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Microsoft offers a function to change the Live ID (the email that registers the Live ID) to another. I wonder if I changed the Live ID, will my friends' that added me to MSN will update their Friend's List (with my new email)?

Also, I linked my Live ID to XBOX Live. Will my XBOX Live Gold Membership be affected?

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You shouldn't need to do anything as all your information should be transferred to your new ID.

Taken from the Change Live ID screen

When you rename your Windows Live ID, your new ID works just like your old one. All of your account information and contacts will automatically transfer to your new ID within 48 hours.

If you are concerned about your Gamer Tag this can also be changed manually. Although I would wait at least 48 hours after changing your Live ID before attempting to move this.

Change the Windows Live ID associated with your gamertag

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