How to recover deleted emails from Windows Live Mail

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restore deleted emails from Windows Live Mail

Emails from your Windows Live Account can disappear due to several reasons, including the user deleting the email intentionally/unintentionally or the latest Windows update messing up the files and folders again.

Fortunately, there are several ways to restore deleted emails from the Windows Live Mail account as long as the files are in a recoverable state. In this article, we show you how to recover deleted emails from a Windows Live Mail account.

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How I can restore deleted emails in Windows Live Mail?

1. Restore the previous version

recover deleted emails from Windows Live Mail

  1. Open File Explorer and navigate to the following location:
    C:UsersusernameAppDataLocalMicrosoft
  2. In the above command, replace username with the account name.
  3. Scroll down and locate the Windows Live Mail folder.
  4. Right-click on the Windows Live Mail folder and select Restore Previous Version. This will Windows Live Mail properties window.
  5. In the Previous Versions tab, click the Restore button.
  6. Windows will scan the system and start the recovery process.
  7. The recovery process may take several minutes to find and restore deleted emails from the Windows Live Mail account.
  8. Make sure you live the computer idle during the process.
  9. Once the recovery is complete, follow the on-screen instructions and restart the system when done.
  10. Launch Windows Live Mail and check if your deleted emails are restored.

2. Restore folders using Compact View

recover deleted emails from Windows Live Mail

  1. Start the Windows Live Mail client.
  2. Click on View in the taskbar.
  3. Select Compact View. This will collapse all the Windows Live Mail folders listed, and a green sign in the shape of a plus will appear under them.
  4. Click on the green plus icon. This will open a new window, and you should see all of the Windows Live Mail folders including the deleted ones.
  5. Check the folders you want to restore and click on OK.
  6. Once the folders have been imported, click on View.
  7. Select the Compact View option again.
  8. Now you should see all the recovered email folders.
  9. Check your email account to see if the emails are restored.

3. Use the Import feature

recover deleted emails from Windows Live Mail

  1. Press Windows Key + R to open Run.
  2. Type %appdata%  and click OK. This will open the Local Data folder.
  3. Once there, navigate to the following location:
    AppDataLocalMicrosoftWindows Live Mail
    AppDataRoamingMicrosoftWindows Live Mail
  4. Your Live Mail account folder should be in one of these directories.
  5. Copy everything and create a new folder on Desktop. Rename the new folder as Back-Up Live Mail.
  6. Open Windows Live Mail.
  7. Click File and select Import Messages.
  8. Select Windows Live Mail option and click Next.
  9. Click on Browse and navigate to the folder in which your backup is stored.
  10. Click the backup file and click Next.
  11. Click on Next again.
  12. Windows Live Mail will show a success message if the emails are successfully restored.
  13. Click on Finish and restart Windows Live Mail.
  14. Check if the deleted emails recovered.

Depending on what actions you have taken after deleting the emails, you can try to recover deleted emails from the Windows Live Mail client using the steps listed in this article.

The recovery process should be relatively simple if you lost the email after the Windows update. Check out the links below that can help you to keep your emails and email account safe.

If you have any other questions or suggestions, don’t hesitate to leave them in the comments section below and we’ll surely check them out.

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