Hotmail Login

The Windows Live Hotmail login process is central to a webmail service that can be accessed from anywhere in the world: this convenience requires a user-name-required and password-protected Hotmail sign in to protect your account from unauthorized access to your emails and personal profile settings. So, while everything starts with the sign in form, Hotmail login determines what happens behind the scenes, if your account information is stored in cookies, whether a bookmarked inbox (added to your Favorites) will automatically load or require a new login session beforehand, how long you remain logged in, etc. This page explains what you need to understand about the login process.

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Hotmail login settings are determined by the sign in form

As we explained in the Hotmail sign in options and security settings, Windows Live Hotmail gives you full flexibility to choose your own preferences, which puts some of the responsibility on your shoulders; the following section gives you some pointers and explanations:

How does Hotmail login works?

Here are the typical scenarios you will encounter:

These are the four common ways the Hotmail login process works to protect access to your account.

Tip: There are of course exceptions to the standard login process, if you choose to anonymously login to your Hotmail account for example, or if you requested to login with a single-use sign in code (in which case you cannot ask Hotmail to remember your password), or if you manually erase your Hotmail history.

Tutorial last updated on November 26, 2011
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