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Setting Up Outlook Express 5/6 for Windows 95/98/NT/2000/XP

If you have never opened Outlook Express 5 or 6 before, you may be presented with the following dialog box.  If you have used this program before, and need help with the OE setup wizard, you can just skip to step 0, or you can Check your existing Outlook Express 5/6 configuration.

Don't change anything, and just click ok to continue, then you will be presented with the setup wizard.  If you are creating a new account in Outlook Express 5/6, you will also be presented with the Internet Connection Wizard for setting up email.  If you are not presented with the wizard (see Step 0 or Step 1 below), click here.

If you have never opened Outlook Express before, you may see the Import utility as shown below.  If you do not see the import utility, just skip to step 1.  The import utility is used to import your email and address book from another program you may have been using for email.  If you are switching to Outlook Express from another email program, you may choose to use the utility to transfer all your email and/or address book into Outlook Express.  Do this at your own risk, this page does not explain the import process.  If you are unsure or do not have any mail to import, then skip the import process.   If you see the  window shown below, simply click the Cancel button.

Then you will see the import cancel confirmation dialog box. Just click Yes to continue. Then you will be presented with the account setup wizard.

Type your name is the box and press next.  Enter your real name, as this name is displayed to others that you send e-mail to.

Select "I already have an e-mail address that I'd like to use" and enter your email address in the box. Then press Next.

In the next dialog box, choose POP3 for incoming mail server.  Then type into each of the other two boxes.  Press Next.

Next, enter your username into the Account Name box.  For example, if your e-mail address is, then your username is johndoe.
If you want Outlook Express to remember your email password, enter your password and check the Save Password box.
If you DO NOT want Outlook Express to remember your email password, do not enter the password and uncheck the Save Password box.
DO NOT CHECK "Log on using Secure Password Authentication {SPA}".
Click Next.

Finally you are finished with the setup wizard!  Click Finish to complete the process.

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