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How to Change Your Email Password for Hotmail, MSN or Windows Live

Updated on January 1, 2012

Hackers Are After Your Email Accounts

It's happened on more than one occasion where a hacker has gotten into a friend's email account without the owner being aware. This hacker then proceeds to send out spam to every contact in my friend's account with a link to who knows where. Luckily, most of us do not click on the link and promptly notify the friend there has been a breach of security.

We are ALL susceptible to the hackers.

It's a new year...time to change your password.

Hotmail, MSN, Windows Live Has Changed

I have been using Hotmail for about 10 years and have seen many changes to the system. It is a good, reliable, easy to use program for my email. One of the changes has been to make it more social media friendly but in doing so, they made it difficult to find password information. Between google and the MSN Help Center, I found NOTHING to help me. Thank goodness, I figured out how to change my password and want to help others do the same.

I highlighted the word Options. It is found in the top right corner.
I highlighted the word Options. It is found in the top right corner.

Where to Begin

Begin by opening your inbox. In the top right hand corner under your name, profile, and sign out is the word Options. The word is in black and has no bold font surrounding it. I've highlighted it in the photo to the right.

Click on the arrow to open the drop down box and click on more options.

I highlighted where you need to click.
I highlighted where you need to click.

What Now

From there, a screen opens and many options are available. In the top left of all the groupings is the heading Managing Your Account. Click on the first option. I've put an arrow where you should click.

This is your first grouping.
This is your first grouping.

You've Got It!

From there you can reset your password. It will ask you for your old one before entering the new one.

Remember to use numbers, letters and keep it a bit complicated and at least 6 characters long, but 8 to 10 characters is better.

MSN suggests resetting the password every 72 days but if you make it complex enough, you can get away with changing it every year.


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      ib radmasters 6 years ago from Southern California

      I don't use those email services, but thanks for the information.