I don’t remember much of the Windows Mail. However, I clearly recall being frustrated by not being able to set up and download Hotmail email using this program. I couldn’t for the life of me fathom why Microsoft would provide such an unimpressive piece of software that was incapable of talking it the company’s own email service! The default Vista mail program was quickly replaced with Windows Live Mail on my laptop.
But for those who have continued to use Windows Mail, I have some very good news. However before that, here is the background so that you understand the issue well.
Windows Mail Vista would simply not take a Hotmail email address. Any attempt to set up an email account of this service would immediately be nipped in the bud, as it were. The Windows Mail wizard would not let you proceed beyond the second screen!
A lot has changed a lot since the release of the much maligned Windows Vista operating system with its incompetent email program; for instance, free Hotmail access using the POP email protocol. Even so, the problem persists! Hotmail email accounts still cannot be set up on Windows Mail if one chooses to walk down a path of honesty! When the program wizard sees hotmail.com after the ‘@’ sign in the email address, it just dumps a failure message in front of you – refer image below.
So how can Hotmail be added and configured on Windows Mail? We’ll use a little trick, of course!
I was able to set up and get Hotmail to work on Windows Mail without problems by following the steps below.
Though Hotmail POP settings are now available, Windows Mail doesn’t show a screen asking for incoming and outgoing server information. Why? Because the moment you put an email address that ends in hotmail.com the wizard politely apologizes. The simple trick is to supply an incorrect email address which ‘forces’ the Vista’s email program to ask for the mail server details. Once the Hotmail account is added on Windows Mail, the email address can then be amended.
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