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How to set up Outlook 2010 on Windows 7

Prerequisite: Before following the Outlook setup instructions below, your system administrator should have created an autodiscover DNS record. If you are unsure whether this has been completed or need instructions for setting up your organization's autodiscover DNS record, see these instructions: http://kb.netvigour.com/kb/article.aspx?id=10115.

The following setup instructions are for Outlook 2010 running on Windows 7. Outlook 2010 running on Windows Vista setup should be very similar.

Setting up your Outlook 2010 Profile:

  1. Go to the Start menu and choose Control Panel. Once the Control Panel window is launched, choose Small Icons in the upper right-hand corner as shown below. Now, click on the Mail (32-bit) icon.

  2. In the Mail Control Panel window that appears, click the Add button to add a new Outlook profile. Give your profile an easy-to-remember name such as your name or email address as shown below. Once you've entered a name for your profile, click OK.

  3. Now, you'll see the Add New E-mail Account wizard. Enter your full name, e-mail address, and password. Then, click Next.

  4. After a few seconds (perhaps as many as 30 seconds), you will be prompted to allow our servers to automatically configure your Outlook settings. Check the box titled "Don't ask me about this website again" and click Allow.

  5. After another 30 seconds or so, you will be prompted to enter your email address and password as shown below. Enter this information and click OK.

  6. After an additional wait of perhaps as many as 30 seconds, you will receive a message indicating that "Your e-mail account is successfully configured to use Microsoft Exchange" as shown below. Click the "Manually configure server settings" checkbox as shown, then click Next. Important: you must check the box titled "Manually configure server settings" here as you are not quite done with setup yet.

  7. On the next screen, click the More Settings button as shown below. Important: do not click the Finish button, you must click the More Settings button.

  8. In the window that appears, navigate to the Connection tab. Then, click the Exchange Proxy Settings button.

  9. Once the Microsoft Exchange Proxy Settings window has opened, check the box titled "On fast networks, connect using HTTP first, then connect using TCP/IP". Once you've ensured that this box is checked, click OK to close the window. Leave all other settings as they are.

  10. Click OK to close the previous window.
  11. Now, click Finish to close the Add New E-mail Account window. You should now find yourself back to the Mail control panel window with your new profile listed. Ensure that your new profile is selected and "Always use this profile" is checked as shown below. Click OK to close this window.

Launching Outlook 2010:

  1. With your Outlook profile created successfully using the steps above, you are now ready to launch Microsoft Outlook 2010. Click the Outlook icon under your Start menu as shown below.

  2. When Outlook launches, you will be prompted to enter your email address and password. Enter this information and click OK as shown below.

  3. After perhaps as many as 30 seconds, you will see a progress bar that says "Preparing Outlook for first use". This is a sign that everything is set up correctly!

  4. You may receive a prompt asking if you want to synchronize RSS feeds on your computer. Most users should click Yes at this prompt.

  5. Once Outlook opens, the Welcome Screen will open up. Most users should select the Recommended Settings option and then hit OK.

  6. After a minute or two, Outlook 2010 should say "Connected to Microsoft Exchange" in the lower right-hand corner as shown below. 

  7. Once it is up to date, select the File tab, and then select Help. In the right window pane, enter in the Outlook 2010 product key that can be found next to the software download in the Control Panel (cp.netvigour.com). The product is now activated.

  8. That's it! You are now ready to use Outlook 2010 to send and receive email, schedule calendar events, and much more!

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