Windows 10 email

  1. Posts : 162
    Windows 10

    Windows 10 email

    Hello folks,

    I am now using Windows 10's email system to receive my and my emails.
    I will at some point in time do a 'clean install' of the O/S in order to clean up my machine. Generally speaking I do this probably every couple of years, and, I like to get rid of (hopefully) all of the rubbish that has accumulated over that time. My question is then, when I do the 'clean install' will my emails, and particularly those that I have purposely saved in their own files, will they be 'prtected somewhere and be recoverable after the install?

    I know (I think I do) that my gmail emails will be available but I'm not so sure about the @live ones.

    Any help/guidance will be much appreciated. Thank you.
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  2. Access Denied's Avatar
    Posts : 10,533
    Win10 x64

    Any emails you have saved as "files" on your computer will need to be on a different hard drive than your Windows if you want to save them. I have a 2nd drive I named "DATA" where I put anything I want to keep when reinstalling. This 2nd drive you will need can be any of the following: internal hard drive, external hard drive, USB drive, etc.

    I am not sure about email service as I never use it. If the setup for your in Windows 10 Mail is IMAP, then anything you do not delete should still be there. The easiest way to check is, to open the web page and login to your email and see what is on there. Anything still in there you see in the web browser will still be there.
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  3. dalchina's Avatar
    Posts : 24,365
    Win 10 Pro (1903)

    If you are using the Win 10's Mail app, then there is no way to save or export messages. It is a limited client.

    Backup or Export Mail for Windows 10 Mailapp - Microsoft Community
    Backup Or Save Email Messages In Windows 10 Using Mail App

    At best you can save individual messages.

    Any messages you have downloaded and deleted from the server are in the location indicated in the first link I posted.

    However, if you have explicitly saved particular messages manually, then like any file, provided they are not on C: when you clean install, they will still be there. (Provided you haven't deleted them in some manner during the clean install).
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  4. Posts : 1,639
    Windows 10

    Ascertain that both accounts are using IMAP in which case all Emails are on the Mail server of the respective Email supplier.

    Look at the Account settings for each of them. Go to Advanced Mail box settings > Incoming email server. If IMAP appears in the server name then it is using IMAP. This is the case for Gmail.

    With Outlook Mail the server name does not show.

    So sign on to both Mail Accounts using Webmail and check they are using IMAP.

    The reason for doing this is to check as then you do not have to do anything as all Emails are on the servers.
    Thus when Win 10 Mail is setup again each account is just synced.

    There are various references claiming Emails are at certain locations on you hard drive but I have found nothing useful in such locations.

    I don't find it necessary to do clean installs, mine last as long as the HDD lasts. Also the version updates every 6 months are usually a fresh install of Windows 10 anyway.
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  5. Posts : 162
    Windows 10
    Thread Starter

    Thank you for the responses to my query. It is very much appreciated. I will have some free time at the weekend and so will be able to do what has been suggested.

    Helmut, I usually do a fresh install of the O/S because I have a habit of downloading stuff that I eventually find I do not really use very much and, I always feel that such downloads tend to clog/slow down the pc. I have told myself time and time again not to do this but, I always manage to. I think that I am a bit too old to change my ways now
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  6. Posts : 1,639
    Windows 10

    I'm very old as well...and still learning.

    I changed all Email Accounts over from POP to IMAP only about 5 years ago. I did mull that for sometime, but eventually it was necessary to change to a modern method.
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  7. Posts : 162
    Windows 10
    Thread Starter

    I have checked and it appears that both my @gmail and @live accounts both use the IMAP system.

    I am still a little bit confused though. When in Windows 10 Mail, if I click on my @gmail account, I can then create whatever folders I want to and, I then save some of my emails to these folders. I can do exactly the same with my @live account and save the emails that I want to keep in the folders that I have created for this account. If I then do a 'clean install, any emails that I have not deleted will re-appear, does this also apply to the folders that I have created for each of the accounts. If this isn't the case, then it would seem that I will have to save the chosen emails via the system given in the links provided by dalchina. I would then save these to a different drive to the 'C:' drive which I do with all my data anyway.
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