Haven’t activated Windows 11? Then you might find yourself locked out of some Microsoft Edge browser settings

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In the event you’re working an unactivated model of Home windows 11 (or Home windows 10), your entry to Microsoft Edge’s settings is likely to be restricted sooner or later. That is already the case on the subject of issues like Personalization settings for Home windows 11 in an unactivated set up, in addition to fixed reminders prompting you to activate the OS.

In the event you don’t thoughts these constraints and plentiful reminders, you may set up and run Home windows 11 and Home windows 10 with out activation without cost.

Nonetheless, it looks as if Microsoft has added a number of flags in testing that enable for blocking sure browser capabilities in an Edge preview construct – for those who’re utilizing Home windows 11 (or Home windows 10) and it’s unactivated. The three flags in query in Edge noticed by Home windows Newest are:

  • msEdgeActivatedStateCheckAndUpdate
  • msEdgeNonActivatedOSTrigger
  • msEdgeLockSettingsInNonActivatedOS

Trying to see the consequences of every of those flags being enabled, Home windows Newest tried working the Edge Canary check construct with one flag enabled at a time. Home windows Newest turned on the ‘msEdgeLockSettingsInNonActivatedOS’ flag efficiently, which resulted in a few of Edge’s settings being locked. Then, when Edge’s settings web page was opened, it displayed a banner that acknowledged:

“We discover your Home windows will not be activated, some customization has been restricted.”

Pushing additional, Home windows Newest explored different elements of Edge settings and likewise found that the ‘When Edge begins’ panel (which permits for configuration of what occurs when the browser launches) was blocked as a result of Home windows 11 not being activated.

An unwise transfer?

That is an attention-grabbing technique that doesn’t completely make sense to me, as a result of as Home windows Newest factors out, the coverage seemingly solely targets Home windows – Edge customers on Mac gadgets and mobiles don’t see this type of interference. That makes me suppose, properly, Microsoft is mulling this transfer just because it will probably, and in order for you Home windows sufficient to put in it, you then need the OS sufficient to tolerate measures like this. 

Contemplating how clearly determined Microsoft is for extra individuals to make use of Edge, having instigated a number of situations of aggressively pushing customers to make Edge their browser of selection, this technique is much more puzzling because it might drive individuals away (having lastly gotten what Microsoft needs, apparently!).

If you wish to proceed utilizing Home windows unactivated, you may simply change to Chrome, Firefox, or one other of the most effective internet browsers that doesn’t have these restrictions. It’s price remembering that this improvement continues to be within the early testing phases, although, and hopefully gained’t make it to the ultimate model rollout – however I wouldn’t put it previous Microsoft. 


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