So here's what happens: you try logging onto Hotmail, and a page comes up saying Server Too Busy.
Well, what does this mean? It means that you can't get to the page just yet, but you can follow the instructions below so you can still access all your e-mails.
Outlook Express, which should be on all Windows XP computers and older versions, has the feature to handle Hotmail accounts. Choose one of the instructions here:
http://email.about.com/od/outlookexpresstips/ss/wt041202.htm - step by step images
http://www.thundercloud.net/hotmail/hotmail-how-to-1.htm - interactive images
Also ensure that you click "Log on using Secure Password Authentication (SPA)" to ensure your password is secure.
Outlook Express also allows you to downloaded all attachments from messages all at once. Be it pictures, text documents or other files, OE can get them all. This is really useful as in Hotmail, you have to do them all one-at-a-time. Simply: when you have opened a message, go to File > Save Attachments, then locate a folder to save them in.