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How to change the country/region of your Windows Phone 7 Marketplace account
Article ID: 2692008 - View products that this article applies to.
The Marketplace country is determined by the account locale (Country/Region + language) of the User ID associated with the Microsoft account (formerly known as Windows Live ID) used to Sign in.
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If you want to access the Marketplace of a country different from the one associated with your current account, or if you want to switch between catalogs in markets where more than one Marketplace is offered, you must reset your phone and complete setup again by using a different Microsoft account.
IMPORTANT Resetting your phone returns all settings to their default states (factory settings) and keeps the current version of your operating system. A reset will also delete all personal content from the phone. This includes text messages, ringtones, contact groups, and any pictures, music, or videos. Most of this content will be lost and un-restorable except for media files (photos, music, and videos).
To prepare for a reset: Connect your phone to your computer by using the USB cable that was included with your phone, and then use the Zune software or Windows Phone app for Mac to sync your photos, music, and videos. After the reset, you can restore these media files back to your phone.
To change your Microsoft account, reset your phone:
Note After you reset your phone and sign in with a new Microsoft account, you can continue to use your previous Microsoft account for your email.
To learn more about how to reset your phone, and then restore your media content, see the following Microsoft Knowledge Base article:
(http://support.microsoft.com/kb/2606900#reset)Your Windows Phone 7 doesn't work or respond as expected
To set up a secondary Microsoft, Windows Live, or Hotmail account:
If you set up additional Microsoft accounts on your phone, this means that photos in those additional accounts won't be synced to your phone, and you won't be able to use those Microsoft accounts to play Xbox LIVE games or use a Zune Music Pass.
Marketplace country is determined ONLY by the locale of the user ID associated with the sign in account. Marketplace locale is NOT affected by the Country/region setting of the Microsoft account or the Region+language settings on the phone.
The Marketplace account locale also determines:
The account locale consists of a country and a language. For example, the locale for the United States is (United States - English).
Note Some countries may have more than one locale.
The locale of the Marketplace account is determined by one of these methods:
For more information about how to set up Marketplace, see the following Microsoft Knowledge Base article:
(http://support.microsoft.com/kb/2691982/ )How to set up your Windows Phone 7 Marketplace