OLEXP: "Unable to Poll for New Messages on Your HTTP Server" Error Message with Hotmail

For information about the differences between Microsoft Outlook Express and Microsoft Outlook e-mail clients, click the following article number to view the article in the Microsoft Knowledge Base:

257824 OL2000: Differences Between Outlook and Outlook Express


When you use Outlook Express to download Hotmail messages, you may receive the following error message:

Unable to poll for new messages on your HTTP server. Account: 'Hotmail ', Server: 'http://services.msn.com/svcs/hotmail/httpmail.asp', Protocol: HTTPMail, Server Response: 'Forbidden', Port: 0, Secure(SSL): No, Error Number: 0x800CCC33.


Check your Outlook Express mail account settings to ensure that the mail server logon name and password are correct:

  1. On the Tools menu, click Accounts.

  2. On the Mail tab, click your Hotmail account, and then click Properties.

  3. Click the Server tab.

  4. Under Mail Server, verify that the correct name and password are contained in the Login name and Password boxes, and then click to select the Remember password check box.

If these steps do not resolve the problem, use your Internet browser to access your Hotmail account. The Hotmail Internet address is:


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