There are cases when you might need to know the address (URL) of the page on which you find the Hotmail sign in screen and login form. There are several ways to access this page, and each of them changes based on how you were logged in, for how long, if you clicked on a sign out link, etc. This page explains the easiest way to access the Windows Live Hotmail sign in form to login to your email account.
Access Hotmail sign in with or without URL address
Here are a few scenarios, and the corresponding way to find the Hotmail login form from there:
- Open your favorite web browser, and type www.hotmail.com or www.live.com in the address bar - one of two things will happen: either no one is currently signed in to their Hotmail account, in which case you'll see the sign in screen and be able to login, or not (then, read on).
- Someone is already logged in: click on the "sign out" link in the top right corner, and then return to the Windows Live Hotmail homepage: either type www.hotmail.com or www.live.com in the web browser's address bar, and you will see the Hotmail sign in screen.
Depending on how the other user signed in, you may need to click on the "Sign in with a different Windows Live ID" link to clear their login information and enter your own email address and account password - this just means that the other user chose to make the Hotmail sign in remember their user name and/or password during their last login session.
- One of these two steps should allow you to get to the Windows Live Hotmail sign in page, with or without having to logout someone else; if you are still having problems, please read "Confirm Hotmail sign out (completely logout)" for force Hotmail to remove the previous user.
Tip: You can also access directly by URL the Hotmail sign in form by typing the http://login.live.com/ address in your web browser (the "
login.hotmail.com" variant does not work). Windows Live will load the old style login form:
Tutorial last updated on November 26, 2011
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