submitted 3 months ago by [email protected] to c/[email protected]

Image description: Elon Musk & X @elonmusk • 42m Just bought a new PC laptop and it won't let me use it unless I create a Microsoft account, which also means giving their Al access to my computer! This is messed up. There used to be an option to skip signing into or creating a Microsoft account. Are you seeing this too? This is not cool of Microsoft.

(Originally published on mastodon.social: 2024-02-25)

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[-] Agent641 110 points 3 months ago

Just buy the company and change it yourself Elon!

Whats the matter, are you too poor to buy a widdle software company?

[-] SlopppyEngineer 49 points 3 months ago

Elon proceeds to buy Microsoft. One month later an account for a paying subscription with Microsoft is required to set up the laptop.

[-] Breezy 18 points 3 months ago

Microsoft is valued at 3 trillion dollars. Even if we go back to just under a single trillion during covid, elon couldnt afford it. I dont think theres anyone on this planet who could buy half of microsoft, none the less the whole company.

[-] BilboBargains 10 points 3 months ago

Best I can do is a fart in a jar and a copy of Linux.

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[-] Mr_nutter_butter 110 points 3 months ago

You used to be able to look at twitter with out an acount but who killed that?

[-] STOMPYI 10 points 3 months ago


[-] [email protected] 60 points 3 months ago

Someone didn’t buy the pro or above version.

[-] [email protected] 50 points 3 months ago

Even on the Pro edition, on the most recent version it doesn’t have an option up front for a local account.

Apparently the workaround, for now at least, is to try signing in with [email protected] and a random password. It then tells you the account is locked due to incorrect sign in attempts, and gives you an option for a local account.

[-] [email protected] 31 points 3 months ago

If you set it up wothout an internet connection you will not be forced to log in. That workaround has worked for like a decade.

[-] [email protected] 27 points 3 months ago

About a year ago an update came out where even without an internet connection it wouldn’t even let me get past the sign in screen. It just told me to connect to the internet to proceeds or something. Not sure if that’s still a thing or not.

[-] [email protected] 12 points 3 months ago

Last I checked, there was a command prompt method. I think this still works: tomshardware.com/…/install-windows-11-without-mic…

[-] [email protected] 10 points 3 months ago

I used some command prompt to get around it, so I’m not saying it’s impossible. but unless you are decently techy, you will not know to do it.

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[-] [email protected] 9 points 3 months ago

Confirming, in December I didn’t have Wi-Fi drivers and thus couldn’t login to install the Wi-Fi drivers.

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[-] [email protected] 51 points 3 months ago

This dude is just a meme now a 44$ billion meme

[-] [email protected] 34 points 3 months ago

I went to go tell him so, but Twitter is forcing me to make an account. Ugh.

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[-] RememberTheApollo_ 51 points 3 months ago

Just tried to post to Xwitter. It won’t let me use it unless I create a Xwitter account. Which also means letting twitter cookes and algorithms track me across their site and push media at me.

Hypocrite. Doesn’t matter if it’s AI or algorithms, the end result is the same.

[-] [email protected] 16 points 3 months ago* (last edited 3 months ago)

Forget posting, you cant even search or view the replies to a single post without logging in like you could before Musk's takeover

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[-] anon987 32 points 3 months ago

It doesn't give AI access to your computer, I really hope Lemmy users aren't taking Elon's comments at face value now.

[-] AeonFelis 47 points 3 months ago
[-] OlPatchy2Eyes 9 points 3 months ago

Excellent work

[-] psycho_driver 9 points 3 months ago


There are people out there that still believe your phone isn't listening to everything you say and targeting ads based on that, as well.

[-] [email protected] 10 points 3 months ago* (last edited 3 months ago)

Phones aren't listening, that uses too much data.

Reality is a lot more creepy. They don't need to wiretap you.

If you talk to someone about a subject. Google knows you 2 have encountered each other, because Google knows both your locations, even if the GPS is disabled.

And if the other person do a quick search on the subject after you left. Then google can associate you with that user and gives you similar ad results. So it looks like you only thought about it.

But it goes further. Because Google has so much data on everyone, they can predict what you want before you even thought about it. Because like it or not, in a population of 8 billion, you aren't really that unique. There will be at least 10 000 similar people that all react to things the same way. So if they all have this brilliant idea about a subject, then you are bound to have the same idea. So they serve you ads.

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[-] [email protected] 26 points 3 months ago

Crazy fact: when someone bought a car from you second-hand, they didn’t have to register with the car maker and have an account…

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[-] Etterra 26 points 3 months ago

You'd think a tech "genius" would know how to install Linux. I don't even use Linux and I know there's plenty of resources to help you do it.

[-] Anamnesis 11 points 3 months ago

He's too busy for that! He's got to shit post on exTwitter for twelve hours each day.

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[-] [email protected] 25 points 3 months ago

It’s sad that I can’t tell if fake or not fake

[-] metallic_substance 8 points 3 months ago

I couldn't believe it either, but this shit is real from less than 8 hours ago 😬

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[-] [email protected] 24 points 3 months ago

local man who wants to own the internet experiences what that would be like for users, doesn’t like it, learns nothing. more at 11

[-] [email protected] 22 points 3 months ago

You definitely can still do it without a Microsoft account, it’s just not as obvious as before.

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[-] [email protected] 20 points 3 months ago

lol, this fella could fart and someone would post it up on the Internet

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[-] okamiueru 19 points 3 months ago* (last edited 3 months ago)

I just want to thank you for sharing twitter as an image, instead of linking to it. It's amusing how much more usable an image is.

[-] fruitSnackSupreme 17 points 3 months ago

Does he not know how to do a quick search online?

[-] drmeanfeel 25 points 3 months ago

To be fair he's not very tech inclined

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[-] olafurp 17 points 3 months ago

You're allowed to use Linux without setting up an account

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[-] LemmyKnowsBest 16 points 3 months ago* (last edited 3 months ago)

How could one of the very tech gods of the planet Earth not have noticed this until now?

seriously he must be an alien who climbed out from under a rock.

Oh wait. It's probably not even him.

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[-] Bytemeister 15 points 3 months ago* (last edited 3 months ago)

Don't connect the computer to the Internet before you complete setup. If you did already...

Shift F8 during setup OOBE\BYPASSNRO

If that doesn't work, use IPCONFIG /RELEASE to break your Internet connection, then it will relent and let you setup without a Microsoft account.

Edit: it may be Shift F10, try one, if that doesn't work, try the other.

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[-] [email protected] 15 points 3 months ago

Guy who bought corporations and took credit for their ideas doesn’t know how to tool around with Windows on a laptop

[-] psycho_driver 13 points 3 months ago* (last edited 3 months ago)

Oh lord don't let him discover linux. Quick, somebody send him a macbook, pronto!

[-] aln 12 points 3 months ago

Why is giving AI access to your computer a problem, Elon?

[-] Kolrami 11 points 3 months ago

Imagine if the account thing were true, a normal person might think hiding Twitter behind an account would also be obnoxious.

[-] [email protected] 10 points 3 months ago

I actually agree with him for once.

[-] [email protected] 10 points 3 months ago

Just enter “admin” in the textbox for the Microsoft account. You’re welcome. If Elon pass by, thanks to mention it cames from Lemmy.

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[-] [email protected] 10 points 3 months ago

i only just found out this was a thing a few weeks ago, when my partner got a new laptop. i haven’t been living under a rock, but i have been using linux exclusively for around a decade, which may have similar effects.

[-] unreasonabro 10 points 3 months ago

says the man who sells cars with software-gimped features of the people who gave him the idea

[-] Trincapinones 10 points 3 months ago

Yeah! Not cool Microsoft!

It's not like I can't watch anything on Twitter without an account so I can get tracked and now also Nitter is dead! Shame on you Microsoft! Shame on you!

[-] [email protected] 9 points 3 months ago

Because this is the stupid timeline, how long before Elon Musk becomes a huge and vocal open-source nerd and moves all Teslas onto GNU Hurd?

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