This post will show you how to setup a POP3 or IMAP email account in Windows Live Mail. POP3 and IMAP are some of the most common email account types available, nearly always those offered by your web hosting or email hosting company. Most companies not using Microsoft Exchange as email server will be using POP3 or IMAP for their employees email account. Windows Live Mail support equally well these two technologies.
The first time you open Windows Live Mail after installation, the new email account setup wizard should open automatically, ready to collect and test your email account information.
Windows Live Mail only requires three fields of information to automatically setup an email account for you and these screen is similar to Microsoft Office outlook 2007 where it is similar email account setup setup screen:
Enter your email account information
Enter your full email address in the first field (“E-mail address”). The “Get a free e-mail account” link Windows Live Mail displays allows you to obtain a Hotmail account; you can ignore it if you are trying to setup a standard POP3 or IMAP email account.
With the second field (“Password”), Windows Live Mail requests your email account’s password to be able to connect to your mail server. Windows Live Mail will by default remember your email account password; you can opt to supply it every time by unchecking the “Remember password” checkbox.
The last field, “Display Name”, determines what Windows Live Mail will show as sender’s name to people you email from it. The display name can be your real name or not: it does not have to match your email address or its user name (the portion of the email address that comes before the “@” character).
The “Manually configure server settings for e-mail account” checkbox is unchecked by default, and Windows Live Mail will attempt to configure your email account automatically. It is worth letting Windows Live Mail give it a try, it could save you a couple minutes.
Finalize your new email account setup in Windows Live Mail
Click the Next button: Windows Live Mail should display a successful email account setup message.
After that, it will start downloading your emails from the mail server. You will see appear in the left pane your new email account and its default folders. If you setup an IMAP account, you will also see all the folders you created on the server through a webmail service or another email client.