I just acquired an HP Pavilion 500-C60 desktop computer that came preloaded with Windows 8.1 and Office 2013. [I once used Windows Vista Business with Office 2003, which worked fine.]
I’m now unable to activate Outlook 2013 – i.e. I can’t send or receive e-mail messages per the following:
When receiving - I get “The connection to the server was interrupted.” Somewhere I heard or read that “imap” should be instead of “pop” (or “pop3”) when using Outlook 2013 in Windows 8.1.
When sending - I get “Outlook cannot connect to your outgoing (SMTP) e-mail server.” BTW, my ISP is comcast.net and I was directed to an online file: - “Configure Outlook 2013 for Comcast E-Mail” (accessed via Google). Each time I follow this procedure and get to the final step – “Test Account Settings “ - the Test fails - and I can’t finalize my e-mail new account configuration.
Has anyone else had this problem – and how did you overcome it? [BTW, I’m only semi-computer literate in such matters and would appreciate a step-by-step approach to finally get back into “e-mail land.]”