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IMAP Settings That Work with Windows 8.1 and Windows Mail

IMAP Settings That Work with Windows 8.1 and Windows Mail

IMAP settings, how I got to work with Windows 8.1 and Windows Mail.

For something that is used so much by different people all over the world, getting this relatively simple thing to work can be quite challenging and very frustrating.

If you are using an email client to grab the emails from the email server that uses IMAP technology, setting up your email client to work in the expected way can be interesting and time consuming. I recently purchased a new laptop. No way would it let me use the way I was familiar with on my old laptop, where I was using POP3 technology. I did a quick google search, however could not find out quickly how I could use POP3 technology on my new laptop.

I bit the bullet and went ahead and looked at how I would use the newer IMAP technology. I got it to work eventually after spending time working with different settings that did not work, so hopefully this article will save you time. 🙂

The new laptop uses Windows 8.1 and Windows Mail. By the way, I upgraded my new laptop later from Windows 8.1 to Windows 10. Here is that process.

For the moment, I am going to use Windows 8.1 and Windows Mail. If you are typing information across, I suggest that you use copy and paste functionally, to be sure that the settings are correct and do not have small typos and the like. Be sure that you do not copy unintended leading blanks or trailing blanks as that can cause issues.

Get the IMAP Information from your email hosting provider

Get as much information as you can from your email hosting provider. Hopefully this will be information you can obtain without having to contact the applicable support people. If not, contact them.

Set Windows Mail client settings

Within the Windows Mail client, set values up as follows:

Setting Setting Value Any Notes
Preferred email address Incoming Mail Settings, Username For example: name@domain.com
Password Incoming Mail Settings, Password For example: you didn’t really expect me to provide with the password, did you? 🙂
Email user name Incoming Mail Settings, Username For example: name@domain.com
Incoming email server Incoming Mail Settings, Hostname For example: domain.com
You may need to include a prefix in front to get this to work, for example: mail.domain.com
The standard port number of the incoming email server is usaully Port 143 when using IMAP. The standard port numbers are not always used, so you may have to do additional research or contact the applicable support people. 🙂
Server requires SSL Left blank Not ticked
Outgoing email server Outgoing Mail Settings, Hostname This may be something like smtp.domain.com and it may use port 25
Server requires SSL Left blank Not ticked
Outgoing email server requires authentication Ticked Means “Yes, it does”
Email user name Outgoing Mail Settings, Username NB: Be sure to use the supplied value
Password Outgoing Mail Settings, Password NB: Be sure to use the supplied value

Your IMAP settings may be different.

Use this information as your starting point. If this information does not work for your IMAP environment, try a few different settings, and if you still need help, contact the applicable support for your IMAP environment. After all, that is what they are there for. 🙂

 

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