How to Install Outlook Web Access

By Kate Evelyn

With the traditional Microsoft Outlook e-mail and calendar program, you can only view e-mails on the machine where the program is installed. If you'd like to check your e-mails from anywhere using Outlook, you need to install Outlook Web Access. Luckily, the process doesn't take long and basically anyone can do it. It does not require extensive computer knowledge. Note that Outlook Web Access is part of the Microsoft Exchange program. There is not a separate Web Access CD.

Things You'll Need

  • Microsoft Exchange CD

Step 1

Place your Microsoft Exchange CD in your computer's CD-ROM drive. Your computer must have traditional Outlook installed and set up. Wait until a window pops up that says "Setup Selection." Click on the button that reads "Set Up Server and Components."

Step 2

You will then see a window entitled "Choose and Install." Find the item for Microsoft Exchange, and click the button next to it. Read the license agreement. Click the box at the bottom of it. Press "Enter."

Step 3

Click on "Complete/Custom" when you see the setup box. Look at the list of options and ensure that nothing is checked besides "Outlook Web Access." Press "Enter." Wait for the installer to start.

Step 4

Type in a name for your Exchange Server when the installer prompts you to. The installer will now copy your Outlook files from your current machine to the Web Access program. Wait for the pop-up window that tells you the install is finished.

Step 5

Make sure Web Access is working. Launch your Web browser, and type your computer's name, a forward slash and the server name into the navigation bar. You should have named your computer when you originally set up your operating system. If you don't remember what it is, go to "My Computer" and then to "View System Information."

Step 6

Choose a username and a password and type them in when prompted. Leave the "Save This Password" box empty. You should now be able to get to your Outlook inbox over the Web. Try it from another machine to ensure the install worked properly.

Tips & Warnings

  • You might need to install additional Microsoft software, such as Active Server Pages. You will be prompted to do so if needed.
  • You will not need to install Outlook Web Access on every machine you plan to use it on. You only need install it once to give the program access to your Exchange Server.
  • Never leave Outlook Web Access open when you're not using it, especially on a public computer.

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