How to Restore Deleted Contacts

By Tommy Charles

Microsoft Outlook Express is an email and news client that is included on most releases of the Microsoft Windows operating system. It allows users to send and receive email without the use of a web browser. Outlook Express also contains many advanced features that are not available in typical web browsers, such as the ability to request notification of when a sent message has been opened. Another advanced feature of Outlook is the ability to recover seemingly permanently deleted contacts.

Things You'll Need

  • Microsoft Windows
  • Microsoft Outlook Express

Step 1

Start the registry editor by pressing "Start" and then "Run." Type "regedit" into the "Run" Dialog box and left click on "OK."

Step 2

Left click on the "HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE" entry to expand it.

Step 3

Left click on the "Software" entry to expand it.

Step 4

Scroll down until you find the "Microsoft" entry and then left click to expand it.

Step 5

Left click on the "Exchange" entry and then the "Client" entry. Left click on "Options."

Step 6

Left click on "Edit" and then on "Add Value."

Step 7

In the "Add Value" dialog box type "DumpsterAlwaysOn" for the "Name" value. For the "Data Type" value, type "DWORD." For the "Value Data" value, type "1."

Step 8

Close the registry editor by left clicking on the small "x" at the top right-hand side of the program window.

Step 9

Start Microsoft Outlook as you usually would and left click on "Tools" and then on "Deleted Item Recovery."

Tips & Warnings

  • Deleted contacts and other information are not deleted permanently from Outlook or your server. The usually hidden Deleted Items Folder provides you with a secondary layer of protection from accidental deletion.
  • Be sure to enter the data exactly as stated. Otherwise, the changes will not take effect.