Last week, I told you about OE Classic, a free program that can serve as a replacement for Outlook Express.  Click here to read that article.

I received a lot of questions over the weekend about how to use it.  So today, I’m going to walk you through downloading and setting up the program.  We’ll start by going to


Once you click the download button, you’ll have the option to save or run the installer. I chose Run. But you could choose Save and download it to your Downloads folder, then run it later.


An installation Wizard will open.


You’ll have to agree to the license.


You’ll be able to choose the file location.


Installation takes a couple of minutes. Click Finish when it’s done.


I chose to open OE Classic and to also see the Readme.


The inbox has a message from OE Classic about the program.


Here’s how to set up your email accounts.  Click Tools at the top of the inbox.


Choose Accounts from the drop-down menu.


Then choose Add.


Select Email Accounts.


Enter the email address for the account you want to come to this program. It can be any email provider:  Outlook, Gmail, Yahoo, or an address through your local ISP. Enter the email address and provide your password.


Pick your username and confirm the incoming and outgoing server name. This should be automatic for most accounts, but for some local ISPs, you may have to enter the info yourself. Advanced Options will let you make additional changes. Note that OE Classic is only available as a POP email account and not an IMAP. This means it will download the copies from your account. If your account is set to delete messages when they’re downloaded, they’ll be erased. from the server.


Then finish up.



You can go straight to your inbox or add additional email accounts. Since this is an email client, you could have Outlook, Yahoo, Gmail, and other accounts all coming to the same program.  Since many of you asked, this in no way affects your web interface with any email account or any other email client like Thunderbird or LiveMail you might have installed on your PC.

Here’s a look at my new inbox.