Can You Check Outlook Express Email on Another Computer?

By Bennett Gavrish

If you rely on the Outlook Express application to read and send email, you may have difficulty trying to check your messages when away from your main computer. To get around this problem, you can enable remote desktop on your home computer and then connect to it from another PC through the Remote Desktop feature of the Windows operating system. Once connected, you can run the Outlook Express application as you normally would and check your email.

Enabling Remote Desktop

By default, the Remote Desktop feature of the Windows XP Professional operating system is disabled. Before you're able to check your Outlook Express email on another computer, you must enable it. To do so, open the Start menu, right-click on "My Computer" and select "Properties." Then go to the Remote tab at the top of the Properties window. Check the box next to "Allow users to connect remotely to this computer" and click "OK" to save the settings. Remote Desktop is now enabled on your PC.

Connecting With Remote Desktop

To check your Outlook Express email on another computer, you must leave your home computer powered on to allow Remote Desktop to function correctly. To connect to your main computer, open the Start menu on the remote system and go into the All Programs list. Then expand the Accessories and Communications subfolders, and click on "Remote Desktop Connection." Type the hostname or IP address of your main computer into the Computer field and hit the "Connect" button.

Accessing Outlook Express

After making an initial connection to your main computer using Remote Desktop, you will be prompted to log in. Use the same username and password credentials that you use to log in to your computer at home. After that, you will see your home computer in a virtual environment and will be able to control it as if you were sitting in front of it. That means that you can open the Start menu, click on the "Outlook Express" icon to launch your email program and connect to your mail accounts. Once Outlook Express finishes opening, click on "Inbox" to check for new emails.