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Windows Live Mail for Outlook Express Users

Friday, March 16th, 2012 by | Filed Under: E-Mail Help

Outlook Express has been an email client offered free and bundled with Windows since 1997. With the introduction of Windows Vista and 7, Microsoft repackaged and released it under the name Windows Live Mail.

This article will introduce you to Windows Live Mail; a second article will describe how to get your old email imported into Windows Live Mail. Despite the change, any long time user of Outlook Express will have no problems with the transition.

The first thing we need to do with Windows Live Mail is find it. Click the “Start” menu, then hold the mouse cursor over the “All Programs” menu. When the programs list pops up, scroll to the bottom and click on “Windows Live.” Under that, you will see “Windows Live Mail.”

Before we run it, let’s make it easier to find! Right-Click on Windows Live Mail (Hold the cursor over the menu item and press the right button on your mouse.) 

A menu will appear, and then click the menu option for “Pin to Start Menu.” Now when you click on the Start Button, the option for Windows Live Mail will appear there.

You can also repeat this process to add an icon on the desktop (“Send to: Desktop”) or in the Task Tray at the bottom of the screen. (“Pin to Taskbar”.)

Now that we can find it, let’s start it up. Go back to your Start Menu and click on your newly created icon. A window will open with the cursor highlighting “Quick Views.”


Under Quick Views are three options initially, although you can modify this later. The options are:

•    Unread e-mail
•    Unread from Contacts
•    Unread feeds

Since you don’t have any mail yet, the only option that may contain something is Unread feeds. This is related to the “Newsgroups” option which is not email related, so is not covered in this tutorial. The first thing you are going to want to do is “Add e-mail account” so click on that link.

This will bring up an “Add an E-mail Account” window. Enter your E-mail address and password. Go ahead and click the Remember password box if you don’t want to have to retype it every time. Optionally, you can enter a “Display Name” which is how your name will appear in your email. If you leave this blank, it will just appear as your email address. We are assuming you are setting up a new email account to replace Outlook Express, so check the box that says, “Manually configure server settings for e-mail account.”

In order to complete the setup, you will need the following information from your old email account. This is the same information you used to set up Outlook Express, so you may already have it. If not, you may have to consult your Internet Service Provider (ISP). If you are using a Gmail, Hotmail, or Yahoo email account, they will have the information you need on their help menu. Search for “Windows Live Mail” in their help screen.

•    Your e-mail address
•    Your password
•    The type of incoming server (POP3, etc)
•    The incoming server name
•    Your Login ID (Which may be the same as your email address)
•    The outgoing server name
•    Whether either or both servers need a secure connection
•    Whether the outgoing server requires authentication.

Server Info

In this window you need to manually enter the incoming and outgoing server names and your login ID. If you don’t know the answer to the other questions, leave them blank or as-is. Click “Next” and then “Finish” to finish completing the setup.

You will be returned to the original screen, but now there is a section for your new email account. Most of this will look familiar to Outlook Express users with standard folders for Inbox, Drafts, etc. There is a “New” option on the menu to create a new email. There are also options for creating other types of objects which aren’t covered in this tutorial. We just want you getting all your spam as quickly as possible! The other menu option of note is “Sync” which is the same as the old “Send/Recv” button in Outlook Express. Clicking this should download all the email since your last sync on your old Outlook Express system.

And with that, you are on your way to being a Windows Live mail user.

 ~Darryl Brooks

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9 Responses to “Windows Live Mail for Outlook Express Users”

  1. Sherri says:

    I have been trying literally for YEARS to get this part of the email to work. It is like/much the same as outlook which I cannot figure out either, and this was NO help. I dont know what POP# or the other thing is,SM-something, and I currently NEED this program to read and respond to my company emails at home.

  2. Daniel says:

    Windows Live Mail is absolutely nothing like Outlook Express. The best bet to have anything similar is to jump to Mozilla’s Thunderbird. Windows Live Mail screws everyhing up.

  3. Lowell Pridemore says:

    I can not get Windows Live mail to send pictures in forwarded email

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  6. Janine says:

    Heads up… My Windows 7 Professional does not have Windows Live mail in the menu as the directions say above. And, I checked another computer too with Windows 7 Professional – and it also is not there.
    This is the first time WorldStart directions weren’t right for me and I’ve been subscribing for several years.

    Suggestion: Add to article> If you can’t find it (Windows live mail) in your program menu list- just go to to install it. **Special note> you also may have to download Microsoft Silverlight to get it as I did.

  7. William Malloy says:

    Win-7. Have Live Mail installed – hate it! Most annoying is MS constant ‘meddling’ with it. Since I installed Live Mail – when I wish to Right-click and email a web page to some . . . context menu only gives me ‘Email with Windows Live Mail’. I have found NO WAY to change the ’email with selection’ HELP

  8. Corina Attinger says:

    I really enjoy this content but it looks off on my iPhone

  9. w.t. ricciardelli says:

    my os is windows 7 home premium and i use windows live mail. is there any other way to forward/send photos to other contacts without using onedrive i.e. attached to the actual email?

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