Very old Hotmail account

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  1. Posts : 119
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       #1

    Very old Hotmail account


    I created a @HOTmail.com account back in 2004. Then around 2007 (don't remember the exact year) I created an @Outlook.com account.
    I created it not because I wanted to create an @Outlook account, but the news spin back in that day coming from non-MS sources were saying you need to prepare ahead for the fate of Hotmail.

    Approx around this 3 year period, MS emailed me (yes it was really Microsoft ) asking me if I wanted to set up another email address associated with a Hotmail account. I remember Microsoft provided the instructions and even the user name that I had to use. I remember the process was somewhat lengthy but I don't remember for certain if they ever used the term "alias" back in that day.

    Two data breaches occurred with the original hotmail email address. This is one with the user name I created when I originally set up a hotmail account in 2004.

    No data breaches have occurred with the other hotmail email address.

    Could it be possible these are two hotmail accounts?
    If they could be, what's a way to tell?
    I like to be able to tell because if they're two accounts, I'd consider deleting the one hotmail account that was breached
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  2. Posts : 12,414
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    I got my Online/Webmail Hotmail account back in the late '90s then got an Outlook.com account when available, now both links go to Outlook Ė free personal email and calendar from Microsoft. The move from Hotmail to Outlook.com had been a bit slow but to live.com was faster. Either account can be logged out of to enable logging into the other.

    To add to confusion is that Outlook.com is not the same as Microsoft Office/Outlook, the installed E-Mail Client.
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  3. Posts : 119
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    Do you mean a way to tell if these are two Hotmail accounts would be if I'm able to log out of Outlook.com with one Hotmail email address and log into Outlook.com with the other Hotmail email address?

    It would be helpful to know if my second email address was an actual MS account grandfathered, and not an alias created.

    Actually, Outlook 2003 was the client being used back then with username@Hotmail.com
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  4. Posts : 12,414
    Win10 Version 21H2 Pro and Home, Win11 Pro
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    Yes, I can be in one, log out of it then be offered both to make a choice from to log into.

    Yes, Outlook could be used with a Hotmail account and with Outlook.com along with an ISP assigned E-Mail address.

    I've not known an alias was used, both my Hotmail and Outlook.com are actual addresses/accounts. I get different messages one from the other.
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  5. Posts : 119
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    I've not known an alias was used, both my Hotmail and Outlook.com are actual addresses/accounts.
    This is simple and yet complex because of the evolution Hotmail email service went through.

    I have an Outlook account. Therefore I have a Microsoft account. i.e, Outlook email = MS account.

    Isn't what was once Hotmail (regardless of any of its previous names) now Outlook.com ?

    Today, with the new Outlook.com, when I attempt to sign in to www.outlook.live.com using username1@hotmail.com, it isnít recognized. Possibly because MS allows only to choose one primary account to sign in at any time? So it allows me to sign in with username@Outlook.com. And if I changed username@outlook to username1@hotmail.com as the primary account, I should be able to sign in then?

    To tell whether (username2@hotmail.com email address) is an an additional MS account, if I were to change the primary to the username2@hotmail.com email address, logged out, and tried to sign in with it, then if I was not allowed to sign in, would this indicate it's an alias, which MS does not allow you to to sign-in with ?

    Could I potentially 'lock' myself out doing this?
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  6. Posts : 12,414
    Win10 Version 21H2 Pro and Home, Win11 Pro
       #6

    It doesn't take much to lock oneself out of an account.

    This is what I get when I click Sign in:
    Very old Hotmail account-image.png
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  7. Posts : 1,244
    Windows 10 Pro x64 21H2 (Build: 19044.1415)
       #7

    You can verify whether your hotmail is still alive in MS account, it should be listed as an alias.

    If there isn't one you should be able to know whether you still receive email from hotmail into outlook inbox?
    Or at least log in to some site registered with your hotmail email. and then see if you can verify you email and watching for inbox in outlook.
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  8. Posts : 119
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    Berton said:
    It doesn't take much to lock oneself out of an account.

    This is what I get when I click Sign in:
    Very old Hotmail account-image.png
    I don't have the option to choose an account when I click 'Sign in'
    This is what appears and I have to enter my @Outlook address ( or I can select use a security key) :

    [EDIT] My screen shot attachment has been edited for viewing ease

    Attachment 324108
    Last edited by Jaguwaar20; 22 Mar 2021 at 12:22.
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  9. Posts : 56,050
    Multi-boot Windows 10/11 - RTM, RP, Beta, and Insider
       #9

    Type your Hotmail account there instead of Outlook account.
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  10. Posts : 119
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    Thread Starter
       #10

    f14tomcat said:
    Type your Hotmail account there instead of Outlook account.
    This being turned off indicates more than I presupposed
    [EDIT] My screen shot attachment has been edited for viewing ease

    Attachment 324110
    Last edited by Jaguwaar20; 22 Mar 2021 at 12:21.
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