Email, Messaging, & Video Calls Texting & Messaging How to Sign in to Windows Live Messenger by Brandon De Hoyos Writer Brandon de Hoyos is former freelance contributor to Lifewire and a self-described IM veteran who covers the latest in messaging trends and videography. our editorial process LinkedIn Brandon De Hoyos Updated on June 24, 2019 Texting & Messaging Email Texting & Messaging Video Calls Tweet Share Email Editor's Note: Windows Live Messenger (formerly MSN Messenger) has been discontinued. This information remains for archive purposes only. 01 of 02 Sign up for Windows Live Messenger Ready to log in to Windows Live Messenger? Before you can sign in to Messenger, users need to sign up for a new account so they can IM with other Windows Live Messenger and Yahoo Messenger contacts. How to Sign Up for Windows Live MessengerTo sign up for a Windows Live Messenger account, follow these easy steps: Navigate your browser to the Windows Live sign up website.Click the Sign Up button to get your Windows Live Messenger account.On the next page, enter your information in the fields provided:Windows Live ID: In this field, enter your choice of screenname. This Windows Live ID will be what you use to sign in. You can also choose from a hotmail.com or live.com email.Password: Choose your password, for use when signing in to Windows Live Messenger.Personal Information: Next, enter your first and last name, country, state, zip, gender, and birth year.Click I Accept to complete your Windows Live Messenger sign up. Once you have signed up for your Windows Live account, you can proceed to sign in to Messenger. 02 of 02 Using the Windows Live Messenger Sign In Once you have signed up for your Windows Live Messenger account, you can use the Messenger client. To use the Windows Live Messenger sign in, follow these simple steps: In the field provided, enter your Windows Live ID and password.Windows Live Messenger users can also choose the following options, prior to signing into the IM client:Availability: By default, users can sign in to Windows Live Messenger as "available," but you might also choose "busy," "away," or even "appear offline," to prevent from receiving IMs from anyone other than who you initiate an IM session.Remember Me: Choose this option if you want the computer to remember your Windows Live ID. This option should not be chosen if you are using a public computer.Remember My Password: Choose this option if you want the computer to remember your Windows Live password. This option should also not be chosen if you are using a public computer.Automatic Sign In: The automatic sign in option allows Windows Live Messenger to automatically start when you open the IM client. This option should also not be chosen if you are using a public computer.Once you have entered your Windows Live account information and chosen any appropriate options, click Sign in to log in to Windows Live Messenger.