How to Setup Windows Live Mail in Outlook Express

by J.S. Copper

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 email account set up in Microsoft's free version of Outlook.


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: (Port 995) POP SSL required? Yes User name: Enter your full Windows Live email account. Password: Enter your password. SMTP server: (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 email messages to your computer.


  • check Unlike IMAP email accounts, POP3 simply downloads copies of your email 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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About the Author

J.S. Copper began writing professionally in 2008, specializing in technology, running and health-related topics. He has worked with a handful of technology websites providing tutorials, tips and tricks. Prior to writing, Copper worked in Web design

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