How to open .eml files in Windows 7?

Original title: Opening eml files stored in My Documents.

I recently changed my desktop computer from one using Windows XP to one using Windows 7. I transferred from my old computer a large archive of .eml files stored in My Documents folder and sub-folders. These files will not open in Windows 7 unless I change the suffix, in which case they open in an undesirable format. If I save new eml files to My Documents in Windows 7 they still will not open. For me this is a major flaw in the Windows 7 system since I am unable to access previous records and store new ones according to their subject. Is there any convenient solution to this problem? Surely it is not unusual to want to store documents received via e-mail? This facility was availble in Windows XP, why not in Windows 7?
 

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Last updated October 19, 2018 Views 583,313 Applies to:
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Right-click on the .EML file.  Select "Open with".  If you have both Outlook and Live Mail installed, then both will appear on the list and both will open and display the file.

Be advised that support for Live Mail 2012 ends in January of 2017.  Don't get stuck with backups in an obsolete format.

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Simple design flaw. Simple fix -

Do the following:

I found the fix: Set Window Live Mail (WLM) as default for EML files in Winodws 7:

Control Panel --> Programs -> Set Your Default Programs --> Windows Live Mail --> Choose Defailts For This Program. Now just select .emlby checking the box. Select Save at bottom and close.

There you have it.

This was from another forum by Mike - http://TechHelp.Santovec.us

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