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Windows Calendar and Windows Mail for Microsoft® Windows® 7

Purpose

The setup scripts WINCAL.INF and WINMAIL.INF install and enable the application Windows Calendar and enable the application Windows Mail on Microsoft Windows 7, using (some of their) files from Windows Vista.

Reason

Although Windows Mail (the successor of Outlook Express alias Microsoft Internet Mail & News) and almost all of its components are shipped with Windows 7, it does not start with a visible window any more.

Windows Mail references Windows Calendar, which is not shipped with Windows 7 any more.

Operation

To enable Windows Mail on Windows 7, the setup script WINMAIL.INF replaces the file MSOE.DLL with the one supplied to it, creates a shortcut to Windows Mail in the start panel and adds the missing Registry entries.

Caveat: installation of the security update MS10-030 alias 978542 or running the System File Checker after the setup script WINMAIL.INF will replace MSOE.DLL with its current version from Windows 7.
To undo this damage just rerun the setup script WINMAIL.INF.

To install and enable Windows Calendar on Windows 7, the setup script WINCAL.INF copies the supplied files, creates a shortcut to Windows Calendar in the start panel and adds the missing Registry entries.

Prerequisites

An (original) installation DVD of Windows Vista for the language(s) and processor architecture(s) of the target installation of Windows 7.

Prerequisites for Windows Calendar

WinCal.exe
for the I386 alias x86 processor architecture from the Service Pack 2 for Windows Vista,
for the AMD64 alias x64 processor architecture from the Service Pack 1 for Windows Vista;
WinCal.exe.mui
from the installation disc of Windows Vista.

Prerequisites for Windows Mail

MSOE.dll
from the security update MS10-030 alias 978542 for Windows Vista.

Preparation

  1. Create an empty directory;
  2. Create the subdirectories I386\ and AMD64\ in the empty directory created in step 1.;
  3. For every locale alias language and culture you need to support and have the language file WinCal.exe.mui, create a subdirectory ‹locale›\ using the ISO language and country codes, i.e. en-US\, de-DE\, … etc. in both subdirectories created in step 2.;
  4. Copy the files listed as prerequisites into their appropriate subdirectories;
  5. Copy the setup scripts WINCAL.INF and WINMAIL.INF into the directory created in step 1.

Limitation

The setup script WINCAL.INF installs the language file(s) only for the locale active during the installation!

Installation

In the directory created and prepared above, right-click the setup script WINCAL.INF or WINMAIL.INF respectively to display its context menu and click Install to run the installation.
The installation requires administrative privileges.

Note: on systems with AMD64 alias x64 processor architecture the installation must be run in the native (64-bit) execution environment!

Update

The setup scripts support the update from any previous version: just install the current version!

Deinstallation

Not provided.

Contact

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Notes: I dislike HTML (and even weirder formats too) in email, I prefer to receive plain text.
I also expect to see a full (real) name as sender, not a nickname!
Emails in weird formats and without a proper sender name are likely to be discarded.
I abhor top posts and expect inline quotes in replies.

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