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Roadrunner email on Outlook Express

Roadrunner email on Outlook Express

All email from your Roadrunner account can be downloaded and saved on your computer with the help of email programs. And Outlook Express is probably the most popular client in the world. Unfortunately, the development and support for it has been stopped and Microsoft urges all users to migrate to Windows Live Mail desktop client.

Outlook Express was the default email program on XP and some older versions of the Windows operating system. It was replaced with Windows Mail on Vista. Both these programs have given way to Windows Live Mail. This new email client is already installed on Windows 7 computers can be quickly loaded on XP and Vista as well.

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Set up Roadrunner on Outlook Express – instructions

Since all Roadrunner email accounts are POP3 enabled, they can quickly be set up in the Outlook Express program. You would then be able to send, receive, store, organize and manage your account from your computer. Why should you do this? Because there are innumerable advantages of using Outlook Express – click that link for details.

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  1. Open the Outlook Express program and select “Accounts” from “Tools” – [Slide 1].
  2. If you are doing this for the first time, you may get to see some default accounts listed. Get rid of them (select and hit the “Remove” button) because they are probably of no use to you – [Slide 2].
  3. Click “Add” and choose “Mail” – [Slide 3].
  4. Enter your name in the blank “Display name” field – [Slide 4]. Tip: Put your company name, if the email address is to be used for business.
  5. Type in the full Roadrunner email address in the following Outlook Express window – [Slide 5].
  6. The next screen asks for the email servers – [Slide 6]. To find this information, contact the company support staff, check the manual or simply refer the Roadrunner incoming and outgoing email servers page!
    Tip: You can also know these details from the email address. So if your email is joe@tampabay.rr.com, use the following email servers:
    Incoming: pop-server.tampabay.rr.com
    Outgoing: smtp-server.tampabay.rr.com
  7. For Outlook Express to connect to the Roadrunner account, it needs the login details – username and password. Enter these in the next window – [Slide 7].
  8. Click the “Finish” button to complete the process of setting up the Roadrunner email account in Outlook Express – [Slide 8].
  9. The email account is now listed in the “Internet Accounts” window – [Slide 9].
  10. To get Roadrunner email on Outlook Express, go to “Tools” and select “Send / Receive“. The messages from your Roadrunner will begin to download – enjoy!

Checking email with web browser and Outlook Express

As you probably know, the email account can also be accessed from the ‘humble’ browser through Roadrunner webmail. The good thing is that you can employ both methods to check messages. Remember to change the settings in the Outlook Express program so that a copy of the email is left on the Roadrunner server.

To retain a copy of the email on server, click “Tools” -> “Accounts” -> select your Roadrunner email account from the list -> click “Properties” -> under the “Advanced” tab, put a checkmark in front on “Leave a copy of messages on server“. This way you can get Roadrunner email in Outlook Express and also maintain a copy of it on the server which will enable you to use Roadrunner account from another computer via webmail.

Windows 7 users may like to read Roadrunner email on Windows Live Mail to set up the account on the default email program of that operating system.

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