How can I back up my Hotmail emails?

pceasies March 23, 2011

I have some email accounts that use Hotmail with a custom domain ( I would like to easily backup all the emails to .eml files if possible. I like GMail Backup and a similar program for Hotmail would be great. I’d prefer to not configure multiple accounts with POP or IMAP if possible.

  1. Aashish
    July 25, 2011 at 4:35 pm

    Thank you ha 14...the post was of great help..

  2. Tina
    March 27, 2011 at 6:03 pm


    did the suggestions above solve your question? Let us know what worked for you. Thank you!

    • Yajanssen
      April 19, 2011 at 12:52 pm

      I followed the directions you gave, but I searched on my hard drive, but have no idea where I can find it.

    March 24, 2011 at 6:27 am

    Hello, you can accomplish what you want by following the instructions of this link:

  4. Anonymous
    March 23, 2011 at 10:04 am


    1. Click on this link ( to download and install the free Windows Live Mail software.

    2. Open the program and type in your account name (such as or and your password. Windows Live Mail will do the rest to find your account info and begin downloading messages.

    3. Wait a few seconds and all your Hotmail messages will be downloaded into its specific folders, such as Inbox, Sent Items, Deleted Items, and so on. Now they’re on your hard drive – rather than on a website – so you’ll be able to archive your messages onto a recordable disc or external drive.

    MailStore Home

    1.Download and install MailStore Home. Open MailStore Home and click Archive email.
    2.Choose POP3 Mailbox, and enter your email address, the 'Host' (, and your password. Set the 'Access via' drop-down menu to POP 3-SSL and click Next.
    3.On the next screen, you can choose how to archive, namely whether to delete your messages from the host server once the program has downloaded them. The default setting is that messages are never deleted, and you should leave it that way (after all, you're backing up your mail, not moving it). You don't need to change anything here, so click through and start backing your mailbox up

    Windows Live Hotmail account into Mozilla Thunderbird


    • Yajanssen
      April 19, 2011 at 12:56 pm

      I went to my windows life account. But where on my hard drive could I find my emails to download it to an external hard drive.

    • pceasies
      July 6, 2011 at 8:48 pm

      I ended up using Thunderbird and it worked without a problem.

    • Pippy99
      October 16, 2011 at 5:02 am

      for the free windows live software you need to be using vista or windows 7. so what about if your using windows x.p.

    • Itsnick2001
      February 18, 2012 at 7:52 pm

      I'm using the current version of Thunderbird, and it will only download my Inbox files from Hotmail

      • Itsnick2001
        February 18, 2012 at 7:52 pm

        I mean.. just the "Inbox" folder and none of the other custom folders.. is there a way around this?

      • Itsnick2001
        February 18, 2012 at 8:36 pm

        I did try Live Mail after this though and not only did it work a treat and import all the folders but was quicker... thanks

        • Anonymous
          February 19, 2012 at 9:00 am

          thanks for replying and telling us your success in solving the matter, this will help others.

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