How to Sign Up in MSN Messenger

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How to Sign Up in MSN Messenger
Windows Live Messenger can be used for online chatting. (keyboard image by Fyerne from

Windows Live Messenger--formerly known as MSN Messenger--is a program used for instant messaging, or typed chatting online. Download Windows Live Messenger from the Microsoft website and sign up with a Windows Live ID to begin chatting online with your friends and family.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy


  1. 1

    Download and install Windows Live Messenger (see Resources). The program launches automatically after it is installed. When a window appears asking if you have a Windows Live ID, click the blue "Sign Up" link at the bottom. This opens a new window in your browser.

  2. 2

    Type the name or nickname you would like to use as your Windows Live ID, then use the drop-down menu to select whether the ID should end in "" or "" Click the "Check Availability" button. You might find that your first few ideas are already taken; keep trying.

  3. 3

    Type the password you would like to use, then retype it to confirm you entered it correctly.

  4. 4

    Type your first and last name.

  5. 5

    Type an e-mail address to which Windows Live can send password reset information in the event that you forget your password.

  6. 6

    Type your country, state and postcode.

  7. 7

    Enter your gender and birth year.

  8. 8

    Type the alphanumerical code you see at the bottom of the window. This confirms that the information is being entered by a person rather than an automatic script.

  9. 9

    Look over the information to confirm that it is all entered correctly, then click the "I Accept" button. After you go to a new page titled "Get Started with Windows Live," minimise the browser window and return to the Windows Live Messenger window, which should still be asking if you have a Windows Live ID. Click "Close." The Windows Live Messenger sign-in window appears.

  10. 10

    Enter your newly created Windows Live ID. Do not forget to include the "" or "" at the end. Enter your password, then click "Sign In." You are now signed in to Windows Live Messenger.

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