In Windows 7 and earlier, we only had local user accounts. Then, starting with Windows 10, Microsoft introduced the concept of signing in with a Microsoft account.
With a Microsoft account, you can sync your settings between PCs, buy apps and games from the Store, find and wipe stolen Windows devices, and more.
With Windows 11 just around the corner, PC users are wondering if a Microsoft account is required to install or upgrade Windows 11 to Windows 11.
Is a Microsoft account required to install Windows 11?
According to the official system requirements page, Windows 11 Home edition users need a Microsoft account to set up the device for the first time. So yes, you do need a Microsoft account if you install Windows 11 Home Edition. However, this is not a requirement for other editions, such as the Pro and Educational editions.
In Windows 11 Home edition, all you need is a Microsoft account to configure the device. After you set up the device, you can create a local account or migrate your Microsoft account to a local account and start enjoying Windows 11 without a Microsoft account. That said, you need a Microsoft account to use some features. For example, if you want to sync multiple settings on your Windows 11 PCs, you’ll need to sign in with a Microsoft account.
When you sign in to Windows 11 with a Microsoft account, you can track, lock, or wipe a lost or stolen Windows 11 device.
Do I need a Microsoft account to upgrade to Windows 11?
When you upgrade your Windows 10 Home edition to Windows 11, you will automatically get Windows 11 Home edition. According to Microsoft, Windows 11 Home edition users will need a Microsoft account to configure the device. So if you’re on the Home edition, you’ll need a Microsoft account.
What if I do not have a Microsoft account?
You don’t have to pay a cent to create a Microsoft account. It is free! Just go to this Microsoft page and create one by providing basic information about yourself.
Can I use a Google account to sign in to Windows 11?
You can’t directly use a Google account to sign in to Windows 11, but you can use your Google or Gmail email address to create a Microsoft account and then use it to sign in to Windows 11.
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