Create your e-mail address

The address can contain only letters, numbers, periods (.), hyphens (-), or underscores (_).

Type the name that you want to appear before the @ symbol (for example, yourname).

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Tip: If your e-mail address contains more than one word, add a period (.) or an underscore (_) between the words. Example:

Tip: Add a number, such as your birth year, favorite number, or graduation year, to your e-mail address. Example:

Tip: Add another word, such as your favorite color or your pet"s name, to your e-mail address. Example:

Create your password

The password must contain at least six characters and is case sensitive.

  • Weak
  • Medium
  • Strong

A strong password helps prevent unauthorized access to your e-mail account.

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Create your password reset options

Five character minimum; not case sensitive


If you forget your password, MSN will ask you for your secret answer or send a message to your alternate e-mail address.

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Enter your account information

Your first and last name will be sent with all outgoing messages. Your location information can be used to help reset a forgotten password.

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Type the characters you see in the picture
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The picture contains 8 characters.

Typing the characters from a picture helps ensure that a person, not an automated program, is creating this account.

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Review and accept the agreements

Service Agreement
Last Updated: July 2005


1. This Is a Contract Between You and Microsoft.

This is a contract between you and Microsoft Corporation (located at One Microsoft Way, Redmond, WA 98052-6399) or, based on where you live, a Microsoft Corporation affiliate. We will refer to ourselves in this contract as either "Microsoft," "we" or "our." You are an individual person, or you are an employee or other agent of an entity on whose behalf you are accepting ... Read, save, or print the entire service agreement by clicking on the links below.

To accept the terms of service, click I accept. Clicking "I accept" means that you agree to the terms of the Microsoft service agreement and privacy statement, you understand you are creating credentials that can be used by other sites on the Microsoft Passport Network, you agree to receive required notices from Microsoft electronically, and you agree to receive targeted advertisements and periodic member e-mails. If you do not agree to these terms, click Cancel.

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