How to Set Up Windows Mail for the Vista OS


Windows Mail, a POP3 and IMAP client, comes free with Windows Vista. It builds on the foundation of Outlook Express, adding a variety of new features designed to help  reduce risks and annoyances such as phishing and junk mail. However, unlike Outlook Express, it does not support the HTTP servers used by Hotmail and other web-based email providers.

This document describes how to configure Windows Mail to access your LSE email account.

Note: We recommend that Outlook users set up an Exchange email connection|. If you are unable to set up an Exchange connection, you can follow the instructions below to set up an IMAP connection instead.


It is assumed that you have successfully connected to the Internet via dial-up, broadband, wireless, or wired network.

It is recommended that you tidy your Inbox at School before starting this procedure.

Basic Steps

1. Click Start | All Programs | Windows Mail

2. If this is the first time that your Windows Mail has been run, the mail setup wizard will pop up, click Cancel, then  Yes

3. If  Windows Mail Import dialog box pops up, click Cancel, then Yes

4. Click Tools | Accounts...| Add

5. Select E-mail Account and click Next

6. In the Display name box, type your name
This is the name that recipients will see when you send them an email message

7. Click Next
The Internet E-mail Address screen will be displayed

8. In the E-mail address box, enter your full LSE email address, e.g.|

9. Click Next
The Set up e-mail servers screen will be displayed

10. Select IMAP from the drop-down list - this step is very important

11. In the Incoming mail (POP3 or IMAP) server box, enter

12. In the Outgoing e-mail server (SMTP) name box, enter
Please note that this server will only send mail from your LSE account. If you are connecting from outside School you may find it easier to use your Internet Service Provider SMTP server.

13. Tick Outgoing server requires authentication and click Next

14. In the E-mail username box, enter your account name in the form lse\username\email alias where username is your LSE username and email alias is your LSE email name without; e.g. lse\smithyijp\i.j.smithy

15. Enter your LSE password, which is case sensitive

16. Tick Remember password if you wish to save your password

17. Click Next

18. Ensure that Do not download my email and folders at this time is unticked

19. Click Finish

20. Windows Mail now downloads a copy of your mail from the server, wait for this process to complete.

21. Click Close

22. To use SSL,  click Tools | Accounts...
LSE recommends that you use SSL to prevent your username and password being sent over the internet unencrypted

23. Under Mail, select your LSE email account

24. Click Properties

25. Click the Advanced tab

26. Under Incoming mail (IMAP):, tick This server requires a secure connection (SSL)

27. Click the Servers tab

28. Under Outgoing Mail Server section, ensure that My server requires authentication is ticked

29. Click Settings...

30. Select Log on using

31. In the E-mail username, enter your username in the form lse\username where username is your LSE username

32. Enter your password

33. Tick Remember password

34. Ensure that Log on using Secure Password Authentication is unticked

35. Click OK | OK | Close.