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Windows Live Hotmail will typically show you the date your Windows Live account was created - even if it was created before Windows Live existed.

I want to know the year I signed in with my e-mail address: ****

I'm going to assume you mean what year you first signed in. The history of other sign-ins, including the most recent, is to the best of my knowledge not available.

However, the date you created your account may well be.

Here's what I did to get mine:

After signing in to the full version of Windows Live Hotmail, click on the Options link in the upper right of the window:

"You should be able to follow these steps and get similar information about your own account."

Windows Live Hotmail Options link

That presents a drop-down list, at the bottom of which is the More options... link. Click on that and you'll be taken to a page that includes, in part this:

Windows Live Hotmail More Options highlighting the View and Edit Personal Information link

Click on View and Edit Personal Information and you'll reach your destination:

Windows Live Hotmail personal information with Registered Since date

Here you can see I've had my account since 1999, not long after Microsoft acquired Hotmail. (I blur my Hotmail address because it's most definitely not the way to contact me.)

You should be able to follow these steps and get similar information about your own account.

One caveat: since your account may be used for multiple services such as Hotmail, MSN Instant Messenger the date would be the date you created the account, regardless of which service you first used to create it. Thus, if you create the account to use MSN Instant Messenger, and then a year later start using Hotmail with the same address, the date shown would be the earlier of the two.

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Leo Leo A. Notenboom has been playing with computers since he was required to take a programming class in 1976. An 18 year career as a programmer at Microsoft soon followed. After "retiring" in 2001, Leo started Ask Leo! in 2003 as a place for answers to common computer and technical questions. More about Leo.

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David R Heym
July 1, 2008 10:46 AM

Leo's directions are correct, if MSN is not having problems! I'm using Firefox and when I followed the directions I couldn't get to the account info screen. So just to see I logged on to IE (which took so long it confirmed my Firefox preference once again), and there I got to the account info. Back to Firefox and this time it worked.

Don Smith
July 1, 2008 2:59 PM

Thanks Leo, I always wondered just how long I had been a member. Not really imortant information but good to store in my brains filing cabinet.

July 1, 2008 9:00 PM

Just go to and sign-in it will provide you with all your hotmail/live information.

November 20, 2008 4:06 AM

I want to know how do I check/find out when my friend created his account? how do I do that?

January 14, 2009 8:15 AM

I just did this, and what's weird was, while I distinctly remember having registered my present hotmail account by at least mid 2001, when I looked at the personal info page it said that I had only been registered since August 2004. The only reason I can think that it would say this would be because somewhere around that time frame I simply quit using hotmail for a long enough period of time that they disabled my account, and so whenever I tried to log in again and had to reactivate everything, they must've simply switched forward to that date as my official registration date.

This is quite the disappointment though as now I have no way of knowing precisely when I started using that address.

dhiren roy
February 28, 2009 3:22 AM

you cannot receive or send a message before your regristration date.

choob choober
October 8, 2012 3:54 PM

The layout seems to have changed, is there still a way to find out this information?

They sure have. Looks like all the information is now very much ""-like in appearance. And, no, I cannot find this information any longer.

November 12, 2012 12:51 PM

this is not working now ? how can i do plz

November 26, 2012 12:15 PM

This is correct, it used to be the registration date that you could always check. However, since they have changed the layout, this info is no longer visible.

December 5, 2012 7:29 AM

Not possible I still can't see the day I open my Hotmail account

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