How to install Outlook Express


Outlook Express was a popular PC email client, though it has been replaced in recent years by Windows Mail or Live Mail. Unlike free webmail services, such as Hotmail and Gmail, Outlook Express downloads messages to your computer hard drive. Microsoft built the program, which came pre-installed on most Windows 98, 2000 and XP PCs. However, Vista and Windows 7 machines use Windows Mail. To install Outlook Express on your computer, the easiest way is to reinstall Internet Explorer 6. Outlook Express does not have its own installation programme. Windows Vista and Windows 7 users can't install Outlook.

  • Left-click on the Start menu.

  • Select "Control panel" by double-clicking the correct icon.

  • Click the link for "Add or remove programs". This brings up a list of all the software programs on your computer.

  • Point your cursor at the "Show updates" link and click. This shows a list of all the updates to existing software on your computer. Find the Internet Explorer updates in the list.

  • Right-click the latest Internet Explorer updates. Select "Change/remove program" to uninstall.

  • Remove all updates, or remove only the latest to revert to a previous version of Internet Explorer. This may be enough to reinstall Outlook Express. Alternatively, remove all versions of IE and then visit the Microsoft Website and download IE 6. You may have to restart your computer for the changes to take effect.

Tips & Warnings

  • Consider using Windows Live Mail alongside the latest version of Internet Explorer. This is basically a newer version of Outlook Express.
  • Avoid changing registry details on your machine if possible. Although this is another way to re-install Outlook, it can lead to irreparable computer damage if done incorrectly.
  • Using the latest version of Internet Explorer and Windows Mail could help protect you from spyware and viruses.

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