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Set up Windows Mail

QI just got a new computer. It's running Windows Vista. I used to use Outlook Express to get my e-mail. I can't find Outlook Express on the new computer. How do I set up e-mail?
—John in Houston, listening on KTRH 740 AM

AOutlook Express was a popular desktop e-mail program. But Windows Vista does not include it. Windows Mail has replaced Outlook Express. 

I'll tell you how to set up Windows Mail. But first, let me explain a little about desktop e-mail programs.

How-to ThursdayTo start, you'll need an e-mail account from a provider. Windows Mail does not provide an e-mail account for you. You'll get one from your Internet service provider, work, school or Webmail service. After setup, Windows Mail will download the e-mail to your computer.

Your e-mail provider should have POP3 or IMAP access. You'll need to know the server address for your account. You'll also need the SMTP server information for outgoing mail.

For example, Gmail's POP3 address is "" (minus quotes). And its STMP address is "" (minus quotes). Check your provider's help section for this information. Or, call and ask.

Create a new account

In Windows Mail, click Tools>>Accounts. Click Add. Select Email Account and click Next.

Enter your name in the field labeled "Display name." This will be in the From field of outgoing messages. Click Next. Enter your e-mail address in the "E-mail address" field. Click Next.

Enter the server information gathered earlier. Under "Incoming e-mail server type" select POP3 or IMAP. Put the POP3 or IMAP address in the "Incoming mail (POP3 or IMAP) server" field. Enter the SMTP address in the "Outgoing e-mail server (SMTP) name" field. Click Next.

Enter your e-mail account's log-in information. Enter your user name and password in the proper fields. Check the box labeled "Remember password." Click Next. Check the box labeled "Do not download my e-mail at this time." Click Finish.

Server ports

Next, you'll need to set up the server ports. These are two numbers you'll need to get from the e-mail provider.

Highlight the account you've just created in the list. Click Properties. Select the Advanced tab. Look under Server Port Numbers. Enter the proper numbers in the "Outgoing mail (SMTP)" and "Incoming mail (POP3)" fields. The provider may require a secure connection. If so, check the box labeled "This server requires a secure connection (SSL)." Click Apply>>OK.

You're all set up! Click the Send/Receive button to start handling your mail.

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