How to recover permanently deleted messages in Windows Live Mail
Download and install
Windows Live Mail Recovery Tool.
Start the program and click the "Scan the email store" tab in the upper-left corner of the program to
switch to the corresponding mode. Select the "File->Find and recover lost emails/contacts" menu command or
press the corresponding button in the toolbar.
The program will start scanning the Windows Live Mail database and searching for deleted emails. The process can
take a few minutes.
After the search is over, the program will display the list of the found folders with messages. To view folder
contents, click the folder in the left tab. The icons of the deleted messages are marked with a little red
cross. A double click allows viewing such a message (the feature is available in the registered version only.)
Select the items you would like to recover. You can select all items or some; this also applies to the items
inside a folder. Right-click the list of the folder contents in the right tab to access the context menu of the folder
After you select the items to recover, choose the "File->Save recovered emails/contacts" menu item or press
the corresponding button in the toolbar.
You will be offered a dialog window to select the destination folder on the hard drive. We
strongly recommend you to choose a folder located not on the C: drive, for example on D:, E: etc. Specify a folder
and press "Save".
For each folder with messages a separate subfolder will be created on the hard drive. Each message will be saved as a
separate file with the EML extension.
To import recovered EML files back to a Windows Live Mail folder, just drag them from the Windows Explorer folder
to the Windows Live Mail folder.
Note: This approach will work in Windows Vista and Windows 7. In Windows XP, Windows 8, Windows 8.1 and Windows 10,
you must first turn on the System Protection (System Restore in Windows XP) service for drive C:. In this case, you can
restore only those messages that were deleted after creating at least one restore point. Or you can simply use alternative
approach to recover WLM messages
from your hard drive.