How to Access Free Windows Live Hotmail in IncrediMail

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Setting up access to your Windows Live Hotmail account in IncrediMail is a snap. But what if IncrediMail's way to access Windows Live Hotmail fails?​ There are two alternative routes that may work to solve the issue.

Access Free Windows Live Hotmail in IncrediMail Using POP

To fetch from and send through a Windows Live Hotmail account using standard POP and SMTP interfaces:

  • Select Tools | Accounts... from the menu in IncrediMail.
  • Click Add.
  • In IncrediMail Xe:
    • Make sure Let me configure settings myself is selected.
  • Click Next >.
  • Enter your name under Your name is:.
  • Type your Windows Live Hotmail email address under Your email address:, but leave out the final ".com" part.
    • If your Windows Live Hotmail address is "homers@hotmail.com", for example, type "homers@hotmail".
  • Click Next >.
  • In IncrediMail Xe:
    • Click OK if IncrediMail informs you that the email address seems to be invalid.
  • Make sure POP3 is selected under My incoming mail server type is:.
  • Enter "pop3.live.com" under Incoming mail server:.
  • Type "smtp.live.com" under Outgoing mail server:.
  • Click Next >.
  • Enter your complete Windows Live Hotmail email address under Username:.
  • Now enter your Windows Live Hotmail password under Password:.
  • Click Finish.
  • Click OK.
  • Highlight the Windows Live Hotmail account in the Mail Accounts window.
  • Click Properties.
  • Go to the General tab.
  • Add the missing ".com" to your Windows Live Hotmail address under Email address:.
  • Change the Account Name: to "Windows Live Hotmail".
  • Go to the Servers tab.
  • Make sure My server requires authentication is checked under Outgoing Mail Server.
  • Go to the Advanced tab.
  • Make sure This server requires a secure connection (SSL) is checked under Outgoing mail (SMTP):.
  • Make sure This server requires a secure connection (SSL) is checked under Incoming mail (POP3): as well.
  • Click OK.
  • Now click Close.

Access Free Windows Live Hotmail in IncrediMail Using FreePOPs

To download mail from your free Windows Live Hotmail account into IncrediMail using FreePOPs:

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  • Install FreePOPs.
  • Select All Programs | FreePOPs | FreePOPs from the Start menu.
  • Select Tools | Accounts... from the menu in IncrediMail.
  • Click Add.
  • Make sure Let me configure settings myself is selected.
  • Click Next >.
  • Enter your name under Your name is:.
  • Type your Windows Live Hotmail email address under Your email address:, but leave out the final ".com" part.
    • If your Windows Live Hotmail address is "homers@hotmail.com", for example, type "homers@hotmail".
    • Do not type your complete Windows Live Hotmail address because this makes IncrediMail use the interface that only works with Windows Live Hotmail subscription accounts.
  • Click OK if IncrediMail alerts you to the fact that the email address seems to be invalid.
  • Click Next >.
  • Make sure POP3 is selected under My incoming mail server type is:.
  • Type "localhost" under Incoming mail server:.
    • If "localhost" turns out not to work, try "127.0.0.1" instead.
  • Enter your ISP's mail server under Outgoing mail server:.
    • Typically, you will use the same server you use for your other non-Windows Live Hotmail email account.
    • If you have no SMTP server available, you may be able to use the mail servers offered by Gmail or AIM Mail.
  • Click Next >.
  • Type your complete Windows Live Hotmail address under Username:.
  • Enter your Windows Live Hotmail password under Password:.
  • Click Finish.
  • Click OK.
  • Make sure the Windows Live Hotmail account is highlighted in the Mail Accounts window.
  • Click Properties.
  • Add the missing ".com" to your Windows Live Hotmail address under Email address:.
  • Change the Account Name: to "Windows Live Hotmail".
  • Go to the Advanced tab.
  • Type "2000" under Server Port Numbers | Incoming Mail (POP3).
  • Click OK.
  • Now click Close.

With a bit of tweaking, you can also download mail from folders other than your Windows Live Hotmail inbox.