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Outlook Express on Windows 7 system

Outlook Express on Windows 7 system

I seem to be getting a lot of email on, this issue since the day Windows 7 was officially launched. All those who had been using a Windows XP computer now want their favorite email client, Outlook Express, on Windows 7. Here is some of the feedback:

“I have just bought new laptop with Windows 7. Could you direct me in helping to install Outlook Express which I have got on my other computer.”

“Since Outlook Express doesn’t work with Windows 7, what is the closest to OE that will work?”
Jerry L Rochelle

“I bought a new notebook computer with Windows 7 in it. On my home computer I get my mail via Outlook Express. I can’t seem to get on my laptop. Any help is hugely appreciated.”

“I cannot set up Outlook Express on Windows 7 Professional. Can you help?”
John J Galvin

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Bad news: You cannot install Outlook Express on Windows 7.
[Take a deep breath and relax… it’s not the end of the world because there is a bright light at the end of the tunnel – keep reading].
For those who had been using Windows XP and never touched Vista, this might come as a shock. Actually, Outlook Express was phased out with Windows Vista itself, where it was replaced by Windows Mail.

In my opinion, and I don’t think I am way off the mark, Windows Mail is simply a new name for Outlook Express 7. Anyway, Windows Mail Vista was also shown the door and Microsoft launched a newer email client – Windows Live Mail which is the default email program on Windows 7.

Outlook Express alternative for Windows 7

There are many popular email programs. However, you don’t need to download and setup one because Windows Live Mail is already installed – it was on my recently bought Windows 7 VAIO laptop. Thus, the best alternative to Outlook Express on Windows 7 is the default email client if you want to continue with Microsoft products.

There has been a mixed sort of response to Windows Live Mail. Some users have not been very happy with the way emails are organized in this program because each account that you set up in Windows Live Mail has its own five default folders – “Inbox“, “Drafts“, “Sent items“, “Junk e-mail” and “Deleted items“. Then there are others (including me), who have like this segregation. And Windows Live Mail is much more than a simple email and news client – it’s a blogging tool as well as an RSS reader.

My experiences with Windows Live Mail

I have been using this program for over a year now; yes, I had it for months on my Vista based computer. So do I think Windows Live Mail is better than Outlook Express? Most certainly! I have about 10 email accounts set up in the email program including those from Hotmail and Gmail and there hasn’t been a problem. Never did this program crash or behaved erratically so there weren’t any major problems. However, I did find a small glitch with the RSS reader… but it was a very minor issue. The inbuilt automated spam filter is nothing much to write home about – it doesn’t do a thorough job so I recommend using a third party application or service.

By the way, if your Windows 7 computer didn’t come with this new email program, you can download Windows Live Mail for free from the Microsoft web site. Suggested reading: Is there Outlook Express for Windows 7?

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  • dirk de jongh on December 6th, 2009 7:30 pm

    My email address, via telkomsa.net cannot be used on Windows 7. How do I retrieve the email from Outlook Express?

  • Stephen Johnson on December 11th, 2009 12:30 am

    First, thank you!! Nowhere in all the Windows promotional jazz do they simply say what Windows Live Mail is. Just hype after hype! I assume now I can ignore the Windows Live account signup. Do I need to do anything about deactivating their spam filter if I put in my own? And how do I do that?

  • Stephen on December 11th, 2009 4:58 pm

    Can Windows Live Mail pick up the Outlook Express settings and also will it import the email that I already have in OE?

  • Manish on December 30th, 2009 7:38 pm

    Yes you don’t need a Windows Live Hotmail account to use Windows Live Mail program. To deactivate the spam filter, go to “Tools” -> “Safety Options“. Under the “Options” tab, select No Automatic Filtering (the first option).

  • Manish on December 30th, 2009 7:47 pm

    Dirk, your telkomsa.net email will work on the new operating system. However, since Outlook Express is missing from Windows 7, you would have to use Windows Live Mail. And FYI, the settings that you have used on Outlook Express will work on Windows Live Mail.

  • Hywel on January 24th, 2010 12:03 pm

    Many of my emails are work related and I need to save them to different files outside of my email box. With Outlook Express I was able to click on am email and save it in another location, I do not seem to be able to do this with Windows Live. Please can you tell me how I can get around this.

  • Manish on March 7th, 2010 10:47 am

    To All (esp. Stephen): When you install Windows Live Mail on XP, the email client will automatically import the email account settings and messages from Outlook Express; at least this is what happened with me.

  • Manish on March 7th, 2010 11:06 am

    You can save emails (individual messages) from Windows Live Mail to .eml format files. Use the drag-n-drop functionality.

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