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Creating .NET Passport

Before you can send an receive instant messages, you need to get a passport. Not the kind you need to travel the world, but the kind that you need to travel the Internet-a Microsoft .NET Passport. Microsoft .NET Passport is an online service that makes it possible for you to use your e-mail address and a single password to securely sign in to any participating .NET Passport Web site or service around the world. You need a .NET Passport to use MSN related software, such as Windows Messenger. You can use a wizard to set up your Windows XP user account to register for a new .NET Passport. If you already have a .NET Passport, you only need to associate your e-mail address with the passport.

Create a .NET Passport

Click the Start button, and then click Control Panel.

Double-click the User Accounts icon in Classic view.

Click Set Up My Account To Use A .NET Passport and click an account, or click the Advanced tab.

Click .NET Passport Wizard, and then click Next.

Click the Yes option if you have an e-mail address, and then click Next. If you don't have an e-mail address, follow the alternate instructions.

Click the No option to register for a new .NET Password, click Next twice to open the .NET registration Web site, and then follow the instructions.

If you have an existing .NET Passport, click the Yes. I Want To Sign In With My Passport option, click Next, type your e-mail address and .NET Passport password, click Next, and then click Finish.

After you complete the .NET registration, click Finish.

Click OK or click the Close button.



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