Setting up your Microsoft Exchange mailbox in Windows Live Mail will only take a couple of minutes. We have separate articles that explain the process of setting up your Standard or Advanced mailbox.

Quick tip: This tutorial will show you how to connect to a Microsoft Exchange mailbox using IMAP. However, to take advantage of all exchange mailbox features, you should Download and install your free copy of Outlook 2007 to connect to your mailbox.

Step 1

Open Windows Live Mail. Click Tools, then Accounts in the drop down menu.

Step 2

The Accounts window will open. Click Add in the top right corner.

Step 3

Select E-mail account and click Next.

Step 4

Enter your full email address. This is made up of the mailbox name you chose, the “@” symbol and your domain name. In the next text box, enter your mailbox password.

Step 5

In the next text box, enter a display name. This is what most email users will see in the inboxes instead of your email address.  Select the box marked Manually configure server settings for e-mail account. Click Next.

Step 6

Ensure that IMAP is selected from the dropdown list and enter the following details.

  • Incoming server text box: Enter exchange.promailbox.net.
  • Incoming server port: should be set at 143.
  • This server requires a secure connection: Leave unchecked.
  • Log on using: Clear text authentication.
  • Logon ID: Enter the email address of your mailbox.
  • Outgoing mail (SMTP) server: Enter smtp.promailbox.net
Quick tip: While you can leave the outgoing server port set at 25, most ISP’s (Comcast, AOL, Yahoo etc) now block this port. If you are unable to send email using port 25, you should change it to 225 or 587.
  • This server requires a secure connection (SSL): Leave unchecked.
  • My outgoing server requires authentication: Check this box.


Step 7

Check the details you have entered again. Click Next and Finish to set up your account and close the new account wizard.

Step 8

The first time you connect to the mailbox you will be asked which folders you would like to show/hide in your mailbox. Select the folders you would like Windows Live to show you and then click OK.

Windows Live mail is now configured to send and receive email from your Microsoft Exchange mailbox.