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How to Access Free Windows Live Hotmail in Windows Mail

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Sure, you could use Windows Live Mail to access your Windows Live Hotmail account outside the browser, or maybe Outlook.

But Outlook is big, and Windows Live Mail seems a bit confused. No, Windows Mail be your program.

Access Free Windows Live Hotmail in Windows Mail Using POP

To add a free Windows Live Hotmail account to Windows Mail for sending and receiving messages:

  • Select Tools | Accounts... from the menu in Windows Mail.
  • Click Add....
  • Make sure E-mail Account is highlighted.
  • Click Next.
  • Enter your full name under Display Name:.
  • Click Next.
  • Type your Windows Live Hotmail address under E-mail address:.
  • Click Next.
  • Make sure POP3 is selected under Incoming e-mail server type:.
  • Type "pop3.live.com" under Incoming mail (POP3 or IMAP) server:.
  • Enter "smtp.live.com" under Outgoing e-mail server (SMTP) name:.
  • Make sure Outgoing server requires authentication is checked.
  • Click Next.
  • Type your full Windows Live Hotmail email address (e.g. "me@hotmail.com" or "me@live.com") under E-mail username:.
  • Enter your Windows Live Hotmail password under Password:.
  • Click Next.
  • Make sure Do not download my e-mail at this time is checked.
  • Click Finish.
  • Highlight the pop3.live.com account.
  • Click Properties.
  • 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):.
  • Type "587" under Outgoing server (SMTP):.
    • If the number under Incoming server (POP3): is not "995", enter "995" there.
  • Click OK.
  • Click Close.

Access Free Windows Live Hotmail in Windows Mail with FreePOPs

To set up a free Windows Live Hotmail account in Windows Mail using FreePOPs:

  • Install FreePOPs and make sure it is running.
  • Select Tools | Accounts... from the menu in Windows Mail.
  • Click Add....
  • Make sure E-mail Account is highlighted.
  • Click Next.
  • Type your name under Display name:.
  • Click Next.
  • Type your Windows Live Hotmail address excluding the final ".com" under E-mail address:.
    • If your Windows Live Hotmail address is "samsample@hotmail.com", for example, enter "samsample@hotmail".
  • Click Next.
  • Make sure POP3 is selected under Incoming e-mail server type:.
  • Type "localhost" (excluding the quotation marks) under Incoming mail (POP3 or IMAP) server:
  • Enter your ISP's mail server under Outgoing e-mail server (SMTP) name:.
    • Typically, you'll use the same server you use for your other non-Windows Live Hotmail email account.
  • Click Next.
  • Enter your full Windows Live Hotmail address under E-mail username:.
  • Type your Windows Live Hotmail password under Password:.
  • Click Next.
  • Make sure Do not download my e-mail at this time is checked.
  • Click Finish.
  • Now make sure the new account (probably named "localhost") is highlighted.
  • Click Properties.
  • Go to the General tab.
  • Append ".com" to your Windows Live Hotmail address under E-mail address: to complete it.
  • Go to the Advanced tab.
  • Enter "2000" in the Incoming mail (POP3): field, replacing the default "110" that has been pre-entered.
  • Click OK.
  • Now click Close.

By but changing your user name, you can download from other Windows Live Hotmail folders than your Inbox, too.

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