Windows Live Mail is the successor to Windows Mail in Vista, and Outlook Express in XP and earlier versions of Windows. There are improvements over its forebears:
Integrated with Hotmail accounts and other web-based email systems, including Gmail and Yahoo. Live Mail will collect mail from all these sources, as well as POP3 and IMAP email accounts into a unified inbox.
You can send high-resolution photos to email recipients - without overloading the recipients' inboxes or clogging their slow internet connection. Windows Live Mail embeds photo thumbnails - optionally enhance with caption text, templates, and picture frames - in the message. When you send an email with a photo attached, Live Mail will store the photo in Skydrive and send the recipient a thumb nail of the photo. The photo is retained in Skydrive for a few days. Windows Live Mail also includes basic photo editing tools for touching up photos before mailing. You can opt out of the Skydrive feature. Details are explained below.
Windows Live Mail is integrated with other Windows Live Programs; Live Messenger, Live Writer, Live Photo Gallery.
Windows Live Mail incorporates contact management and calendar functionality.
NOTE: A Windows Live ID is not required for using Live Mail, however, certain features are available only with a Windows Live ID. Windows Live ID features require you to be connected to the internet. Many of the Windows Live applications are in the Cloud and are not installed on your computer.
DOWNLOADING AND INSTALLING WINDOWS LIVE MAIL:
Note: The new version of Windows Live Mail can not be installed on Windows XP.
The installation file for Windows Live should be downloaded and saved in your downloads folder. The web site is http://download.live.com/wlmail
Go to the web site (copy and paste the above address into the address field of your browser) and click on the DOWNLOAD button.
The name of the file is: wlsetup-web.exe save the file in your downloads folder. After the download is completed go to your downloads folder and click on the file to start the installation process. YOU MUST BE CONNECTED TO THE INTERNET TO INSTALL WINDOWS LIVE MAIL. The file you downloaded is not the full program just an installer. Below is a step by step guide on installing Live Mail.
When you click on WLSETUP-WEB.EXE this is the first frame.
UN-Tick everything except MAIL and then click on INSTALL.
You may see this if you have IE open or any other program that will conflict with the installation.
Installing, please wait.
UN-Tick all these items, unless you want that feature.
If you want to sign up with windows live click Sign Up. If you already have a Hotmail account you don't need to. Click Close.
Your Finished. A short cut to Windows Live Mail should have been added to the Start Menu, If it was not go to Programs and find Windows Live and Right Click on Windows Live Mail and select PIN To Start Menu.
SETTING UP AN ACCOUNT IN WINDOWS LIVE MAIL:
If installing Windows Live Mail on XP or Vista with Outlook Express or Windows Mail already setup, Windows Live Mail will automatically import all the account settings and address book from the older programs. Other wise you will be asked some questions. You cannot import mail directly from Outlook into Windows Live Mail. You must use Outlook Express to import from Outlook first, then Windows Live Mail can import mail from Outlook Express. You will need the following information to set up an account:
Your Email Address
Display Name (This is the name people see in their from column when they receive an email from you).
Address of the incoming and outgoing mail server and if the server requires Authentication. Your ISP will provide this information.
Example of Mail Server Settings:
Bigpond: Email Address : email@example.com; POP3: mail.bigpond.com; SMTP: mail.bigpond.com. Does not require authentication.
This is what Windows Live Mail 2011 looks like. Notice the new Ribbon Tool Bar and the Send/Receive button. The older version of Live Mail did not use the Ribbon and had a SYNC button.
In the upper LEFT corner, click on the Menu icon and select OPTIONS, Then Email Accounts. as shown below
Fill in the boxes and click next to proceed to the next window.
If you need to import email from Outlook Express located on an older computer you first need to locate the folder that contains the Outlook Express message store. This folder is buried deep inside the directory structure but it is easy to find once you know where to look. Outlook Express has a feature that will show you the location of the Message Store.
Open Outlook Express and click on TOOLS > OPTIONS and go to the Maintenance Tab. In the Maintenance tab click on Store Folder. A small window will open titled: Store Location. Look at the path, something like this:
C:\Documents and Settings\ (user name) \ Local Settings \ Application Data \ identities \ and a big long number
You will have to click on the path name and use the right arrow key on your keyboard to scroll to the right to see the complete path. Take note of this path. Close all the windows including Outlook Express and open Windows Explorer and navigate to the store folder. Example shown below:
Copy the Outlook Express folder to an external device and transfer it to the new pc. In Windows Live Mail click on FILE > Import > Messages. Select Microsoft Outlook Express 6 and click next. Browse to the device that contains the outlook express folder and click next. In the next step you can select all the folders or just the one you want. Click next and the messages will be imported. Click Finish.
You can import the Outlook Express address book the same way. The address book is contained in a single WAB file located in the address book folder as shown below. (replace Bill with your user name).
SENDING PICTURES WITH WINDOWS LIVE MAIL
When you right click on a picture in Windows Explorer and select send to EMAIL, you get the option to resize the picture then when you click Attach a new EMAIL opens, HOWEVER, the attachment field in the new email message does not appear. Instead your picture is put in a photo album for transmission to ONEDRIVE (Cloud) where your recipient can download it.
You can opt out of this feature and send the picture as a normal attachment.
Click on the picture and the FORMAT tab on the Ribbon Tool Bar will open. Click on the large Paper Clip to shift to Attachment
Now your picture will be sent as an attachment directly to your recipient and not go via Skydrive.
Open Windows Explorer and right click on a picture and select Send To > Mail Recipient.
Select the picture size and click on Attach.
Click on the Picture and the FORMAT Tab will open, then Click on the Paper Clip.
Now your picture is an attachment, and will not go via Skydrive.
There is only one catch to this procedure; you have to have a Microsoft Account and be logged in. See the section on creating a Microsoft Account.
WINDOWS LIVE MAIL ACCOUNT SETTINGS:
right click on your email account and choose Properties from the menu
Your email account settings are split between 4 tabs: General, Servers, Security and Advanced.
Additional information can be found on this web page:
Live Mail Tutorial
- This page last updated on 3 Sep 2017