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How to Access a Windows Live Hotmail Account with Outlook Express

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Select "Tools | Accounts..." from the menu in Outlook Express

Heinz Tschabitscher
Being able to access my Windows Live Hotmail account from just about any computer around the world via solely a web browser is nice. But the comfort and speed of Outlook Express are nice, too.

Why not combine the two and access my Windows Live Hotmail account with Outlook Express while I'm at my computer?

Accessing your Windows Live Hotmail account with Outlook Express has a number of benefits. You can archive incoming messages in folders on your computer — only the size of your disk is the limit, you can write messages and replies using great stationery, the Windows address book can be used, and lots more...

Access a Windows Live Hotmail Account with Outlook Express Using POP

To set up a Windows Live Hotmail account in Outlook Express:

  • Select Tools | Accounts... from the menu in Outlook Express.
  • Click Add | Mail....
  • Type your name under Display name:.
  • Click Next >.
  • Enter your Windows Live Hotmail address under E-mail address:.
  • Click Next >.
  • Make sure POP3 is selected under My incoming mail server is a __ server..
  • Type "pop3.live.com" under Incoming mail (POP3, IMAP or HTTP) server:.
  • Enter "smtp.live.com" under Outgoing mail (SMTP) server:.
  • Click Next >.
  • Type your complete Windows Live Hotmail address (e.g. "example@hotmail.com") under Account name:.
  • Enter your Windows Live Hotmail password under Password:.
  • Click Next >.
  • Click Finish.
  • Highlight the newly created Hotmail account.
  • Click Properties.
  • Go to the Servers tab.
  • Make sure My server requires authentication is checked under Outgoing Mail Server.
  • Go to the Advanced tab.
  • Make sure This server requires a secure connection (SSL) is checked under both Outgoing mail (SMTP): and Incoming mail (POP3):.
  • Make sure "25" is entered under Outgoing server (SMTP):.
  • Make sure "995" appears under Incoming server (POP3):.
  • Click OK.
  • Click Close.

As an alternative to POP access, you can try one of the tools that allow you to access web-based email accounts via any POP or, sometimes, IMAP account such as Outlook Express. FreePOPs, for example, uses an alternative interface that works with any Windows Live Hotmail account, and IzyMail provides IMAP access.

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