Configure Hotmail, Live and MSN e-mail accounts to use them with POP3 in Outlook 2007 and Outlook 2003


As you may know, Microsoft has decided some time ago to open its POP3 support for Hotmail, Live and MSN e-mail accounts…

Here, you’ll find the needed information to make them work on your favorite e-mail client…

First, I’ll leave the configuration data (that you can use in any e-mail client) and, then, I’ll explain step by step how to configure the accounts in Outlook…

Server type: POP3
Incoming mail server (POP3):
Outgoing mail server (SMTP):
Require logon using Secure Password Authentication (SPA): Yes.
SMTP Authentication: Yes, use the same settings as the incoming mail server.
POP3 Encrypted Connection: Yes.
POP3 Port: 995
SMTP Connection Encryption: Yes, TLS.
SMTP Port: 25.

These instructions are for Outlook 2007, but they also apply to Outlook 2003 with some little differences… Those differences will be explained where corresponding…

First of all, you must go to Tools->Account Settings… [Outlook 2003: it is Tools->E-Mail Accounts…]


Then, this screen will appear… (If you don’t have any account set up yet, it may open directly the New Account Wizard)… [Outlook 2003: You must choose “View or change existing e-mail accounts” for the following screen to appear, but you can directly choose “Add a new e-mail account”.]


You must press “New”… (You will not need to do this if the New Account Wizard opened automatically).


Here you must choose “Microsoft Exchange, POP3, IMAP or HTTP” and press Next… [Outlook 2003: just choose POP3.]


Then, check “Manually configure server settings or additional server types” and press Next… [Outlook 2003: this step is not needed.]


Choose “Internet E-mail” and press Next… The Manual configuration screen will appear… Fill it with the following data: [Outlook 2003: the Manual configuration screen will appear directly without this step, just fill it. You must not check the “Require logon using Secure Password Authentication (SPA)” since it doesn’t seem to be correctly supported for Outlook 2003.]


Of course, you must adapt for your account the following fields: “Your Name”, “E-Mail Address”, “User Name” and “Password”… If you don’t want to leave your password saved, just uncheck the “Remember password” checkbox…

Then, press “More Settings”…


Go to the “Outgoing Server” page and leave it configured like this:


Then go to the Advanced page and leave it like this… [Outlook 2003: there is no outgoing server connection encryption type selection, just check both SSL boxes.]


If you don’t want the downloaded messages to be removed from your webmail account, just check “Leave a copy of messages on the server”…

After that, press OK and then, the “Test Account Settings” button… If everything was correctly configured, you’ll get the following screen: [Outlook 2003: there are more items, but they must all be checked in green.]


Finally, close it and press Next… The Congratulations screen will appear…


And that’s all…

Enjoy it! :)

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8 Responses to “Configure Hotmail, Live and MSN e-mail accounts to use them with POP3 in Outlook 2007 and Outlook 2003”

  • I cannot set-up hotmail on Outlook 2003. You cannot select TSL as the outgoing server (smtp) security like you can in Outlook 2007.
    See Internet email settings (POP3) > more setting > advanced.
    The bucking fasterds at Microsoft opened up hotmail for use in outlook, but you have to pay to upgrade to 2007 for it to work. Classic.

    • Hi Fred!

      I have good news for you :)

      You can configure Outlook 2003 to use Hotmal accounts!

      Take a look at the instructions I published and you’ll see some comments on the differences between Outlook 2003 and 2007!

      I you have any further question, just comment again!

      Hope it helps!


  • I have recently set up an outlook account from the instructions above. They worked great for awhile. Now I can not send a new email. I can send a reply. The only thing different is that I tried to set up my itouch with email. But I don’t see any changes in the original set up to not make it work.

    Thank you, I hope you can help.

    • Hi Shar, sorry for taking so much time to answer, I was on vacation…

      Probably, when you set up you other account, you set it as your default account…

      When you reply a message, Outlook automatically sets the new mail to be sent using the same account from which the original message was received, ignoring the default account. On the other side, when you create a new message it will be configured to be sent using your default account.

      You can just simply set back your previous account as the default one and it should work again without problems.

      Hope it helps!


  • I’ve followed your steps exactly – It completes when logging onto incoming mail server but when it goes to send a test email it fails and cannot send – im using email account do you know what im doing wrong?


  • I have a problem in synchronising my hotmail and outlook. out my surprise all my other emails, yahoo and Gmail can synchronise but hotmail always shows error.
    can anyone help….

  • Excelente! funciona!

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