Lost Email from Outlook 2007 Using Windows 7

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Microsoft Outlook 2007
Windows 7
I am using Outlook 2007 on Windows 7 platform.
I leave Outlook open on my desktop nearly 24-7. Last night there was an automatic Windows update that took place. When I got up and looked at my inbox I found that there was only one single unopened email. None of my previously opened emails were there. Checking further, all emails in my "junk E-mail" folder and "Deleted Items" folder was also missing. All other folders appear intact. Calendar and Contacts list appears ok.
Is there some non-destructive method of retrieving the lost emails? Is there a way of preventing a reoccurring event like this?
Thanks for any assistance!


Software/Hardware used:
Office Outlook 2007, Windows 7
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A few suggestions, though I’m not sure which (if any) will work for you.

Rollback the Windows update to a previous update. You MIGHT find your file, though that’s the least likely.

Go to your backups and search for a *.pst file. (Unless you’ve fiddled with names or opened various versions, it should be named OUTLOOK.PST. You’re looking for a file dated prior to this update. Rename your current PST file to something like Outlook.PSTOLD and replace it with the older file you found. Your PST files are re probably in a directory named C:\users\yourname\documents\outlook files.

Search your drive for all *.PST files. You may be able to spot a backup of your current outlook file. Replace the bad one and use the good one.

All that said, not to be too much of an ass here, it’s always a good idea to make frequent backups of your Outlook files. The program has a less-than-stellar reputation of maintaining all your information….

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