Windows 11 will soon be closed off to anyone without internet

GEOINTAnalyst

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Windows 11 has been out for about six months now, and while it has required an internet connection for the Home edition since launch, Microsoft left the offline option for Windows 11 Pro, given that it's the version of the operating system used by IT professionals – but those days are ending.
In the latest Windows 11 Preview build, Microsoft notes that Windows 11 Pro now requires an internet connection when you're first setting up your device. Right now, that's where it's left, but Microsoft does note that in the future "you can expect Microsoft Account to be required".
https://www.techradar.com/news/upco...will-force-you-to-have-an-internet-connection
 

Tall Timbers

Imperfect but forgiven
That change might push some corporations to migrate to linux down the road... I've never used the Microsoft file system for data files. I've got my own system and I keep data on a drive separate from the OS. None-the-less, I don't want to login in to my computer(s) with Microsoft account credentials, I just don't... Hopefully there will be a way or ways to bypass the requirement. I've managed to do that with regular windows installs so far, but I thought Microsoft was planning on closing those work arounds...
 

Endangered

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I remember loading a Dos floppy disk when I first cranked up my first computer. No hard drive or CD slot and a whopping 256K memory. And every program was on a floppy. The biggest program I had needed 3 floppies.
It did have a mouse and I added an external CD drive.
That was about 35 years ago. I was a pioneer because I didn't use my typewriter anymore.
And I paid way more for that computer that a fully loaded one today.
Is that reverse inflation?
 

Tall Timbers

Imperfect but forgiven
I remember loading a Dos floppy disk when I first cranked up my first computer. No hard drive or CD slot and a whopping 256K memory. And every program was on a floppy. The biggest program I had needed 3 floppies.
It did have a mouse and I added an external CD drive.
That was about 35 years ago. I was a pioneer because I didn't use my typewriter anymore.
And I paid way more for that computer that a fully loaded one today.
Is that reverse inflation?

My Air Force unit got its first computer back when I was a 1Lt and in charge of Formal School for Raven 2s and 3s. The first time I used it I had somebody telling me what to do. I booted up the computer with the floppy. Then I put in the disk with the word processor, I think it was something like peach tree, but I don't remember for certain. Loaded the word processor, then put in another floppy to store my data file, then proceeded to create an original document over the course of 8 hours. When I was done, I asked my mentor what I needed to do. He said to remove the floppy and shut it down. He didn't realize that I hadn't saved my work and since it was my first time I didn't know I had to and didn't know how. I lost all that work and had to start over the next day.

I soon became the resident computer expert and the Commander commissioned me to create a weekly report for him using database software. I think the software was named dBase, but again, am not sure. Once everything was input I had to sort the data and that took hours. Sometimes after I completed the report the Commander would have additional items he'd want included. I don't think he ever understood the timeline for creating and sorting the data into the final product...
 

Ghoti Ichthus

Pray so they do not serve alone. Ephesians 6:10-20
I remember walking inside a mainframe and changing tubes and configurations :lol
And punched card decks before card sorters :eek
And magnetic tape.
And ginormous disks (2-man lift)
And FORTRAN

Sure wish there was a FORTRAN OS for computers today because the language is simple, efficient, and powerful :tappingfoot
No garbage code to slow stuff down or cause mysterious issues or allow malware to get hidden :tappingfoot
 
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