How to Open a Free Yahoo or Hotmail Account

The Internet offers a variety of services, including free email accounts and access to websites. Founded in January 1994, Yahoo! is one of the largest websites on the Internet that offers many free services, including email, games and real estate, job and financial information to subscribers. Formerly MSN Hotmail, Windows Live Hotmail offers free email, games, news and Windows Messenger services. You can also use your Windows Live Hotmail account to access Xbox LIVE, which is an online community for the Xbox 360. To sign up for either account, you must visit the corresponding website.

Yahoo!

Visit the main Yahoo! website at yahoo.com. Click the “Sign Up” link toward the top of the page.

Enter your name, date of birth, gender, country of residence, and preferred language in the top portion of the form.

Select a Yahoo! ID and email address. You will use this ID each time you log in to your email account and the website. Determine whether you would like your email address to be at Yahoo.com, Rocketmail.com or Ymail.com. Press the “Check” button to verify that your selection is available. If it is not available, select another Yahoo! ID.

Enter your desired password and verify the password.

Type an alternative email in the field provided, and select two secret questions. Yahoo! uses your alternative email address and secret questions to verify your identity if you forget your password.

Enter the verification code at the bottom of the page and click the “Create My Account” button. Yahoo! will create your account and set up your personal email immediately. Use your email address and password to log in to the website and begin using Yahoo! services.

Hotmail

Visit the Hotmail website at login.live.com.

Click the “Sign Up” button.

Enter your name, date of birth and gender in the corresponding fields.

Click “Get a New Email Address” and select an ID. Windows Live will use this ID to log in to your email account and the website. Select “Hotmail” from the drop-down list.

Enter a password and verify the password.

Select a method to verify your identity. If you lose your password, Windows Live will use this information to contact you and verify your identity. You can select to enter a phone number or alternate email address.

Select your country of residence and enter your zip code.

Enter the verification code at the bottom of the page and click “I Accept” to setup your account. Use your email address and password to log into the website and begin using the Windows Live services.