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stickus, Windows 7 does not come pre-loaded with a bunch of Microsoft tools that not everyone needs. You, and everyone else, have the option to download any or all of the "usual" tools with Windows Live Essentials. Get yourself a copy of Windows Live Mail -- and any of the other available tools that you want -- and you will have your MS e-mail and newsgroup client in Win7.
I think that a lot of advanced users who don't use all of the bundled tools will appreciate that they are not installed automatically. In Vista, you can't *uninstall* Windows Mail, Movie Maker, and the other bundled software, at least not easily. Folks who don't use these tools are stuck with them anyway.
Rick, Windows Live Mail is *not* a webmail site, but a mail client application that must be installed in Windows to use. It is the successor to the Windows Mail that is built-in to Vista. Follow the link above and see for yourself. All of the applications in the Windows Live Essential suite are free applications that you install on machine and run from there. BTW, in Win7 RC, go to Start -> Getting Started and there is a "Get Windows Live Essentials". It just loads the webpage linked above, but it's there to help new users find the apps that they have the option to install.
Confusingly, Microsoft's webmail client is called Windows Live Hotmail.
Thanks for the advice ScottW. Have installed windows Live mail etc. Through windows live help it gives instructions on how to set up newsgroups. Unfortunately the required button (Tools - Accounts) in the menubar is not there. Whether this is because this is not the actual release version of Windows 7 I'm not sure. Any further help would be appreciated.
stickus, click the "Newsgroups" task on the left side of the window. This will show a link that says, "Add newsgroup account". That is where you can enter information on your news server, account name & password, and so on.
Microsoft has started hiding the classic menu bar in new applications. To see the classic menu bar, tap the Alt key. Some applications will allow you to keep the classic menu bar showing at all times with an option, setting, or toggle in the View menu.
I have Windows 7 RC, build 7100, running Windows Live Mail, version 2009 (build 14.0.8064.0206) and it works for me. There is no glitch.
In WL Mail, there is a Go menu on the classic menu bar (Alt+G) where you can select Newsgroups, Mail, Calendar, Contacts, and Feeds. Do you see this menu? The keyboard shortcut to Newsgroups Ctrl+Shift+L -- try that as well.
Sorry not all those choices are there on my go menu. I have whats new, profile, Mail, photos, calendar & share.
Pressing Alt + G travels 'home isp'. pressing Ctrl+shift+L does nothing. I have also made windows live mail default for newsgroups but that also changes nothing. Looks like it just won't work on my machinePat present).
You are correct,it appears when signing up for windows live it automatically installed windows live mail (Hotmail).
I was given no information that it had done this! I have now been able to download and install windows live Mail and have been able to set up newsgroups without a problem. I don't know why I was not given the choice when I installed windows live although this was done via windows update after installing win7.
stickus, great news! I'm glad you have your newsgroups now.
The names of the Windows Live (WL) components are certainly confusing. There is WL ID (single sign-on), WL Essentials (application suite), WL Hotmail (web-based e-mail), WL Mail (e-mail client application) and so on. They should publish a map showing how to navigate through this mess! :O
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