Summary: Guide to setting up Windows Vista's built-in email application.
Select your provider?
Our website now provides help and support to customers of Plusnet, Force9 and Free-Online. Please select your provider using the drop-down menu and you will be provided with the technical support details that are appropriate to you.

This guide applies to Windows Mail for Windows Vista.

You can use these instructions to set up email for your Plusnet email address or email for a domain hosted on your account.

  1. If this is the first time you've opened Windows Mail, the Email Setup Wizard will appear automatically (continue to step 3).

    Otherwise, go to Tools on the top bar and select Accounts.

    Go to Tools on the top bar and select Accounts.
  2. Click Add...

    Click Add...
  3. Select E-Mail Account and click Next.

    Select E-Mail Account and click Next.
  4. Enter your full name (or the name you'd like people to see when you send them email from this account) and click Next.

    Enter your full name (or the name you'd like people to see when you send them email from this account) and click Next.
  5. Enter the address you're setting up, this could be a Plusnet address (yourname@username.plus.com) or a hosted domain address (yourname@yourdomain.co.uk).

    Enter the address you're setting up, this could be a Plusnet address (yourname@username.plus.com) or a hosted domain address (yourname@yourdomain.co.uk).
  6. Fill in the mail server addresses (see below the screenshot if you need help with this).

    Fill in the mail server addresses (see below the screenshot if you need help with this).
    • Choose POP3 or IMAP for the Incoming e-mail server type (I don't know what to choose)
    • Incoming mail server: For POP3, this is mail.plus.net, for IMAP this is imap.plus.net
    • Outgoing mail server: relay.plus.net

    When you've done this click Next.

  7. Fill in your E-mail username and password (I don't know what these are) and click Next.

    Fill in your E-mail username and password and click Next to continue.
  8. Click Finish to close the Internet Connection Wizard and then click Close.

    Finally Click Send/Receive and your email will be downloaded to the Inbox.

That's all you need to do. If you have any questions about your email service or you experience any problems, please see the Related Articles at the bottom of the page.

Your email username and password

Setting up for the first time?

  • Email username: Your Account username
  • Email password: Your Account password

Your Account username and password are the ones you use to log in to this website.

Setting up an additional Plusnet email address?

  • Email username: Your mailbox username (in the format username+mailboxname)
  • Email password: Your mailbox password

If you're not sure what these are, check the email we sent after the new address was created.

Should I choose POP3 or IMAP?

It's up to you! - Below are the main differences between the two.

If you're not sure what to choose, go with POP3. It's widely used and suitable for most peoples needs.

POP3 IMAP

Everything sent to your email address is stored on our mail system until you connect and download it with Windows Mail.

As messages are downloaded to your computer, they are removed from our mail system. After downloading, messages are stored on your computer until you delete them.

With POP3, your messages are kept in one place and you can read messages (that you've already downloaded) when you're not connected to the Internet.

Everything sent to your email address is stored on our mail system until you delete it. For this reason, IMAP is better if you need check your mail from other computers or devices.

Any changes made to your messages (moving them between folders, marking them as read, deleting, etc) will be seen immediately on every computer or device that you check your email with.

As your messages are kept on our mail system, you'll need to be connected to the Internet to read them.

[Top]

This page last updated 31st January 2012

Did you find this page helpful?

Yes No Maybe