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How long are emails retained in my Comcast Mail Account

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How long are emails retained in my Comcast Mail Account

There is a possibility that I might have to reinstall Windows Live Mail on my Windows 8 desktop. If so, there is no way that I can keep a number of emails which I have deleted but have retained in various folders created for that purpose and restore them according to Dell. I have a separate email account at Comcast which I have designated with the goal of sending emails to it for long-term retention.

 

How long are emails kept in my in-basket at a Comcast mail address on the net? Are they automatically deleted after a certain time? What happens to them if I delete them on the net? Are they deleted after 30 days or some such period?

 

Thanks,

David

 

 

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Re: How long are emails retained in my Comcast Mail Account

How long they are kept on the Comcast servers is determined by how you have your deletion schedules set.  To look at that, from the Inbox page go to Preferences>>>>>Email>>>>>>Email Deletion Schedules.  Remember too, that any folders you created as a sub-folder of another will be subject to the schedule of the parent folder.  So if you put a folder under Inbox, whatever setting you have for the Inbox will prevail.

 

Now that's if you are using only the Comcast webmail.  If you are using a client like Windows Live Mail, those settings will override the ones in Comcast Preferences.  Is your Comcast account in WLM set up using IMAP?  If so, when you re-install WLM it should see anything on the server, including local folders.  You shouldn't lose anything.

 

To be on the safe side, go ahead and re-install WLM, and leave the existing one alone for the moment.  Then go ahead and set the account up in it using IMAP.  I think WLM will automatically detect Comcast accounts as IMAP compliant now.  Once that's done, just check to make sure all your folders are there.




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Re: How long are emails retained in my Comcast Mail Account

Excellent reply by Latoque.

 

Thanks very much,

tbg