I had been hanging onto my 11-year-old Windows 7 desktop, because I couldn't get one of my most important programs -- Eudora -- running on Windows 8 and so assumed it wouldn't work on Windows 10. But then I heard from people that Eudora does work on Windows 10.
Yesterday, I made it work, and it was laughably easy. But keep in mind, it involves this prep work:
- Make sure that Eurdora is running on your older computer with the latest patches, as I describe in How to make Eudora 7 work with Gmail servers at https://www.worldcadaccess.com/blog/2020/12/making-eudora-7-work-with-gmail-servers.html
Here are the two steps to install Eudora on Windows 10:
- Install Eudora 7 on your Windows 10 computer. Here is the crucial part: when the setup program asks where to install the program and where to install the data, specify a new folder for them, such as \Qualcomm\Eudora.
(I show the step-by-step procedure for changing folders below, for those who need the details.)
The key to disaster, I have learned, occurs when you accept the default folders, such as \Program Files (x86). The grief is caused by a change Microsoft made between Windows 7 and 8 (and so 10) in the way that Program Files folders are handled.
- Back on your old computer, close Eudora, and then copy the entire Eudora folder to a USB drive. (For me, that was 4GB of data.)
Then, on your Windows 10 computer, copy the folder from the USB drive into the one you created during setup.
This works, because Eudora is old enough that it uses .ini files to store settings, instead of the Windows Registry. By using .ini files, Eudora is portable.
When you now launch Eudora on Windows 10, you'll find (a) it works correctly and (b) everything is in place, including your preferred settings, mailbox structure and content, and email account info.
The only catch is that Windows 10 will complain that a registry entry is missing each time you launch Eudora.
You can ignore the warning by clicking OK, and if you keep Eudora running all the time, as I do, then you only encounter the dialog box after a reboot.
Step by Step Folder Renaming
When Eudora's Setup program asks where to install Eudora, click Browse.
Enter the name of a different folder, such as \Qualcomm\Eudora, and then click OK.
Confirm the name of the new folder by clicking Yes.
Choose Custom Data Folder, and then click Next.
Notice the summary of folder names in which Eudora and its data will be installed. If you made a typo, this is the time to click Back. Otherwise, click Next and finish the installation.