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Making a new Windows Live Hotmail account begins by making the option visible - by signing out of Hotmail. From there making a new account is easy.
How do I make a new Windows Live Hotmail account? Since MSN Hotmail changed to Windows Live Hotmail, everything's different.
This continues to be one of my most frequently asked questions.
Many people think it's obvious, but as I said in a previous article, if hundreds of people miss "the obvious" - is it really that obvious?
And there are also a few "catches".
So the part that's "obvious" to some and not at all to many is simply this:
Most folks may never see the login screen after signing in once because they've got "remember me" turned on.
So sign out. Near the top of the Windows Live Hotmail windows you should see something like this:
Click Sign out link and you'll be signed out of Windows Live Hotmail and returned to the MSN home page.
Now, go to http://mail.live.com, (or click on MSN's "Hotmail" link) and you'll see a page that contains this:
Don't Sign in.
Instead, click on the Sign Up button and you'll start the process of creating a new account.
Now, the "catches". You should realize:
You cannot make a new "old-style" MSN Hotmail account. You can now only create new, Windows Live Hotmail accounts. The old MSN Hotmail is disappearing if it's not completely gone already by the time you read this.
There's no way to transfer existing information from your old account to your new one.
There's no way to "rename" an existing account.
Windows Live Hotmail is a free service, and as I've said repeatedly, you get what you pay for. Reports on Customer Service have been mixed. It's best to assume that customer service is non-existent should you run into a problem.