Microsoft is now requiring new Windows 11 customers to set up a Microsoft account and have an active internet connection to install the OS…
Microsoft undoubtedly produces the most used PC operating system on the planet, Windows. In fact, it’s estimated to run on at least 400 million machines around the globe and might even be installed on one billion. So, it’s unsurprising that the software behemoth sets the rules when it comes to what is and what isn’t acceptable for installing and using desktop and laptop OSs. Trouble is, Microsoft just made it more difficult to upgrade to Windows 11.
Windows 11 Now Requires Pro Users to Set Up a Microsoft Account and have an Active Internet Connection
Microsoft has introduced some new requirements as part of Windows Insider Build 22616. These requirements include setting up a Microsoft account and having an active internet connection. Of course, prior to this change, people could simply upgrade to the latest version of the OS, without needing either a Microsoft account or an active internet connection.
While there are certainly some good reasons for necessitating such things, like the ability to play one or more games for free, this presents more of a downside for end users. Now, they’ll have to either remember their Microsoft account credentials or create a new profile. Plus, have an internet connection ready to go.