Using Windows Mail in Vista – Part I

Posted by: Suprotim Agarwal , on 6/21/2007, in Category Windows Vista
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Abstract: Windows Mail is the email program from Microsoft built into Windows Vista. In the Part I of this two part series, we will explore how to configure Windows Mail on your machine. I am using Windows Vista Ultimate.
What is Windows Mail
In simple words, Windows Mail is a freebie from Vista which allows you to send and receive mails, work with newsgroups and manage online address books. Windows XP had a similar program called Outlook Express. Windows mail is a successor to Outlook Express. In fact, if you have been using Outlook Express in Windows XP and now decide to upgrade to Vista, Windows Mail imports your information automatically. 
Configuring Windows Mail on Vista
To use Windows Mail, you will need an internet connection, an email server address (incoming and outgoing mail server address) and an email address. It does not matter if you are setting up your first mail account or your tenth. The steps to configure each email account remain the same. To access Windows Mail, go to Start > All Programs > Windows Mail.
A wizard start up to which you will be providing information in the following sequence :
Step 1: Your Name – The Display Name that will appear in the 'From' field of the outgoing message.
Step 2: Email Address – the address to which people will send mails. E.g. suprotimagarwal[attherate] (replace ‘attherate’ with @)
Step 3: Set Up Mail Servers – You need to choose your server type and names of your incoming and outcoming email servers as shown below. You need to choose between POP3, IMAP or HTTP.
Tip: When you are configuring Gmail or Yahoo mail, you will need to click ‘Outgoing Server requires authentication’. Also note that Windows Mail cannot work with HTTP.
Windows Mail Steps
Once you have entered the relevant information, click Next.
Step 4: Type in the Logon name and Password given by you Internet Service Provider. Click ‘Remember Password’ to fetch your mail automatically.
Step 5: Click on Finish to close the wizard.
Step 6: If you have Outlook installed, then the wizard displays Import Messages which allows you to import messages from Outlook. We will choose ‘Do not import at this time’.
Well you are done. You can test the configuration by sending and receiving a sample email. In case of errors, you can change the settings by going to Tools > Accounts. 
In this article, we saw how to configure Windows Mail on your Vista Box. In the next article, we will see how to perform common operations using Windows Mail. We will also learn how to use newsgroups with Windows Mail. I hope the article was informative and I thank you for viewing it.

This article has been editorially reviewed by Suprotim Agarwal.

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Comment posted by abhijit_zanak on Saturday, July 21, 2007 11:38 PM
can we create imap account in outlook 2007
Comment posted by Bowen on Sunday, August 5, 2007 5:00 PM
New to vista. trying to click link on craigslist to write response, used to be able to have yahoo mail compose page pop up when I would click that link (with xp).
Windows mail says it does not support web based email. how od I eliminate windows mail so I can have yahoo mail be my default email?
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