Only paid Outlook.com accounts work correctly with Microsoft Outlook Express. Outlook 2003 and Outlook 2007 can use the Outlook Connector to access a free Outlook.com account.
This article is intended for a beginning to intermediate computer user.
Symptoms of the problem
After you configure Microsoft Outlook Express or Microsoft Outlook to access your Outlook.com account, you receive the following error message when you try to download your Outlook.com folders and when you try to send and receive e-mail messages:
If you click Details, the following error details appear: If you are running Outlook Express on a Microsoft Windows XP Service Pack 2 (SP2)-based computer, you receive the following error message:
Could not connect to Outlook.com as firstname.lastname@example.org
Outlook.com no longer allows email access via Outlook Express for free Outlook.com/MSN accounts.
Steps to resolve the problem
To resolve this issue, use Method 1 for Outlook Express. Use Method 2 for Outlook 2003 and for Outlook 2007.
Method 1: Use Windows Live Mail instead of Outlook ExpressWindows Live Mail is an e-mail program that you install on your computer. Windows Live Mail stores messages on your computer. This means that you can access, read, and compose e-mail messages even when you are not connected to the Internet. After you connect, Windows Live Mail will send and receive messages and update your accounts. Windows Live Mail works with popular Web-based e-mail services such as Outlook.com, AOL mail, Google mail, and Yahoo! mail. Windows Live Mail is built to automatically configure many popular e-mail services. To install Windows Live Mail, visit the following Microsoft Web site:
Method 2: Use Outlook 2003 and Outlook 2007 together with the Outlook ConnectorFor more information about how to use an Outlook.com account in Outlook, visit the following Microsoft Web site:
Microsoft Office Outlook Hotmail Connector overview
Article ID: 878462
Last review: September 12, 2013