How to Recover Deleted Emails From Windows Live

Updated April 17, 2017

Windows Live Hotmail is a free e-mail service with expanding storage capacity to meet your communication needs. Deleting e-mails keeps your e-mail inbox organised, regardless of the storage capacity. However, if you accidentally delete a message, you have a limited time frame to recover the data.Emails are permanently erased within a few days of deletion.

Sign in to your Windows Live Hotmail account to access your e-mails.

Click on the "Deleted" folder on the left side of your screen menu.

Review the list of deleted e-mails. Select the e-mails you wish to recover by clicking the corresponding e-mail check box.

Select the "Move to" option above the deleted e-mail list. Drop down and select "Inbox" to recover your e-mail from the "Deleted" mail folder.


Rather than immediately deleting your e-mails, try creating a monthly folder system for potentially important messages. Store the e-mails for a few months. Then, delete the entire folder if none of the messages are needed. It will keep your inbox organised and minimise the risk of deleting important e-mails.


Windows Live Hotmail automatically erases the Trash folder a few times during the week. If your e-mail is no longer in the Trash folder, you will not be able to recover it.

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