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OK, so I need an email client that will work on Windows 7 Professional 64bit and also on Windows XP Professional 32bit... for business purposes, I'm maintaining an XP machine which also doubles as my back up machine in case my new Win 7 machine ever goes down,

If I had to jump over to my XP machine, I would need to take my numerous email identities along with their messages over to the XP machine.

Currently, I'm using Windows Live Mail 2011, but on the XP machine I can only use Windows Live Mail 2009 since the 2011 version won't even load on XP since it's a 32bit OS.

So, to keep me life simple... I'm looking at going with Thunderbird or with Postbox (I don't care if it costs a few bucks)...

Do you think both of these programs will work the same on both operating systems even tho one is 64 bit and one is 32 bit?

And, do you think I'd be able to take the email storage folder from on machine and transfer is to the other machine (after all email addr are set up identically the same on each machine) and keep right on rockin?

Just trying to get some ideas about these two progs since I'd imagine some here use these for email.
post #2 of 14
Thunderbird is a 32 bit program as far as I know, so you'll be running the exact same executable on 32-bit or 64-bit. I don't see why you couldn't transfer e-mails from one machine to another, but it seems a bit silly... unless you aren't using IMAP, in which case I would strongly encourage you to abandon Yahoo mail and get something better (Gmail).

Anyway. Thunderbird. It's open source, it runs great on Arch Linux, Ubuntu, Windows 7, Windows XP, and OS X (that I've tested, that is). So yeah. Go with Thunderbird. While you're at it, get Firefox, because it's a spectacular piece of software as well thumb.gif
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I did some experimenting yesterday and... I found that the email storage folder for Windows Live Mail 2011 is not compatible with Live Mail 2009.

And Thunderbird and Postbox both don't seem to allow me to use email where I have one username / password for incoming mail, and a different username / password for outgoing mail. My ISP requires that we use their server for SMTP so I have to use their username / password for outgoing mail.

I don't do webmail since I'm running a business. I use my own domains like companies normally use.

So, probably the best solution for my second machine is to run XP on one drive, and Windows 7 Professional on another drive... that way I have two Win 7 systems and I still have the ability to boot in to XP for those rare times when I need to do that (still have a couple of favorite old progs that only work on XP)

My second system has just been rebuilt with a new mobo and a 3.2gig AMD processor so it's running great and will have no problem handling Win 7
post #4 of 14
Thunderbird allows you to maintain SMTP addresses independent of e-mail addresses. Check out "Outgoing Server" at the bottom of Menu->Preferences->Account settings.

Also, since Thunderbird is the same version regardless of OS, you shouldn't have a problem moving the folder from one place to another. Worst case scenario, though, is that you have to export the mail from one account and import it to another. There is some way to transfer the mail, and it will be pretty hassle-free.
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Yeah Thunderbird should allow you to do all this, used it for years
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post #6 of 14
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Thunderbird allows you to maintain SMTP addresses independent of e-mail addresses. Check out "Outgoing Server" at the bottom of Menu->Preferences->Account settings.

It automatically chose IMAP, and I do not see "Menu->Preferences->Account settings."
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Thunderbird allows you to maintain SMTP addresses independent of e-mail addresses. Check out "Outgoing Server" at the bottom of Menu->Preferences->Account settings.

It automatically chose IMAP, and I do not see "Menu->Preferences->Account settings."

It can't have chosen IMAP for sending the mail; IMAP can't do that.

Are you using the latest version? If so, "Menu" will probably be three horizontal bars at the top-right corner of the screen. Clicking that will show you preferences, and from there you can select Account Settings.
post #8 of 14
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Well, it doesn't matter that much because it keep saying the "certificate" for my ISP is not valid, and it keeps saying the port for my ISP is wrong...

I didn't have any of these issues when setting up Windows Live Mail since it allowed me to control all the input which enabled it to work properly.

At least I can say I experimented with T-bird.

I think I'm just so used to Windows Live Mail since it is somewhat similar to the old Outlook Express which is what I used for years.
post #9 of 14
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Well, it doesn't matter that much because it keep saying the "certificate" for my ISP is not valid, and it keeps saying the port for my ISP is wrong...

I didn't have any of these issues when setting up Windows Live Mail since it allowed me to control all the input which enabled it to work properly.

At least I can say I experimented with T-bird.

I think I'm just so used to Windows Live Mail since it is somewhat similar to the old Outlook Express which is what I used for years.

That's because your ISP's certificate is not valid; Thunderbird is being a good email program and actually letting you know, unlike Windows Live Mail. It still allows you to continue with the invalid certificate, and you can set the ports to whatever you want them to. Just click manual setup. It was trying to automatically set things up for you first. I'm sorry for being short, but things will work if you work with them.
post #10 of 14
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What am I supposed to do? Call my ISP and tell them if they don't take care of this "certificate" situation, I'm going to quit their service?

I don't care if their certificate is valid or not. I just want my email to work.

Yes, I see where to put in whatever port I want, but I shouldn't have to do that for the email to work. It should auto detect, or use whatever port number is considered to be the most commonly used.

At any rate, after experimenting with T-bird, I think I like Windows Live Mail better.
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