How to Delete a Hotmail Email Address

by Mark Kennan

Hotmail is a free email service provided by Microsoft as part of Windows Live. It was originally launched in 1996 and was sold in 1997 to Microsoft for $400 million. As of 2009, Hotmail had almost 300 million accounts.

Step 1

Log in to your hotmail account and click "Help."

Step 2

Search for "Cancel Account" and select "Why are all my e-mail messages gone?"

Step 3

Expand the option that says "Close a free Hotmail account" and click "Windows Live Hotmail close account."

Step 4

Click "Close Account" on the page that opens.

If you do not sign in to your account for 365 days, your account will also be deleted.


  • If you change your mind after closing your account, you can log back in within 270 days to restore your account to active status.


About the Author

Mark Kennan is a writer based in the Kansas City area, specializing in personal finance and business topics. He has been writing since 2009 and has been published by "Quicken," "TurboTax," and "The Motley Fool."

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