Dennis from Tarpon Springs, FL asks:
Is there a way to use Outlook Express 6 with Win7, or is there an e-mail program similar to OE6 that can be used with Win7?
While certainly not the most sophisticated e-mail client, Outlook Express has achieved quite a following throughout the years, if for no other reason than its sheer ubiquity, having been bundled with every copy of Windows sold from the first edition of Windows 98, up until the release of Windows Vista. With Vista came a “new” bundled e-mail client, “Windows Mail.” Effectively Outlook Express with a slicker looking interface, Windows Mail lasted only one life cycle, until Windows 7 came along, bundled not with Windows Mail nor Outlook Express but . . . no e-mail client at all. The release of Windows 7 marked the first time since Windows 98 that a Windows operating system did NOT come bundled with any standard e-mail software. This left users with a number of options, from finding a new e-mail client (such as Eudora or The Bat!,) switching from using a dedicated e-mail program to a web based e-mail service like Gmail, Yahoo, or Hotmail, or downloading yet another “new” Microsoft e-mail program; Windows Live Mail.
Essentially a slightly updated version of the Windows Mail program included with Windows Vista, Windows Live Mail brings back the familiar features of Outlook Express, with a user interface that shares similarities with the latest version Microsoft’s Office suite. Likely made with Microsoft Office, Outlook, and Outlook Express users in minds, Windows Live Mail is a perfect alternative for those looking for the simplicity and ease of use of Outlook Express, with an updated user interface in line with the rest of Microsoft’s current generation of office products.
Since it’s not included with Windows 7, how does one go about getting their hands on a copy of Windows Live Mail? Simple, follow these steps:
Step 1: Go to the Windows Live Mail 2011 website.
Step 2: Click the Download Now button and save the .exe Windows Live Essentials 2011 installer file to your hard drive.
Step 3: Once the file is saved, find it on your hard drive and double click it.
When prompted, click the Run button to begin the Windows Live Essentials installation.
Step 4: Once initialized, you will be asked to choose between two installation options: Install all of Windows Live Essentials (recommended) or Choose the program you want to install. Select Choose the program you want to install.
Step 5: On the next screen which appears, Select programs to install, clear all check boxes except the Mail check box under These programs will be installed, and click the Install button.
Step 6: The Installing Windows Live Essentials 2011 installation status box will appear. It may take a few minutes for Windows Live Mail to install, so sit back and let the installer do its work.
Step 7: Once Windows Live Mail has been fully installed, the status box will update to read Done! with two buttons beneath: Restart Now and Restart Later. Close any open programs and save any files you are currently working on and click Restart Now.
Step 8: Once your computer has restarted, click the Start menu button, click All Programs, then find and click on the Windows Live Mail program icon.
Step 9: Windows Live Mail will open, immediately displaying the Add your email accounts wizard. Where prompted, enter in your e-mail address, password, and name to be displayed on your outgoing e-mails. Once that information is entered, check the Manually Configure server settings check box, and click the Next button.
Step 10: You will now see the Configure server settings portion of the wizard. Enter in the requested information (Incoming and Outgoing servers, Server type, User Name, authentication protocol, etc.) If you are unsure about any of these settings, check your e-mail provider’s documentation or speak with their tech support staff, if possible.
Once all information has been entered, click the Next button.
Step 11: You will now be taken to the Your email account was added dialog. Congratulations, you have just set up your e-mail account in Windows Live Mail! Click the Finish button to start using your e-mail.
Step 12: Just as in Outlook Express, the Send/Receive button allows you to check and send e-mail with one click. Click the Send/Receive button now to get your e-mail.
Step 13: Once you are ready to send an e-mail, click the Email message button to open up a new e-mail message. Once composed, click the big Send button to send your e-mail.
Thanks for the question, Dennis. Now that your alternative to Outlook Express is set up and ready to use, take some time to explore the new and updated features available in Windows Live Mail; you might just find a few that will make you happy that you did away with your old copy of Outlook Express.