Email Setup: Windows Live Mail

Setting up email access using Windows Mail is very easy. Windows Mail supports the traditional POP protocol and the newer IMAP protocol to retrieve messages. The key difference between those two access protocols is where email is stored and where it is accessible.

When email is retrieved using POP, it is deleted from the mail server and will only be accessible on the computer where it was downloaded to. This mode is a good choice for users with slow Internet connections and those accessing their email offline. Conversely, with IMAP email messages remain stored on the mail server and can be accessed from another computer or using WebMail. Mail stored on the mail server counts against your web storage quota.

Installing Windows Mail

Windows Mail comes pre-installed on certain Windows 7 installations. Some users may need to manually install Windows Life Essentials (2011) first, available from Microsoft.

When Widows Mail is started for the first time, it will automatically prompt you to add a new email account. To add an account at a later time, choose the New Email Account button on the toolbar ribbon:

Setting up Windows Mail using POP (2 Steps)

Step 1: Email Address and Password


Step 2: Mail Server Settings


Setting up Windows Mail using IMAP (3 Steps)

Step 1: Email Address and Password


Step 2: Mail Server Settings


Step 3: Advanced Settings (optional)

Microsoft prefers to use "Sent Items" and "Deleted Items" for the Sent and Trash folder names, respectively. If you intend to access mail using non-Microsoft programs and WebMail, we recommend that you change these names to Sent and Trash. To do so, right click on the account in the left on the left, then choose Properties and enter this information on the IMAP tab: