WLM and Road Runner WinMail address

Discussion in 'Windows Live Mail' started by Gene Hora, Sep 28, 2009.

  1. Gene Hora

    Gene Hora Guest

    I have a Road Runner mail address. If I upgrade to Win7 and Win Mail is
    uninstalled (I assume), what happens to my e-mail status? I established a WLM
    ID but can't seem to set up an account for my Road Runner address. I set my
    RR address as an alternate with the WLM, and receive mail but can't send
    mail. I tried setting up a Hotmail account with but that
    wouldn't work either.

    Am I going have to abandon my Road Runner e-mail address and notifiy all my
    contacts of my new WLM? I really don't want to do that -- that's a major
    task that could have ramifications many months down the line.

    I've read so much about WLM and Hotmail that my head is spinning. One place
    stated WLM and Hotmail are actually the same now -- another web site disputed
    that. When I try to log in to Hotmail to set up my Road Runner account, I
    must set up a new WLM ID -- one is enough! Is there anyway to use my Road
    Runner mail address on WLM? While Road Runner has its own web-based mail
    setup it's not as appealing as WLM.

    Would appreciate any wisdom from the pros. I'm in my 80's and thinking I may
    have to live out my days with Windows Vista -- which, of course, is better
    than not at all!
    Gene Hora, Sep 28, 2009
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  2. You are confusing some issues, thanks to lousy marketing and naming by

    The Vista Windows Mail (WM) is a mail client for accessing various mail

    Windows Live Mail (WLM) is a mail client as well. It can access the
    same mail services as Vista Windows Mail plus HTTP/DeltaSynch access to
    Windows Live Hotmail/Live.com mail service. (WM can only do POP3 access
    to Hotmail/Live.com).

    There is no such thing as a WLM ID. There is a Live ID. You do not
    need a Live ID or any Microsoft mail service in order to use the WLM
    mail client.

    In your existing WM look at Tools, Accounts, Mail for the settings for
    your Road Runner account. Then in WLM set up the account exactly the
    same as in WM.
    Michael Santovec, Sep 28, 2009
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  3. Gene Hora

    Gene Hora Guest

    Thank you for such a quick response. I attempted to following your directions
    which seemed succinct and simple. I uninstalled WL and downloaded and
    installed WL Essentials (in order to get WLM). But I can't get to WLM --
    every time I come up with a menu to obtain a WL ID. The program makes me go
    through WL to get to WLM and wants to force me to get a WL ID. When I use my
    regular geneho.san.rr.com, WL claims this is already a WL ID. I've missed
    something along the line or messed up originally by listing my old WM ID as
    an alternate ID in WL. Have a dug a hole too deep to get out of?

    Gene Hora
    Gene Hora, Sep 29, 2009
  4. Gene Hora

    Gene Hora Guest

    Please disregard my last communication. I've been trying to access WLM from
    Internet Explorer which hasn't worked. I finally looked in the Start menu and
    found Windows Live Mail listed under Windows Live and was able to open it. It
    listed 3 accounts: Windows Live; Road Runner account; and a Hotmail account.
    Now, it's just testing and learning. I really appreciate your help and

    Gene Hora
    Gene Hora, Sep 29, 2009
  5. Gene Hora

    N. Miller Guest

    Nothing. You just have to configure your email client to use the Road Runner
    email servers.
    If you have a Hotmail account, you automatically have a "Windows Live ID".
    Windows Live Mail is merely an email client; a replacement for the older MS
    Outlook Express and Windows Mail. No "Live ID" is needed to use Windows Live
    While it is possible to assign a third party email address as an "alternate"
    address in Windows Live Hotmail (I will note, here, a major distinction
    between "Windows Live Mail", a desktop email client, and "Windows Live
    Hotmail", a web mail service), you would need to follow a verification
    process, involving accessing your Road Runner account through another
    client, or the web, to check for the "verification" email. Without doing
    this, Hotmail has no idea that you are the authorized user of that email
    address. And that still has nothing to do with configuring the Windows Live
    Mail client to access your Road Runner account.
    Not at all. You just have to set up Windows Live Mail (not Windows Live
    Hotmail!) to access your Road Runner account.
    Windows Live Hotmail is a web mail service which offers both HTTPMail and
    POP3 access to clients which have those protocols built in.

    Windows Live Mail is an email client; you download it, and install it on
    your computer.
    Have you been here?

    N. Miller, Sep 29, 2009
  6. Are you having problems setting up Windows Live Mail with Roadrunner Mail?
    Robert Wolfe [MCP], Sep 29, 2009
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