How to Sign up for Windows Live Messenger

Windows Live Messenger was discontinued in 2013

Windows Live Messenger, formerly known as MSN Messenger, was Microsoft's cross-platform instant messaging service. It was compatible with Yahoo Messenger and Facebook Messenger. Windows Live Messenger was discontinued in 2013. Here's a look at how users created a Windows Live Messenger account and then signed in to the service.

Windows Live Messenger (formerly MSN Messenger) has been discontinued. This information remains for archive purposes only. 

Windows Live Messenger sign-in screen

Create a Windows Live Messenger Account

Here's how users created a Windows Live Messenger account:

  1. Select the Sign-Up button to get your Windows Live Messenger account.

  2. Enter your Windows Live ID. Your Windows Live ID is used to sign in to the account. You could also choose from a Hotmail or Live.com email address.

  3. Choose your password for use when signing in to Windows Live Messenger.

  4. Enter your first and last name, country, state, zip code, gender, and birth year.

  5. Select I Accept to complete your Windows Live Messenger account creation.

How to Log in to Windows Live Messenger

Once you created your account, here's how users would sign in and use Windows Live Messenger.

  1. In the field provided, enter your Windows Live ID and password.

  2. Select your availability. Choose from Available, Busy, Away, or Appear Offline so you don't receive IMs from anyone.

  3. Select Remember Me if you want the computer to remember your Windows Live ID. Don't choose this option if you use a public computer.

  4. Select Remember My Password if you want the computer to remember your Windows Live password.

  5. Select Automatic Sign In to allow Windows Live Messenger to start when you open the IM client.

  6. Once you entered your Windows Live account information and chosen any appropriate options, select Sign in to log in to Windows Live Messenger.