Windows Live Mail works just as well on Windows 8 as it does on earlier versions of Windows. Download Windows Essentials from the MS web site and install WLM.
I am trying to install the "mail migration" add on so I can import contacts and emails from Windows Live Mail to the mail app on Windows 8. I get the error message from Internet Explorer, "Internet Explorer has stopped working, a problem caused the program to stop working correctly. Windows will close the program and notify you if a solution is available."