This page contains step-by-step instructions on how to set up or add an email account in Windows Mail email client included on the Vista operating system.
In order to use windows Mail, the first thing you need to do is to set up and add your email accounts. The process is quite similar to setting up an email account in Outlook Express and I have included screen shots to help you along the way. You may need to click on some of the thumbnails for larger versions.
Because of so many images of screenshots, this page is long and might seem intimidating – rest assured, if you follow the steps below, you will have Windows Mail configured with several email accounts in no time.
If you are starting Windows Mail for the first time, you would see a screen very similar to one below. There is a welcome email that you can quickly and safely delete.
Email accounts need to be added or set up one by one. So decide which one you want to add first, though, the order will hardly make a difference. Collect the following things because you would need them during the set up process.
Go to “Tools” -> “Accounts”.
This opens the “Internet Accounts” window. Click on the “Add button”.
In the “Select Account Type” window, click on “E-mail Account” and hit the “Next” button.
Enter your “Display Name” – This can be anything you like. I would advice using your real name. (Click on the “Next” button when done).
Now enter the full email address and hit “Next”.
Select the “Incoming e-mail server type”, which is usually POP3 or IMAP.
Enter the Incoming and Outgoing mail server addresses in their fields. Unless you are absolutely sure that the Outgoing email server requires authentication, leave this one unchecked.
You are on the last window (finally); enter the username and password of your email account. Make sure that “Remember password” is checked, unless you are paranoid about security, in which case you can uncheck it and you would be asked to enter the password each time the Windows Mail email client connects to the email server.
In the last “Congratulations” window, you can either opt to download all your emails immediately (once you close the window) or to do so later. I recommend checking this box so that you can download the emails later and hitting the “Finish” button.
Though your account has been successfully added to Windows Mail, I suggest you follow the steps to configure Windows Mail email accounts detailed in the next page, especially, if you plan to add lots of accounts.
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