Account requirement: Windows 11 Pro requires a Microsoft account.

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Microsoft is tightening account requirements again: after Windows 11 Home for Windows 11 Professional, which previously could be installed with an offline account, a Microsoft account will also be required for a fresh installation.

Account and network requirements for Windows 11 Pro

How does Microsoft Release Notes announced for Windows 11 Insider Preview Build 22557 under Other Changes, the company will once again tighten up account compliance controls and also extend it to the Windows 11 Professional installation process.

Similar to the Windows 11 Home edition, the Windows 11 Pro edition now only requires an internet connection during initial device setup (OOBE). If you choose to set up the device for personal use, the MSA will also be required for set up.


This means that in the future, reinstalling Windows 11 Pro will require not only an Internet connection, but also a Microsoft account. Previously, Windows 11 Pro could also be installed and used offline and without a Microsoft account.

Windows 11 Pro caught up with Windows 11 Home

Explicit account and online commitment during installation, which can be bypassed with a workaround, previously only existed for Windows 11 Home.

Windows 11 Home Edition requires an Internet connection and a Microsoft account to complete device setup on first use.


Microsoft would like to improve this in the future, as well as delight Windows 11 Pro users with an account and online requirements.

This was first reported by journalist Tom Warren from the website edge through the Twitter short message service.

Insider Preview ISOs Already Affected

The account requirement is expected to be introduced with the Fall 2022 Update, also known as Windows 11 22H2, and is already affecting new installs of the Windows 11 Insider Preview on the Beta Dev channel.

You can expect a Microsoft account to be required for subsequent WIP builds.


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