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Task 4: How to Set Up a Microsoft Passport Account

One of the drawbacks of using a large number of different portal sites is keeping track of all the different usernames and passwords you'll accumulate. Microsoft, which offers its own MSN portal, is trying to solve that problem with Microsoft Passport, an account you can use on all of Microsoft's Web sites and on more than 60 other sites, including 1-800-Flowers.Com, Buy.Com, Fossil, Hilton, Home Depot, and Office Max. Passport keeps track of all your usernames, passwords, mailing and billing addresses, and other information to make your Internet surfing and shopping experience simpler.

Open the Control Panel

Windows XP includes built-in support for Microsoft Passport. To set up a Passport, click the Start button and choose Control Panel. The Control Panel dialog box opens. (Alternatively, you can set up a Passport in your browser: Type http://www.passport.com in the Address bar and press Enter.)

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View Your User Accounts

Passport accounts are associated with the user account you have on Windows XP. Click the User Accounts link and then click the account for which you want to create a new Passport.

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Connect to the Internet

To set up a Passport, you must be connected to the Internet. Make sure you are connected, and then click the Set Up My Account to Use a NET Passport link. The Passport Wizard opens.

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Set Up a Passport

The Passport Wizard asks a series of questions to which you must respond to set up a new Passport account. To associate a Passport with your e-mail address, choose the Yes, use an existing e-mail account radio button and click Next.

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Enter Your E-Mail Address

Although Microsoft recommends that your Passport be associated with a Hotmail or MSN address, you can set up the Passport using any e-mail account. Type your e-mail address in the E-mail address or Passport text box and click Next.

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Choose a Password

To keep others from using your account, choose a password and type it in the Password and Confirm Password fields. You won't see the characters you are typing—asterisks will be displayed instead. Click Next to continue.

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Create Your New Passport

After answering the wizard's remaining questions, click Next. On the final page of the wizard, click Finish to create your new Passport account. To find sites where you can use it, visit the Web site http://www.passport.com.

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