Outlook Express setup

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Before setting up any of the email clients listed you need to know the following information:

Item Example value
Incoming (POP3/IMAP) mail server mail.nixsoft.net
Outgoing (SMTP) mail server smtp.nixsoft.net
Account type POP3 or IMAP
User name tom@foobar
Password **********

Outlook Express and MS Windows Mail

On Windows Vista, Windows 7 and later this has been renamed Windows Mail or Microsoft Mail. But the instructions are in general the same. Different versions of Mail/Outlook Express may put things in slightly different places, but this guide should be pretty close.

Select Tools|Accounts... from the menu. Then select Add > Mail....

You then get shown a series of dialog pages, each requiring one or two boxes to be completed. Put your name into the first.

The second should have the email address: e.g: tom@foobar.co.uk

This is followed by a page requiring details about the mail server. Set the first box to the account type either POP3 or IMAP. Incoming mail should be set to mail.nixsoft.net and the Outgoing mail to smtp.nixsoft.net

The next page requires the Account name, which is username@accountname, e.g:tom@foobar. Note on this system you have to type in, not just the part of the email before the @ but also the account name to which it relates. This is not the way most other email services work.

Once you have entered the last item, you can press the Next and then the Finish button to create an account. However, before using the account there are a couple of additional settings that really need to be made.

Using the menu go back to Tools|Accounts... and this time edit the account you have just created. You do this by either double-clicking on it or pressing the Properties button. This should then display a dialog with 6 tabbed pages.

On the General tab page, you can add values for the organization and Reply address. On the Servers page, you need to tick the box saying 'My server requires authentication.

And, then click on the Settings... button and check that the option 'Use same settings as my incoming mail server' is selected.

If you are setting up an IMAP account then on the last tab page, labelled IMAP, you need to type in the name of the root folder and where you want to save Sent and Draft emails. The Root folder should be set to Inbox and the other two fields to Sent and Drafts.

Once you have competed all these steps, you should be able to connect to the server and download all the messages. This may take a little while. The first time you connect, there maybe a message warning you that there are no folders, and asking if you want to retrieve a list. Say yes to this.