The best thing to do is to actually download and install Windows Live Mail. It should be under Windows Updates as a 'Optional' software install. It is much better and simpler to use than the default Windows Mail client.
It has quite a few email systems pre-programed for easy setup.
To elaborate on jimmysmitty's input, Windows Live Mail let's you manage multiple email accounts in one program (gmail, hotmail, yahoo etc.) pretty easily. You can download it at http://explore.live.com/windows-live-mail
Also, a new and improved version of it is coming soon.