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  • If I do a search in this forum for Windows Live Alias the answers that come back are over five years old and the links in them are dead.

    I have already gone thorugh all of the pages that have FAQs for Windows Live and none of them address my issue.  I realize that this is not the forum for asking questions about Windows Live but am posting my question below in the hope it will clearify the forum (not help desk) that I need to post it in.

    Over the years I have setup multiple Windows Live accounts -- each of which uses a different email address.  The purpose of this was to seperate out various types of interests when using Microsoft forums. 

    I just came across the fact that I can have mutiple email addresses associated with the same Windows Live account.

    Assume the email accounts are: Email1@somewhere.com, Email2@somewhere.com and Email3@somewhere.com

    All of the above accounts are registered seperately in the various collections of Microsoft forums (i.e. Answers, Technet, etc) and have distinct subscriptions.

    Email1@somewhere.com is associated with my identity as a Microsoft Partner.

    If I delete Email2 and Email3 from Microsoft Live and then add them to my Email1 account what is the impact on:
    1. The individual profiles setup in the various Microsoft forums.  For example, if I use Email2 to log into Microsoft Live and access the Technet forums will I see the activity (points, posts, etc.) associated with Email2 or the activity (points, posts, etc.) associated with Email1.
    2. What happens to the subscription settings under each of the email addresses?

    My concern is that signing in with an alias will return the same security token as signing in with the primary email address and thus everything associated with the other email addresses will be lost.


    http://www.saberman.com

    Friday, September 4, 2015 9:35 AM

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  • All of the above accounts are registered seperately in the various collections of Microsoft forums (i.e. Answers, Technet, etc) and have distinct subscriptions.

    Email1@somewhere.com is associated with my identity as a Microsoft Partner.

    If I delete Email2 and Email3 from Microsoft Live and then add them to my Email1 account what is the impact on:
    1. The individual profiles setup in the various Microsoft forums.  For example, if I use Email2 to log into Microsoft Live and access the Technet forums will I see the activity (points, posts, etc.) associated with Email2 or the activity (points, posts, etc.) associated with Email1.
    2. What happens to the subscription settings under each of the email addresses?

    My concern is that signing in with an alias will return the same security token as signing in with the primary email address and thus everything associated with the other email addresses will be lost.


    http://www.saberman.com

    You can send an email to fissues [at] microsoft [dot] com and ask them about merging the forums profiles but doubtful. You'll probably need to abandon all but one of them.

     

     

     


    Regards, Dave Patrick ....
    Microsoft Certified Professional
    Microsoft MVP [Windows]

    Disclaimer: This posting is provided "AS IS" with no warranties or guarantees , and confers no rights.

    • Proposed as answer by Mike Laughlin Friday, September 4, 2015 4:27 PM
    • Unproposed as answer by saberman Friday, September 4, 2015 8:31 PM
    Friday, September 4, 2015 1:21 PM
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  • Dave, thanks but I am looking for a forum to discuss Windows Live.  Email exchanges with Microsoft tend to go nowhere.

    Windows Live is Microsoft's key online identity product -- surely there must be a forum somewhere to discuss issues related to it.


    http://www.saberman.com

    Friday, September 4, 2015 8:34 PM
  • Ok, then that's easy. They're over here.

    http://answers.microsoft.com/en-us/windowslive/forum/livemail?tab=Threads

     

     

     


    Regards, Dave Patrick ....
    Microsoft Certified Professional
    Microsoft MVP [Windows]

    Disclaimer: This posting is provided "AS IS" with no warranties or guarantees , and confers no rights.

    Friday, September 4, 2015 8:38 PM
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  • Ok, then that's easy. They're over here.

    http://answers.microsoft.com/en-us/windowslive/forum/livemail?tab=Threads

     


    That forum is for Microsoft Essentials.  I'll try posting there but I doubt it is the rigth place.

    http://www.saberman.com

    Friday, September 4, 2015 9:00 PM
  • Its where they placed the windows live mail forum. Not sure why. Or live writer is over here.

    https://social.microsoft.com/Forums/en-US/home?category=windowslive

     

     


    Regards, Dave Patrick ....
    Microsoft Certified Professional
    Microsoft MVP [Windows]

    Disclaimer: This posting is provided "AS IS" with no warranties or guarantees , and confers no rights.

    Friday, September 4, 2015 9:04 PM
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  • Neither Windows Live Mail nor Windows Live Writer deal with Windows Live itself which is a security system.

    It seems strange that Microsoft said it was focusing on security but provides no place to discuss its primary security system used for both online access and local machine access.


    http://www.saberman.com

    Friday, September 4, 2015 9:40 PM
  • I've never heard windows live described as a security system. You could also try over here.

    http://answers.microsoft.com/en-us/protect

    http://www.microsoft.com/security/default.aspx

     


    Regards, Dave Patrick ....
    Microsoft Certified Professional
    Microsoft MVP [Windows]

    Disclaimer: This posting is provided "AS IS" with no warranties or guarantees , and confers no rights.


    Friday, September 4, 2015 9:46 PM
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  • Windows live mail is part of windows essentials, not windows security essentials.  Windows security essentials is the security/malware app

    Microsoft loves to name very different products the same just to confuse the user.  For example  MS Office outlook and Outlook.com, etc

    Unsure why you want to remove the 2 email addresses and make them aliases.  Care to elaborate?


    Wanikiya and Dyami--Team Zigzag


    Friday, September 4, 2015 9:55 PM
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  • Neither of those address Microsoft Live identities.  For example, in order to post in this forum you need to have registered an email address with Windows Live -- Not Microsoft Essentials, not Microsoft Live mail, not any of the Microsoft products.

    Microsoft wants to establish a single login for all of your devices and online services called Microsoft Live.  But nowhere is there any discussion about how Microsoft protects that identity nor the risks of having a single identity.  One breach of Windows Live exposes millions of identities across millions of web sites and devices.


    http://www.saberman.com

    Wednesday, September 16, 2015 11:53 PM
  • Actually, this started out as a question about what happens if I change the email address associated with my primary Windows Live id.  The email address is the same one that is associated with my MSDN subscription and my being a Microsoft Partner.  The reason for changing it was that I began to receive an enormous amount of spam addressed to that email address.  Since I never actually send email via that address and only use it to sign into Microsoft web sites I had to assume that some one was harvesting email addresses from Microsoft Live and that I need to change the one I used to get rid of the spam.

    I then saw something that said you could have aliases associated with your Microsoft Live id.  I have a couple of other email addresses also registered with Microsoft Live that I use to seperate out specific interestes.  I thought I could merge these but Microsoft only meant aliases for your Outlook.com email address -- which I don't have so I thought I would focus on the use of Microsoft Live email addresses as security tokens which is how Microsoft uses them.  I then discovered that the Microsoft Live security system is not only not transparent it is hidden as much as possible by Microsoft.  Security by obscurity does not work.

    So my question is where is the forum that handles questions and discussions about Microsoft Live identity -- not any of the products that include Microsoft Live in their name?


    http://www.saberman.com


    • Edited by saberman Thursday, September 17, 2015 12:04 AM Typos
    Thursday, September 17, 2015 12:02 AM
  • Actually, this started out as a question about what happens if I change the email address associated with my primary Windows Live id. 


    Agreed, your topic seems ever-changing. There no longer is a forum for Microsoft account. Something here may help.

    http://windows.microsoft.com/en-us/windows/account-security-password-information

    Or at the bottom there are links to email or chat with someone.

     

     

     


    Regards, Dave Patrick ....
    Microsoft Certified Professional
    Microsoft MVP [Windows]

    Disclaimer: This posting is provided "AS IS" with no warranties or guarantees , and confers no rights.

    • Proposed as answer by Just KarlModerator Thursday, September 17, 2015 7:21 PM
    • Marked as answer by Just KarlModerator Thursday, September 24, 2015 5:45 PM
    • Unmarked as answer by saberman Friday, September 25, 2015 7:21 AM
    Thursday, September 17, 2015 1:20 AM
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  • The link is helpful but does not provide a discussion forum. 

    http://www.saberman.com

    Thursday, September 17, 2015 9:19 PM
  • Sorry, but the microsoft account forum was abandoned a year or so ago.

     

     


    Regards, Dave Patrick ....
    Microsoft Certified Professional
    Microsoft MVP [Windows]

    Disclaimer: This posting is provided "AS IS" with no warranties or guarantees , and confers no rights.

    Thursday, September 17, 2015 9:22 PM
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  • >Sorry, but the microsoft account forum was abandoned a year or so ago
    So Microsoft, which has repeatedly said it is focusing on security, does not want anyone to ask questions about or discuss its primary identity security product.  It expects everyone to rely on it without with any questions or discussions?  We should just accept Microsoft security across all our devices without question because it is from Microsoft?

    Sorry, this is beginning to become a rant and if I listed all of the secuirty problems Microsoft has released as "fixes" it would overload the server this forum is on.

    I assume the only place left to discuss Microsoft Account security is the Dark Web. 


    http://www.saberman.com

    Thursday, September 17, 2015 9:51 PM
  • I cannot answer any of that. This is "where is" forum for direction on where best to ask questions in microsoft forums. Unfortunately the microsoft account forum was abandoned more than a year ago so there is no forum on TechNet, MSDN, answers that directly addresses Microsoft account security. You might try them over here.

    https://www.linkedin.com/groups?home=&gid=3660709&trk=anet_ug_hm

     

     

     


    Regards, Dave Patrick ....
    Microsoft Certified Professional
    Microsoft MVP [Windows]

    Disclaimer: This posting is provided "AS IS" with no warranties or guarantees , and confers no rights.


    Thursday, September 17, 2015 10:11 PM
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  • > There no longer is a forum for Microsoft account. Something here may help.

    http://windows.microsoft.com/en-us/windows/account-security-password-information

    That link is about setting up accounts in Windows 10.

    It is apparent that that there isn't any answer available here to the question of what forum is available for discussing/questioning Microsoft Live/Account security as to how it works across operating systems and hardware platforms and therefore no post can be considered an answer.  The answer does not exist.  Microsoft -- which says it is focusing on security -- doesn't want to discuss its key security methodology.  It is relying on Security By Obscurity. 


    http://www.saberman.com

    Friday, September 25, 2015 7:29 AM
  • Looks like they're over here.

    https://www.linkedin.com/groups?home=&gid=3660709&trk=anet_ug_hm

     

     

     


    Regards, Dave Patrick ....
    Microsoft Certified Professional
    Microsoft MVP [Windows]

    Disclaimer: This posting is provided "AS IS" with no warranties or guarantees , and confers no rights.

    • Marked as answer by saberman Friday, September 25, 2015 6:23 PM
    Friday, September 25, 2015 12:19 PM
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  • Dave,

    Thanks for the link.  It seems to be a place that might provide some of the information I am looking for.

    I find it interesting that what appears to be the only place to discuss Microsoft security efforts is not on a Microsoft site even though it is moderated by Microsoft Employees.


    http://www.saberman.com

    Friday, September 25, 2015 6:23 PM
  • I agree, it does seem a little odd they would host it there.

     

     


    Regards, Dave Patrick ....
    Microsoft Certified Professional
    Microsoft MVP [Windows]

    Disclaimer: This posting is provided "AS IS" with no warranties or guarantees , and confers no rights.

    Friday, September 25, 2015 6:26 PM
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