Mail won't allow WMV files...?

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  1. d.f macrumors regular

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    Hi. have searched but couldn't find an answer.

    when i fwd a wmv file to my home email - me@mac.com - it's attached but called winmail.dat. saving it to the laptop and trying to open it doesn't work. even changing the filename to winmail.wmv doesn't help.

    am i doing something wrong, or are .mac accounts and WMV files arch enemy's....?

    any help appreciated.
     
  2. vniow macrumors G4

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    Try zipping it up then send it. Maybe being in an archive will solve the problem.
     
  3. Scottyk9 macrumors 6502a

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    I have no idea why some attachments come as winmail.dat (what machine and OS are you sending these from - I assumed these type of attachments were only created when sent from Windows computers...), but I receive a few (even word and ppt docs).

    A workaround is to used this program (TNEF enough, link below) to extract the file from winmail.dat. A bit of a pain, but it works. Maybe someone else has more insight into why this happens in the 1st place...

    http://www.versiontracker.com/dyn/moreinfo/macosx/8415

    Edit: the product description gives some background - as I thought, it is outlook / exchange that causes this
     
  4. yellow Moderator emeritus

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    90% likely to be sent from Outlook. And it's a known problem with Outlook and Exchange Servers. Mainly it's because (shockingly) Microsoft wants to do things their way and everyone else be damned.

    http://support.microsoft.com/kb/q138053/

    http://www.pchell.com/support/winmaildat.shtml

    That link also shows how to cope with it..
     

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