How to Get a .Net Passport

by Emilio Alvarez

A .NET Passport account is an online service developed by Microsoft, which allows users the ability to authenticate their account ID a single time, and have access to multiple services in different .Net Passport-enabled websites. Obtaining a .Net Passport account can be easily accomplished through a Windows built-in wizard, which walks you through the process. This setup allows users with non-hotmail accounts to successfully establish an account. The setup procedure may vary slightly if the computer used to set up the account is a stand-alone or a client on a domain. In both cases the steps are quick and straightforward.

Step 1

Log into your computer as an administrator.

Step 2

Click the Windows "Start" menu > "Control Panel" and choose "User Accounts." The "User Accounts" window opens up.

Step 3

Click the user account for which you wish to get a .Net Passport. A new screen displays, asking "What do you want to change about your account?"

Step 4

Click the "Set up my account to use a .NET Passport" link. The ".Net Passport Wizard" opens up. For computers on a domain, select the "Advanced" tab from the "User Accounts" window and click the ".NET Passport Wizard" link.

Step 5

Click "Next" to begin setting up your .Net Passport account.

Step 6

Choose one of the available options "Use my existing email address" or "Sign me up for a free MSN Hotmail email address," then click "Next."

Continue entering your personal information as the wizard prompts you to, until the wizard has been completed. You now have a .Net Passport account.


About the Author

Emilio Alvarez has a Bachelor of Science in computer science from San Diego State University and a minor in music composition from Southwestern College, San Diego. He has been writing since 2002 and has published short stories with Editorial Dunken (Buenos Aires, Argentina), where his work is part of a Spanish anthology: "El libro de talleres."

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