Windows Live is the provider of both Hotmail and Live.com e-mail accounts. Live.com e-mail accounts are easy to register and use. Setting up a Live.com e-mail address is free, and can take just a few minutes. Windows Live does not require much personal information to establish a Live.com account, and the registration process is completed on one page.
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Type Live.com 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.
Click the "Sign Up" button. This brings up the page necessary to create your Live.com account. Complete all future steps on this page.
Select "Live.com" 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 live.com from the drop-down menu.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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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