Had not heard of Yahoo! mail client, so had to look that up. From the description it seems to just be one of those Modern UI Apps (like Microsoft's Mail App) and not a "real" program. Don't know if those things can do much; I played with Microsoft's Mail App a little and it seems pretty limited.

    You also should be able to open .eml in a browser (but you probably want to be careful to not make that the default program).
     
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    A very crude answer, but. If there are not an awful lot of them, you could send them to your new address?
     
  8. Cheryl

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    Outlook did come with my new laptop and it's just a "trial". Not interested in purchasing when trial is over with.
     
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    A free email client should work. I use Mozilla's Thunderbird. Microsoft offers Windows Live Mail.

    Or, as mentioned above, you should be able to open them in a browser to read them.

    Or, as Dave suggested, you could forward them to yourself and receive them however you are now getting new mail.
     
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    Terry thank you so much. I will definitely try to open them in a browser - never tried this before. I will also check out Thunderbird. I do appreciate everyone's help.
     
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    Thunderbird worked great and I was even able to add my road runner POP3 email account. Thank you so much.
     
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    You are quite welcome. :) Glad that Thunderbird came through for you.
     
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