How to Remove or Hide a Last Name from a Windows Live Profile

Summary:

  • Method to remove and/or hide the user’s (Live ID or Microsoft Account) last name from being visible to the public, contacts, and/or connected social network services.

Background:

  • A Windows Live ID (or Microsoft Account) requests the entry of a last name, initial or other acceptable character during the Live ID (Microsoft Account) account creation process.
  • For privacy reasons (personal reasons, use of multiple Live ID/Microsoft Accounts, displayed when using the Live web services – Hotmail, SkyDrive, etc.) some may prefer to not share or broadcast their last name to the public, network contacts and/or other connected social network services
  • The last name field  can be edited and an optional ‘blank’ character entered by using a common available Windows provided ‘Accessories’ application called  ‘Character Map’
  • Character Map can be found on the Start Menu (All Programs/Accessories/System Tools)

How To:

1. Logon to the respective Live ID’s Profile (at http://profile.live.com)

2. On the Profile home page click on Details (or Edit Details)

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3. Click on the Edit field adjacent to the user name

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4. Select and clear the last name field

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5. Open Character Map (in a separate window) and select the ‘Arial’ character mode

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6. Scroll down to and click on the character named ‘U+202A: Left to Right Embedding’ to cue (place the focus) on the ‘U+202A’ character in ‘Character Map’, then click the ‘Select’ button

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7. Click ‘Copy’ to place the character on the Windows Clipboard

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9. Paste the contents of the clipboard to the ‘Last Name’ field then click on Save to finalize the changes.

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10. Once ‘Saved’ you will return to your Profile home page allowing verification of the change.

(Two examples below)

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Comments:

  • Changing your name will impact all places your name appears when using Windows Live (Profile, Hotmail, Windows Live Messenger, SkyDrive) and/or transmitted to other social connected services.
  • Changing your name will also impact the name that appears on Windows 8 (Microsoft Account Windows logon name)

Revisions:

October 31, 2011: Publish as ‘Draft’ Date

March 15, 2012: Republish Draft after testing on Windows 8 (Consumer Preview)

April 23, 2012: Original Publish Date

How To Install Windows Live Essentials 2011

Summary:

Overview and explanation of the Windows Live Essentials 2011 installer’s choices for installing all or selective Windows Live Essentials 2011 applications and optional components on Vista Sp2, Windows 7, Windows Server 2008 Sp2 R2 and Windows 8 Consumer Preview

Installation Process and Choices:

The Windows Live Essentials 2011 (WLE 2011) installer will first notify that is it ‘preparing to install’WLE_QFE3_02

Once preparation is complete the installer will provide two installation choices:

  1. Install all of Windows Live Essentials”¬† = Install ‘Everything’ (a minimum of 8 to a maximum of 12 applications and optional programs)
  2. Choose which programs you want to install” = User option to selectively install 1 or more items (Custom mode)

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If comfortable with Microsoft’s’ recommendation to ‘Install all’ select the first option, allow the installer to finish until completion and begin using one or more of any application (fyi – upon completion Windows Live Messenger will automatically be loaded)

On the other hand if preferring the ability to decide which applications will be installed (since many users may not need or want the full compliment of included applications) then select the second option ‘Choose the programs you want to install’.

It is extremely important to note that even when choosing the second option all programs are ‘pre-checked’ to be installed (i.e. you must ‘Opt-Out’ of any application or it will be installed).¬† The graphic below contains additional text added by this writer reiterating the need to ‘Uncheck’ any program in order to prevent installation.

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An example of a more typical selection of the six primary WLE 2011 application programs (Messenger, Mail, Photo Gallery, Movie Maker, Writer, and Mesh) is shown below (at least one program must be chosen).

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Once the ‘Install’ button is clicked the installation process will provide a ‘completion status’ until ‘Done!’

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Once the installation is ‘Done!’, click the Close Button, Shutdown/Restart (even if not prompted) and start using any of the installed Windows Live Essentials 2011 programs.

Comments:

  • The Outlook Connector Pack includes the Outlook Hotmail Connector and the Windows Live Messenger Provider for the Outlook Social Connector. The latter is only installed if the Outlook Social Connector is already installed.
  • The Outlook Social Connector is included in Office 2010 and available (as a download) for Outlook 2003/2007.
  • Windows Live Downloads – link to obtain the latest¬†WLE 2011 installer (full or web version)
  • Windows Live Essentials 2011 Version Numbers – link itemizing version numbers¬†for WLE 2011¬†individual applicationprograms
  • WLE¬†2011 requires Vista Sp2, Windows 7, Windows Server 2008 Sp2 R2 or Windows 8 Consumer Preview.
  • WLE¬†2011 can also be installed on Windows 8 Consumer Preview though prior to installation it is¬†highly recommended to¬† first¬†enable .NET 3.5 (includes 2.0, 3.0 and 3.5) in Windows 8 Consumer Preview. To enable¬†.NET 3.5 ¬†see:¬† Installing the .NET Framework 3.5 on Windows 8 Consumer Preview¬†
  • This blog article was written due to the large number of¬†questions (always welcomed)¬†received via E-mail and Instant Messaging regarding the¬†applicability/compatibility of installing WLE 2011¬†as a supplement and/or alternative to the current available Windows 8 Consumer Preview ‘Apps’. Also special thanks to Amber for providing the MSDN¬†Windows 8 .NET 3.5 install link.

Revisions:

March 27, 2012: Original Publish Date

Windows Live Essentials 2011 QFE3 Released

Summary:

Windows Live Essentials 2011 QFE3 was released on March 20, 2012. The QFE3 build version is the fourth update to the Windows Live Essentials 2011 (WLE 2011) suite of programs since initial release.

Links:

Comments:

      • From the Windows Team/Windows Experience Blog

<Quoted Print>
“Today, we released an update for Windows Live Essentials 2011 in all 48 languages.
This minor release includes numerous updates across all of the programs in the Essential package, including Windows Live Messenger, Mail, Photo Gallery, Movie Maker, Family Safety, Writer, and Mesh.” In the coming weeks,
customers on Windows Vista SP2 and Windows 7 will receive a notification prompting them to upgrade to the new version. Since this release contains critical fixes for the Essentials package, in a few months, the update will become required for all eligible customers.”

  • A ‘change log or details of the included updates was not made available by the Windows Live Team or the Windows Team¬†though as in the past ¬†‘under-the-hood’ related changes for stability, reliability, better integration and robustness across the WLE 2011 suite of applications, integration with the cloud (e.g. Hotmail, SkyDrive, connected or available 3rd party social services) and Windows 8 and/or IE10 would be expected.
  • Rudi R (Microsoft Anwsers Forum Moderator) provided some ‘Additional details’ in an unlikely-hard-to-find place (Microsoft Answers/Messenger Forum-April 3, 2012)¬†on the included changes in WLE 2011 QFE3.¬† (Click¬†‘Additional details’ for a snapshot of the Microsoft Answers information).
  • Consistent with past practice no significant changes to useability features are really noticeable¬†though users may notice during signon to Windows Live Messenger an additional option to register your pc as a Trusted PC. (Trusted PC is an account managment tool/Security Proof to aid account recovery/Password Reset). Imo, it would be prudent to understand¬†and use Trusted PC¬†if your pc is a private/not shared¬†pc.
  • The Windows Live Installer is version 15.4.3555.0308

 

Revisions:
March 20, 2012: Original Draft date
March 21, 2012: Original Publish date
March 22, 2012: Updated to include links (Notice, Download and Version Numbers)
April 11, 2012: Updated to include references to QFE3 changes (Microsoft Answers) and ‘Trusted PC’

 

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”

 

Summary:

  • 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)

Notification:

(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

Reference:

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

Reply on July 13th

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Reply on July 26th

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Comments:

  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

Revisions:

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’

Windows Live Profile – Private Message Feature Discontinued

Summary:

  • Effective April 21, 2011 the ‘Private Message’ option on a user’s (Live ID) Windows Live Profile was discontinued
  • Effective May 2011 the Live Profile Private Message stand-alone page will cease to exist

Notification:

Information regarding the discontinuance of this feature and a recommendation to copy existing private messages for archival purposes are visible/accessible from the user’s Live ID Profile.

1. Windows Live Profile (when attempting to send a private message to a contact/friend)

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2. Windows Live Profile Private Message page

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Comments:

  1. As of April 22, 2011 12:00am PST information on the above noted policy change does not appear to be present on the Windows Live Solution Center ‘Live Profile Portal’
  2. This change does not appear to impact the ability for receiving permissioned ‘Comments’ (Who can contact me) to ‘Messenger Social ‘ updates on the user’s Profile
  3. Contact via email, instant message, or invitation is still available provided the Live ID is permissioned accordingly.
  4. This change (removal of Private Messaging in the web user interface) coincides with the removal of the ability to create and/or reply to ‘Notes’ on a Windows Live Profile. For more detailed information on the¬† ‘Notes’ see this related article ‘Windows Live Profile – Notes Discontinued

Revisions:

April 22, 2011: Original Published (draft)

April 23, 2011: Published and updated comments to add link for ‘Windows Live Profile – Noted Discontinued’

Windows Live Profile – Notes Feature Discontinued

Summary:

  • Effective April 21, 2011 the ‘Notes’ option on a user’s (Live ID) Windows Live Profile was discontinued
  • Effective May 2011 the Live Profile Notes stand-alone page will cease to exist

Notification:

Information regarding the discontinuance of this feature and a recommendation to copy existing notes for archival purposes are visible/accessible from the user’s Live ID Profile

1. Live ID Profile Home page

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2. Live ID Profile Notes page

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Comments:

  1. As of April 22, 2011 12:00am PST information on the above noted policy change does not appear to be present on the Windows Live Solution Center ‘Live Profile Portal’
  2. This change does not appear to impact the ability for receiving permissioned ‘Comments’ (Who can contact me) to ‘Messenger Social ‘ updates on the user’s Profile
  3. Contact via email, instant message, or invitation is still available provided the Live ID is permissioned accordingly

Revisions:

April 22, 2011: Original Published Date

Windows Live Essentials 2011 Application Version Numbers

Summary:

  • Version numbers for the Windows Live Essentials 2011 latest release – QFE3 (Mar 20, 2012)
  • Version numbers for the Windows Live Essentials 2011 QFE2 (July 7, 2011)
  • Version numbers for the Windows Live Essentials 2011 ‚Äď QFE1 (Dec 1, 2010)
  • Version numbers for the Windows Live Essentials 2011 Initial release ‚Äď Gold (Sept 30, 2010)

Version Numbers:

  • Windows Live Essentials (QFE3) – Released to the web (RTW) on Mar 20, 2012

¬†1.¬†¬† Windows Live Essentials¬†Installer¬† ‚Äst 15.4.3555.0308

– required to update any Live Essential application

– as of Mar 20, 2012 this version replaces the earlier QFE2 version

2.¬†¬† Windows Live Mail¬† ‚Äst 15.4.3555.0308

3.¬†¬† Windows Live Messenger¬† ‚Äst 15.4.3555.308

4.¬†¬† Windows Live Photo Gallery¬† ‚Äst 15.4.3555.308

5.¬†¬† Windows Live Movie Maker¬† ‚Äst 15.4.3555.0308

6.¬†¬† Windows Live Mesh¬† ‚Äst 15.4.3555.308

7.¬†¬† Windows Live Writer¬† ‚Äst 15.4.3555.308

8.  Windows Live Mesh Active X Control for Remote Connections Р15.4.5722.2

9. Outlook Hotmail Connector* – 14.0.5118.5000 (Outlook updates to 14.0.6106.5001)

10.  Outlook Social Connector Provider for Windows Live Messenger* Р14.0.5120.5000

  * Items (9.) and (10.) are part of the Outlook Connector Pack option in the WLE installer and offered (pre-checked to install) if Outlook is present

  • Windows Live Essentials 2011 (QFE2) – Released to the web (RTW) on July 7, 2011

1.¬†¬† Windows Live Installer¬† ‚Äst 15.4.3538.513¬† (required to update any Live Essential application) – (replaced by above QFE3)

2.¬†¬† Windows Live Mail¬† ‚Äst 15.4.3538.0513
3.¬†¬† Windows Live Messenger¬† ‚Äst 15.4.3538.513
4.¬†¬† Windows Live Photo Gallery¬† ‚Äst 15.4.3538.513
5.¬†¬† Windows Live Movie Maker¬† ‚Äst 15.4.3538.0513
6.¬†¬† Windows Live Mesh¬† ‚Äst 15.4.3538.0513
7.¬†¬† Windows Live Writer¬† ‚Äst 15.4.3538.513
8.¬†¬† Bing Toolbar¬† ‚Äst 7.0.619.0
9.¬†¬† Windows Live Mesh Active X Control for Remote Connections¬† –¬† 15.4.5722.2
10.¬† Outlook Hotmail Connector¬† (32 bit/64 bit)¬† –¬† 14.0.5117.500

Other related or available (but not included)¬†‘social’ applications:
11. Outlook Social Connector (32/64 bit) –¬† 14.0.5130.5000 or later upgrade via Microsoft Update or Office¬†prompt
12. Outlook Social Connector Provider for Windows Live Messenger –¬† 14.0.5120.5000

Notes: (Re: Items 10, 11, 12)
10. Only available via the WLE QFE2 installer if Outlook is installed
– if Outlook is installed the WLE QFE2 installer default will be checked (Yes, install)
11. Not included in WLE QFE2 Installer
– Included with Office 2010 (not installed by default, requires user installation and Outlook)
– Not included in Outlook 03/07 requires download and manual install
– Does not require Outlook Hotmail Connector
12. Not included in WLE QFE2 Installer
РRequires download and manual install
– Can only be installed if Outlook and the Social Connector are already installed
– Once installed requires Live ID setup/connect (Username/PW)
–¬†Does not require Outlook Hotmail Connector

See ‚ÄėAdditional Information‚Äô section below for comments on the Office Hotmail Connector, Social Connector and Social Connector Provider for Windows Live Messenger

  • Windows Live Essentials 2011 (QFE1) – Released to the web (RTW) on Dec 1, 2010

1.¬†¬† Windows Live Installer ‚Äď 15.4.3502.922
2.¬†¬† Windows Live Mail ‚Äď 15.4.3508.1109
3.¬†¬† Windows Live Messenger ‚Äď 15.4.3508.1109
4.¬†¬† Windows Live Photo Gallery ‚Äď 15.4.3508.1109
5.¬†¬† Windows Live Movie Maker ‚Äď 15.4.3508.1109
6.   Windows Live Mesh Р15.4.3502.0922
7.¬†¬† Windows Live Writer ‚Äď 15.4.3508.1109
8.¬†¬† Bing Toolbar ‚Äst 6.3.2322.0
9.   Microsoft Silverlight Р4.0.51204.0 (latest version via Windows Update Dec 2010)
10. Microsoft Outlook Hotmail Connector 14.1 (32 bit) ‚Äď installs as 14.0.5117.5000
11. Microsoft Outlook Hotmail Connector 14.1 (64 bit) ‚Äď installs as 14.0.5118.5000
12. Microsoft Outlook Social Connector (32/64 bit) – 14.0.4761.1000
– 14.0.5120.5000 via KB 2289116 during install
13. Microsoft Outlook Social Connector Provider for Windows Live Messenger – 14.0.5120.5000

  • The ‚ÄėOutlook Hotmail Connector‚Äô is included with the Windows Live Essentials Installer
  • The ‚ÄėOutlook Social Connector‚Äô is not included in the Windows Live Essentials Installer.¬† Version numbers for the ‚ÄėOutlook Social Connector‚Äô¬† are included for reference only.
  • See ‚ÄėAdditional Information‚Äô section below for comments on the Office Hotmail Connector, Social Connector and Social Connector Provider for Windows Live Messenger
  • Windows Live Essentials 2011 (Initial release) – Released to the web(RTW) on Sept 30, 2010

1.¬†¬† Windows Live Installer ‚Äď 15.4.3502.922
2.¬†¬† Windows Live Mail ‚Äď 15.4.3502.0922
3.¬†¬† Windows Live Messenger ‚Äď 15.4.3502.922
4.¬†¬† Windows Live Photo Gallery ‚Äď 15.4.3502.922
5.¬†¬† Windows Live Movie Maker ‚Äď 15.4.3502.0922
6.   Windows Live Mesh Р15.4.3502.0922
7.¬†¬† Windows Live Writer ‚Äď 15.4.3502.922
8.¬†¬† Bing Toolbar ‚Äst 6.3.2322.0
9.   Microsoft Silverlight Р4.0.50917.0 (4.0.51204.0 via Windows Update Dec 2010)
10. Microsoft Outlook Hotmail Connector 14.1 (32 bit) ‚Äď installs as 14.0.5117.5000
11. Microsoft Outlook Hotmail Connector 14.1 (64 bit) ‚Äď installs as 14.0.5118.5000
12. Microsoft Outlook Social Connector (32/64 bit)  Р14.0.4761.1000
– updated to 14.0.5120.5000 during install or via Microsoft Update KB 2289116
13. Microsoft Outlook Social Connector Provider for Windows Live Messenger – 14.0.5120.5000

Additional Information:

  • The Outlook Hotmail Connector can be deselected during the Windows Live Essentials installation process
  • The Outlook Hotmail Connector is only installed by the Windows Live Essentials Installer if Office Outlook 2003/2007/2010 is currently installed
  • The Outlook Social Connector (32 or 64 bit) is included with Office 2010 (32 or 64 bit Office versions).
  • Outlook Social Connector (32 bit)¬† must be installed manually for use with Outlook 2003/2007 and also independent of the Windows Live Essentials Installer
  • The Outlook Social Connector Provider for Windows Live Messenger can only installed if the Outlook Social Connector is currently installed

Revisions:

Oct 15, 2010: Original Draft Date
Dec 8, 2010:  Updated draft version for QFE1 Release and optional application build numbers
Jan 10, 2011: Original Published Date
July 8, 2011: Updated for QFE2 Release

Mar 20, 2012: Updated for QFE3 Release