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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.
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