I need to install a client side SMTP server on a Windows XP Pro. What is the most reliable SMTP client server to run on XP?

Posted on 2006-04-04
Last Modified: 2009-07-29
Please give me some ideas on the most reliable SMTP clients that will run on Windows XP.

Thank You,

Question by:itech-sol
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    SMTP protocol is a server side protocol, not client.
    What for do you need such installation? What do you plan to achieve?
    May be you need SMTP server?

    About most reliable SMTP client, you can find it on every Windows system: it's an Outlook Express.
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    they are hard to come by, but this one is decent
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    Actually I think both of you guys are wrong.

    If i understood correctly, you want to install SMTP server on the Windows XP Pro. If i did not capture this correctly, please let me know.

    SMTP Service is part of Internet Information Service in windows XP. If you want to add this feature, you need to have the windows XP CD (or basically setup files) ready. Then go to Add/Remove and click on "Add/Remove windows component". Open Internet Information Services and select SMTP Service.

    Note That: with windows XP's SMTP Server, you are limited to one domain only. this is the limitation on windows xp (same thing on IIS, it can only host 1 website on Windows XP). For larger scales domain, you need to upgrade to windows Server. You generally don't need to do so however, unless you want your SMTP service be on a 'hosting service'

    Another note: there are many many differnet free apps available as well which don't have the above limitations. Mail enable is one and you can search for more on

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    by:Mohammed Hamada
    Here's a free smtp server if you need to try a free one..

    And here's a List:-

    Good Luck
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    one thing to add - aside from my comment above on the Windows XP's built in support for SMTP, you can also use mailEnable ( http://www.mailenable ) for both smtp and pop service. The Standard Edition provides everything for small-medium smtp/pop and it can install on windows xp. It's easier to manger than IIS's SMTP

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