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Recover an Email Purged From an Exchange Account’s Deleted Items Folder in Outlook for Windows

Emails are removed from the Deleted Items folder after a certain period set by the account administrator, when you empty the Deleted Items folder, or if you permanently delete a message in the Deleted Items folder. For most Exchange accounts, messages that are purged from the Deleted Items folder may be recovered for a period of time. This time period depends on how the Exchange administrator set up your account. This also applies to emails that were permanently deleted.

To restore messages that have been removed from the Deleted Items folder in Outlook for Windows:

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How to Get Rid of Teams on Windows 11

If Microsoft Teams is getting on your nerves in Windows 11—popping up when you log in, always running in the background, or launching when you click the “Chat” taskbar icon—here’s how to get rid of it.

Why Does Microsoft Want Me To Use Teams?

Teams is Microsoft’s collaboration and chat app. It supports audio and video calls, text-based chat, group chat, and synchronizing schedules, among other features. Teams is a competitor to services such as Zoom, Google Chat, and Slack, and can be considered a replacement for Skype, another Microsoft Product. Microsoft adds value to its Windows platform by getting people to use its services, which helps it make more money. That’s why it wants you to use Teams.

While Teams can be handy for some people, if you don’t use it, having it always running on your system can be an annoyance. Luckily, it’s possible to avoid or disable Teams, although you can’t remove it completely without potentially damaging your Windows 11 installation, because Microsoft considers it an essential part of Windows. We’ll go over several strategies in the sections ahead—ranging from least-to-most drastic removal measures.

By default, Windows 11 shows a Teams Chat icon in your taskbar (that looks like a purple word bubble with a camera icon inside). If you’d like to hide it, right-click the taskbar and select “Taskbar Settings.” When Settings opens to the Personalization > Taskbar page, expand the “Taskbar Items” section if necessary, then flip the switch beside “Chat” to “Off.”

In Personalization > Taskbar, switch "Chat" to "Off."

The Chat icon will disappear immediately from your taskbar. This doesn’t stop Teams from running in the background, but it does put it one step further out of sight.

If you’ve used Windows 11 for a while, you’ll notice that Teams likes to pop up whenever you log into your Windows user account. Luckily it’s easy to make it stop. First, open Settings by pressing Windows+i. Or you can right-click the Start button and select “Settings.”

In Windows 11, right-click the Start button and select "Settings."

When Settings appears, click “Apps” in the sidebar, then select “Startup.”

In Settings, select "Apps," then click "Startup."

In Startup settings, you’ll see a list of “Startup Apps” that launch whenever you log in. Locate “Microsoft Teams” in the list and flip the switch beside it to “Off.”

Click the switch beside "Microsoft Teams" to turn it "Off."

After that, close Settings. If Teams is still running in the background, quit it by clicking the caret arrow beside the speaker and Wi-Fi icons in the taskbar (also, near the clock). When a tiny bubble menu appears, right-click the Teams icon (purple with a “T” on it) and click “Quit.”

At this point, Teams won’t run again unless you launch it manually, although it’s still on your system. If that’s a problem, move on to the next section.

If you’d like to remove Microsoft Teams from your application list, it’s fairly easy to do. First, open Settings by pressing Windows+i (or right-clicking the Start button and selecting “Settings”). In Settings, click “Apps,” then select “Apps & Features.”

In Windows Settings, select "Apps," then choose "Apps & Features."

Scroll down in the Apps List and locate “Microsoft Teams.” Click the three vertical dots button beside its entry in and select “Uninstall.”

Click the three-dots button beside "Microsoft Teams" in the list and select "Uninstall."

Settings will ask you to confirm with a pop-up. Click “Uninstall” again. After a moment, Microsoft Teams will completely vanish from the list of installed Apps. But surprise! Teams is not completely gone from your system, because it’s an essential part of how the “Chat” taskbar icon works. To keep Teams from coming back, disable the “Chat” icon in the taskbar (see the section above). If you click that icon, Teams will automatically reinstall itself again and undo every step in the sections above.

If you previously uninstalled Microsoft Teams but you need to get it back, it’s actually just a click away. It seems that even if you uninstall Teams, Windows 11 always keeps a backup copy to load again when you click the “Chat” icon in the toolbar.

To re-install teams, all you need to do is enable the taskbar Chat icon (if it isn’t already) and click it. To see the Chat icon, open Settings > Personalization > Taskbar and expand “Taskbar Items.” Click the switch beside “Chat” to turn it “On.”

In Personalization > Taskbar, switch "Chat" to "On."

After that, click the Chat icon (the purple word balloon) in your taskbar.

Teams will automatically reinstall itself—and will also make itself launch at startup again.

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How to Upgrade Your PC to Windows 11

Windows 11 is now available. If you’ve decided you want to upgrade from Windows 10, here’s how you can get the free upgrade—even if Windows Update doesn’t offer it. This works if Windows 11 doesn’t officially support your PC, too.

The Safe and Slow Way: Windows Update

For the safest possible update process, go to Settings > Update & Security > Windows Update on your Windows 10 PC. (You can press Windows+i to quickly open the Settings app.)

Note: Microsoft is slowly offering this update to more and more PCs over time. If you don’t see the banner offering you the update here yet, you may see it in a few weeks—or a few months. For the best possible update experience on your hardware, Microsoft recommends waiting for Windows Update to offer the update to your PC. When Microsoft is confident your PC is ready, you’ll get the update.

If Windows 11 doesn’t officially support your PC, you will never see the update offered via Windows Update. (But don’t worry, Windows 10 will still be officially supported until October 2025).

Windows Update offering Windows 11 on Windows 10.
The Fast Way: Download Windows 11

Microsoft offers a variety of tools for downloading Windows 11 immediately. These will skip the slow, careful upgrade process and let you skip the line and install Windows 11 right now—even if your PC doesn’t officially support Windows 11.

To get started, visit Microsoft’s Download Windows 11 page. We recommend you download and run the Windows 11 Update Assistant. It will update your current PC to Windows 11 for you. (You can also use the Create Windows 11 Installation Media tool to create installation media on a bootable USB or DVD, or download a Windows 11 ISO for use in a virtual machine).

Warning: By installing Windows 11 immediately, you’re skipping Microsoft’s slow-and-steady rollout process. You may encounter bugs with Windows 11 on your hardware. If that’s a deal-breaker for you, we encourage you to wait a few months before you’re offered the upgrade.

If you encounter a problem, note that you can downgrade back to Windows 10 within the first ten days after upgrading.

Microsoft says these tools will also let you upgrade a Windows 10 PC to Windows 11, even if the PC’s hardware isn’t officially supported by Windows 11. You’ll just have to agree to a warning first. (Whether you actually want to accept the risk of problems is up to you, but we encourage you to keep older PCs on Windows 10 unless you’re enthusiastic about upgrading them for a particular reason).

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