Accessing Your Outlook.com Email with Outlook Express Using POP

If you used Hotmail and Windows Live Mail, you're no doubt aware that these have finally been migrated to Outlook.com by Microsoft. Also, Outlook Express is an email client that Microsoft no longer supports, but some users may still be using it on their Windows XP computer (Outlook Express does not work on later versions of Windows). 

If you want to set up Outlook Express to access Outlook.com emails using POP, these steps can help you with those settings.

Access an Outlook.com Account with Outlook Express Using POP

To set up a Outlook.com account in Outlook Express:

  • In the Outlook Express menu, click Tools > Accounts....
  • Click Add > Mail....
  • Type your name under Display name.
  • Click Next.
  • Enter your Outlook.com address under E-mail address.
  • Click Next.
  • Under My incoming mail server is a ___ server, ensure that POP3 is selected.
  • Under Incoming mail (POP3, IMAP or HTTP) server, type "pop-mail.outlook.com".
  • Under Outgoing mail (SMTP) server, enter "smtp-mail.outlook.com". 
  • Click Next.
  • Under Account name, type your complete email address (e.g., "example@hotmail.com").
  • Enter your password.
  • Click Next.
  • Click Finish.
  • Highlight the newly created Hotmail account.
  • Click Properties.
  • Go to the Servers tab.
  • Under Outgoing Mail Server, make sure My server requires authentication is checked.
  • Go to the Advanced tab.
  • Make sure This server requires a secure connection (SSL) is checked 
  • Under both Outgoing mail (SMTP) and Incoming mail (POP3), make sure "25" is entered.
  • Under Incoming server (POP3), make sure "995" appears.
  • Click OK.
  • Click Close.