Windows 11 takes the bold step of requiring all users to sign in with a Microsoft account
With Windows 11, Microsoft is finally bringing in a rule that has been years in the making. With Windows 11 Home, Microsoft forces users to sign in to a Microsoft account. If you don’t already have one, you’ll need to create one as part of the installation process.
While Windows 11 Pro users can avoid this new requirement and set up the desktop OS with a local account. Windows 11 Home requires everyone to use an online account. It is possible to create a local account once your operating system is up and running. But the requirement to use a Microsoft account during initial setup means your model numbers and other hardware identifying information have already been sent to the US tech giant.
Old Windows users won’t be too shocked by the latest requirement.
After all, the Redmond-based company is pushing more and more users to its online accounts. With a recent Windows 10 update, users accused Microsoft of hiding the “Use Offline Account” option in the setup, forcing users to use a Microsoft account to create their Windows profile, rather than a local account. .
Furious on Reddit, a disgruntled Windows user wrote: “I always install Windows 10 without being connected to the internet. It’s so annoying how much of a mess they made of Windows 10 when you do fresh installs. They had the annoying Cortana at 67% volume, they try so hard to force the online account, and then be connected to the internet once you reach the desktop, forces the ads and stuff into the start menu.”
With the move to Windows 11, Microsoft no longer seems to provide a way to get around the requirement to use a Microsoft account.
It’ll be interesting to see if Microsoft gets into why it likes to give those who pay for the installation of Windows 11 Pro, which is typically found on high-end desktop PCs, laptops, and enterprise hardware, the ability to work without a computer. active internet connection while those on Windows 11 Home, which will be used by more users worldwide, are required to sign in or create a Microsoft account.
Microsoft unveiled Windows 11 at an event streamed from its headquarters last month. The all-new desktop OS has an almost unrecognizable start menu, performance boost for gamers and access to the Xbox library via Game Pass, interactive widgets and a dizzying number of new layouts to juggle multiple applications on the screen. There are also new themes and deep integration with Microsoft Teams.
All in all, a big upgrade. And best of all, Microsoft has confirmed that it will be completely free for anyone currently using Windows 10. And of course, if you still have Windows 7 or Windows 8 on your computer, there’s still time to upgrade to Windows 10 for free (and thus get the jump to Windows 11).
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