POP email With Windows 8 -How to Setup

The Windows Mail app is built for connected devices like mobile phones and tablets, and allows full sync across all your devices. If you move a message into an email folder from your tablet, your phone and computer will also show that same change.
Where Windows 7 required you to install your own email program to get email, Windows 8 now lets you do so right out of the box. And even if your email provider does not support synchronization like this, you still have a few options:
  1. Move to a new email service provider
    This might require changing your email address and is generally the least favorable option. Hardly anyone wants yet another email address.
  2. Use a different email program
    Because computer manufacturers bundle extra apps, many users are unaware that after Windows XP, Windows Vista was the last OS to come with a full email program. Windows 7 and 8 do not come with any successors to Windows Mail. Instead, you can get it as an optional download from the Windows Essentials page. Windows 8 did later come with a bare-bones basic email app that you’ve probably discovered, but it’s designed for tablets/phones and light finger-friendly use. If you want something that compares to the Mail program and Outlook Express before it – and the ability to sync POP mail, you’re going to want to get the free Essentials download at that link.
  3. Use Microsoft’s Outlook.com service as a bridge get your POP email
    You can continue sending/receiving email from your old trusty email service after this one-time setup, and this is the option I’ll outline in this article.  I recommend this because it allows you to receive the benefits of IMAP (see nerdy details below) without changing your email address.
The Outlook.com email service allows you to collect email from POP accounts.  Similar to desktop email programs, the email is downloaded to your Outlook.com account and stored there.  At this point, it works as if Outlook.com was an email program itself.  Outlook.com can then provide storage of these messages, as well as make them available to all your computers and devices (and keep them in sync).
  • Before you begin, you might be able to skip these steps entirely.  If you’re using Outlook Express or Windows Live Mail program today, you can use the quick Email Migration Tool to handle this for you automatically!
  • Be sure to check your provider.  With the benefits of IMAP email, some service providers are enabling this access to their customers, including Comcast.
To get started, fire up your favorite web browser and follow these steps.
  1. First, login to Outlook.com
    Login using your Microsoft Account (formerly known as Windows Live ID).  If you have a Hot mail, MSN, or Live email account, or if you have Xbox, Zune, or other Microsoft services, you can simply use this account to login.  You won’t have to use this to send/receive email.  Remember, no one will ever see this account’s email address or even know that you are using Outlook.com.
  2. After you login, click the Options icon  at the top-right, then click More mail settings.  Choose “Your email accounts”, then “Add a send-and-receive account”.
  3. Fill out the form with your preferred email provider’s account info, then click Next.  In most cases, Outlook.com will know the settings and connect for you.  If Outlook.com can’t connect to the other mail server, contact your email provider to verify that the POP and SMTP settings are correct.  You can usually find the recommended settings from your email provider’s help page, or search the web for “<provider name> POP settings” (example: earth link pop account settings).Tip: If your email provider has account instructions for setting up POP with Outlook Express or Windows Live Mail, use those settings for Outlook.com.
  4. Set your default “from” address.
    Under your Outlook.com settings, go back to the “Your email accounts” page and scroll to the very bottom.  Here you can choose which email account is used when you send mail, ensuring that your recipients see the email address you want them to see.
That’s it!  Now you can sign into the Mail app using your same Microsoft Account as the Outlook.com service, and send/receive email from your old POP-based provider.

The Details

There are a few types of email accounts.  Two of the most popular are POP and IMAP, the differences of which are described below:
  • POP (Post Office Protocol)
    POP3 email is a tricky business: it can’t sync among multiple devices (like a phone, PC, and tablet).  That’s actually where it gets the name “Post Office Protocol”, because it works like a real post office.  Your courier can’t deliver the same message to two houses simultaneously, he can only drop it in one mailbox and that’s the end of it.
    Likewise, POP email can only be delivered to a single end point (one computer). So if your phone syncs your email and downloads the message, your computer will never see it. The mail has already been delivered.There are ways around this, some POP email servers can be told to deliver the same email to multiple end-points, but it’s a “dumb copy” function. If you get a junk mail and delete it on your phone, you’ll have to delete it again on your computer. And again on your tablet. And again anywhere else, There’s no synchronization. 
    The email provider and your settings determine whether or not the messages remain on the server after they are downloaded.  Any changes you make to your messages (deleting a message, moving it to another folder) are local changes and will not be reflected if you later access your email from another computer, phone, or website.  This is also a backup risk: if your hard drive fails or computer suffers a catastrophe, your downloaded messages may be lost and could be irretrievable if not still on the server.
  • IMAP (Internet Message Access Protocol)
    IMAP email accounts provide two-way synchronization.  Similar to POP, email messages are copied from the email server and stored locally.  However, with IMAP email, the local copy is kept synchronized with the online copy.  You can read your messages offline, and any changes you make (such as deleting a message or moving it to another folder) is repeated on the server.  This way, your messages are consistent no matter where you get them (from the website, your computer, tablet, and phone), and you don’t have to organize each one separately.  This also provides reliable backup.  If your computer fails, all your email is still stored in your online account.
  • There are other email services, such as Microsoft’s Exchange Active Sync system, also provide two-way synchronization.

Get that Gmail-style workflow to Outlook -I'll show you how

The first step to bringing a gmail-style workflow to Outlook is setting up conversation views.  These allow you to see all emails in a conversation, sent and received, no matter whom the message was from or what folder you moved it to.  It’s especially useful in long conversations that split off into separate discussions from multiple recipients.  One click expands a message to show the rest of the conversation, and each email includes the folder it currently calls home: 

 Next, set up an archive folder.  Call it whatever you like: this is where you’ll banish emails after they’ve arrived to your inbox, you’ve made eye contact, and decided what to do with it. 
In other words, your Inbox lives up to its name and only holds items you still need to take action upon.I’ve setup a Quick Step button to mark a message as read and move it to the Archive folder with one click.  To set up a Quick Step, simply right-click any message, point to Quick Steps and use the New option near the bottom.  Here’s my archive button’s setup: 

My Archive button’s settings. I have an identical Quick Step that also marks a message as “done” with a checkmark. I use it on to-do or assigned tasks so I can quickly find completed chores later when inevitably asked to document their completion.

Finally, the All Mail folder. 

While the conversation view in step 1 allows you to see all items of a single conversation, this last step allows you to view a chronological list of every conversation, regardless of the folder, er.. label, it’s filed under.
For Outlook, this will be implemented as a Search Folder. Search folders look and feel like a normal folder, but the contents inside them are live search results.

So to view our All mail folder, we’ll setup a search folder that displays content from all other folders. In the navigation pane, right-click Search Folders, choose New, then scroll to the bottom to create a custom search folder.
Click Choose to give it a name (“All Mail” or “Everything”) then browse to select the folders it should display results from. I chose everything except my sent folder (sent messages are already shown in conversation view, so including it is not necessary). 

Search Folders behave just like normal folders, but their contents are dynamic. Also shown, the Unread Mail search folder, which always gives a consolidated view of all unread items.

This new all mail Search Folder is also a great place to begin a search: it will cover all your bases at once, instead of searching in several places to find that one email you lost.
That’s it for the basics.  You can further the gmail paradigm by setting up color-coded Categories that are analogous to gmail labels, and even apply them with incoming email rules to effectively pre-label your email without dumping them into dozens of folders, never to be seen again.

Migrate or Transfer Files and Settings to Windows 8 from Windows 7, Vista or XP

  Using the Easy Transfer Wizard is super simple.  You can use this tool to transfer you files and settings even if you are moving from an 32 bit (x86) environment to an 64 bit (x64).  Basically you run the program on your old computer, it grabs all your “stuff” and zips it up for you and places it on a USB hard drive.  You then plug that USB hard drive into your new Windows 8 computer and run the wizard again to do the restore.  You do have to be able to login to both your old computer and your new computer as an administrator. - See more at: http://itproguru.com/expert/2013/02/migration-and-deployment-how-to-migrate-or-transfer-files-and-settings-to-windows-8-from-windows-7-vista-or-xp-part-4-of-19/#sthash.f7d8XEfD.dpuf

Windows XP/Windows Vista
For migrating from Windows XP, you will need to download and install the Windows Easy Transfer Wizard.  If your old PC isn't running Windows 7, you'll need to install the appropriate version of Windows Easy Transfer.


For Windows XP  Download (32 bit) / Download 64-bit\

For Windows Vista  Download (32 bit) / Download 64-bit


Windows 7 already has a Windows Easy Transfer program so you can just run it.
To use the Windows Easy Transfer feature, you must be an Administrator on both the Source (OLD) computer and the Destination (NEW) Windows 8-based computer.
To transfer files and settings from your local computer to the local workgroup or domain-joined computer, follow these steps: 

Save files and settings on the local computer. follow these steps:

On the Start screen, type Windows Easy Transfer, and then click Windows Easy Transfer from the results.
On the Welcome to Windows Easy Transfer page, click next. Select an external hard disk or USB flash Drive, and then plug in the external storage drive.

Select this is my old PC. Windows Easy Transfer will scan all user profiles and data on the computer. To select what to transfer, click Customize, and then click Advanced to change your selections.
After you make your selections, click Save.
Click Next.

Enter the password, and then click Save to save the Easy Transfer file to the external storage drive. Click next two times, and then click Close to close the Windows Easy Transfer wizard.

Import files and settings on the domain-joined computer.
follow these steps:

On the Start screen, type Windows Easy Transfer, and then click Windows Easy Transfer from the results.
On the Welcome to Windows Easy Transfer page, click next. Select an external hard disk or USB flash Drive.
Select this is my new PC.
Plug in the external storage drive, and then select yes.

Locate where you saved the Easy Transfer file, and then click Open.

Enter the password that you specified in Step 1G, and then click next.
To select what to transfer, click Customize, and then click Advanced to change your selections. After you make selections, click Save.
Note To map user accounts or to map drives, click Advanced Options.
Click Transfer.

After the transfer finishes, click See what was transferred to view the Windows Easy Transfer reports. Click See a list of apps you might want to install on your new PC to see the programs that are installed on your old computer.
Click Close to close the Windows Easy Transfer wizard.

Restart the computer.

To install Windows 8 apps on the domain-joined computer, follow these steps: 
  1. On the Start screen, click Store
  2. Click the apps that you want to install, and then click Install.

Windows 8 Microsoft Remote Desktop app -How to setup use and troubleshoot

These instructions are for setting up a Windows 8 PC.

With the Remote Desktop app from the Windows Store, you can sit at a PC and connect to another PC in a different location (the remote PC). For example, you can sit at your home PC and connect to your work PC, and use all of your apps, files, and network resources as if you were sitting right in front of your work PC.

How do I connect to another PC with Remote Desktop?

To set up the remote PC
  1. Go to the remote PC.
  2. Swipe in from the right edge of the screen, tap Search (or if you're using a mouse, point to the upper-right corner of the screen, move the mouse pointer down, and then click Search), enter allow remote in the search box, and then tap or click Allow remote access to your computer. Administrator permission required You might be asked for an admin password or to confirm your choice.
  3. In the System Properties dialog box, under Remote Desktop, make sure the Allow remote connections to this computer button is selected. For more info about these options, see the "What types of Remote Desktop connections should I allow?" question in this topic.
  4. Tap or click Select Users, and in the Remote Desktop Users dialog box, tap or click Add.
  5. In the Select Users or Groups dialog box, do the following:
    • To choose the search location, tap or click Locations, and then select the location you want to search.
    • In Enter the object names to select, enter the name or user name of the person that you want to add, and then tap or click OK. The name will be added to the list of people who can connect to this PC.
  6. Make sure you know this PC’s full name. You’ll need to enter it in the Remote Desktop app when you want to connect to this PC remotely. To find your PC's full name:
    1. Open System by swiping in from the right edge of the screen, tapping Search (or if you're using a mouse, pointing to the upper-right corner of the screen, moving the mouse pointer down, and then clicking Search), entering System in the search box, and tapping or clicking System.
    2. Look under Computer name, domain, and work group settings to see the full PC name.
  7. Turn off sleep and hibernation on the remote PC. You'll need to make sure the settings for sleep and hibernation are set to Never, since you can't connect to a PC that's asleep or hibernating. 

To connect to a remote PC from the Remote Desktop app
  1. On your local PC, open Remote Desktop. (If you can't find the app, you can install it from the Windows Store.)
  2. Enter the full name of the remote PC, and then tap or click Connect.


  • You can only allow remote connections to PCs running certain Windows operating systems. For more info, see Which PCs can I connect to using the Remote Desktop app?
Which PCs can I connect to using the Remote Desktop app?
You can use a PC running Windows 8, Windows RT, Windows 8.1, or Windows RT 8.1 to initiate a connection. But you can only connect to PCs that are running these Windows operating systems:
  • Windows 8.1 Pro
  • Windows 8.1 Enterprise
  • Windows 8 Enterprise
  • Windows 8 Pro
  • Windows 7 Professional
  • Windows 7 Enterprise
  • Windows 7 Ultimate
  • Windows Vista Business
  • Windows Vista Ultimate
  • Windows Vista Enterprise
  • Windows XP Professional

Microsoft warns of increase in Adnel and Tarbir Trojan attacks

Microsoft has warned its Microsoft Office users of significant rise in malware attacks through macros in Excel and Word programs.

Microsoft says that there is more than a threefold jump in the malware campaigns spreading two different Trojan downloaders. These Trojan downloaders arrive in emails masquerading as orders or invoices.

The malwares are being spread through spam emails containing following subject lines accordingly to Microsoft

ACH Transaction ReportDOC-file for report is ready Invoice as requestedInvoice – P97291Order – Y24383Payment DetailsRemittance Advice from Engineering Solutions LtdYour Automated Clearing House Transaction Has Been Put On
And the attachment containing Adnel and Tarbir campaigns is usually named as following :

ACH Transfer 0084.doc
Automated Clearing House transfer 4995.doc
CAR014 151239.doc
Fuel bill.doc
Payment Advice 593016.doc

Microsoft Technet blog says that the two Trojan downloaders.

TrojanDownloader:W97M/Adnel  TrojanDownloader:O97M/Tarbir

Are being spread at a rapid pace through spam emails and phishing campaigns. Worryingly they are targeting both home PC users and enterprise customers and most of the victims are based in United States and United Kingdom.