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Lost Windows emails when upgrading to Win 7


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Ernie3

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I have a new PC that came with Vista and a free upgrade to Windows 7. During the time that I used Vista, I saved a number of emails (Windows Mail). I knew Win7 did not include email (so I subsequently installed Thunderbird) - but I didn't know that in removing Windows Mail that it would remove all the saved emails too. :)
Is there any way to restore lost emails?

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Depends how you did the upgrade as you can typically upgrade from within Windows itself or you can do a custom install which is effectively a new installation, and this has two options: a new installation saving the old one, or wiping the machine. If the drive's been wiped the email will be lost, or failing that there should be a folder called Windows.old which is your old Vista.
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Thanks for your interest.
As far as I know, I did an UPGRADE, I did not do a new install, however, I do not have the folder Windows.old.
I'm starting to think I was having a "senior moment" and perhaps I didn't do what I thought I did ...

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No "windows.old" folder typically means the machine has been wiped.
While there is a potential option to recover some files, it's plausible that the files you want email wise have been overwritten by the Windows 7 files.
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