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Chapter 23. Using Windows Messenger to F... > Setting Up Windows Messenger - Pg. 269

Using Windows Messenger to Fire Off Instant Messages 1. 2. 3. 269 Select Start, All Programs, Windows Messenger. The Windows Messenger window lands on the desktop with an inaudible thud. Click the Click here to sign in link. The .NET Passport Wizard flies in. The opening wizard window just offers an overview of what a passport is, so click Next to move along. You now come to a fork in the wizard's road, and the path you take depends on whether you have a Microsoft e-mail account (click Next when you're done): · Yes, use an existing e-mail account--Activate this option if you already have an account with Hotmail, MSN, or · No, create a new free e-mail account for my default Windows Passport--Activate this option if you don't have a Microsoft e-mail account. Clicking Next launches Internet Explorer and takes you to the Hotmail site where you can register for an account. Follow the instructions on the page. When you're done, close Internet Explorer, return to the wizard, and click Next. Use the E-mail address or Passport text box to enter your Microsoft e-mail address and then click Next. Now the wizard asks for your Password. If you don't want to have to enter this info every time you log on to the Windows Messenger service, be sure to activate the Sign me in automatically on this computer check box. Click Next to keep on keeping on. In the final wizard dialog box, click Finish to put a cap on things. 4. 5. 6. You might see a message slide up from the taskbar's notification area telling you that you have a "new message in your Hotmail Inbox." This is just a welcome message that's sent out automatically to all new Hotmail users, so don't get too excited. If you want to see the message, click the 1 new e-mail message link in the Windows Messenger window.