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How Do I Use Windows Live® Mail 2011

February 20, 2012  |  Difficulty: Easy

download and start using Microsoft Windows Live® Mail 2011

Microsoft Windows Live® Mail 2011 is a comprehensive application that helps you organize your daily events. It is part of the Windows Live® suite so it is completely free. You can add multiple email accounts, share contacts, and plan a calendar. It follows the very popular Outlook® Express from Windows XP® or Microsoft® Mail from Windows Vista®, but this mail software is not preinstalled in Windows® 7. You can install it as a secondary option. Using the instructions below you can learn how to download and start using this free email client, a replacement for Microsoft® Outlook®.

Windows Live® Mail 2011 download and installation instructions:

  1. Open your Internet browser and go to the Windows Live® Mail 2011 home page.
  2. Click on the “Download now” button and save the file onto your hard drive.
  3. Launch the downloaded file and install the program. The installation process is practically automatic so you shouldn’t have any problems. Once installed, restart your computer.
  4. Go to “Start > All Programs” and launch the “Windows Live Mail” application.
  5. The “Add your email accounts” wizard will pop up. Fill in the information about your mailboxes, such as your “Email address” and “Password”, then click on the “Next” button.
  6. Enter the incoming and outgoing server information of your mail server (typically the POP3/IMAP and SMTP server address). Click on the “Next” button.
  7. The account will be created and your email will download automatically.


  • If you choose the IMAP communication protocol, remember to enable this form of communication in your mailbox and correctly set the names of the mapping folders in the properties of your account.

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