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Published on 09.26.07 by Brent Trahan

Set Windows Mail to Leave POP3 E-mail on the Server

Setup Windows Mail for Windows Vista to leave e-mail it receives on the POP3 mail server instead of deleting it.


Let’s say you check your e-mail using Windows Mail at work and at home using different computers. Chances are you receive some e-mail at one location and other e-mail at the other location, but you never receive all of your e-mail at both locations. The reason for this is when Windows Mail downloads an e-mail it deletes it off the mail (POP3) server by default.

This guide shows you how to set Windows Mail to not delete e-mail messages off the mail server when it receives them. This is great for checking mail with two separate computers using Windows Mail, or one Windows Mail computer and a web version of the e-mail account.

Setup Account Properties

  1. Open Windows Mail.
  2. Click Tools and then select Accounts.
  3. Select the e-mail account you want to setup and then click Properties.
  4. Click the Advanced tab in the Account Properties window.
  5. Check off Leave a copy of messages on server.


  6. You can set it to delete e-mail that’s older than X days (30 is a good number) by checking off Remove from server after and then set the number of days.
  7. You can also set it to delete mail off the server that’s removed from your deleted items folder by checking off Remove from server when deleted from ‘Deleted Items’.

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