Thursday, June 24th 2021

Microsoft Account and Internet Connection Mandatory for Windows 11 Home Setup

Windows 11 Home setup will require you to have a Microsoft account and a working Internet connection handy. "Windows 11 Home edition requires internet connectivity and a Microsoft Account to complete device setup on first use," lists Microsoft as part of the operating system's requirements. In addition, all editions of Windows 11 will require Internet connection to receive updates, and a Microsoft Account for some tasks. "For all Windows 11 editions, internet access is required to perform updates and to download and take advantage of some features. A Microsoft account is required for some features," it adds. The requirement for Internet makes sense as Microsoft will be using Windows Update as the main medium of distributing Windows 11. It will be offered as a free upgrade for existing Windows 10 users.
Source: The Verge
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150 Comments on Microsoft Account and Internet Connection Mandatory for Windows 11 Home Setup

#2
Octopuss
What the colossal fuck?
Hell will sooner freeze than me using Microsoft account.
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#3
zmeul
the writing was on the wall

since recent builds of W10 Home, if you connected to the internet instead of skipping connecting you could not continue without a MS account - had to go outside the building to escape the WiFi coverage because you do not have a back button
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#4
TumbleGeorge
This is not operational system but remote control on chipped slavesusers :D
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#5
KarymidoN
Windows as a Service and desktop ads are really coming.
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#6
iO
In the leaked ISO you can just Alt+F4 the prompt to phone home and then install with a local account. Let's hope this works in the final release too. Or wait till there's some other workaround...
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#7
Frank_100
Now would be a good time for IBM to push Red-hat and Fedora. All they really need to do is give Wine the IBM treatment so the code is bullet proof.
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#8
dorsetknob
"YOUR RMA REQUEST IS CON-REFUSED"
TumbleGeorgeThis is not operational system but remote control on chipped slavesusers :D
More of a Cloud based DUMB TERMINAL.............So 80's Retro
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#9
Operandi
Frank_100Now would be a good time for IBM to push Red-hat and Fedora. All they really need to do is give Wine the IBM treatment so the code is bullet proof.
IBM treatment........ yeah, bulletproof yeah but you also forgot decrepit, hard to use, and confusing AF documentation. Also IBM gives zeo Fs about the consumer space.
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#10
sam_86314
I'm certain people will find ways around this.

I've made a tweaked Windows 10 ISO for my own personal use that completely skips the OOBE setup and goes straight to the desktop after the initial restart. The local account is premade and even some programs I use regularly are preinstalled.
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#11
Frick
Fishfaced Nincompoop
OctopussWhat the colossal fuck?
Hell will sooner freeze than me using Microsoft account.
"for some features", "for some tasks".

You know, just like now.
Frank_100Now would be a good time for IBM to push Red-hat and Fedora. All they really need to do is give Wine the IBM treatment so the code is bullet proof.
That ship sailed in the early 90's man.
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#12
AusWolf
Internet connection to download updates and drivers... ok. But a Microsoft account? Wtf?
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#13
Alan Finotty
It won't be long before they find a way to get around such a requirement.
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#15
64K
It's MS way of saying F U. I'm pretty sure you have to have a MS account to install MS Office even if you get the regular version and not Office 365. There's no reason to require a customer to do this. Oh the joy of signing up for yet another account that you shouldn't need /s
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#16
Wirko
So, Microsoft has the mainframe, and home users are getting X11 graphical terminals.
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#17
MentalAcetylide
And when Windows 12 comes out, part of the registration process will involve having a boot rammed up your Hershey hole at a depth reaching to, but not exceeding, the ascending colon. Individual pain & suffering may vary. For the pro version, the boot used in the registration process will be coated liberally with pepper spray. Do we really want to know what the enterprise version entails or entrails?
Heh, whoever would've thought that it would eventually come to having a boot up one's ass just to boot up a computer?

I seriously hope they start writing more software for other operating systems so people have more choices. This nonsense with Microsoft is just getting out of hand. Next thing you know, we won't be able to start our car, truck, or use a microwave to heat something up without a Microsoft account. The way of the future seems to be when Microsoft has issues, not even toilets will flush until they fix it. But then again, who needs a toilet when they have a boot wedged up their pipe... :shadedshu:
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#18
lynx29
I wonder if my Windows 10 Pro N key will have much more freedom than other versions of Windows 11... it should, since it the has N in it, which is the European protection stuff.

LOL i just used the check if you can upgrade to windows 11 tool M$ put out. says my gtx 1070 laptop can't upgrade to windows 11.

sounds good me to M$.

I just hope Linux keeps getting better for gaming, would love to say goodbye to you M$ and when that day comes I will say don't let the door hit you on the way out. mmm yummy. heck maybe I will I just go do indie games only for awhile and just go to Linux now. would be lovely :)
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#19
Lycanwolfen
LOL what did I say in another comment. Told ya so. Have to have MS account no more local accounts which means they can track you.
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#20
lynx29
LycanwolfenLOL what did I say in another comment. Told ya so. Have to have MS account no more local accounts which means they can track you.
pretty sure they can track everything anyway with all the hidden telemetry and such. but yeah... lol... I'll pass on Win 11. I'm seriously considering Linux. i'm honestly just fine with playing indie games so yeah i think i might do that tonight. have a good one M$ lol
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#21
AsRock
TPU addict
64KIt's MS way of saying F U. I'm pretty sure you have to have a MS account to install MS Office even if you get the regular version and not Office 365. There's no reason to require a customer to do this. Oh the joy of signing up for yet another account that you shouldn't need /s
Of course there is, they want your data on you.
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#22
BSim500
This is exactly the kind of BS that will "feature drift" over time though. From W10 Home (1903) if you connected to the net (during setup) you had to make an account, so the workaround was to disconnect during setup. Now we see for W11 Home (2021) = no workaround, Internet + account or it won't install. I bet by 2023-2025 we'll see the same thing expanded to Pro / all non-Enterprise, non-Education editions. "Not activated via your organization's KMS server? MS Account compulsory. Period." is exactly where this will end.
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#23
Wirko
What happens if you do install Windows 10 with an account created just for this purpose, then burn the account?
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#24
Bones
And some of you just coudn't understand why I hate and refuse to run Win 10.

I saw this coming a long time ago, they've already been doing this with things like Xbox to forcefully tether you to them so they can watch whatever you do. It's true every OS has some form of telemetry but the way MS does it is beyond "Heavy-Handed" and in truth it's intrusive.

To the point I had an Xbox One not too long ago I bought used and when I discovered it was going to force me to sign up for a MS account just to use it, online OR offline, I ditched it. Never really used it at all and it was a very nice looking unit too, had the extra controller, external cooling fan add-on and all else but MS trying to force it's way into my business is just out of bounds so it had to go.

It's the same with my PC, I don't need MS sticking it's nose into absolutely every bit of my biz because I can promise you they will never let you in on their biz so they can just butt-out of mine.
But of course they "Feel" entitled because they are MS and the terms of this are already making anything past Win 7 for me right out.

For those asking about suggestions for Linux, Mint or Peppermint both are fine for a "Very close to Windows" experience but know Mint sometimes has issues with the newer/newest AMD GPU's, it would not run my Radeon VII properly but Peppermint 10 did without complaint.
However since the developer of Peppermint 10 passed away early last year development of PM11 has been slow and some are even saying it may not be. ATM it works fine, using it right now with no issues at all.
Thanks but no thanks MS, I'll once again pass on Windows, probrably forever at this rate.
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#25
mechtech
.................there's always a catch.........................

edit - I can see the EU having a field day with the 'mandatory internet connection'
probably won't fly in Europe
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