How to configure Windows Live Mail to connect to an email account

Windows Live Mail is a free email client that runs on Windows XP, Windows Vista and Windows 7. It's part of the free Windows Live Essentials suite. You can download it from the Windows Live Essentials site.

Before you add an email account in Windows Live Mail you have to create one. You can do this from the Email section of the Pixie control panel. Read the tutorial on creating an email account for more information on how to do it.

After you start Windows Live Mail click on the button Add e-mail account in the left frame. On the window that opens type the full email address, its password and your name in the respective fields. Then click on Next.

On the next window select IMAP or POP3 from the drop-down menu for incoming mail server type. In the fields for incoming and outgoing server you can use either your domain name (e.g., provided it points to our servers, or the name or IP address of the HostKnox server hosting your account.

If you want your mail to use encryption you have to use the name or IP address of the server. To use encryption just mark the respective checkboxes (This server requires a secure connection) for both incoming and outgoing server.

In the field for Login ID type your full email address (e.g. You also have to mark the checkbox for My outgoing server requires authentication.

Another thing you have to do is to set the correct port numbers for incoming and outgoing server. They are: 465 for SMTP (outgoing) with SSL encryption; 587 for SMTP without SSL; 993 for IMAP incoming server with SSL; 143 for IMAP without SSL; 995 for POP incoming server with SSL; 110 for POP without SSL.

Once you have configured everything click on Next and then on Finish.

For screenshots and some more details you can check the tutorial on configuring Windows Live Mail to connect to your email account.

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