A lot of excitement surrounding the launch of outlook.com replacing hotmail however if you are too excited you might have used the option of changing you primary email address from firstname.lastname@example.org to email@example.com. Nothing wrong with it but you will find that
i. when you try to login to hotmail.com or outlool.com, it will only accept your new login credentials which are now firstname.lastname@example.org.
ii. you will have to reconfigure email clients on your phone, tablet, desktop etc.
iii. when you send email from these email clients even after you updated all of these with your outlook.com credentials, the recipients of your emails will get your address as email@example.com which will be new to them. Also, it might not be in their contact lists thus going straight to junk.
So, above are some of the reason you dont want to change your primary email. However, you should and can add alias for outlook.com to reserve it by going to
Now what if you already changed your primary email to outlook.com, here is what you will do to get it back(it works for hotmail.com/.co.uk/live.com addresses but doesnt give you option of @msn.com etc). I have to add note here that its scary as hell and do it at your own risk.
i. If you have an old hotmail.com account and you are in uk or other country, at the page of id change it will give you only options for that country so if you are in uk it will give you option to revert back to firstname.lastname@example.org and not hotmail.com, so to get that go to edit personal setting of your account and change the country to US. Verify if you get your hotmail.com/live.com option by going to http://mail.live.com/?rru=renameaccount If its there close the page.
ii. Now If you changed your primary email address to outlook.com, your old email will be now an alias and any email sent to it will still be delivered to your inbox, so first you will have to remove that alias by going to
iii. Then, you will go to following to change your email address back to email@example.com
iv. Once, you are back to your old hotmail account, your outlook.com alias will be now added to your account and any emails to that email address will still be delivered to your email inbox or any other folder you choose. This means you have also reserved your email address at outlook.com for yourself.
However, If you still have the old hotmail account and just want to get back to old style hotmail interface, do the following