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How do I set up a default email provider?

Asked by Link (327points) December 26th, 2008

Hey people. I use Windows XP, and for whatever reason my default email provider seems to be Outlook. I never purchased Outlook, so I don’t know how how it became my default provider. I don’t have an email address set up with it either.

Can anyone explain why this is? Also can I set up a email account with Outlook even though I never bought it? If not how can I switch the default email provider of my OS?

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Lightlyseared's avatar

Outlook express is the free version of outlook that comes with windows XP. It is not an email provider but an email client. The provider is the company that provides the service ie AOL, yahoo etc. An email client is a program to send and recieve mail.

Outlook express can be set up use a lot of email services but if you want to change the default email program go to internet options and then on the programs tab select the program you want to use.

Link's avatar

Ohhhhh. Okay thanks. So I have an email account with Yahoo. How do I sync the free outlook with my Yahoo account?

Computergenius's avatar

I’m pretty sure that Outlook express (the free one) won’t let you read your yahoo email in it. I’ve tried that before, and it looks like you would have to upgrade to a paying (business) yahoo account before you can read your yahoo email in outlook express. Sorry :-(

Lightlyseared's avatar

Outlook express can be configured to access any POP3 or IMAP account as well as hotmail.

Instructions from Microsoft

Yahoo’s Settings are

Incoming Mail Server (POP3):
Use SSL, port: 995

Outgoing Mail Server (SMTP):
Use SSL, port: 465, use authentication

Account Name/Username: your yahoo email address
Email address: your yahoo email address
Password: Your Yahoo! Mail password

You can get them from the Yahoo email options page.

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