I’ve created a new Hotmail account. Is it possible to transfer all
information and contacts from my old Hotmail account to my new one?
The short answer is yes and no.
The longer answer contacts: yes; email: no.
Let me explain…
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I’ve discussed in a prior article that it’s possible to
move your contacts from one Hotmail account to another. In fact that’s
gotten even easier of late since Windows Live Hotmail now appears to support
both import and export of contacts making it much easier.
Unfortunately, the same is not true for email messages. In fact, I actually
know of no way to move email messages or folders from one Hotmail account to
But I do have another solution. Unfortunately it involves changing the way
you access your email.
folders from one Hotmail account to another.”
My recommendation is that you choose one of the solutions to download
Windows Live Hotmail to your machine:
Set up a mail program like Windows Live
Mail on your computer.
Configure that program to access the Hotmail account containing the messages
you wanted to move.
Download all of your email from that Hotmail account into your mail
Reconfigure that mail program to now access the new Hotmail account you want
to begin using.
Use that mail program to manage your email on your PC from now on.
(Make sure to backup your email along with the rest of your PC
One of the nice approaches to downloading your mail in this fashion is that
you can actually change the email accounts you’re using as often as you like
without losing the messages that you’ve received. In addition the address book
you’ll build in the email program will also transfer as well. In fact, using an
email program on your PC makes it easier not only to change from one Hotmail
account to another, but also to any other email provider that provides
downloadable or POP3 access.
Yes, you do lose the ability to manage all your email via Hotmail’s web
interface. You can still use the web interface, but unless you configure your
email program to leave the messages on the server and not all the messages you
have will be visible there, they’ll have been downloaded to your PC and will
be available in your mail program.