How to Register a Live.Com Email

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How to Register a Live.Com Email
Register a e-mail in minutes (Computer image by Altmann from

Windows Live is the provider of both Hotmail and e-mail accounts. e-mail accounts are easy to register and use. Setting up a e-mail address is free, and can take just a few minutes. Windows Live does not require much personal information to establish a account, and the registration process is completed on one page.

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  1. 1

    Type into your web browser to go to the Windows Live website. This will bring you directly to the login page. Locate the section "Don't have a Windows Live ID?" on the lower left corner of the page.

  2. 2

    Click the "Sign Up" button. This brings up the page necessary to create your account. Complete all future steps on this page.

  3. 3

    Select "" as the type of account you want to create. Windows Live uses the same sign-up page for both Hotmail and Live e-mail accounts, so you must choose from the drop-down menu.

  4. 4

    Create your Windows Live ID by typing your desired e-mail address into the first box on the page. This can be any combination of letters, numbers and underscores.

  5. 5

    Click "Check Availability" to ensure that the ID you have selected is not already in use. If the ID is not available, select a new one and perform the check again.

  6. 6

    Create a password for the account below your new e-mail address. Use a variety of characters and refrain from using passwords that include your name, birth date or any other information that is easily accessible to others.

  7. 7

    Enter an alternate e-mail address or choose a security question below your password. These measures allow you to recover the account password if you forget it.

  8. 8

    Complete the CAPTCHA image verification test. The test consists of a box on the screen containing distorted letters which you must decipher. Type the letters, in the order presented, into the box below the image.

  9. 9

    Read the Microsoft service agreement and privacy statement, and click "I accept". This is necessary to finish registering the account.

Tips and warnings

  • Add numbers or initials if you are having trouble finding an available ID.
  • If you choose to use a security question, make sure that it is not common knowledge and is difficult enough that only you know the answer.

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