I'm sending an email to let's say [email protected] and Hotmail returns error email that the email was not delivered to [email protected] - same as when the account does not exist. So I have tried to register it and it says that I cannot register that account.

Why I cannot register it?

Is there any waiting period?

(Note that the account name that I'm trying to regiter is not something like [email protected] or [email protected].)

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Hotmail will not let anyone else register with an existing Windows Live ID username before 365 days after that username has been cancelled/deleted.

It may also be possible that someone has registered a Windows Live ID username without opening a hotmail account. In that case, nobody else can use that Windows Live ID username in a hotmail email-address.

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