Did you fall for the wonder that is a Windows Live account. It does have several unique advantages over other systems in that acts as a passport for MSN, Office Live, and Microsoft Passport sites, including the likes of Hotmail (now 5 Gb of storage space), Spaces, and OneCare.
But, what do you do if you forget your password? Well, there are some simple steps to take to reset your Windows Live Password. The page to visit is https://account.live.com/ResetPassword.aspx but you don’t have to take my word for it, instead you can visit the Live site, click sign in, and then “Forgot password”. Either way you should see a screen like that shown (click the graphic for a larger view). You simply enter your ID (often your Hotmail email address) and complete the captcha (that is, type the letters seen in the box or use the audio option. If you cannot read the graphic, then use the reload button to get a fresh view).
Once you’ve done that successfully, you will be presented with your security questions. You must enter your country/region, this will pop up a post code box too, fill that in and then answer the actual security question, which might be something like “What is my son’s middle name?”.
Once you’ve done that, you will be presented with yet another dialog, this one allows you to choose and enter a new password. Choose something memorable (try my passwords for scientists tip for inspiration) and make sure it’s strong. The password strength meter should allow you to gauge how well you’ve done in coming up with something close to uncrackable.
At this point you can also opt to make your password expire automatically after 72 days. One thing to watch out for is a scam email you might receive periodically that purports to be the 72-day alert but is not, read this post on the Windows Live Password scam for more information and never click a link in an email, always go to the original site by typing in the browser address bar when you want to change or confirm any account details for any site.
Everything there is to be said about this is included in the post and previous comments and their responses, so as of April 1, 2008, I’ve disabled comments on this post.