How To Configure Outlook Express for Hotmail

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If you do not want to access your Hotmail through your internet browser, you can configure a local e-mail client to access your hotmail e-mail. The simplest e-mail client on the Windows XP platform is Outlook Express, partly because the configuration of Hotmail on Outlook Express is very simple.

Follow these steps to configure your Hotmail account in Outlook Express:

  1. Open Outlook Express.
  2. In the Tools menu, select Accounts.
  3. In the Internet Mail window, select the Mail tab.
  4. Click the Add button on the right-hand side, and click Mail.
  5. Type the Display Name for your Hotmail account, and click Next.
  6. Type your Hotmail e-mail address, and click Next.
  7. All required server details are automatically entered based on the fact that Outlook Express knows the Hotmail settings. So simply click Next.
  8. Hotmail settings in Outlook Express
  9. Type your hotmail e-mail address in the Account name field, and your password in the Password field.
  10. Click Next and then Finish.

That’s all there is to it. If Outlook Express asks you to download the folders from your new mail server, you can click Yes. After that you can use your hotmail account in Outlook Express.

Update 2009:
From September 1, 2009 onwards Microsoft discontinued the support of WebDAV, the protocol used by Outlook Express to access Live hotmail accounts. This means that the above instructions will no longer allow you to access the hotmail account using Outlook Express.
If you still want to use your hotmail account in Outlook Express, change the configuration to use POP3 and SMTP instead.

Change the incoming mail server to and change the outgoing mail server to

Further settings: do not check the Log on using Secure Password Authentication (SPA) checkbox, and make sure the outgoing server is configured to use authentication, where you can normally use the same settings as the incoming server.
Under the Advanced tab, change the Server Port Numbers to be 995 for the incoming server and 25 or 587 for the outgoing server. Both should be using a secure connection (SSL).


23 Comments to “How To Configure Outlook Express for Hotmail”

  1. Ruby Alphonse says:

    I always get error message I can never get the connection. can anyone tell me why. I have typed everything correctly. with regards Ruby thank you

  2. akhilesh singh says:

    I always get error message I can never get the connection. can anyone tell me why. I have typed everything correctly. if u not able to give me answer then never wrong commitment……………………….

    with regards
    Akhilesh Singh
    thank you

  3. Kyle says:

    @Ruby Alphonse – What is the error message you are getting?

    @akhilesh singh – You are copying Ruby’s comment, but I am not understanding what you mean by your remarks. Please clarify.

  4. akhilesh singh says:

    that means i have done everything on your view but id is not configured in outlook express…………………………

    i m getting error verify your account and password……………………

  5. Kyle says:

    @akhilesh singh – If you are not getting a connection error, then it must indeed be the login credentials. Are you able to log in to the hotmail account on the web ( using the same credentials?

  6. akhilesh singh says:

    i m successfully login to the hotmail account on web

  7. Chris says:

    I agree with Ruby and Akhilesh singh, because I share the same problem, and
    even after following the confirgurations below, it still don’t work. I was once
    informed by a friend that older registered hotmail account can be downloaded
    into Outlook Express but newer version like sometime afte 2005? cannot.

    I am also seeking a remedy for this.
    thank you

  8. Chris says:

    Concerned party please visit the website below and you will understand.

  9. akhilesh singh says:

    but i have configured my hotmail id in outlook express.

    Thanx chris

  10. Kyle says:

    @Chris – Thanks for your feedback. I have updated the article to show how to use the new hotmail access from Outlook Express. From September 1, 2009 onwards, the pop3 access is required.
    Please see if you can get it to work with the updated instructions.

  11. sophie says:

    hi kyle, i fallowed the steps in your article and my outlook express works fine now. thanx man u really helped me!

  12. Peter says:

    Oddly, I am not able to get my Outlook Express 6.0, despite having all the correct settings. I am getting the following message:

    The connection to the server has failed. Account: ‘Hotmail’, Server: ‘’, Protocol: SMTP, Port: 25, Secure(SSL): Yes, Socket Error: 10060, Error Number: 0x800CCC0E

    Any ideas?

  13. Kyle says:

    @Peter – You can no longer get your hotmail with Outlook Express, Microsoft discontinued that support. You’ll need to use Windows Live Mail or Outlook from the Office suite (or log in online of course).

  14. Peter says:

    I am able to receive the mail, just no longer send. Does Windows Live allow me to download and view e-mails offline, or does it require an active connection?

  15. Kyle says:

    @Peter – Windows Mail, as part of Vista an Windows 7 (through the Lice Essentials extensions), is kind of the successor of Outlook Express, and it does store your email offline. So even without a live connection, you can access earlier emails.
    Windows Mail uses a Store Folder, like Outlook used to.

  16. Akhilesh Singh says:

    Dear Kyle,

    Now I have recieved every maiol in Outlook Through Hotmail Id.

    Thanx For your suggestion….

  17. Akhilesh Singh says:

    Dear Kyle,

    Just tell me one thing more, I am facing one problem in outlook express, no mail show in my outlook express like as ( inbox. sent items, outbox nothing shows only folder is showing ) but in c:\document & setting\user name\Local Setting\application Data\identities\microsoft\……..\outlook Express shows every folder of its own size.
    i Have done everything to recover my mail but its not done, plz suggest me what should i do?



  18. Kyle says:

    @Akhilesh Singh – Probably your folders.dbx file has errors. Try closing the folder list, then select Work Offline in the File menu, and then File -> Folder -> Compact All Folders.

  19. Akhilesh Singh says:

    i tried to it but not configured………..


  20. Jigar Soni says:

    kyle i have followed your modified instructions to configure windows live – hotmail in outlook … everuthing has been done and now when i am rying to send mail then it remain undelivered in outbox or what i can say whether hotmail folder is not loaded in my outllok… now when i am doing send recieve then it is asking to typr username 7 password for the server again and again….. can you please help me for this

  21. Kyle says:

    @Jigar Soni – Microsoft discontinued the support for hotmail access in Outlook Express. So now you will need to use Window Live Mail or Microsoft Outlook with the Outlook Connector if you want to use your hotmail account in a local email client :(

  22. Jigar Soni says:

    thanks kyle, yes you are right and that i have read that in already posted comments …. so i have tried my hot mail account at site “” given by you in one of your blog and fins that at that site i am able to log in with my hotmail….. so will this will also not work… also i have downloaded outlook connector so can you update your instructions for how to use window connector or it is alreadu\y available somewhere… also i want to know like hotmail can ialso configure rediff or yahoo account to my outlook….

    Jigar Soni

  23. Kyle says:

    @Jigar Soni – The Outlook Connector is rather simple. Once you install it, you will have a menu in Outlook that is called “Outlook Connector”. In there is a submenu “Add a New Account” where you can enter the hotmail account details.
    Rediff I do not know, but for Yahoo email, you will need to upgrade your account to a Plus account (whihc is not free) before you can use POP3 and access the email in Outlook.

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