Windows Live ID – Linked Live ID’s Feature Disabled

Effective Aug 17, 2011 this article is no longer applicable due to the Windows Live Team re-enabling the ability to create Linked Live IDs.

August 17, 2011:

“Today we are beginning to re-enable the ability to create new Linked IDs. This
change is rolling out in the next couple days and should be complete this week”



  • The ability to link multiple Live IDs was recently disabled
  • The option to link Live ID’s has been removed from the Options section in the user account page.
  • This feature appears to have been disabled a few weeks ago (est. July 13, 2011)


(as of July 26, 2011)

  • No formal announcement from the Windows Live Team
  • Windows Live Solution Center personnel are aware of the feature being disabled
  • A Windows Live Solution Center ‘Sticky’ was not available


Windows Live Solution Center (WLSC) replies from Live Support personnel (see 2 responses below)

Reply on July 13th


Reply on July 26th



  1. Information regarding a formal announcement from the Live Team is unknown at this time
  2. Availability of ‘New documentation’ noted in the July 26 WLSC reply is also unknown at this time
  3. Existing Linked Live ID’s continue to function (i.e. Linking new Live ID’s are disabled)
  4. Unlinking an existing Live ID and attempting to re-Link the same Live ID will fail


July 15, 2011: Original Published (draft)

July 26, 2011: Published and updated (after WLSC reply marked as an Answer)

Aug 17, 2011:  Added note regarding the ‘Re-enabling Creation of Linked Live IDs’

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11 Responses to Windows Live ID – Linked Live ID’s Feature Disabled

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  3. K.A. Baehr says:

    When is the Windows Live Team going to restore the Linked ID’s feature?

    I depend on using this feature daily!!

    (Editor Note: Upper case edited to lower case – …w)


  4. Winston says:

    @K.A. Baehr

    – see ‘Comments’ in blog entry – cf. Item #3



  5. tori says:

    This is so frustrating. Why would they disable such a great feature?


    • Winston says:

      The ability to Link new Live ID’s is disabled. Not the ability to use the features for existing Linked Live ID’s

      – see ‘Comments’ in blog entry – cf. Item #3



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