Hi newcomer and welcome to the Tom's hardware forum.
Look for an option that says "delete the message from the server" or "keep a copy of the message in the server"
I guess I did not explain myself correctly-- It is deleting the previous emails from the windows live on the computer.I would have thought that my emails on the computer should be safe.
Also at times I have discovered that the program won't open and any email that I have supposedly saved to documents as per the programs info are therefor not operative either. I am learning to save everything I want in .doc format rather than the email format!
Fortunately there is a copy remaining on the hotmail and sympatico website.
I am used to Outlook so this is going to take a while to get onto I suppose!
Thanks for the reply.