Re: Windows Update kills Windows Mail on Windows 7

Your definition of "kill" may be a little different than mine, but I
consider an "invisible" app to be effectively 'killed'.
I already gave the fix in my original post.

Gary VanderMolen, Microsoft MVP (Mail)
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"Steve Cochran" <scochran@xxxxxxxxxx> wrote in message news:2AFFAE2B-90CF-4A64-889A-320A54EBC454@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx
It does not kill WinMail in Win7. msoe.dll in Win7 is a functional application (from winmail.exe) that is invisible in Win7. If you update the dll, then you will get another invisible application running when you click on Winmail.exe. If you want a visible application, then you will have to replace the updated dll with one that renders Winmail visible.


"Gary VanderMolen [MVP]" <gary@xxxxxxxxxxxxxx> wrote in message news:uqFl6ug8KHA.1888@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx
If you have installed Windows Mail on a Windows 7 computer,
yesterday's update contains a KB978542 patch which changes msoe.dll so
it won't run on Windows 7. I had warned about these types of issues
when Win7 was first released. Microsoft claims it was done for security
reasons, see

To get it working again, replace the new non-working copy of msoe.dll
in Windows 7 with a copy of the new patched version of msoe.dll from a
Vista machine.

Note: I ran into permissions issues when trying to delete the non-working
msoe.dll, so rather than fighting that, I renamed the Win7 Windows Mail
directory to "Windows Mail-X", then I copied and pasted the Windows Mail
directory from the Vista machine. I suspect that Windows Mail will become
less and less compatible with Win7 as time goes along.

Gary VanderMolen, Microsoft MVP (Mail)
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