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Yes, they do. You can lock the lower price so when it auto-renews you save $20. See here One year subscription at $39.99 for the first year with auto-renewal at the then current annual price following year one


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Contrary to what other sites may tell you when Googling around, yes you can cancel your Xbox Live membership renewal without calling customer support. It's actually really tricky with non-obvious links apparently intended to confound and upset. After messing around on the Xbox.com website, you may stumble upon the My Account pages (note: US link). In there ...


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As it currently stands, you must have Gold privileges - either from your account, as part of a Family Pack, or as part of a promotion - to play online. Free (formerly known as Silver) and local accounts cannot otherwise play online. At one point, Microsoft did offer online play to Free/Silver members for select titles, but it was for a limited time, and ...


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The short answer is that the Xbox LIVE service requires an internet connection to work. Wi-Fi itself cannot access the internet, you need a gateway in the home, usually a modem, DSL modem or cable modem. Wi-Fi itself is not an internet connection, but merely a mechanism that the devices in your house can use to talk to one another and to your router/gateway, ...


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I went straight to the source and just e-mailed Xbox Support. I didn't think they would answer, but to my surprise, they did respond (screenshot of email is the best proof i can give) with the invalid characters. There are 8 invalid letters and 3 invalid digits: A E I O U L S N 0 1 5 That leaves them with 18 valid letters and 7 valid digits: B C D ...


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Gamertag is still accessible on an Xbox 360 Go to your Xbox Guide (center button) => Settings => Account Management => Windows Live ID. The Windows Live ID associated with the signed-in Gamertag will show. 1 Gamertag is not on any Xbox 360 Contact Xbox support directly via support.xbox.com/contact. The site will give you an option to chat live or speak ...


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This question explains the differences, so I won't go into that here. On your hard drive you have: game saves game updates system updates downloaded games/content/demos/apps profile information movies/music you've downloaded Xbox Live has your official profile information, which will be downloaded if you switch systems. Assuming you don't have any ...


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Xbox Live accounts are associated with a Windows Live ID (formerly MSN Passport I believe). If you had a Hotmail email account, a MSN/WL Messenger account, or a MSN Passport from some other MSN service prior to the registration of your Xbox Live Gamertag, you probably associated your Xbox Live account with that (now) Windows Live ID. A quick search reveals ...


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Yes, he can either bring his profile with him on a Memory card or USB stick (assuming you both have updated your consoles). I do this regularly when going to a friends house. He could also recover his account onto your Xbox, but that is a bit more of a hassle. Achievements and other online stats are synced in either case (as long as you are connected to ...


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When you select a friend's gamertag and the menu pops up ("Invite to Party", etc.), one of the options near the bottom is "Remove Friend": (Source: http://support.xbox.com/xbox-live/social/chat-managing-friends)


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I'm not sure how to do this on the console, but I know that you can remove friends from xbox.com. Log in using the Windows Live ID associated with your GamerTag, and go to the Friends Center. There is a "Remove" button by each person on your Friends List that you can use to remove them.


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Ok, if you are not connected to xbox live when you earn an achievement that achievement is stored on your local box. If you then go and recover your gamer tag to a new box, the new box (and live.xbox.com) won't show those achievements. To have your achievements unified across all media you need to sign the box that earned them back into xbox live on that ...


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Transferring your account is against Xbox Live's Terms of Use. I bolded the part that is relevant in this situation. 5. Your Service account, associated accounts and accounts from third parties. Only you may use your Service account. You must keep your accounts and passwords confidential and not authorize any third party to access or use the ...


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You can have two different Xbox LIVE accounts on the same Xbox 360 for sure. I've had 4-5 on mine at one time between roommates and such. You can also recover your Xbox LIVE Gamertag to any console at any point. Your account can only be "active and updated" on a SINGLE console at a time. (What this means is that it must be recovered to a console before you ...


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I've been trying to do this for weeks and I set myself a rule that I wouldn't call CS nor cancel my DD. As a UK user the "Automatic Renewal:" status isn't a link: Automatic renewal: <span id="ctl00_ctl00_MainContent_MainContent_AutomaticRenewalStatus">ON</span> It's ridiculously simple to turn it on, but turning it off the same way is ...


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If you go to xbox.com and login you should see your live profile picture displayed in the top right next to your name displayed in the top right-hand corner as seen below. Depending on your browser, you can sometimes right click and save that image. Alternately, you can go to the following URL and find your profile picture: ...


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You can have your profile on two consoles, just go to "recover my gamertag" on the second console. This means that you'll have to do this every time you go home / go to work, but that's the price you pay for not wanting to carry a use stick in your pocket. There are ways (dd) that would probably copy the information, assuming you can find the right file ...


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No, if you purchase a game via the Xbox Live Marketplace, there is no option to get that game on DVD. It's a digital download only. The prices also frequently don't align - especially if you're used to buying used, the game prices are typically marked up significantly to make up for the "convenience factor" of the digital download. Microsoft controls what ...


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The format was changed to http://live.xbox.com/en-US/Profile?gamertag=[Gamertag] So your example would now be: http://live.xbox.com/en-US/Profile?gamertag=Xonatron


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Running the account on different consoles is fine, the only restriction there is that you have to be in the same country. The biggest drawback of a family account, is that only the primary account holder can make purchases against their own billing account. So if you are the primary account holder, your brother will not be able to make purchases on the ...


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In the short term, there isn't much you can do; You could buy a second Gold account, but there's no way to transfer stats or, more importantly, to share downloaded content and games across accounts. Also, it gets kind of pricey. In the long term, MS is looking to solve this problem with the XBox One with the introduction of Home Gold Sharing, but sadly, ...


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You can't use your xbox live account on multiple machines to prevent people sharing accounts. By forcing you to recover your gamertag every time you move to a different machine it greatly discourages people from sharing accounts. This is by design, an enormous pain in the butt, but prevents microsoft from having to detect an account logged on two places ...


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I would suggest buying your son a prepaid card. You do have to remember when it runs out and buy another, but they tend to be $10-15 cheaper than buying the same amount of time through Microsoft directly. It's also much easier to stop being a subscriber, since you just don't add more time to the account - no need to figure out how to stop the automatic ...


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All you need is the game,internet and Xbox live gold membership. To start it, click "Xbox live" in the main menu. - Click custom games or quick match to join someone else's game. Pick the match you want to join and then it will ask you to choose your character. Everyones matches to choose from will be labeled by what level character they are and what ...


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When you recover your gamertag, what you're doing is copying the current status of your gamertag from Microsoft's servers to the console where you're recovering it (your gamerscore and achievements). Often, this will give you the information you wanted to restore, but keep in mind that what you are recovering is your gamerscore and achievements from the ...


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You can not transfer the license of content you purchased to another account. You can, however, set content you've purchased to be accessible by other profiles on another Xbox (possibly what you're already aware of). See here for details: http://support.microsoft.com/kb/963711 And another link I found: ...


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Yes, additional purchased membership time will stack. In addition to the one-year lock-in price currently offered by Microsoft, you can buy scratch cards at pretty much any retailer where games are sold. These can be bought at the current subscription price, and redeemed either now (and stacked with existing time) or sold to your friends later for a teeny ...


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Just found this gem on Reddit, for those living where online automatic renewal cancellation is disabled: First off, thanks to eltacodeldiablo for pointing me in the right direction. A few days ago there was a deal to get 5 months of Xbox live for $5 which is all well and good except that it turned on automatic renewal for your account which is a ...


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Get two memory units (or USB drives if you have the newer XBox360 Slim). Store each profile on one along with any save file you'd like to have available for on both consoles. That's what me and my bf do Also, downloaded content works A) on the console it was downloaded on and B) from the profile who downloaded it. So have your gold membership profile ...


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To be honest I would actually just tell him to set up his own gamertag and profile because one thing you cannot do AFAIK is change the email adress associated with the gamertag so he's going to have problems if he ever has to contact XBox Live support since they will send emails to the address associated with your account in most cases. Due to the way XBox ...



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