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Setting up your Windows Live profile

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Video: Setting up your Windows Live profile

Although Windows Live Essentials is no longer bundled with Windows 7 operating system, it does complete the Windows 7 experience. It's a group of applications that you actually have to download separately now and you can even pick and choose which apps you want to install as opposed to installing the entire group when you don't need to. Let's begin by exploring how you setup your Windows Live ID or Account. Notice I've open up Internet Explorer 8 and I'm at the Windows Live Essentials homepage, the address download.live.com.

Setting up your Windows Live profile

Although Windows Live Essentials is no longer bundled with Windows 7 operating system, it does complete the Windows 7 experience. It's a group of applications that you actually have to download separately now and you can even pick and choose which apps you want to install as opposed to installing the entire group when you don't need to. Let's begin by exploring how you setup your Windows Live ID or Account. Notice I've open up Internet Explorer 8 and I'm at the Windows Live Essentials homepage, the address download.live.com.

If you already have a Hotmail e-mail address, let's say, then you have a Windows Live ID. You can use that address. If you don't have an ID and you'd like to download using the Download button that appears here, you might want to setup your profile first. So let's go to the Profile link that appears on this page. Again, I could sign in if I already have my ID or I can sign up. When you click the Sign up button you have a couple of options here at the very top. Use your current e-mail address. Let's say you've got one at hotmail .com, here's where you type it in.

It becomes your Windows Live ID. If you don't have one, you can get your Windows Live e-mail address by clicking this link. Notice it's going to be @live.com by default, but you could also make it hotmail if you wanted to. I'm going to add a new one here and I'm going to check to see if it's available. Let's go with davidr2009. When I click Check availability you'll notice that it is not available, somebody has already got that, but I do have some other options here. So Davidr20092009, I like that one, I'm going to go with it.

And that'll become Windows Live ID as well as my e-mail address. Next, I need to create a password. Notice there's information on the right about creating strong passwords, where you want to combine letters and numbers, uppercase and lowercase, even symbols to make it very strong. There's a minimum of six characters here that are needed and remember it's case-sensitive. You're also going to see over here on the right-hand side even though you can't see what you're typing, whether or not your passwords is weak or strong.

So as I add more, you can see it goes from Weak to Medium. Now, you are going to have to retype it. And if you want, down below, you need to select an alternate e-mail address. So if you forget your password, where is it going to go? So if you've got one already, you can enter it here or you can choose a security question for your password, and that's what I'm going to do. So, I'm going to click here. Select one. I'm going to select Mother's birthplace and down here type ottawa in lowercase.

Five character minimum and it's not case sensitive in this case. Now some personal information about yourself. Your First Name. Your Last Name. Your Country. You can click the dropdown, type a letter. I am going to type C as in Canada, which takes me to the C's so I can select it quickly. Now it's the Province, and I'm in Ontario. Postal Code instead of a ZIP Code. Gender, Birth Year, and down below, you have got this group of characters you'll need to enter.

It's a security feature. It helps prevent automated programs for creating accounts. So I'm going to type that in. And now down below, you've got some information, indicating you're about to agree to the Microsoft service agreement and privacy statement. When you click I accept, your new account will be created. So I was busy creating the account. You can see the progress bar down below here. You will eventually arrive at the next screen which shows you information about your new account, and down below you can add pictures if you want to customize your profile, or you can skip this step if you like.

And now you're at your Windows Live homepage and you're signed in. you'll notice here in the top right- hand corner, here's where you go to sign out, and you'll notice your own first name showing up in the top right-hand corner as well. So there's lots you can do down here, setting permissions and options, nothing to show at this point, over on the left, Details, Photos, etcetera, all dealing with your own profile. Once you've got your profile setup, you're ready to start working with some of the Windows Live Essentials tools that you may choose to download.

We'll be talking about that next.

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Windows 7 Essential Training

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  1. 16m 28s
    1. Welcome
      1m 54s
    2. Windows basics for first-time users
      13m 47s
    3. Using the exercise files
      47s
  2. 29m 18s
    1. Assessing your hardware and Windows 7 versions
      6m 57s
    2. Upgrading from other Windows versions
      2m 56s
    3. Transferring old files with Windows Easy Transfer
      7m 2s
    4. Dealing with device drivers
      6m 42s
    5. Running a Windows XP program in Windows 7
      5m 41s
  3. 33m 12s
    1. Getting familiar with the desktop
      8m 55s
    2. Handling tasks with the improved task bar
      8m 50s
    3. Accessing your favorites quickly with jump lists
      3m 59s
    4. Finding files and programs with Windows Search
      2m 18s
    5. Using the Action Center
      3m 48s
    6. Keeping information at your fingertips with desktop gadgets
      5m 22s
  4. 34m 24s
    1. Navigating folders and their contents
      6m 59s
    2. Staying organized with your own folders
      4m 44s
    3. Choosing how your folders and user interface behave
      7m 30s
    4. Sharing and protecting folders and files
      5m 27s
    5. Simplifying organization with libraries
      3m 48s
    6. Backing up by burning to CD or DVD
      5m 56s
  5. 24m 44s
    1. Windows Media Center
      7m 22s
    2. Playing media files with Windows Media Player
      3m 59s
    3. Organizing and sharing photos in Windows Explorer
      7m 22s
    4. Taking screenshots with the Snipping tool
      6m 1s
  6. 24m 35s
    1. Taking notes with sticky notes, Notepad, and WordPad
      11m 33s
    2. Creating graphics with Paint
      4m 58s
    3. Performing simple and advanced calculations with the calculator
      5m 20s
    4. Playing Windows games
      2m 44s
  7. 33m 5s
    1. Getting under your computer's hood with the Control Panel
      5m 28s
    2. Controlling system settings
      6m 38s
    3. Controlling sound device volume settings
      6m 38s
    4. Uninstalling programs that are no longer used
      2m 42s
    5. Setting default programs
      5m 10s
    6. Exploring accessibility options
      6m 29s
  8. 21m 1s
    1. Connecting hardware with Device Stage
      2m 56s
    2. Create a home network using HomeGroup
      4m 49s
    3. Controlling what is shared on a network
      3m 26s
    4. Troubleshooting a network and HomeGroup
      3m 58s
    5. Reconnecting quickly with jump lists
      2m 18s
    6. Boosting your computer's memory with ReadyBoost
      3m 34s
  9. 31m 53s
    1. Keeping your PC secure with Windows Update
      3m 44s
    2. Battling spyware with Windows Defender
      7m 41s
    3. Controlling access with user accounts
      4m 32s
    4. Streamlining passwords in Credential Manager
      4m 38s
    5. Using parental controls to block unwanted content
      4m 49s
    6. Securing drives with BitLocker Drive Encryption
      6m 29s
  10. 15m 11s
    1. Printing files directly from Windows
      2m 48s
    2. Troubleshooting printer problems
      5m 15s
    3. Printing power tips
      3m 56s
    4. Printing to and viewing the XPS file format
      3m 12s
  11. 25m 4s
    1. Finding issues in the Troubleshooting control panel
      3m 53s
    2. Sharing issues with the Problem Steps Recorder
      3m 56s
    3. Backing up folders and drives
      6m 36s
    4. Restoring files and drives
      4m 39s
    5. Handling an entire system crash
      6m 0s
  12. 28m 23s
    1. Exploring changes to the UI
      4m 46s
    2. Access sites quickly using Favorites and History
      5m 17s
    3. Connecting to RSS feeds and web slices
      6m 1s
    4. Displaying similar sites with Suggested Sites
      2m 16s
    5. Browsing without navigating using accelerators
      6m 36s
    6. Keeping your browsing private using InPrivate Browsing and filtering
      3m 27s
  13. 1h 14m
    1. Setting up your Windows Live profile
      4m 37s
    2. Downloading Windows Live Essentials
      2m 23s
    3. Tracking dates and events with the Windows Live calendar
      7m 22s
    4. Free email with Windows Live Mail
      6m 14s
    5. Texting live with Windows Live Messenger
      7m 13s
    6. Organizing and sharing photos in Photo Gallery
      9m 46s
    7. Synchronizing photos on two computers with Live Sync
      4m 0s
    8. Controlling content and communications with Family Safety
      6m 26s
    9. Keeping a blog with Windows Live Writer
      6m 50s
    10. Accessing free online storage with SkyDrive
      4m 44s
    11. Creating a movie with Windows Live Movie Maker
      14m 46s
  14. 18s
    1. Goodbye
      18s

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