Windows Live Mail Download: How to Install Windows Live Mail (Windows 10)

Email has been around for years and over those years, the number of popular email services hasn’t changed much. Gmail is easily the most popular service at present and there are lots of smaller email services that exist to fill a certain niche.

Unlike email services, email clients tend to come and go fairly often. Some fade into obscurity, some become obsolete, some are rebranded, while others are discontinued in favor of other apps.

Microsoft is fairly notorious for discontinuing some of its more loved/successful apps in favor of new, less stable ones. Lots of its discontinued apps are still loved and sought by users. Windows Live Mail is one such example.

Windows Live Mail download

How to Get the Windows Live Mail Download

Windows Live Mail was a part of Windows Live Essentials. It included incredible apps like the Movie Maker and the Live Writer which was, hands down, one of the most popular desktop publishing apps at one point. 

Windows Live Essentials was available for Windows XP, Vista, and Windows 7. While the apps in it are no longer actively developed, you can still install the Windows Live Mail app.

  1. Download Windows Live Essentials from Archive.org. You can download via torrent or your browser.
  2. Run the file to install the app.
  3. Select the ‘Select programs to install’ option.
  4. Uncheck all apps you do not want to install. Make sure Mail is checked.
  5. Click Install.

windows live mail

  1. Open Windows Live Mail.
  2. Configure an email account to start using it.

Limitations

Windows Live Mail was essentially meant to work with Microsoft’s email service i.e., a Live or Outlook account. Since the app is no longer being developed, and Outlook continues to be actively developed, the two can no longer work together. 

If you like the Windows Live Mail app simply as an email client though, you can use it to configure other email services e.g., a Gmail account and it will work just fine.

Other email services will have to be set up as IMAP and/or POP accounts. Most email services support this and it shouldn’t be a problem connecting them however, Windows Live Mail may need some help getting the correct server address and port numbers.

Conclusion

Windows Live Mail is dead and there is no resurrecting it. Microsoft has a free email client on Windows 10 and it has Outlook. Between the two, there isn’t space for Windows Live Mail to continue to exist. We should point out that while Windows Live Mail is great, using an outdated email client may not be the best, most secure way to manage email.

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How to Enter a Code on google.com/device (Solved)

A Google account is used for all sorts of services and not all services run on a phone, tablet, or desktop system. Some devices that require a Google account to set up do not have an input panel nor can they connect a keyboard.

In order to sign in to such a device with a Google account, a different authentication method has to be used. 

Go to google.com/device on any browser and enter this code

Devices like a Chromecast can connect to apps on your phone and easily connect to a Google account. Devices like SmartTVs i.e., non-Google manufactured devices that still use a Google account to connect to it via a code.

The code is shown on the device and must be entered on a specific page that you’re directed to. This is the google.com/device page.

  1. Open your browser and sign in to your Google account. You can visit Gmail to sign in.
  2. Once signed in, generate an authentication code on your device. This will normally be done from the device’s Accounts or Set up section. It will differ from device to device.
  3. Note the authentication code down.
  4. In your browser, visit the google.com/device page.
  5. Enter the code and click Next.
  6. Sign in again if you’re prompted to.
  7. Once sign up is complete, you can close the page.
  8. Return to your device and your Google account will be logged in.

google com device

Manage connected devices

Devices that connect to your Google account via a code can’t disconnect with one. To remove such a device, you have to remove it from the list of connected devices under your Google Account settings.

  1. Open your browser and sign in to Gmail.
  2. Go to your Account page.
  3. Select Security from the column on the left.
  4. Scroll down to the Your Devices section.
  5. Click Manage devices.
  6. Click the more options (three dots) button next to the device you want to remove.
  7. Click Sign out from the menu.
  8. You will be signed out of the device.

Conclusion

The Google.com/devices page is nothing to worry about. It doesn’t offer much in the way of instructions since the instructions should be displayed on the device that is showing the code.

The code is a fail-safe method for connecting your device since it can’t be faked. It allows users to add devices that may not be on the same WiFi network as a phone or desktop system. It also offers third-party hardware and software manufacturers a simple way to allow users to connect their Google accounts.

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DNS Server Not Responding: How to Fix DNS Not Responding on Windows 10

Every device that connects to the internet, sends a request to a DNS server that redirects the request to the correct website. A slow DNS server means a web address takes longer to resolve, and while the delay may only be for a few seconds, you’ll notice it.

A slow DNS is one problem but if the DNS server is not responding, you’re basically unable to access anything. It’s not quite the same as having no internet connection. In fact, your internet may be working but the DNS may be preventing you from accessing any website.

DNS Server Not Responding

Problems with the DNS server usually prevent you from accessing some or all websites. The error message that you see will depend on which browser you’re using and even with the same browser, you may see different error messages. Fixing the DNS server problem may be something you can do on your end or it might be a problem your ISP is having. 

DNS server is not responding

How to fix the DNS server is not responding error?

Before you try to fix the problem, run through the following basic checks.

  • Restart your router.
  • Restart your system.
  • Forget and reconnect your WiFi network.
  • Try using a different browser.
  • Try accessing the internet from a different device. If it doesn’t work, the problem may be with your ISP.
  • Turn your VPN off if you’re using one.

If the above doesn’t work try the fixes below.

1. Switch to Google DNS

A DNS server may go down. It’s a service and like any service, it can run into problems. Often, the easiest fix is to switch over to Google’s DNS server which is free to use.

  1. Open Control Panel.
  2. Go to Network and Internet.
  3. Select Network and sharing center.
  4. Click your WiFi network.
  5. Click Properties under the Activity section.
  6. Double-click Internet Protocol Version 4 (TCP/IPv4).
  7. Enable the ‘Use the following DNS server addresses’ option.
  8. In Preferred DNS server, enter 8.8.8.8.
  9. In Alternate DNS server, enter 8.8.4.4.
  10. Click OK, and close all windows.
  11. Try to access a website.

2. Run the internet troubleshooter

Windows 10 has its own internet troubleshooter that may be able to fix problems with the DNS. It won’ change the DNS server that you connect to but it may be able to resolve problems with the server setting.

  1. Open the Settings app (Win+I keyboard shortcut).
  2. Go to Update and security.
  3. Select the Troubleshoot tab.
  4. Click Additional troubleshooter.
  5. Run the Internet Connections troubleshooter.
  6. Apply all fixes that it recommends.

3. Flush DNS and renew IP

If the Windows 10 troubleshooter can’t fix problems with the DNS server, you can try manually flushing the DNS and renewing your IP.

  1. Open Command Prompt with admin rights.
  2. Run the following commands one-by-one. They will flush the DNS and renew your IP address.
netsh int ip reset
netsh winsock reset
ipconfig /flushdns
ipconfig /renew
  1. Restart your system.

4. Manually configure network

Internet connections tend to configure automatically once you enter the password but a great deal is set up under the hood. It may help resolve DNS problems if you manually configure a network. 

  1. Open Command Prompt.
  2. Run this command: ipconfig /all.
  3. Look for Physical Address but make sure it’s for the network you’re connecting to e.g., note down the physical address for Wireless LAN if you’re using a wireless network.

  1. Open File Explorer.
  2. Enter this in the location bar: Control Panel\Network and Internet\Network and Sharing Center and tap Enter.
  3. Click your connection.
  4. Click Properties under Activity.
  5. Click the Configure button.
  6. Go to the Advanced tab.
  7. Look for MAC Address or Network address.
  8. Enter the Physical address that you noted earlier and click OK.

5. Update router firmware

Your router’s firmware may need to be updated. Normally, your ISP should be able to push a firmware update to the router during routine maintenance but you can manually update it yourself. It may resolve problems with the DNS.

In order to update the router firmware, you need to access the router’s admin panel. You can access it from your router.

  1. Open Command Prompt.
  2. Run this command: ipconfig.
  3. Note down the Default gateway address.
  4. Open your browser.
  5. Enter the Default gateway address and tap Enter.
  6. Sign in with the admin username and password.
  7. Look for the firmware update option and install updates that are available.

Note: the admin panel for each ISP and router differs so you’ll have to look around.

6. Change DNS in router

The router also has a DNS setting and it may be overwriting your system’s DNS server setting. Access your router’s admin and change the DNS to Google’s DNS or allow the router to default to your computer’s DNS if there’s an option for it. To change the DNS on the router, follow these steps.

  1. Open Command Prompt.
  2. Run this command: ipconfig.
  3. Note down the Default gateway address.
  4. Open your browser and enter the Default gateway address and tap Enter.
  5. Sign in to the router’s admin panel and look for DNS settings.
  6. Use Google’s DNS server.
8.8.8.8
8.8.4.4
  1. Restart the router, and your system.

7. Run Windows 10 in safe mode

It’s possible that an app on your system is blocking the DNS server or your internet. To determine this, you should run Windows 10 in Safe mode.

  1. Open the Start Menu.
  2. Click the power button.
  3. Hold down the Shift button and click Restart.
  4. On the boot screen, go to Troubleshoot>Advanced Options>Startup settings.
  5. Click Restart.
  6. Select the Safe mode (with networking) option.
  7. Try accessing the internet.

8. Disable third-party apps

If you’re able to access the internet in Safe mode, a third-party may be blocking the DNS or the internet. 

  1. Right-click the taskbar and select Task Manager.
  2. Go to the Startup tab.
  3. Disable all apps.
  4. Restart the system.
  5. Access the internet.
  6. If you’re able to access the internet, a third-party app is likely responsible.
  7. Enable apps one-by-one to see which one is causing the problem.

9. Disable virtual adapter

Windows 10 creates a virtual adapter by default and normally, when there isn’t an app to use it, it won’t interfere with a network connection. That said, it can cause problems and disabling it may help.

  1. Open Device Manager.
  2. Go to View>Show hidden devices.
  3. Expand Network adapters.
  4. Look for Microsoft Wi-Fi Direct Virtual Adapter.
  5. Right-click it and select Uninstall device.
  6. Repeat this for all virtual adapter devices.
  7. Restart the system.

10. Disable Ethernet, Bluetooth, Hotspot

Windows 10 can connect to a Wireless network and an Ethernet, Bluetooth, and Hotspot but they can interfere with an internet connection. 

  1. Open the Settings app (Win+I keyboard shortcut).
  2. Go to Devices>Bluetooth.
  3. Turn Bluetooth off from the switch.
  4. Tap the Win+A keyboard shortcut.
  5. Turn the hotspot off from the toggle.
  6. Disconnect or unplug the Ethernet cable.
  7. Restart the system.

Conclusion

If the above fixes don’t work, you should contact your ISP, especially if the issue is present on other devices. They may be able to resolve the problem or let you know if their service is having problems. In that case, you will have to wait for them to resolve it on their end.

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How to Add or Remove Comments in Word

If you cannot be in the same room with someone as you review a document, the next best option is to leave a comment. Microsoft Word makes it easy to both leave feedback within a piece by highlighting text and inserting a comment as well as respond to that feedback by replying to a comment. 

Whether you are working on a group project, critiquing a friend’s outline for the next Great American Novel, or even editing your own work, the comment function is a powerful tool. Here’s how to add or remove comments in Word. 

Note: The screenshots refer to Microsoft Word in macOS. The process is the same for Word in Windows.

How to Add a Comment In Word

Adding a comment in Microsoft Word is a simple process. At the top of the screen, click the Review tab. 

Highlight a word within the document or place your cursor on the screen and click New Comment. This will open a comment box to the right of the document along with a line that leads to the specific comment. The commented text will also be highlighted. 

The lines make it significantly easier to follow when there are multiple comments within a document, especially if there are several comments in a single paragraph. Rinse and repeat this step as many times as necessary.

You can also add a comment by highlighting text or right-clicking on the text and selecting New Comment from the context menu that appears. 

There is a final way to add a comment. You can select a word or place your cursor, navigate to Insert at the top of the screen, and choose Comment. However, this method takes longer than either of the other two options and is not worth your time. We include it here only for the sake of knowledge, as this same method can be used to reply to an existing comment. 

How to Reply to a Comment in Word

When multiple people are working within a single document and sending it back and forth for edits and review, it can be difficult to keep track of this collaboration. You can reply to an existing comment to create a tiered system that is easy to read. 

On an existing comment, click the speech bubble at the top-right corner.

This opens a text field where you can enter your reply. Multiple people can reply to the same comment. If you aren’t sure which reply came first, the time since the reply is visible to the right side of the screen.

You can also reply to a comment by right-clicking it and selecting Reply to Comment from the menu. This serves the same function as selecting the message bubble. 

How to Resolve and Delete a Comment in Word

Most comments are to point out an issue that needs to be corrected or to suggest improvements to the text. Once those changes have been made, you may no longer need the comment. Resolving or deleting the comment can help you keep track of what you have already done within the document. 

There are several ways to approach this. The first and easiest is to click the comment and select Delete from the tab at the top of the screen. If you click the down arrow beside Delete, you can choose to delete all comments within the document at once. 

You can also resolve a comment by clicking Resolve instead of Delete. The difference is that Delete removes the entire comment, while Resolve greys it out but leaves it in place. If a comment is resolved in error or you decide to comment further, you can right-click and select Resolve Comment once more to un-resolve it.  

You can also right-click a comment and choose to either delete it or resolve it from the menu. These options are found just below Reply to Comment.

The Review tab has several other options to note, too. Previous and Next provide an easy way to cycle through all of the comments within the document, while Show Comments displays any comments within the article if they are not currently shown.

Note: Most document editors like Word and Google Docs also have a similar method to review and resolve comments.

Use Comments For Seamless Collaboration

The Comments feature is a tremendously powerful tool for anyone working on a collaborative project with Word, and using it wisely can improve communication and the final document or team project. 

How to turn on Microsoft Teams guest access

Microsoft Teams allows organizations to add all its employees to a single, collective group called Teams. Employees can then be separated by department or function into channels.

All team members can easily be added (or removed) from a channel whenever the need arises. Within an organization’s team, movement is flexible for its members.

Microsoft Teams guest access

A Microsoft Teams team will include everyone in the organization. A team member’s identity is normally determined by their email which is created on the same domain that Microsoft Teams is configured for. To that end, anyone with an email that is not on the same domain is excluded from the team.

It does stand to reason that on occasion, a team may need to invite an outsider i.e., someone who isn’t on the same domain, to a team. Microsoft Teams has the flexibility to do so in the form of Guest Access.

Guest Access allows a team owner to invite an outsider to the team. This feature is turned off by default and must be enabled before it can be used.

Enable Microsoft Teams guest access

To enable Microsoft Teams guest access, follow these steps.

  1. Access the Microsoft Teams admin center.
  2. In the column on the left, expand Organization settings.
  3. Select Guest access.
  4. In the pane on the right, open the Allow guest access in Teams dropdown.
  5. Select the On option.

Microsoft Teams guest access

  1. Wait for additional settings to populate.
  2. Go throught the Calling, Meeting, and Messaging sections and enable features for guests.
  3. Click Save.

Note: the new settings can take a few hours to activate.

Invite guests in Microsoft Teams

To invite a guest to a Microsoft Teams team, follow these steps.

  1. Open Microsoft Teams and sign in with an admin account.
  2. Select the team and click the more options button next to it.
  3. Select Add member.
  4. Enter the email for the guest.
  5. Select the add guest option.
  6. An invite will be sent to the user to join the team.

Conclusion

Guess access is only available for the paid Microsoft Teams version. As such, this version is also configured to work with Sharepoint and an Active Azure directory. This will not matter if all you’re doing is making calls and sending messages however, if you plan on sharing files with a guest user, you will have to go through the access setting for Sharepoint and Azure to make sure the files that have been shared can be accessed by the guest user.

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