Windows XP includes Outlook Express by default. Vista includes Windows
Mail by default.
You cannot have Outlook Express with Vista. Similarly, you cannot use
Windows Mail with Windows XP.
The Windows Live Mail program is a new mail client, which can be
installed on Win XP or Vista systems.
You are running Win XP, so you have a choice between Outlook Express OR
Windows Live Mail as your default mail client - OR you could install a
third party mail client.
Outlook Express has been around for many years. It isn't perfect.
However, most of the bugs have been eradicated and it works well with
POP3/SMTP mail servers. It also works with HTTP servers - although
Hotmail gave notice that users would not be able to use OE in
conjunction with its HTTP servers after 30 June 2008. Hotmail have
postponed that decision for the time being - but it may be reintroduced
at a later date.
Windows Live Mail is a relatively new program, which has been heralded
as the successor to Outlook Express (for Win XP) and Windows Mail (for
Vista). It is clear from this newsgroup that not all of the bugs have
been identified or eradicated.
So which is best? That is a matter of opinion. If you are running Win
XP and do not require access to the Hotmail HTTP mail server, I would be
inclined to stick with Outlook Express - particularly if OE works OK
with Comcast and WLMail doesn't (even though the account settings should
If you require access to the Hotmail HTTP mail server, you may have no
alternative but to move to Windows Live Mail - sooner or later.
"Ritter 197" <Ritter197@xxxxxx> wrote in message
> What is better? Windows Mail or Windows Live Mail? For OS Windows XP?
> "Gary VanderMolen" <Gary@xxxxxx> wrote in message
>> Comcast does support Windows Mail, which uses identical settings
>> as WLM:
>> Comcast recently switched to a different news server:
>> See http://www.comcast.com/Customers/Faq...s.ashx?Id=2768
>> Gary VanderMolen, MS-MVP (Mail)
>> "Ritter 197" <Ritter197@xxxxxx> wrote in message
>>> Comcast does not support WLM, but only Outlook Express.> What are
>>> correct settings for Newsgroups from Comcast and WLM?