How to Set Up Microsoft Exchange Mail

By Jim Campbell

Microsoft Exchange is an email host provider in corporate networks. Exchange is also used by Web host providers as a way to offer email services for small companies that cannot afford a private email server. The Windows operating system has the Windows Live email client available, so you can set up your Exchange email and retrieve it on your local computer. This way you avoid purchasing third party software to retrieve your Exchange email.

Step 1

Click the Windows "Start" button and select "All Programs." Click "Windows Live" in the list of program groups and then click "Windows Live Mail." This prompts you to configure your Exchange email settings.

Step 2

Enter your email address for the Exchange server and the password you use to access your inbox. This information is provided by your network administrator or email host provider. Enter your full name in the text box labeled "Display Name." Click "Next."

Step 3

Select "POP3" in the incoming email server drop-down box. Enter the exchange server name in the "Incoming Server" text box. Enter the same value for the "Outgoing Server" text box in the "Outgoing" section. This value is also provided by your network administrator or email host provider. Click "Next."

Step 4

Click "Finish" at the final screen. Windows Live opens to your inbox. Your unread email downloads to the Live Mail client, so you can view and reply to your new messages.