How to Create a Free MSN Email Account

By R.L. Cultrona

Microsoft is one of the biggest computer companies in the world and has products which encompass almost every aspect of computers. Like many other computer companies, Microsoft offers free email addresses which can be found at their website. The MSN website (standing for Microsoft Network) offers email addresses with the and domain names for free. If you need a quick email address for something, it is easy to sign up and get start emailing in no time.

Step 1

Open your Internet Browser and go to

Step 2

Click on the "Hotmail" link on the top left hand side of the screen. This will take you to the Windows Live homepage. Click on the "Sign Up" button on the left hand side of the screen to begin the new email process.

Step 3

Type your desired Windows Live ID in the space provided and select either "" or "" depending on your preference. Click on "Check Availability" to determine if the ID is available. If it is, continue with the sign up. If not, keep trying ID's until you find one which is available.

Step 4

Fill in the rest of the form with your account password, name, country, state, zip code, gender, and birth year. When finished, click the "I accept" button at the bottom.

Step 5

Start emailing by clicking on the "New" link at the top of the screen.

Tips & Warnings

  • If the ID you want isn't available, MSN will offer suggestions which may be close enough to what you are looking for. Don't get discouraged if your name isn't 100 percent accurate as you may find something in their suggestions.
  • Since there are two different domain names to choose from, and, you will have to decide what fits your needs better. Historically, the "" has been looked at as more of a social domain. If you are going for a more professional look to your email, go with a "" domain name.
  • MSN only provides free e-mail addresses with the "" and the "" domain names. If you want an "" address, you will have to sign up and pay for the MSN service.

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