Windows Mail, or Windows Live Mail, is a free messaging software for the Windows operating system.
Windows Mail is part of Windows Live, a collection of Microsoft tools that are available to extend the functionality of the Windows operating system.
Windows Mail Saver has been designed as a backup and restoration utility for Windows Mail. The free software program can backup and restore various components and information including email messages with attachments, the Windows address book, mail and news accounts that are configured in the mail client, custom signatures, settings, favorites and RSS feeds.
Windows Mail Saver refuses to install on operating systems newer than Windows Vista. This can be circumvented by running it in Vista compatibility mode.
The backup and restore options are displayed in the left sidebar of the program after installation. It is possible to add or remove components that you want included in the backup. Additional options include the selection of the compression level and password protection to protect the backup from unauthorized access.
The restore option requires a previously backed up file and offers the option to select or deselect the data that should be restored.
Windows Mail Saver has a rather annoying animated header banner that is displayed all the time during program usage. It should not be that much of a problem as it does not take longer than a few minutes to initiate the backup process but it is annoying nevertheless.
The Windows Mail backup software can be downloaded from the developer's website.
Update: Microsoft retired Windows Live but integrated Windows Mail as an application in Windows 8 and newer versions of Windows. This program is not compatible with those apps which means that you cannot use it to backup Mail app emails.
Windows Mail Saver can still be useful to users of older versions of Windows though.
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