Using same email address on two computers!

  Ziggymoon 15:42 PM 11 Jan 09

I have just purchased a laptop running Vista and have set it up with the same email address as my desktop which runs XP. We have a wireless router that both computers are connected to. I assumed this would be ok and that any emails sent to me would arrive in both inboxes. So far, I don't appear to be recieving emails in both inboxes. Is there a problem with using the same email address on two machines? Do I need a seperate email address for each machine? Any advice would be appreciated.

  GANDALF <|:-)> 15:53 PM 11 Jan 09

Your emails will only be received by the computer that was used to collect them. You could view your emails on the ISP's website which would mean that both computers would 'see' them. In outlook there is the option to leave messages on the server click here which would mean that you could access them from either computer.

  Sea Urchin 15:55 PM 11 Jan 09

What email client are you using? If you download messages from the ISP server to either computer they will then not be available for the other.

  Sea Urchin 15:57 PM 11 Jan 09

cross posted

  Miké 16:00 PM 11 Jan 09

I use Thunderbird running under Linux and Vista (on two computers) I have it setup so that the single storage folder is used by both computers, so it doesn't matter which does the downloading.

  Pineman100 16:01 PM 11 Jan 09

It's quite easy to get into a bit of a muddle when you fragment your email like this. You can forget about emails on one machine, when you're using the other, and Sod's Law means that the one you want to refer to is always on the machine that you're not using at that time.

As GANDALF <|:-)> recommended, it would be best for you to use only webmail on one your computers, so that your emails are only ever downloaded to one email client.

Alternatively, switch over to using webmail exclusively - I use Google Mail. Then you can use either computer to read and write emails online - all on the single centralised account.

  Ziggymoon 16:11 PM 11 Jan 09

Thanks for your messages. I use outlook express. Does this mean that if I have the same email address for two computers the emails will only arrive in one inbox and not the other? If this is the case, I will use a seperate email address for my laptop.

  aine 19:48 PM 11 Jan 09

My wife and myself use the same email address on two PC, hers is XP, mine is Vista. She can receive on Yahoo and outlook, I receive Yahoo and win you can set it up,mail comes to both simoustanly. Regards Aine

  MAT ALAN 19:55 PM 11 Jan 09

click here

Outlook has an option...

  AL47 19:58 PM 11 Jan 09

i always tell thunderbird to leave the messages on the server, that way they are safe should anything happen to the computer and i can get them from anywheere

  MIke 20:03 PM 11 Jan 09

Under Windows Live mail and Outlook express there is an option in the Accounts entry in the menu to leave a copy of the message on the server. If this is ticked on each computer then you will be able to do what you want to do.


Also option to remove from server when deleted from 'deleted items'

Hope this helps


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