Hotmail is the Windows Live free online e-mail service. It incorporates Windows Messenger instant messaging, an online calendar and the ability to consolidate multiple e-mail accounts. It is even possible to download your Hotmail e-mail to an e-mail client such as Outlook Express. When you create a Hotmail e-mail address you are also creating a Windows Live ID that can be used with other Windows Live services such as Xbox Live and Windows Messenger.
Open a Web browser and navigate to the Hotmail website (see the Resources section of this article).
Click the "Sign Up" button at the bottom of the page.
Type a name in the "Windows Live ID" text box. Click the "Check Availability" button to make sure the name is available. If the name is not available, choose one of the alternatives given or type another name in the text box.
Type a password for the account into the "Create a password" and "Retype password" text boxes.
Type an alternate e-mail address in the "Alternate e-mail address" text box. If you do not have an alternate e-mail address, click the "Or choose a security question for password reset" option.
Type your first name and last name in the appropriate text boxes.
Select your country from the "Country/Region" drop down box.
Select your state and provide your zip code, if you are located in the United States.
Select your gender.
Type the year you were born in the "Birth Year" text box.
Type the letters and numbers that appear in the image into the "Characters" text box.
Click the "I accept" button to create your Hotmail e-mail address.