Microsoft's website suggests upgrading to the Windows Live Mail program to access your Windows Live mail account instead of using Outlook Express. Windows Live Mail was included with Windows Vista, but perhaps you have yet to upgrade to the much maligned operating system. Follow this guide to get your Microsoft e-mail account set up in Microsoft's free version of Outlook.
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Things you need
- Outlook Express
- Windows Live Hotmail e-mail account
Open Outlook Express. Select "Add a New Account" from the menu bar.
Select New POP3 account.
Insert the following the information when prompted: POP server: pop3.live.com (Port 995) POP SSL required? Yes User name: Enter your full Windows Live e-mail account. Password: Enter your password. SMTP server: smtp.live.com (Port 25) Authentication required? Yes (this matches your POP username and password) TLS/SSL required? Yes
Allow Outlook Express to configure your new account. Once your new settings are verified, Outlook Express will take some time to download your e-mail messages to your computer.
Tips and warnings
- Unlike IMAP e-mail accounts, POP3 simply downloads copies of your e-mail messages to Outlook Express--meaning your messages remain intact on your server. Deleting a message in Outlook Express does not necessarily mean it gets deleted from your account.
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