goodbye to local accounts

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Microsoft has been persecuting us for some time with a rather annoying refrain: that of having to use a Microsoft account to use Windows. It already did it with Windows 10, but there was a simple trick: not having the PC or laptop connected to the network, which allowed you to create a local account like always. It was also possible to create it retrospectively.

In Redmond they have been making it more and more difficult, and for example it was not possible to do something like this with Windows 11 Home. Now it will not be possible to do it with Windows 11 Pro either, which will effectively be officially impossible use this operating system with a local account.

Why is the Microsoft account required to use Windows?

The reason is twofold: on the one hand, Microsoft makes more money thanks to that association of our Microsoft account to Windows. That account is our passport to purchase applications in the Microsoft Store or subscriptions to Microsoft 365 or OneDrive (which are preinstalled and run by default on each boot, even if we don’t use it).

It is not an isolated practice. Apple does the same: if you want to install applications on macOS from its App Store, you can only do so by signing in: it doesn’t matter that you don’t have to pay for those applications because they are free: Apple wants to know what you install, something strange considering that it proclaims itself as a champion of our privacy. Of course, Apple lets you use your operating system with local accounts.

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The second reason is that with that identification of each user Microsoft collects valuable information about our activity with the PC. It is true that the Redmond company is not comparable to Facebook in this: there have been protests and criticism for its telemetry, but as far as we know, although Microsoft collects data, they do it less aggressively. That is not to say, we insist, that his many tactics have not generated debate and concern.

The announcement of this requirement is hidden between the news of the Windows 11 Insider Preview Build 22557, a preliminary version whose features will eventually reach the stable versions of Windows 11 Home and Windows 11 Pro.

As they explain in that short paragraph, “Like Windows 11 Home edition, Windows 11 Pro edition now requires Internet connectivity only during initial device setup (OOBE). If you decide to set up your device for personal use, The MSA (MicroSoft Account) will also be required for setup.” The announcement is clear: we can say goodbye to local accounts in Windows.

Microsoft has been persecuting us for some time with a rather annoying refrain: that of having to use a Microsoft…

Microsoft has been persecuting us for some time with a rather annoying refrain: that of having to use a Microsoft…

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