How to configure an email account in Windows (Vista) Mail

The purpose of this tutorial is to show you how to set up your email account(s) in Windows Vista Mail so you will be able to send and receive emails without going into webmail.

The first step in doing this is to create the email account, you should have already done that through your hosting cPanel. If you need assistance doing this, please view the tutorial: How to create a POP email account.

Now that we have our account created, lets open Windows Mail and configure the settings:

  • In the upper menu bar, click on the Tools link and from the pull-down screen, click on Accounts to open a new window.
  • Click on the ADD button which opens a Select Account Type window.
  • Now select the Email Account option then click on the Next button.
  • Your now at the name screen. Enter the name as you would like it to appear in the *from* field of your Outgoing emails then click the Next button.
  • Now enter your full complete new email address then click on the Next button.
  • Your now at the email servers setup screen. Enter your Incoming and Outgoing server settings in the two boxes (both the incoming and outgoing server settings are When you are done, click Next.
  • Now your username and password are required. In the first box, enter the email username (it will be your complete email address).
  • In the second box, enter your email password then click on Next.
  • Congratulations, you have now entered all of the required information to set up your account. Click Finish.

You are now back at the Account box and you can see your new account is listed. We need to do one more thing to complete the configuration:

  • Click on Properties then click on the Servers tab.
  • At the bottom of that page, check the box that says *My server requires authentication*.
  • Click OK when done.

SMTP authentication means that Windows Mail will logon to your mail server when sending email as well as when receiving to make sure that you are the only one that can send email from your account.

That completes the setup of the email account in Windows Mail, you are now ready to receive and send email from your new account. You may add more accounts at any time but remember, they will not work if you do not first create the account in your hosting cPanel. For additional assistance, contact us by submitting a support ticket.

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