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I am very sorry about your issues. Unfortunately, if a Hotmail account is being closed or deactivated, Microsoft (the owner of Hotmail, Outlook, Live and MSN) does not automatically delete everything from that account. It is giving the user a recovery period of 60 days. Within this 60-day window, the account itself will be recoverable, but NOT its data. That means, if you decided to UNDO the deactivation of the account within the 60-day period, that is possible and you can regain access to your account but all your emails, contacts and other stuffs there will be removed already. The account will look and function just brand new with NO data and emails and contacts in it.
The main reason for this is because during the 60-day window, Microsoft is already deleting all contents of your accounts from across all its servers. And on that time window also, the deletion will be completed. Therefore, if you happen to UNDO the deactivation, you can only have your Hotmail account back, with no data (emails, contacts and other stuffs) in it.
The only time that you can get your account AND your data back is when you REACTIVATE your account within 48 hours from the time your DEACTIVATED or deleted it.
Now, AFTER the 60 day time window, you will both lose the deactivated Hotmail account for good along with all its data. And unfortunately, there is really no way to recover or retrieve the data of the deactivated account after 60 days since they could have been overwritten on the server where they are stored.
I understand that this is not the answer you hope to hear and I hate to be the bearer of this bad news. But it will be unprofessional of me and unfair to you if I will not give you the real status or condition of your scenario that will only give you some false hope.
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