Microsoft Office XP Standard



Not sure if Iam in the right place for posting this question, if not please excuse me, new to this.
Have just bought and installed Microsoft Office XP Standard. Installation when well all up and running exept having problems with my e-mail. I was using outlook express to send and receive e-mail I now want to use Microsoft Outlook. When I click read mail the Microsoft page comes up but I cant send or receive my mail from here. I have sat not for about 3 hours trying to work this out and have now got a massive head ache. Please could someone explain how to change, in simple terms please.



Start up Outlook and click on File -> Import and Export...

Assuming you can still receive/send mail through Outlook Express, Choose "Import Internet Mail Account Settings" (in Outlook). The wizard should guide you through the rest of the process.

Once you're done with that, repeat the process, but this time choose "Import Internet Mail and Addressses" to import your already downloaded mail from Outlook Express, and your contact list.


Thanks very much for getting back to me. Have tried everything you suggested and managed to import mail and addresses, but when trying to send and receive mail I keep getting an error message saying "Unable to find e-mail server".
Please could you help again.



You may want to double-check with your ISP about what settings you're supposed to use. They usually publish this somewhere on their web site. I've run out of ideas. :-(


You have to set up your mail accounts in Outlook again, usually. That information is not automatically carreid over from Outlook Express.


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30 Jan 2002
follow Lactic's advise.

If it still doesn't work, try filling in the ip adresses of the servers. If you don't know the ip's, open a dos box and type

ping <name of the incoming (POP3) mail server>

the ip adres giving replies is the server (d'uh @ myself)
repeat for the SMTP

example (in my case)


Pinging [] with 32 bytes of data:
Reply from ... is the ip adres of my incoming mail server.

Sometimes enabling norton antivirus e-mail scan can cause problems with mail reception. Check account settings after disabling e-mail scan. erase any occurances of and fill all the fields properly - a manual is probably somewhere on the page of your ISP.

Hope that helps.

If not, contact your ISP's helpdesk. :D

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