Windows 11 Pro will also require an internet connection and a Microsoft account to be installed. Microsoft announces it, with the new Pro SKU requirements reminiscent of those introduced last year on Windows 11 Home. In short, it will no longer be possible to bypass the Microsoft account request to install Windows 11 Pro on a new system by choosing to set up a “local account”.
Since the days of Windows 10, Microsoft has been pushing users of their operating systems to use a Microsoft account, and the news on Windows 11 Pro goes precisely in this direction. A novelty that will probably not be particularly appreciated by all those who prefer not to enter sensitive data on their systems, or who try to avoid in every possible way the data collection present in the latest versions of Windows.
Windows 11 Pro will soon be able to be installed only if connected to the internet
“Similar to Windows 11 Home Edition, Windows 11 Pro Edition now requires Internet connectivity only during initial device setup (OOBE),” reads the page where the Windows 11 Insider Preview Build 22557 was announced. “If you choose to configure a device for personal use, Microsoft account will also be required for setup “. The new requirement is currently being tested within the Windows 11 Insider builds and will likely roll out on the Pro SKU in the coming months.
Those who install Windows 11 Pro on their device today can avoid entering the Microsoft account by disconnecting the computer from the internet during installation and setting up a local user account in the operating system. This will no longer be possible when the new features are introduced in stable releases, since the installation can be completed only and exclusively in the presence of an internet connection, by entering a Microsoft account and using the latter to access the operating system. The only way not to enter your account, therefore, could be to enter an alternative one.