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    Thumbs down Windows Mail

    After runing Secunia PSI I found Windows Mail on the list as being updated. This is not to be confused with Windows Live Mail, as they are on the list as seperate programs.My default email client is Windows Live Mail.

    I did not install Windows Live and I'd like to remove it. It's not listed in Programs and Features, but I do have several .exe files for it.

    My problem is how do I remove Windows Live from my computer? I did a search with Google but nothing concrete was mentioned. On various forums people seemed to be getting the two confused.

    All help will be sincerly appreciated.

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    Windows Live Mail is part of Windows Live Essentials.

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    You can uninstall through Control Panel, Programs and Features.

    If I had only WLM installed I believe it would show up as Windows Live Mail, but I have 3 different Live apps installed.
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    Hi Gloria, both WM & WLM show in my Secunia. Try posting in Secunia Forum, your already registered automatically being a member.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ted Myers View Post
    Windows Live Mail is part of Windows Live Essentials.

    UninstallWLE.jpg

    You can uninstall through Control Panel, Programs and Features.

    If I had only WLM installed I believe it would show up as Windows Live Mail, but I have 3 different Live apps installed.
    During my research, I discovered that WLM and WM are two different animals. I have both listed in All Programs, so they can't be one and the same.

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    Thank you Roderunner, that's a great suggestion. I didn't know there was such a forum.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Duchess843 View Post
    During my research, I discovered that WLM and WM are two different animals. I have both listed in All Programs, so they can't be one and the same.

    Gloria E
    I never said they were the same. Windows Mail was the default mail client in Vista. Windows Live Mail is a part of Windows Live Essentials. To uninstall WLM you have to uninstall it through WLE.
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    @Duchess843, you post is in need of clarification.


    Windows 7 has by default a folder named "Windows Mail". It has no executable email client associated with it, unlike Windows Vista.
    I beleive we have gone over this at some point in a past thread. The folder is benign and you do not need to touch it.
    I believe the presence of the "Windows Mail" in Windows 7 is a code fluke, unless you upgrade installed from Windows Vista.

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    Quote Originally Posted by CLiNT View Post
    I believe the presence of the "Windows Mail" in Windows 7 is a code fluke, unless you upgrade installed from Windows Vista.[/COLOR]
    Clint, both my pc's were clean installed from an upgrade dvd to Win7 H Prem. WM & WLM appears in both Secunia scan results. Nothing shows in Program and Features but does show in C: Program Files.
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    I was going to post, but all of the advice given here so far was right on. As for Securia, it would not be the first time it has given out incorrect data. Windows Live Essentials is either packaged with Windoes 7 or comes as a Windows Update. You get Windows Live Mail as the default mail handler. You should leave the Windows Mail folder alone and you can uninstall any of the Windows Live Essentials components from Control Panel as described earlier. If you uninstall Windows Live Mail along with any of the other components, you will not have an email client and will have to download and selectively reinstall it from the Windows Live Essentials package where you can choose to reinstall any of the other programs again as well.

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    Quote Originally Posted by CLiNT View Post
    @Duchess843, you post is in need of clarification.


    Windows 7 has by default a folder named "Windows Mail". It has no executable email client associated with it, unlike Windows Vista.
    I beleive we have gone over this at some point in a past thread. The folder is benign and you do not need to touch it.
    I believe the presence of the "Windows Mail" in Windows 7 is a code fluke, unless you upgrade installed from Windows Vista.
    Clint, let me see if I'm understanding you. You're saying that there is no .exe for Windows Mail. If that's the case, why shouldn't it be removed, being what you've called 'a fluke'?
    This computer came with Windows 7 and is not an upgrade from Vista. Please explain why it should NOT be touched if it performs no useful function.
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    You can remove it, or whatever else you want to.
    But there simply is no need to.

    I believe the "Windows Mail" folder is a throw-over from Vista that has no code associated with an actual install of that particular client.
    It would have to be downloaded as Windows 7 does not have a native client as part of the os on clean install.
    I doubt very much that MS would ever admit to leaving useless/function-less code behind.

    The rational for this folder remains unknown at this time. If you want to remove it then ensure you have an image based back up to fall back
    on in the event of an issue, which I seriously doubt.

    Gloria, don't look for ways to screw-up your system. If you don't understand a particular aspect of it, leave it alone.
    ...Or at least ensure you have a means of backup.
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    I believe you will have trouble with your email if you delete this folder. I contains such things as the Windows address book and files for import and export. It has also been updated by Windows update since I installed Windows 7 so it must be essential to Windows Live Mail.

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    Quote Originally Posted by CLiNT View Post
    You can remove it, or whatever else you want to.
    But there simply is no need to.

    I believe the "Windows Mail" folder is a throw-over from Vista that has no code associated with an actual install of that particular client.
    It would have to be downloaded as Windows 7 does not have a native client as part of the os on clean install.
    I doubt very much that MS would ever admit to leaving useless/function-less code behind.

    The rational for this folder remains unknown at this time. If you want to remove it then ensure you have an image based back up to fall back
    on in the event of an issue, which I seriously doubt.

    Gloria, don't look for ways to screw-up your system. If you don't understand a particular aspect of it, leave it alone.
    ...Or at least ensure you have a means of backup.
    I'm certainly not looking for trouble, I can do that without half trying. Since it's not hurting anything or using space that I need, I wil leave that folder alone as you suggest.

    Thank you for the good advice.

    Gloria
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