Configuring Windows Mail

Windows mail is not available by default in windows 7.  Windows mail is a replacement of outlook express in Windows XP. It has more advanced features than Outlook express. We can set multiple email accounts in one place. Features like Email, Calendar can be viewed offline. Enhanced search option which can search Titles, email and content as well.  Photos can be sent in a small thumbnail size retaining the quality. We have to download ‘Windows Live Essentials’ from the internet. You can download Windows Live essentials from the following link:http://windows.microsoft.com/en-us/windows-live/essentials. Once you download ‘Windows Live essentials’ double click the setup and start installing it. Here while selecting the installation type select ‘Choose the program you want to install’ and select only ‘Windows mail’ so that only windows mail will be installed. The installation requires internet connection. Make sure that you are connected to internet before starting the installation. Once you complete the installation follow the steps.

Security Features in Windows Mail:

  1. Warning about harmful emails and blocking of potential harmful attachments.
  2. Blocking of image downloading and other external content.
  3. Separate Inbox folders for different accounts.
  4. It synchronizes with Windows Live contact.
  5. It has automatic spelling check.
  6. While writing email you can use Emoticons.
  7. Search option has advanced features like title search, email search in Windows mail.

To configure Windows Mail you should have following things:

  1. Valid Email ID & password.
  2. Information of POP, IMAP or SMTP server.

POP: Post Office Protocol is an incoming mail server protocol.

IMAP: Internet Messaging Access Protocol is an incoming mail server protocol.

SMTP: Simple Mail Transfer Protocol is an outgoing mail server protocol.

Steps to Configure Windows Mail:

  1.  Go to ‘Start’ – ‘All programs’ – ‘Windows live mail’. It will display ‘Windows Live mail is starting’ page. ‘Windows Live mail’ window is displayed.
  2. Click on ‘Accounts’ tab – ‘Email’ link in the left pane. This will display ‘Add your Email account page’. Enter you email id, password, Check the ‘Remember my password’ option. Enter the ‘display name’ which you want to be sent to recipient. Check the ‘Manually configure the server settings’ option.
  3. On ‘Configure server settings page’ enter the appropriate incoming ‘POP server/IMAP’ and outgoing ‘SMTP’ server information.
  4. Click ‘Next’ – and click ‘Ok’ to finish the configuration. Once this is done it will automatically start downloading messages from the mail server.
  5. To send a new message ,click on ‘Home’ tab and select ‘Email message’—enter the recipient address in the ‘To’ field, enter the ‘Subject’ and write the body of your message. Once this is done you can click on ‘Send’ to send the message. You can also click on ‘Send Receive’ button in the home tab. This helps us to test the ‘Send and receive’ configuration. If it is configured properly the synchronization will successfully complete.

Configuring Windows mail backup:

  1. Select the ‘File menu’ drop down arrow, Select ‘export messages’, Click on ‘Windows live  mail’ program, specify the location of the messages which you want to export by clicking on ‘Browse’ button or select the ‘default path’ and click ‘Next’.
  2. Select ‘All folders’ option if you want to take backup of all folders. The ‘export completed’ page appears. Click ‘Finish’.

Restoring Windows Mail:

  1. Select the ‘File menu’ drop down arrow, Select ‘import messages’, Click on ‘Windows  mail’ program, specify the location of the messages which you want to import by clicking on ‘Browse’ button or select the ‘default path’ and click ‘Next’.
  2. Select ‘All folders’ to restore all the folders. The ‘Import completed’ page appears. Click ‘Finish’.