Window Live Mail oddity

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September 26, 2010 at 14:56:22
Specs: Microsoft Windows XP Home Edition, 2.362 GHz / 2047 MB
I have an XP machine - spec given. We also have a Vista Notebook and a Win7 Netbook, both using Windows Live Mail with the same single email address. If I send an email from my XP to this address I can see it in Webmail using XP. If I download it using WLM on the Win7 Netbook, it vanishes from webmail (as expected). If I then boot up the Vista Notebook from cold and download email using WLM "the email arrives". The first question is, where the heck does it get it from if it has already gone from the server?

If I repeat the above, downloading the email from the Vista Notebook first, as expected I cannot then download it again using the Win7 Netbook. So the second question is, why does it make a difference which machine I first use to download email using the same address?

Any response would be most welcome. Thx.

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September 27, 2010 at 14:24:12
It think I've pretty well got it now.

Firstly, I rarely use webmail and the message was indeed retained after the first download from the Win 7 machine. The change I saw was simply that it was no longer marked as unread. So that's fine, I was mistaken, it hadn't vanished from the server after all.

I'm assuming the weirdy whereby only the Vista machine cleared it from the server is some WLM magic and probably goes like this:
The Win7 machine was added later, so this was probably recorded by the server as an addition, the main (earlier setup) being from my Vista. It seems that the technology retains the webmail from the server until it has been downloaded from the main (Vista) machine unless it is deleted using webmail. I had no idea things worked like that and wonder if this is widespread or just a quirk of my UK server. As it happens it works out just the way I like it.

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October 19, 2010 at 08:33:51
I've now solved the second part too (sorry but too late to edit my #2 - forum policy).

Oh dear, it was all far too simple LOL. In Windows Live Mail you can set any machine to either retain emails at server or not. This is the path to the tick box:

Tools > Accounts > Select particular account > Properties > Advanced.

This feature is nothing magic due to WLM. It has existed since "at least" W98 using Outlook Express and I'd never noticed it. My second para in #1 is bunkum.

By chance (or MS cunning) my Vista and Win 7 machines were setup just the way I like it - issue now understood.

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