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    Setting up E-mail accts (Win XP SP2 Outlook 2003)

    Dear Sirs,
    I have a friend that wishes to use my computer to access his email. I know nothing about this, but I have copies of my setup, so it seems likely that I need similar information from his mail service. He used 'web2mail.com' to get his mail from 'Isadarma.com'. I wrote to 'Isadarma', but have received no response. How do I get the information to put in the setup? I also need this for yahoo.com, because he has that mail service as well. In an attempt to help myself, I did a Google search and found 'hyyp://freepops.org/en/tutorial/outlook2003.shtml. This appears to give me information about bringing yahoo mail into Outlook, but it says it is a Stand-between program. Is that all right? I am very careful about services I use. Can you give me some information on these people - is it alright to follow their instructions? Or is this going to be a nightmare in disguise?
    Thank you for your assistance. It is really appreciated.
    Julia Henson

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    Re: Setting up E-mail accts (Win XP SP2 Outlook 20

    Let's start with keeping your mail separate. There are two ways to do this: separate Windows log-ons, or one log-on with separate Outlook profiles. I think unless this person needs to know all of your business, you want to make sure this is set up right first.

    Second, does your friend really need to read his mail in Outlook? If so, and the mail server is set up for web access (like Yahoo! mail), then Outlook cannot retrieve it directly. That is why people have written programs like web2mail or web2pop, which run on your computer and convert Outlook's requests to send and receive mail into commands the webmail server can understand. But I certainly appreciate your hesitance to install new software. These intermediate "proxy" programs usually run all the time in the background, so they do use up some resources on your system. If you have a firewall, you have to train your firewall to let the proxy access the Internet. Et cetera.

    (I don't have any comment on FreePOPs, I've never heard of that one before.)

    So... letting your friend use a web browser to read his mail seems easiest to me. <img src=/S/smile.gif border=0 alt=smile width=15 height=15>

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    Re: Setting up E-mail accts (Win XP SP2 Outlook 20

    Thank you for your response. I did set him up as a separate user as a limited user, so that he cannot access my information. But he rather liked the idea of being able to categorize all his email into subjects and being able to archive them. Use of the contacts for sending emails also seemed useful to him.

    It's good to know that these programs are, in fact, necessary, but how do I train my firewall to "let the proxy access the Internet" under that condition? Unless the programs take up a lot of RAM (which I really would need to know), I suppose I should be all right. I have 512 MB? of RAM. I also have plenty of disk space. Would this software also run when I am signed on, or only when he is signed on?

    Hopefully, someone else has heard of this 'freePOPs'. Otherwise, would another software of similar type work? Do you happen to know which ones are safe to use? How would I find out if they can retrieve his web2mail.com? (I am assuming that most of them can retrieve Yahoo mail).

    Thank you for your time and assistance,
    Julia Henson

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    Re: Setting up E-mail accts (Win XP SP2 Outlook 20

    Regarding the firewall question, usually when a new program wants to access the Internet, the firewall will ask you whether to allow the connection. Click Yes or OK, and that's all you need to do. If you have your firewall set to automatically block programs without asking, then you have to go into its dialogs and figure out how to OK the program. How you do that will depend on your particular package.

    I have no idea how much memory will be required. I think you'll have to determine that by trial and error. Whether it runs for you depends on how it is installed. Programs that install themselves into the Registry can choose to run for one user or for all users. Similarly, there are Startup folders for individual users or all users. In the case of startup folders, it is easy to drag the program's shortcut from All Users to your friend's folder (if you are an administrator on the computer). With the registry, changes can be trickier.

    As for the specifics of these programs, I unfortunately cannot help you there. You might search the Outlook Express board here as well as Software Finds and Wants for each program name and see if there is any previous advice.

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    Re: Setting up E-mail accts (Win XP SP2 Outlook 20

    Thank you very much for your response.
    Hopefully, whenever I do this, I will be able to figure out the firewall, or get help from Pc-Cillin to do so.
    Thank goodness it is easy to pull it into anybody's Startup folder. I'm not sure I know enough to do anything else. I'll follow your instructions for doing it, if it becomes necessary. Yes, I am the administrator.
    Yes, I try not to do anything in the Registry, if possible - mainly because of my neophyte status. But I do when I have to. Like I have to set my friends Num Lock to turn on automatically. But it's a little scary for me.
    I will not do so right now because I don't feel up to it - but I will do as you suggest and search the Outlook Express and Software Boards for info. Thanks for the suggestion.
    Julia

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