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Can't see winmail.dat

Posted on 2004-10-23
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An email I received is 85KB for a 10 line text message.  I'm using Outlook Express 6 and there was supposed to be an attachment but the email doesn't indicate an attachment exists, neither is the "save attachments" menu item active under the files menu.  However when I look at the properties of the email I see...

------=_NextPart_000_004C_01C4B883.58D001B0
Content-Type: application/ms-tnef;
     name="winmail.dat"
Content-Transfer-Encoding: base64
Content-Disposition: attachment;
     filename="winmail.dat"

How can I grab this attachment?
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Question by:Bob3975
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by:sunray_2003
ID: 12388287
Hi Bob3975,

Wmdecoder should do the job for you

http://www.biblet.freeserve.co.uk/

SR..
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by:Bob3975
ID: 12388316
Before I do that, it says WMDecode is for non-Outlook programs and I'm using Outlook Express.  It also says drag the winmail.dat attachment into it, but I can't get to the attachment.  It doesn't seem to fit the situation, or does it?
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by:sunray_2003
ID: 12388326
Bob3975,

I have used it for Outlook express.
install that Wmdecode .. run it. in the command prompt that opens check where the executable is.
get your winmail.dat file and put it in the location where the executable is
now run it and it should decode..
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by:Bob3975
ID: 12388362
I just did and it didn't seem to work, I got...

WMDecode.exe V1.10-   http://www.biblet.com    Copyright Steve Beadle 2002-4

Drag and drop a WINMAIL.DAT file onto this program's icon to find attachments
Or run from command line with a filename as the argument.

* This program is a time-limited release.
* This program will expire on Tue Nov 30 12:00:00 2004

* For a registered version which never expires and has batch capability,
* please see ReadMe.txt or register for $10 at www.biblet.com

Analysing file files.eml, length 87026

No valid attachments found in this file.
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by:sunray_2003
ID: 12388372
Bob3975,

Do you know where the wmdecode.exe file is right ?

copy the winmail.dat attachment or in other words save winmail.dat attachment to the same location of that wmdecode.exe file.
Then run that exe file..

Is that what you are doing ?

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by:sunray_2003
ID: 12388383
Bob3975,

Depending on your OS , you can use other programs here to decode winmail.dat
http://www.pchell.com/support/winmaildat.shtml

SR
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by:Bob3975
ID: 12388400
sunray,

I can not get to the attachment.  I can't save it.  That's the problem.  How do I get to it?
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by:Bob3975
ID: 12388401
I'm on XP btw
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by:sunray_2003
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Bob3975,

When you double click the email message , do you see that dat file is blocked
if yes do this

OPen OE
go to tools --> options --> security
and uncheck " Donot allow attachments to be saved or opened that could potentially be a virus "

After saving , scan for virus and then run that wmdecode
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by:Bob3975
ID: 12388531
That's what's weird.  That checkbox is already not checked, "do not allow attachments to be saved or opened"... but I still can't get to it.  I was doing a seach on hidden attachments and found http://www.experts-exchange.com/Applications/Email/Q_20652536.html?query=hidden+attachment&topics=130, but I can't figure out what the answer finally was.
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by:sunray_2003
ID: 12388535
Bob3975,

So what exactly do you see when you double-click an email that has this DAT file.
can you click on it to see if it is enabled and right-click to see if it can be saved..
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by:sunray_2003
ID: 12388543
Bob3975,

here it is but it is the same idea
http://www.experts-exchange.com/Applications/Email/Q_20652536.html

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by:Bob3975
ID: 12388577
Normally any email with an attachment shows a paperclip icon on the Inbox display, this one does not.  Normally when I dbl click an email (view it) the displayed email shows an "attach:" line just under "subject" with the name of the attachment, this one does not.  The only reason I believe it's there is the size of the email and the properties as shown in my initial question.
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by:sunray_2003
ID: 12388606
But where do you see this winmail.dat file..

Is there any chance you can take a screenshot of it and post it in a website so that we experts can see
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sunray_2003 earned 1600 total points
ID: 12388621
Try this

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If you are using Outlook Express and receive an email which looks like it should have an attachment and cannot see it, you can download the attachemnt using webmail, or if you do not have a copy of the message left on the sever, you can extract the file using Winzip and WMDecode

Highlight the message by clicking it once

Select the 'File' menu

Select 'Properties

Select 'Details'

Select 'Message Source'

Right-click on the message and select 'Select All'

Right-click on the message and select Copy

Open Notepad

Select the 'Edit' menu

Select 'Paste'

Select the 'File' menu

Select 'Save as'

Save the file as WINMAIL.MIM

Open up WinZip and extract the file 'winmail.dat'

Proceed from Step 2 of the Receiving winmail.dat solution above

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by:Bob3975
ID: 12388677
I've posted http://www.cataloggiftplan.com/junk.htm.  I'll check out your last post now.
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by:Bob3975
ID: 12388703
Got It!  Thx!
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by:sunray_2003
ID: 12388706
Bob3975,

Cool... Glad we fixed it

SR
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