How to Set Up a Hotmail Email Address

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How to Set Up a Hotmail Email Address
Setting up a Hotmail account is simple and free. (e-mail simbol image by vladislav susoy from

In today's wired world, it is not uncommon to have multiple e-mail addresses. Hotmail is perhaps the most well known of the many free e-mail services available through the Internet. Setting up an account is simple and quick, and within minutes you can be writing and receiving e-mail using your new e-mail address.

Skill level:


  1. 1

    Type "" into the address field of your Internet browser (see "Resources").

  2. 2

    Click "Sign Up" following the text "Don't have a Hotmail account?"

  3. 3

    Create your e-mail address by entering the ID of your choice in the "Windows Live ID" box on the page that follows. Your e-mail address will consist of this ID plus ""

  4. 4

    Click "Check Availability" to determine whether your first choice of ID is available to be used. If the ID you entered is not available, you will be given a list of alternate choices or you can enter a new ID of your devising and click "Check Availability" again.

  5. 5

    Create and confirm your password by typing a six character string into the "Create a password" and "Retype password" fields. Your password will be assessed for its level of security, ranging from weak to strong as you type.

  6. 6

    Type an alternate and valid e-mail address into the "Alternate e-mail address" field. Alternatively, you can click "Or choose a security question for password reset" and follow the instructions to select this alternate means of validating your identity for your new e-mail address.

  7. 7

    Enter your name, address, gender and birth year into the correct fields.

  8. 8

    Enter the Captcha text (the string of distorted characters) that appears on the screen into the text box to prove that your responses have not been created by a computer.

  9. 9

    Click "I accept." You will now be taken to the inbox of your new Hotmail account.

Tips and warnings

  • For a more secure password, create one that uses letters and numbers.

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