According to the latest information from Windows, version 22H2 of Windows 11 will force this process. Without an Internet connection, the operating system simply cannot be installed on your machine.
On the Home version, Windows 11 already requires the use of a Microsoft account. When the user installs the OS for the first time, he must be connected to the Internet to enter his email address. Unable to use a local account, as was the case for Windows 10.
This brings advantages, such as OneDrive (very practical when using several terminals) or an automatic connection to Microsoft software, namely the Xbox application or Outlook. However, not everyone wants to have an online account to use Windows 11. Users have always managed to find tricks to have a local account, such as not having internet during installation or deleting their Microsoft account after launched the OS for the first time. However, Microsoft takes great care to remove these alternatives.
It will therefore be necessary to have a Microsoft account to use the Microsoft tool. This may surprise some users, but it actually makes sense. Google, Apple… all major tech companies now require an online ID. A way to make life more convenient for the user, but also to facilitate the use of data and strengthen security.
For now, the Microsoft account requirement only seems to apply to new installs. What about Windows 11 Pro users who use a local account today? Will they have to create online accounts? We’ll have to wait to find out. As a reminder, this big 22H2 update should land during the month of October on all versions of the OS.
Microsoft continues to experience difficulties in the distribution of the new Windows 11 operating system. This is proven by the new statistics from AdDuplex. As of April 26, 2022, Windows 11 Stable was installed on 19.7% of Microsoft PCs worldwide, an increase of just 0.3% from March results.
The share of Win 11 Insider test builds in April was 0.7%, while it was 0.6% in March. So, the total part of Windows 11 is now 20.4%. The growth of Windows 11 has come to a complete halt, and the lack of growth of a fresh OS has not been seen by Microsoft for several years.