Windows 7 - How do i close my hotmail/live/live ID account

Asked By IDontUnderstandWhatTheyWereThinkin on 15-Nov-08 10:39 PM
you people are nuts, or at least you making me nuts, leave it to MS to have
me going in circles attempting to close this account. click close account in
live (whatever that is), after 10 minutes trying  to find it, then prompts
you to close hotmail first, do that, then still says can't close, click close
email again, reactivates hotmail/live. Did the same person who thought you
should press the start button to shut down design this ____. Man would I like
to talk to  bill, but I know he feels my pain, when he tested this pile of
fail out, nice looking website, to bad it does not work. does not even auto
save drafts properly, lost draft when clicked "save draft" then prompts for
browser upgrades,on a fully upgraded browser, hope all of you enjoyed your
bonuses for a job well done, even the new yahoo mail works better, what a
confusing mess, windows live, hotmail, WFT are you thinking, please forward
this to bill... What do I have to do make a phone call on Monday, to get this
account closed. i hope you did not work overtime on making this cluster ____
of a website!
Now let start on "Help Central" while in "Live account help central".
Search for close account, number one search result is "You can’t close your
account or your child's account"   Nice at least they new I was going to have
a problem.  click that, because instructions to close account not listed as
an option, get the circle jerk listed above. I know this is not anyone here
fault, the people at the top figured out that offering 26 useless products,
that a PHD could not figure out to use them all, was a great idea. To much
S^%t throw against the wall, well it all fell off and left a pile of do do on
the floor. Nice picture of scuba divers, again WTF. Sure must be nice to
have 4 names for hotmail, windows live, windows hotmail, windows live
hotmail, live ID,  privacy policies that are to complicated for a PHD.
useless help central, no wonder so many people work at MS. Lets start on
Vista, All I can say besides fail at making a super program, is it is real
nice they added a bunch of features that should have been in XP, because
right now I have to use free tools from 3rd party vendors for the same thing,
no i am not drunk, thanks for your time, and your hard work, and letting me
vent...

Oh ya, How do i close my account?




...winston replied on 15-Nov-08 11:15 PM
It would help if you informed the type of account(Hotmail free, Hotmail =
Plus, Msn Premium, Msn Premium secondary account, child=20
account) and whether or not any other Live services are in =
use(Messenger, Spaces, Calendar, SkyDrive, linked ID's) etc..

Generically answering your question..delete content from other Live =
Services first, close your then logon to account.live.com,=20
click on 'Settings' in the left hand pane, then click on 'Close your =
Live ID account'. You will need to reenter your password to=20
close your account. The long hand instructions are below.

Close your Windows Live ID
When you close your Windows Live ID, you permanently delete your =
registered information (This is information given to Windows Live,=20
including your e-mail address and password.) and credentials (Unique =
information that you use to access restricted resources. For=20
Windows Live ID, credentials include your e-mail address and password. =
They may also include a mobile phone number and PIN, a smart=20
card, or a security key.) , as well as your Messenger contact list and =
Windows Live contacts. You'll be unable to sign in to any=20
Windows Live ID sites or services.

Go to the Account Summary page.
On the navigation bar, click Settings.
Under Common tasks, click Close your account.
Verify that the correct Windows Live ID appears, type your password, and =
then click Yes.

Important
If you manage a child's Windows Live ID, the child's Windows Live ID =
permissions will be revoked if you close your Windows Live ID.
If the Windows Live ID you close is associated with any premium services =
(These are paid subscription based services such as Live=20
Mail Plus that require you to establish a billing relationship with =
Microsoft.) or with a Windows Live Hotmail inbox, you must=20
cancel the subscription to each service or close your Windows Live =
Hotmail account before you close your Windows Live ID.
Some of your information will not be deleted. To learn more about this =
see Microsoft Online Privacy Notice Highlights
=3D=3D=3D
Important: To delete personal information you have given to Windows Live =
or other Microsoft services, or any other site where you=20
use this sign-in name, sign in to those sites and delete the information =
before you close your account. You will not be able to=20
access those sites after your account is closed.

When your account is closed:
-Your credentials (e-mail address and password) will be permanently =
deleted.
-Your Windows Live registered information will be permanently deleted.  =
View registered information  | Get help with this
You won't be able to sign in to Windows Live or other Microsoft =
services, or any other site where you use this sign-in name.
-Some information you may have provided to Microsoft will not be =
automatically deleted. To learn how to access personal=20
information, see the Microsoft Privacy Statement.
-You will lose access to your contacts in Windows Live Messenger and in =
Microsoft e-mail (Windows Live Hotmail).
-If you have associated child accounts, any permission you've given for =
children's accounts will be revoked, and you will no longer=20
be able to manage these children's accounts.
-You will no longer receive any newsletters, news updates, and other =
free subscriptions associated with this e-mail address.

--=20
...winston
ms-mvp mail


message=20
Earle Horton replied on 15-Nov-08 11:46 PM
To close a Hotmail/Live/Live ID account please do the following:

Close all browser windows.
Start, Run www.live.com, click "sign in" in upper right corner.  This should
be the scuba divers page.
Sign in using the name of the account you wish to close.
Click "Windows Live" in upper left corner, between "MSN" and "Hotmail".
You should now be at http://home.live.com.
Click "Account" in upper right corner.
Click "Settings" in upper left corner.
Under "Common tasks" in upper right corner you will see "Close your
account".
Verify that the correct Live ID is displayed, supply the password, and click
You should see a screen that says

«There is a Microsoft e-mail account (Windows Live Hotmail) associated with
your account, so you can't close your Windows Live account immediately. To
close your Windows Live account, you need to close your Microsoft e-mail
account first. After a period of inactivity, your Windows Live account will
automatically be closed. Close your Microsoft account.»

The words "Close your Microsoft account" are a link.  Click it and go to
this screen

«To deactivate your Windows Live Hotmail account, click Close account. All
stored messages are permanently deleted and incoming e-mail is refused.
Your e-mail address is reserved for 120 days after closing your account.
After that time, it may become available for other people to use.
To reactivate your account once you have closed it, sign in within 120
days. »

Click the "Close My Account" button.
You will either see a "Confirmation of Closed Account" or a "Signing Out"
screen.
If it is the "Confirmation of Closed Account" screen you are done.
Otherwise {
On the "Signing Out" screen, just click the "Done" button.  This is the
last step.  The next screen says

«Your e-mail account is now closed
Your stored messages and contact list will be
permanently deleted within the next few days. »
}
Do not sign in or access the account for 120 days.  If you have second
thoughts just sign in to the account at the Hotmail or Live portal.
Received messages and items in online folders may be lost if you do this.

This is a volunteer-supported forum.  When you say "you people are nuts" you
may be right, but we are not who you think we are.

Cheers,

Earle
IDontUnderstandWhatTheyWereThinkin replied on 16-Nov-08 08:18 AM
I am trying to close a ****@Live.com email address. The account/email address
was opened/created several days ago. I have not attempted to use, or used,
any other Live.com products or services including messenger....
IDontUnderstandWhatTheyWereThinkin replied on 16-Nov-08 08:39 AM
Thanks for the help from the volunteers in this MS discussion group. I only
posted the long winded complaint/question above, in the hopes that a MS
developer/employee would see my complaint. I also was looking for a way to
close my live.com email account and and also my live.com account (live
id?)account.

Starting fresh, and following the directions given, I get the same result. I
can close my email address, but not my live id. The way the website is setup,
it appears you can close both, but it can't be done. This leads me to believe
that irregardless of the information given, I must wait 120 days, without
signing into hotmail/live for my live id to lapse.

Please tell me if I am wrong, but only if you have time...

The reason for closing my account is due to the save draft/browser upgrade
bug, that I described in the first post, it actually happened to me twice...

Thanks for the replies, have a nice day...
Earle Horton replied on 16-Nov-08 11:02 AM
I don't understand your problem.  You have to wait 120 days.  That's because
the Microsoft servers are extremely slow to take up changes, ;^) and to give
people with second thoughts a second chance.  You don't really want to give
up your access to excellent live.com services, now do you? Once you get over
your little temper tantrum, you will be signing up again as if nothing ever
happened. ;^)

Cheers,

Earle
...winston replied on 17-Nov-08 04:09 AM
Follow the procedure presented earlier
Close the account and thereafter ignore it.
If you were worried about someone using/hacking the account it would =
have been better to put a strong password on the account prior=20
to closing.
Try using the account in 210 days..it should be locked out for good.
Do not test it prior to that and ensure that after saving any messages =
to a separate location(folder on hard drive, jump drive, cd,=20
external drive, spare drive, floppy disk)you have that account removed =
from any email software to prevent using that account and=20
any chance of reactivation.

It is what it is....at this stage, why you closed it is no longer =
important.

--=20
...winston
ms-mvp mail


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Earle Horton replied on 17-Nov-08 11:28 AM
To add to what ...winston says, if you navigate to any Windows Live page and
the password has been cached for this user, you may inadvertently generate
activity on the account.  So for that reason put on a strong password and
click "No" to any requests by your browser to save it.  You will have to use
the new password at least once to confirm closing the account, and that may
generate a request by the browser to save it.

--
Earle Horton -- earleh@terra.comx

Follow the procedure presented earlier
Close the account and thereafter ignore it.
If you were worried about someone using/hacking the account it would have
been better to put a strong password on the account prior
to closing.
Try using the account in 210 days..it should be locked out for good.
Do not test it prior to that and ensure that after saving any messages to a
separate location(folder on hard drive, jump drive, cd,
external drive, spare drive, floppy disk)you have that account removed from
any email software to prevent using that account and
any chance of reactivation.

It is what it is....at this stage, why you closed it is no longer important.

--
...winston
ms-mvp mail


message
jlmc replied on 04-Dec-08 02:34 PM
The directions are all well and good until you get to this point. (Below).
Then the process breaks down. When I click on the "Close your Microsoft
account." link, I get redirected to a "you must cancel all your billing
services first page." Click on that, I get redirected to "you have no billing
services" page. Stuck in an infinite loop. No impressed.


===============
«There is a Microsoft e-mail account (Windows Live Hotmail) associated with
your account, so you can't close your Windows Live account immediately. To
close your Windows Live account, you need to close your Microsoft e-mail
account first. After a period of inactivity, your Windows Live account will
automatically be closed. Close your Microsoft account.»

The words "Close your Microsoft account" are a link. Click it and go to
this screen

«To deactivate your Windows Live Hotmail account, click Close account. All
stored messages are permanently deleted and incoming e-mail is refused.
Your e-mail address is reserved for 120 days after closing your account.
After that time, it may become available for other people to use.
To reactivate your account once you have closed it, sign in within 120
days. »
Earle Horton replied on 04-Dec-08 03:54 PM
It's awful, isn't it?  I had no trouble whatsoever closing a Google
Groups/Gmail account.  Fwiw, I did not get the "you must cancel all your
billing services first" page when I closed a Hotmail account.

Try the following page.  If it doesn't work then I suggest abandoning the
account.

https://account.live.com/CloseAccount.aspx

To abandon the account do the following.  Erase alternate email address,
secret question and everything that could help you log in to the account
again.  Delete all mail messages in Hotmail.  Type a long sequence of
characters that you will not remember into Notepad, do not look, copy to
clipboard.  Change your Windows Live password to this new sequence, pasting
it into both boxes on the new password page.  Log out.  Forget about it.

Earle
please can you close my account for me replied to IDontUnderstandWhatTheyWereThinkin on 23-Jan-10 08:31 AM
can you please close my account for me/
slk759 replied to please can you close my account for me on 23-Jan-10 02:27 PM
You will have to contact your email provider to do that.  We are just a
voluntary help group . . . . .
...winston replied to please can you close my account for me on 23-Jan-10 05:45 PM
From an earlier post of mine, only the pertinent cut and pasted.

4.  Close A Hotmail account
http://mail.live.com/default.aspx?rru=accountclose&wa=wsignin1.0
- login with the username/pw, then click close

5. Cancel a Live ID
Go to account.live.com to cancel the Live ID
cf. http://windowslivehelp.com/community/p/13031/51654.aspx#51654

Note: if pursuing 4 and 5, 4 must be done before 5 or the process will fail.


I.e. Only you can start the process to close a Hotmail account and/or cancel a Live ID.
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...winston
ms-mvp mail
DISABLE LADY ON HIGH BLOOD PRESSURE MEDI replied to IDontUnderstandWhatTheyWereThinkin on 21-Feb-10 12:30 AM
WHAT ITS GOING ON I WANT TO CLOSE MY F...ACCOUNT AND ALL IT DOES ITSS MAKE ME
GO IN CIRCLES FOR THE LAST 4 HOURS  CLOSE MEANS CLOSE I DONT CARE ANYTHING
ELSE OR MAYBE YOU PEOPLE WANT TO KEEP OUR UNWANTED ACCOUNTS  TILL FIHED THE
PASSWORD OR WHAT???? CLOSE THE ACCOUNT  IT SHOULD BE AT THE TIPS OF OUR
FINGERS  .... I AM HAVING A HIGHBLOOD PRESSURE HEADACHE AND ITS NOT FUNNY
JUST F...CLOSE THE ACCOUNT WHEN WE CLICK CLOSE OR DELETE ACCOUNT  .......
Bob replied to DISABLE LADY ON HIGH BLOOD PRESSURE MEDI on 21-Feb-10 01:34 AM
Post your username, password, social security number,  date of birth,
mother's maiden name, bank account number and I will close it for you.
...winston replied to DISABLE LADY ON HIGH BLOOD PRESSURE MEDI on 21-Feb-10 03:44 AM
The following are the only options for any BP level(normal, low, or elevated)....good luck.


1.  Close A Hotmail account
http://mail.live.com/default.aspx?rru=accountclose&wa=wsignin1.0
- login with the username/pw, then click close

2. Cancel a Live ID
Go to account.live.com to cancel the Live ID
cf. http://windowslivehelp.com/community/p/13031/51654.aspx#51654

Note: if pursuing 1 and 2, 1 must be done before 2 or the process will fail.


Close your account
Free Windows Live Hotmail accounts become inactive if you do not sign in for more than 270 days or within the first 10 days after
signing up for an account. After an account becomes inactive, all messages, folders, and contacts are deleted. Incoming messages
will be sent back to the sender as undeliverable. Your account name is still reserved. However, if the account stays inactive for
an additional 90 days, the account name may be permanently deleted. If you do not use your Windows Live ID ( The user name and
password that you use to sign in to any Windows Live, MSN, or Office Live sites and services. If you have a Passport Network,
Hotmail, or Messenger account, you can use it as your Windows Live ID. ) for 365 days, your Windows Live ID may be permanently
deleted.

Close a free Windows Live Hotmail account:
Visit the Windows Live Hotmail close account web page.
Follow the on-screen instructions, and then click Close account to close your account.
- Note: If you receive an error message when you try to close your account, contact your account administrator for more
information. Some types of accounts, such as Microsoft Office Live Mail, cannot be closed this way. Other types of accounts, such as
university accounts, cannot be closed at all.

Close a paid Windows Live Hotmail account:
If you pay for your Windows Live Hotmail account, you have to end your subscription before closing your account. To end your
subscription:
Visit the Microsoft Billing and Account Management website, and then sign in with the e-mail address that you want to cancel.
Follow the on-screen instructions to cancel your paid subscription. This converts your paid Windows Live Hotmail account to a free
Windows Live Hotmail account.
To cancel your free account after you have canceled your paid subscription, follow the steps above.
- Note: If your subscription expires, or if you cancel your paid service, your Windows Live Hotmail account reverts to a free
account. You can still use this free Windows Live Hotmail account, but your account will be reduced to 5 gigabytes (GB).


Note:
If your account is still active and your messages are missing, make sure that another client e-mail program hasn???t downloaded the
messages from Windows Live Hotmail and stored them in another location.




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...winston
ms-mvp mail
UNHAPPY replied to ...winston on 29-Mar-10 11:06 PM
THERE IS NO DAMN WAY TO CLOSE A GD HOTMAIL OR LIVE ACCOUNT!

IDIOTS
Gary VanderMolen [MVP] replied to UNHAPPY on 30-Mar-10 12:26 AM
Of course there is. But swearing or shouting in all CAPS will not get you =
that
information. Read this:
http://windowslivehelp.com/solution.aspx?solutionid=3Dd18cf147-9867-49de-=
a60c-aae81982a54e

--=20
Gary VanderMolen, Microsoft MVP (Mail)
Microsoft MVP program: http://mvp.support.microsoft.com
...winston replied to UNHAPPY on 30-Mar-10 04:43 AM
1.Windows Live Hotmail Support
Windows Live Solution Center for Hotmail
http://windowslivehelp.com/product.aspx?productid=1
Windows Live Hotmail Forums
http://windowslivehelp.com/forums.aspx?productid=1
Windows Live Hotmail Solutions
http://windowslivehelp.com/solutions.aspx?productid=1

2. Windows Live ID Support
Windows Live Solution Center for Windows Live ID
Windows Live ID Portal Home Page
http://windowslivehelp.com/product.aspx?productid=10
Windows Live ID Forums
http://windowslivehelp.com/forums.aspx?productid=10
Windows Live ID Solutions
http://windowslivehelp.com/solutions.aspx?productid=10

For 1 and/or 2...
If a solution is not available in the Forums/Solutions area then click 'Ask A Question'
- requires sign on with your Windows Live ID, registration, and creation of a username
- Live ID username is **Not** visible to the public

3. Reset Password
https://account.live.com/ResetPassword.aspx?

4.  Close A Hotmail account
http://mail.live.com/mail/CloseAccountConfirmation.aspx
- login with the username/pw, then click close
To deactivate your Windows Live Hotmail account, click Close account.
All stored messages are permanently deleted and incoming e-mail is refused.
Your e-mail address is reserved for 270 days after closing your account.
After that time, it may become available for other people to use.
To reactivate your account once you have closed it, sign in within 270 days.

Additional info with comments
http://windowslivehelp.com/solution.aspx?solutionid=d18cf147-9867-49de-a60c-aae81982a54e

5. Cancel a Live ID
https://account.live.com/CloseAccount.aspx

Note:
- if pursuing 4 and 5, 4 must be done before 5 or the process will fail.
- if pursuing 4 and 5 for a Hotmail Plus account, read step 7 in entirety.

6. Signup
https://signup.live.com/signup.aspx?rollrs=12&lic=1

7. Hotmail Plus Support
https://support.live.com/default.aspx?productkey=wlmailplus
- A Hotmail Plus(subscription/fee-based) account is entitled to:
Customer Service: Chat, Email and Phone Support
Technical Support: Web Based(Windows Live Solution Center)
or
https://support.live.com/default.aspx?mkt=en-us&productkey=wlmailplus&wa=wsignin1.0
- signon and select from the options menu
or
https://support.live.com/signin.aspx?productKey=wlmailplus
- click on 'Sign In', enter full username/password, select from the options menu

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...winston
ms-mvp mail
michal replied to please can you close my account for me on 14-Apr-10 12:32 PM
"please can you close my account for me" wrote:
fletcher brehler replied to Gary VanderMolen [MVP] on 05-Jun-10 01:27 PM
Gary...

that link does not fully help..

I want to close my hotmail account, and I was told i need to close my xbox
live account first..

I did not realize I had an xbox live account even open, especially given I
do not own an xbox.

i called xbox live billing and customer service - both referred me to each
other to actually close the account..

so the link is not all that I (we) need..

we want to close the account(s) and cannot..

please help..

my fletcherbrehler@hotmail.com account was hacked.. leading me to want to
cancel in the first place.. I have reset my password and still cannot close
the account.. if you have a way to do it without another link or phone call
to the Philippines to either the billing or customer service departments, I
am very interested..

thanks

Fletcher
Gary VanderMolen \(MVP\) replied to fletcher brehler on 05-Jun-10 02:50 PM
Please understand that this forum is for problems directly associated =
with
using the Windows Live Mail program. As such, the responders here are =
not experts
on Hotmail account issues. All I can do is point you to the Microsoft =
help
articles that deal with that issue:

http://windowslivehelp.com/solutions.aspx?productid=3D1

Should you need additional help, please post in the associated forum:

http://windowslivehelp.com/forums.aspx?productid=3D1

Gary VanderMolen, Microsoft MVP (Mail)



Gary...

that link does not fully help..

I want to close my hotmail account, and I was told i need to close my =
xbox
live account first..

I did not realize I had an xbox live account even open, especially given =
I
do not own an xbox.

i called xbox live billing and customer service - both referred me to =
each
other to actually close the account..

so the link is not all that I (we) need..

we want to close the account(s) and cannot..

please help..

my fletcherbrehler@hotmail.com account was hacked.. leading me to want =
to
cancel in the first place.. I have reset my password and still cannot =
close
the account.. if you have a way to do it without another link or phone =
call
to the Philippines to either the billing or customer service =
departments, I
am very interested..

thanks

Fletcher


that
http://windowslivehelp.com/solution.aspx?solutionid=3Dd18cf147-9867-49de-=
a60c-aae81982a54e
...winston replied to fletcher brehler on 07-Jun-10 01:49 AM
There is no other route...
Xbox account needs to be cancelled before a Hotmail account can be closed.
- note cancelling an Xbox account may expire at the end or an existing billing cycle, ie. not immediately

To close a hotmail account(once the Xbox account expires(see above note)

4.  Close A Hotmail account
http://mail.live.com/mail/CloseAccountConfirmation.aspx
- login with the username/pw, then click close
To deactivate your Windows Live Hotmail account, click Close account.
All stored messages are permanently deleted and incoming e-mail is refused.
Your e-mail address is reserved for 270 days after closing your account.
After that time, it may become available for other people to use.
To reactivate your account once you have closed it, sign in within 270 days.

Additional info with comments
http://windowslivehelp.com/solution.aspx?solutionid=d18cf147-9867-49de-a60c-aae81982a54e

5. Cancel a Live ID
https://account.live.com/CloseAccount.aspx

Note:
- if pursuing 4 and 5, 4 must be done before 5 or the process will fail.

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...winston
ms-mvp mail
preta replied to ...winston on 28-Aug-10 12:38 PM
Hello Winston,  While your suggestions sound really good, just wanted you to
know I have tried this with the "3" Live Mail accounts I have, but it has not
worked for me. I cannot get or receive mail either for that matter, and most
important because I am 'locked into these accounts' I also can not use the
'Page By & Link By Page E-Mail' features, because of my Live Mail account (I
keep getting messages like: Internet Explorer Security Alert, Program wil
open outside of protected mode). I just want to end ALL of this and move on
but do not know where else to turn any more.  Microsoft ought to be ashamed of
themselves as far as I am concerned, as how can these programs be started,
with NO solutions like this being resolved?
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novela queen
...winston replied to preta on 28-Aug-10 02:56 PM
The subject of this thread is relative to closing an account(hotmail, Live ID etc)
If the intent is to close the account why would getting or receiving mail be necessary.
No one is locked into any free email account. Obtain a new, notify your contacts, stop using the old.

Page by and Link By Page features are IE options, not Hotmail, not Live ID account) and a function of Windows and IE being configured properly to use the default email account.

If you need help with Hotmail ask in the Hotmail forums(windowslivehelp.com)

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...winston
ms-mvp mail


Hello Winston,  While your suggestions sound really good, just wanted you to
know I have tried this with the "3" Live Mail accounts I have, but it has not
worked for me. I cannot get or receive mail either for that matter, and most
important because I am 'locked into these accounts' I also can not use the
'Page By & Link By Page E-Mail' features, because of my Live Mail account (I
keep getting messages like: Internet Explorer Security Alert, Program wil
open outside of protected mode). I just want to end ALL of this and move on
but do not know where else to turn any more.  Microsoft ought to be ashamed of
themselves as far as I am concerned, as how can these programs be started,
with NO solutions like this being resolved?
--
novela queen
Steelcurtain85 replied to ...winston on 04-Sep-10 12:52 PM
I have tried for 2 days to cancel my windows live ID (free version) including
Live Hotmail, Live  instant messenger, Spaces (whatever that is) and some
other stuff I do not undestand or mess with. I too have become very frustrated
and am ready to put Windows under a wheel of my truck. No matter what I have
tried, including Windows So-called support, the only thing I have been able to
cancel Is the Hotmail account. Having done that it trlls me I must sign in to
cancel account which re-activates my Hotmail account. This is the only
service I have used that has cancelling so complicated, if Einstein were
alive he'd be bald. What can be done? And I am talking about a real solution
that a computer idiot like myself  can understand.
Gary VanderMolen replied to Steelcurtain85 on 04-Sep-10 03:25 PM
You posted in a forum dealing with Windows Live Mail issues. Your issue
concerns a Hotmail account. Please see the Solutions to common Hotmail
account issues: http://windowslivehelp.com/solutions.aspx?productid=3D10

If no help there, post your issue in the Hotmail account issues forum:
http://windowslivehelp.com/forums.aspx?productid=3D10

Gary VanderMolen, Microsoft MVP (Mail)
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I have tried for 2 days to cancel my windows live ID (free version) =
including
Live Hotmail, Live  instant messenger, Spaces (whatever that is) and =
some
other stuff I do not undestand or mess with. I too have become very =
frustrated
and am ready to put Windows under a wheel of my truck. No matter what =
I have
tried, including Windows So-called support, the only thing I have been =
able to
cancel Is the Hotmail account. Having done that it trlls me I must sign =
in to
cancel account which re-activates my Hotmail account. This is the only
service I have used that has cancelling so complicated, if Einstein were
alive he'd be bald. What can be done? And I am talking about a real =
solution
that a computer idiot like myself  can understand.


Hotmail Plus, Msn Premium, Msn Premium secondary account, child
use(Messenger, Spaces, Calendar, SkyDrive, linked ID's) etc..
Services first, close your then logon to account.live.com,
Live ID account'. You will need to reenter your password to
registered information (This is information given to Windows=20
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...winston replied to Steelcurtain85 on 05-Sep-10 12:19 AM
The method to cancel an account has previously been answered
Two step process (deactivation and subsequent closure)
- Hotmail deactivated but still available for 270 days and reactivated if used prior to 270 days
- Windows Live ID  closes after 365 days of inactivity

You have two options to accomplish the above. Nothing is immediate due to the above timing.

1. Close the Hotmail account and discontinue use of all possible access/logon methods(email client, web UI) and wait until the 270 and 365 days occur.

Account Closure - Hotmail Account
http://windowslivehelp.com/solution.aspx?solutionid=d18cf147-9867-49de-a60c-aae81982a54e

- http://co101w.col101.mail.live.com/mail/CloseAccountConfirmation.aspx?wa=wsignin1.0
To reactivate your account once you have closed it, sign in within 270 days."

or

2. Close the Live ID via account.live.com (the 270 and 365 timeframe still applies for Hotmail and the Live ID closure)

Account Closure -  Windows Live ID
https://account.live.com/CloseAccount.aspx


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I have tried for 2 days to cancel my windows live ID (free version) including
Live Hotmail, Live  instant messenger, Spaces (whatever that is) and some
other stuff I do not undestand or mess with. I too have become very frustrated
and am ready to put Windows under a wheel of my truck. No matter what I have
tried, including Windows So-called support, the only thing I have been able to
cancel Is the Hotmail account. Having done that it trlls me I must sign in to
cancel account which re-activates my Hotmail account. This is the only
service I have used that has cancelling so complicated, if Einstein were
alive he'd be bald. What can be done? And I am talking about a real solution
that a computer idiot like myself  can understand.