started to roll out in October and brings a and , including , easy and . Microsoft has included some Mac-like features and the ability to .
But there are some pitfalls in downloading the new operating system. To start,. And before downloading you will need a . However, users can (here is first to be able to download Windows 11). But if you’re setting up a Windows 11 Home account – which most people who use it on a personal device will be – you’ll need to take a few more steps before you access the new features.
We’ll go through everything you need to know before you download Windows 11, including to ensure you meet the new requirements. And here’s what to know if you’re thinking about . This story was recently updated.
Create a Microsoft account (or sign in to yours)
To set up Windows 11 Home, you will need a Microsoft account, which gives you access to Microsoft products and services. Don’t worry, you can create one for free.
In the past, it was possible to opt out of creating a Microsoft account and using a local one instead (although the process was not intuitive). It looks like with Windows 11 you will need to create a Microsoft account to get started. After this point, you can delete your Microsoft account and sign in with a local account if you want, and it will not impact how you use the operating system, but you will not be able to sync the content on multiple devices. A Microsoft account also allows for easier transfer from your old PC to a new one, and more sign-in options.
Windows 11 Pro and the version designed for business use will not require users to sign in to Microsoft accounts.
Here’s how to create a free Microsoft account when deploying Windows 11:
1. Go to account.microsoft.com, and click Login.
2. Faucet Create a to create a new account. (If you already have an account, you can sign in here.)
3. Enter your e-mail adress. Or, if you’d rather create a new email address through Microsoft (which will appear as @ outlook.com), click Get new email address, type whatever you want, and then click Next.
4. Create a password and click Following.
5. Enter your country / region and date of birth, then click Following.
6. Check your email for a verification code, and click Following.
Connect to the internet
To download Windows 11 Home (and to create a Microsoft account), you must also be connected to the Internet. The reason for this is that Windows 11 will mostly ship as a Windows update, much likehas been.
You will also need the internet for future updates and to enjoy some of the news., according to Microsoft.
This requirement can be a problem for those who do not have easy internet access. However, after signing in for the initial setup, you don’t have to sign in again if you don’t want to (although you will need to get important security updates that prevent vulnerabilities).
If you are downloading Windows 11 on your current computer, just make sure you are connected to the internet before starting the process. If you buy a new Windows 11 computer after the general release of the operating system, you should be prompted to connect to the Internet when you set it up.
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