Microsoft is making it more difficult for new users to install Windows 11

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Microsoft account or no Microsoft account

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Microsoft has began requiring Windows 11 Pro customers to have a Microsoft account and have an active internet connection when downloading the OS in the latest Windows 11 release, adding even another hurdle to installation.

Microsoft has been warning us about this imminent necessity for Windows 11 Pro customers since February, as part of Windows Insider Build 22616, which you can register for updates presently in development. It has, however, come too soon, as only Windows 11 Enterprise customers will be able to install it without an internet connection or a Microsoft account.

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While there are numerous benefits to having a Microsoft account, including the chance to currently play Fortnite online for free, there is an obvious disadvantage to installing Windows 11 Pro and Home.

You’re now need to sign into your account and provide Microsoft your personal information before you can even start using your computer, and it’s not simply because you’ll need a stable internet connection to finish the procedure.

Another adoption setback, according to the analysis

There is still hope for people who want to upgrade or install Windows 11 Pro without a Microsoft account. Since the release of Build 22616, users have noticed that if you sign in to your Microsoft account with false credentials, you will receive an error message and the opportunity to click the ‘Next’ button, which would move you to the next phase of the installation process.

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Along with the modified installation requirements, Microsoft has added a new controller bar feature for Xbox controllers that puts your most recently played games a button push away.

According to recent AdDuplex data, which show which builds of Windows 10 and 11 customers are running, Windows 11 adoption has slowed to a crawl. Microsoft’s choice to add further impediments to the installation procedure, which could discourage potential customers from upgrading, appears perplexing.

Along with the infamous TMP 2.0 requirement that is keeping millions of potential users locked into Windows 10, it’s beginning to feel more like Microsoft doesn’t want its current users to upgrade to its latest and supposedly greatest operating system, as this is making upgrades more difficult, not easier, as you might expect.

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Windows 11 appears to have a lower adoption rate than Windows XP.

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