How to use HTTPS in your Windows Live Mail client to connect to your HTTPS enabled Hotmail account.

Use Windows Live Mail with your HTTPS enabled Hotmail Account

If you’ve enabled HTTPS on your Windows Live Hotmail account, then you’ve probably noticed it no longer works with certain desktop programs.  Windows Live Mail is one of them, and Microsoft doesn’t offer any solution; they just simply state “it’ll cause errors.”  Fortunately, there is a way to still connect to HTTPS enabled Hotmail from your Live Mail desktop client.  We’ll show you how in this groovy guide!

Step 1

Load up Windows Live mail.  Unless this is your first time using it, you’ve already set up an account.  To add a new account you’ll need to go into the Accounts menu.  Pressi Alt+T to bring up the Tools menu, and then Select Accounts

Did you know? The toolbar in live mail hides by default. Hold ALT to make it appear.

windows live mail tools accounts

Step 2

In the accounts window, just Click Add.

On the Add an account window, Select Email account and Click Next.

add an email account to windows live mail windows live mail email account

Step 4

Next you’ll need to Type in your Windows Live / Hotmail email address and password. Once done, at the bottom you must Check the box labeled Manually configure server settings for e-mail account. Click Next.

manually configure your hotmail in windows live mail

Step 5

windows live mail https  email account settings

Step 6

Now we just need to make sure that we can send mail.  Go back into Account settings like we did in Step 1, but this time Select the account we just added and Click Properties.

In the properties window Click the Servers tab.  Here we need to Check the My server requires auth…  then Click Settings (which should no longer be grayed out once you Click the box).

windows live mail account properties windows live mail servers and settings for outgoing mail

In the Outgoin Mail server box, Check the “Log on using” bullet.  Enter your normal email and password and then Check the box labeled Log on usin Secure Password Auth

Once done with all that Click OK a few times to exit all of the open windows.

windows live mail outgoing server


Now you should be able to connect to your Hotmail account with the Windows Live Mail client over HTTPS.  If you want to check the connection, try to send yourself an email and then Click the Sync button.

windows live mail sync button Windows Live mail sync test

If everything works, then you’re golden!  If for some reason it doesn’t, go back through and check the settings, and make sure HTTPS is enabled for your Hotmail account from your browser.  Also, feel free to drop a comment below or in the Answers section and we’ll help you troubleshoot through any issues. :)



  1. Alex Walker

    May 6, 2012 at 11:14 pm

    I just went into my existing Hotmail account record and changed the http address to say https and it appears to be working fine…

    • Steve Krause

      May 7, 2012 at 10:41 pm

      Well there ya go – Sweet!


    September 13, 2022 at 1:08 am

    THANKS. Its very useful! :)

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