How To Configure Outlook Express for Hotmail
If you do not want to access your Hotmail through your internet browser, you can configure a local e-mail client to access your hotmail e-mail. The simplest e-mail client on the Windows XP platform is Outlook Express, partly because the configuration of Hotmail on Outlook Express is very simple.
Follow these steps to configure your Hotmail account in Outlook Express:
- Open Outlook Express.
- In the Tools menu, select Accounts.
- In the Internet Mail window, select the Mail tab.
- Click the Add button on the right-hand side, and click Mail.
- Type the Display Name for your Hotmail account, and click Next.
- Type your Hotmail e-mail address, and click Next.
- All required server details are automatically entered based on the fact that Outlook Express knows the Hotmail settings. So simply click Next.
- Type your hotmail e-mail address in the Account name field, and your password in the Password field.
- Click Next and then Finish.
That’s all there is to it. If Outlook Express asks you to download the folders from your new mail server, you can click Yes. After that you can use your hotmail account in Outlook Express.
From September 1, 2009 onwards Microsoft discontinued the support of WebDAV, the protocol used by Outlook Express to access Live hotmail accounts. This means that the above instructions will no longer allow you to access the hotmail account using Outlook Express.
If you still want to use your hotmail account in Outlook Express, change the configuration to use POP3 and SMTP instead.
Change the incoming mail server to pop3.live.com and change the outgoing mail server to
Further settings: do not check the Log on using Secure Password Authentication (SPA) checkbox, and make sure the outgoing server is configured to use authentication, where you can normally use the same settings as the incoming server.
Under the Advanced tab, change the Server Port Numbers to be 995 for the incoming server and 25 or 587 for the outgoing server. Both should be using a secure connection (SSL).