MSN Groups that have shown no activity for 30 days are subject
to removal. Usually you'll receive a warning email indicating
this, and offering you the option of recovering the site.
If there is any chance at all of restoring the site, it will
be by entering the following URL into your browser and hitting
Be sure to include any underscores or any other unique characters
that were present in your original group name:
If you subsequently receive the message:
"Hmmm, We Can't Find that Page...
The page you're looking for might have been moved or deleted.
Or, perhaps the Web address is misspelled?"
...then you're pretty much out of luck unless you took the
precaution of backing up the content somewhere on your hard
I looked all over MSN's Groups Help, and found nothing there
or via Google searches that gave any indication that it is
possible to have MSN restore your Group. If it is possible
at all, I would try using the contact links on the following
However, one slim possibility is that MSN, for reasons unknown,
has made a mirror of your site in another location. I know, as
this has happened to me. So you might try adding your group
name to the following URL to see if it comes up:
If such a mirror exists, it should contain all the content
of the original.
One final option is to try to find a Google cache of your
site pages. This would use a URL such as:
Google's cache (if available) for any page on which your
browser is stationed (even if it didn't load), make a
bookmark named 'Google cache', and paste the following
into the URL area:
If that ends up being wrapped in this interface, make sure
it's all on one line when you paste it into the bookmark.
Keep in mind that cached pages will probably not give you
access to images or files which were linked from the site.
Only the text on the pages will be available.
I hope one of the above options works for you. If not, please
don't punish the messenger. Keep in mind that researchers earn
75% of the question value for their expertise and/or ability
to research a subject.
Most of what I offer here is from my own experience, but I also
performed multiple searches which, unfortunately, turned up zero
results, such as:
"restore an MSN group"
"recreate an MSN group"
"recover an MSN group"
...and so on.
Oh...one last desperate possibility exists, and that is that
your site has been archived by the Wayback Machine (mine was):
Enter the URL of your group or the potential mirror URL:
If either one has been archived, your photos and files may
have been archived, as well, and you can navigate within
the archives by using the actual links on the pages within
the Wayback Machine.
Best of luck!