Since Windows 8, you can log in to your PC using your Windows Live credentials. However, since this is not a local account anymore, “.username” won’t work anymore.

If this format is needed, (e.g. RDP login), use:
MicrosoftAccount\windowslive_account

So if you registered with “you@bluewin.ch”, this would be
MicrosoftAccount\you@bluewin.ch

PS: Yes. you can use your normal E-mail address instead of @hotmail or @outlook, at least that worked 10 year ago

PPS: I’m feeling old now…

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