Using Live Mail To Upgrade AOL Mail

If you having an American Online account and still using this account for work or keeping in touch with a number of people who only know your former username or address, then you are likely to want to know how you can keep using the email account when you already moved and no longer use AOL as your internet service provider. Nowadays, you can use your American Online email account, like Hotmail and Yahoo from any computer having access to the internet. What’s more, a number of convenient desktop programs like Outlook Express and Windows Live Mail can also be added to your AOL email.


Getting a Windows Live Account

While Outlook Express is a great desktop option, if you are looking to integrate all your contacts, email accounts and calendars in real time to you PC and cell phone, then Windows Live Mail is the best option. If you don’t already have a Windows Live Account then you can get one by visiting the Windows Live Account Setup site .


If you have a Hotmail or Windows Messenger account you already have a login and are ready to setup your other accounts right away.


Setting Up your AOL Email

The process of adding any email address to your Windows Live account is very simple and really only involves a few easy steps. Before beginning, however, you will need to make sure that both your AOL and Windows Live accounts are step up and active. If this is your first time using Windows Live email you will be automatically prompted to enter an email, otherwise…


On the bottom left side of the Windows Live window locate and click the Add Email Account link.


The Email Account Wizard will start by opening a dialog box.


Enter your email address in its full format and enter your email password.


Click the Remember Password check box if you do not want to have to re-enter your password every time, but only do this for personal computers and devices.


Type in your name as you want it to appear in the “sent from” field of other people’s email accounts in the Display Name field. This can be anything you want and does not have to match your AOL user name.


Make sure the manually Configure Servers Settings for Email Account check box is unchecked. Windows Live can do this automatically for most online email providers


Click OK. You will receive a confirmation once the American Online account has been successfully added. This should only take a moment.


You can now check your AOL email and all your other email accounts you set up from one easy and convenient program. You can add other accounts, such as Yahoo and Gmail, using the same steps outlined above.


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Moses K. is an analyst and contributing writer for SlimWare Utilities. He specializes in issues that relate to PC usability and consumer safety.

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