Find an Old Email Account
With so many email providers available on the Internet, it
is highly possible for one to forget about an email account for which one had
once signed up.
There are many reasons why it's beneficial to know what
accounts you do have, and to not leave an unused account available on a server
You may need to find past accounts you've forgotten about if
you are suffering from identity theft, or you're worried that you've been
missing a number of emails you were once expecting to receive.
Make a list of all business you've worked for and schools you've attended.
You may have a work or school email that is still active.
Go to the website for the business and school, and then try
to locate an email directory for employees.
If you don't find a directory, email the the owner of the
website to say that you are curious if you still have an active email account
with the company or institution.
Consider any forums, blogs or websites for which you have
You may have been given an email account for one of these
websites and not even be aware of it.
Go to these sites and log in to your account.
For example, if you have a Blogspot account you must have
had a Gmail account with which you started your blog.
Try a trial and error method.
If you know that you have typically used one or two kinds of
usernames, then you should try using that name for various emails.
Go to an email provider's website and try searching by
common nicknames you may have used in the past. Also, try using variations on
your own name.
Go to email websites like Yahoo!, Google and MSN to see if
you have an email account with a popular provider that you've forgotten about.
Find a link to find email addresses, where you will then be
prompted to type in your first and last name.
You will be told whether or not that person has an account
with the provider.
You may then need to answer an old security question, or
prove that you are the person who created the account.
Find a reverse email website like EmailFinder.com.
These search directories can be helpful for finding a lost
Simply type in your first and last name and the state where
You then will have to pay a small fee in order to view all
results, so this step should be a last resort.
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Check you username and password.
Hotmail passwords are case
sensitive, so something as simple as having your caps lock on can keep you from
accessing your account.
Double check to be sure you are
typing both your username and password exactly how you created them.
Reset your password.
If you haven't logged into your
Hotmail in some time and suspect you might be using the wrong password, click
the "Forgot Your Password?" link on the Hotmail log-in page.
On the next screen, follow the prompts
to enter your email address and the given security verification code.
Click "continue" and on
the next screen, select the option that allows you to answer your pre-set
This is a question you supplied when
you set up your Hotmail account.
After correctly answering the
question, you will be prompted to reset your password.
Clear your browser history and
temporary Internet folders if you are continually getting a "Page Cannot
Be Displayed" message when you log in.
The exact procedure for doing this
depends on your operating system and browser.
If you continue to get see this
message, it could indicate a problem with the Hotmail server.
Check the status of the network on a
site like Down Right Now that reports server problems on popular sites.
Submit a support request on the
Windows Live page.
On the Windows Live site, select
"Hotmail" under "Standard Services."
A search screen will open that will
allow you to check out a variety of Hotmail related support topics.
At the bottom of that screen, choose
"get more help" and then "support."
A support form will open for you to
complete and submit to the Hotmail team.
You will receive an answer within 24
Note that you will need a second
email account that you can access so that the Hotmail support staff can send
you your answer.
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