Hotmail was the first free web-based email service for people that was launched in 1996 and, it was founded by Sabeer Bhatia and Jack Smith. They named it HoTMaiL and it was originally spelled like that to put emphasis on the HTML in the name.
After some time, Microsoft acquired Hotmail and later renamed it as Outlook.com.
When Hotmail was launched, the service provided the users with a lot of things. Like free accounts and under the accounts it offered features such as “spam filters” and enhanced virus scanning. Along with this, it provided storage up to 250 MB, which was a lot in that time.
After Hotmail was under the Microsoft and when Microsoft had acquired the email service, the users were provided with a schedule calendar and an address book where they could save contact lists. Another feature that Microsoft added was that users could pay a subscription fee to upgrade their Hotmail account.
Today, the URL of Hotmail i.e. www.hotmail.com redirects users to the main sign-in page for all the Microsoft accounts in their device including Store, One Drive, MSN, Skype, Outlook.com and so.
Also, the Outlook.com service provides users virtually unlimited storage for free, connections to various applications like Skype, Facebook, Twitter, Google, and LinkedIn, Built-in Search, and spam filtering.
Many haven’t used their Hotmail account because of other applications or maybe some other reasons. But they want to access their old Hotmail account now. They want to know how to get access to their old Hotmail account. Let’s discuss about the ways to access your old Hotmail account.
Adding the old account to your new account on Outlook
Now, the problem is that it redirects to a new sign-in page of Outlook.com and people are getting confused about it. In addition to that, they don’t remember their old email or password and many users have complained that the new page doesn’t show an option for signing in, taking them to a new empty account.
Now let’s see how you can have access to your old Hotmail account if you can’t sign in and Outlook.com takes you to a new and empty account. It is simple, you just need to log in to the new account the Outlook is taking you to or create a new account on Outlook and once you have a new account you can add your old account. Once you add your old account you can have access to your old Hotmail account.
Now, the steps to add another account are given below:
- First, select the Cog icon on the screen.
- After that view all Outlook settings for the option “Sync email”.
- Then choose “other email accounts”.
- You will be asked to enter your information so enter your Name, Address, and password.
- Now, open a private browsing session and go to outlook.live.com.
- Finally, sign in with another account i.e. the old account of yours.
You can also use a different browser to access the other account. And know that the connected account will use the same user name and signature.
In this way, you can open your old Hotmail account.
Retrieving old Hotmail account through verification by Microsoft Support
Now, the other problems the users faced was, they forgot their old password. This is a bit of a problem because there is not enough valid security or recovery information on your account for Microsoft to verify you with and the only option is to answer some questions. A questionnaire is given to you and if you could pass this then the information is given to Microsoft Support and they review it to determine whether you are the real owner or not. If you have demonstrated well enough then they give you access to your account. If you fail then the account is gone. In this way, you can retrieve your old Hotmail account.
Third-Party Tool or Apps
There are many third-party app and tools developed for executing these kinds of actions. You just need to install these apps in your device, any device you want to use it on. This app is designed so that it helps you do this job. You need to fill up the required information and follow the instructions given. The link to the app is given here:
In this way, you can get access to your old Hotmail account which has been changed to Outlook.com but it is the same as Hotmail.com just a slight change of name with more features from Microsoft.