Unable to Open .EMAIL File Attachments in Windows Mail

When you open a .EMAIL file type that came as an attachment in Windows Mail, the following error message may be displayed:

This file does not have a program associated with it for performing this action. Create an association in the Set Associations control panel.

However you can save the file locally, rename the file with .EML extension and then open it by double-clicking.

As .EMAIL is an alternate file extension for .EML file type (message/rfc822 format), you can simply create a file association for .EMAIL by duplicating the .EML file association settings.

Registry Fix

I’ve created a REG file which associates .EMAIL file type with Windows Mail. Download emailfile-wm.zip, unzip the archive and run the file emailfile.reg.

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2 thoughts on “Unable to Open .EMAIL File Attachments in Windows Mail

  1. Can not send mail from “Vista Mail” Receives mail OK but cant reply or new message.
    Also running “Home & Student Office 2010”. Just replaced the hard drive on my HP laptop, old hard drive crashed and I lost all datta on it. So this is like a new computer
    (HP Pavillon dv6000)

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