Is there any way to reactivate an old deleted AOL account?
It is the backup account to a Yahoo email that I need to get into very badly. I can't because I lost the password to it, and didn't realize the AOL backup account was deactivated. (I had the password loaded and never needed it until an upgrade, then it was gone and I could no longer get into it.) So I am trapped in an infinite loop and I can't believe there is no other way to access my old Yahoo account!
AOL will deactivate account after 12 months of inactivity. If you used this account as recovery email for some services, you should try to create a new account with same information.
Unfortunately, if, when you created the account, you have not registered a secret question which you remember, or an alternate recovery email address or phone number to which you have access to receive a reset code, you cannot prove that you are the account's legitimate owner. Hence account recovery is absolutely impossible and there is no way around it.