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    We are thinking about purchasing a new Windows workstation.  If we do, it will be our first Windows 11Pro PC.

    After reviewing the AskWoody site it appears as if we have three options while setting up Windows 11Pro:

    Using a user account is a nonstarter for us.

    no@thankyou.com is problematic in that the thankyou.com domain is owned by Citibank and is used to support their ThankYou Rewards program.  https://www.thankyou.com/cms/thankyou/

    A review of Citi’s Privacy policy opens the question, does Citi have the right to collect and use our personal information as well as disclosing our personal information as a result of us simply making use of the thankyou.com domain?  And what impact does the use of the no@thankyou.com address have on Citi’s servers?

    Think about it, why not use no@askwoody.com. If enough of us used the AskWoody address it would probably be blocked by Microsoft!

    Is there a downside to using Option 3?  If not, it is probably our best option.

    Your thoughts?

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    • #2644802

      no@thankyou.com is problematic in that the thankyou.com domain is owned by Citibank and is used to support their ThankYou Rewards program.

      That’s a non-issue.  The email address gets immediately kicked as having been used too many times.  Nothing ever gets to thankyou.com.  Citi has nothing to collect.

      Always create a fresh drive image before making system changes/Windows updates; you may need to start over!
      We were all once "Average Users". We all have our own reasons for doing the things that we do with our systems, we don't need anyone's approval, and we don't all have to do the same things.

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    • #2644901

      The simple answer is to go through the OOBE not connected to the internet. Works every time since the only option is a local account. You’ll be prompted to connect wi-fi just decline. Of course, don’t plug in that RJ45 connector!

      Once setup is complete connect and run Windows Update.

      May the Forces of good computing be with you!

      RG

      PowerShell & VBA Rule!
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      • #2646404

        The simple answer is to go through the OOBE not connected to the internet. Works every time since the only option is a local account.

        Windows 10 lets you use a local account if you disconnect from the internet. The latest version of Windows 11, however, will not — if you try the same trick, you’ll just get an error message. Even the Professional version of Windows 11 now requires a Microsoft account.

        How to Set Up Windows 11 Without a Microsoft Account

        • #2646414

          Funny, since I just got done doing that with my brand new MinisForum Venus UM790 Pro.
          I didn’t see any error or warning messages i the process.

          May the Forces of good computing be with you!

          RG

          PowerShell & VBA Rule!
          Computer Specs

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    • #2646401

      I was thinking any old phony email address would do. Am I wrong in that?

      🍻

      Just because you don't know where you are going doesn't mean any road will get you there.
      • #2646405

        It has to be an email address that is locked and already in use on the Microsoft 365 system.  As others have said, you never get to the Citibank domain, it’s totally Microsoft that you are working with at that point as they are attempting to log you into the M365 account.

         

        Susan Bradley Patch Lady/Prudent patcher

      • #2646406

        It has to be a m365 account that has been locked.

        Susan Bradley Patch Lady/Prudent patcher

        • #2646409

          Susan, Are you saying that my Microsoft account which has 3 digital licenses for my 3 Windows 10 machines, through a gmail address is now somehow connected to a 365 account? I’m confused 😉

          Thanks in advance

          Kevin G

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