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15-03-2009, 08:42 AM
Tried to set up my wife's Hotmail, with Outlook Express, on our XP Home computer and got the following error message:- Unable to poll for new messages on your HTTP server. Account: 'Alice's Hotmail', Server: 'http://services.msn.com/svcs/hotmail/httpmail.asp', Protocol: HTTPMail, Server Response: 'Service Unavailable', Port: 0, Secure(SSL): No, Server Error: 804, Socket Error: 87, Error Number: 0x800CCCF0
I set up mine and work straight off. Any ideas? Thanks, Ian.:thumbs:

Speedy Gonzales
15-03-2009, 10:29 AM
Probably unavailable as it says in the error

15-03-2009, 10:32 AM
That's true, but I was able to send and receive on my Hotmail via Hotmail.:thanks

15-03-2009, 10:54 AM
Is it all set up like this?:

* Incoming Server: pop3.live.com
* Incoming Port: 995
* SSL Encryption: yes
* Outgoing Server: smtp.live.com
* Outgoing port: 25
* Authentication: yes
* TLS Or SSL: yes


15-03-2009, 11:51 AM
Outlook Express does not show any of these settings. It is set the same as my Hotmail and, as I said, mine works...

Speedy Gonzales
15-03-2009, 11:57 AM
If your hotmail account is pretty old, thats probably why it works.

If it was a recent hotmail account, if you tried to add an hotmail account into OE, it wouldnt let you. It would bring up errors (unless you paid for it)

Altho, I think this changed recently

Which could be why yours is different, from what Blam posted

15-03-2009, 12:04 PM
I think that you are correct, Speedy. I've had mine, for a long time, wifes one was about 3 years ago. I accessed the accout, from their website, no I get a different message, so problem solved. Thanks all.
Could not connect to Hotmail as xxxxxxxx@hotmail.com.

Hotmail no longer allows email access via Outlook Express for free email accounts.

Please visit http://www.hotmail.com/oe to learn more.

Account: 'Alice's Hotmail', Server: 'http://services.msn.com/svcs/hotmail/httpmail.asp', Protocol: HTTPMail, Server Response: 'Access to Hotmail via Outlook and Outlook Express now requires a subscription. Please sign up at http://join.msn.com/general/Email', Port: 0, Secure(SSL): No, Server Error: 998, Error Number: 0x800CCCF6

Speedy Gonzales
15-03-2009, 12:13 PM
Get a Gmail account, its free, and it'll let you add it in OE / whatever email client

Add it as a IMAP server. Then you'll see the folders in OE (the same folders, that are on the Gmail site)

Or add it as a pop server, sign up to Gmail, and forward the Gmail email to your ISP's / normal email addy (in prefs on the Gmail site).

That way, if you get email through Gmail, it'll go to your normal email addy

The only thing with Gmail is, it can be fussy with exe files (it can delete them), if it think its a virus or something.

So, you may have to have to change the exe extension, to something else (like txt). The other person at the other end, will have to rename it.

15-03-2009, 12:54 PM
Or, you could just use Windows Live Mail

15-03-2009, 01:14 PM
Windows Live mail has a horrible interface

15-03-2009, 02:19 PM
Thanks guys for all your comments. I think I might just close Hotmail as a don't use it anymore.