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Windows 7: What Is Windows Live ID?


17 Jul 2013   #1

Win 7 Pro
 
 
What Is Windows Live ID?

What is Windows Live ID, and the Sign-In Helper (or sign-in assistant?)


How does it work? Is it recommended to install? Does it have any downsides?

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17 Jul 2013   #2
Microsoft MVP

64-bit Windows 8.1 Enterprise
 
 

Hello Tom,

Windows Live ID has been renamed and recognized as Microsoft account instead now. Your Microsoft account is the combination of an email address and a password that you use to sign in to Windows 8 or services like Hotmail, Messenger/Skype, SkyDrive, Windows Phone, Xbox LIVE, Zune, Office Live, and Outlook.com.
Microsoft Account - Sign up for and Create
Windows Live Sign-in Assistant makes it easier to share documents, photos, and other files from Windows Live Essentials, and to switch from one Windows Live ID to another in Internet Explorer. Note that clicking “Download” means you agree to the Microsoft service agreement and privacy statement. Additional details below.

If you use Microsoft services, then I would recommend to create a Microsoft account and install the Sign-in Assistant to make it easier to use these services.

Hope this helps.
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17 Jul 2013   #3

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

It helps track you across microsoft services like MS messenger. I dont use Messenger and therefore have no need for a Live ID. I do not have the sign-in assistant installed.
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17 Jul 2013   #4
NoN

Windows 7 Professional SP1 - x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by TomBrooklyn View Post
What is Windows Live ID, and the Sign-In Helper (or sign-in assistant?)


How does it work? Is it recommended to install? Does it have any downsides?
When you create your User Account you also can Link your Online ID to this account and share with Homegroup through the network in Windows 7 with others compatible computers, at your home.

Microsoft offical video: What is a Microsoft account?
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