Windows 8.1 upgrade - why am I forced to create and account and provide sensitive data like date of birth?

Hello,

I just upgraded my Windows 8 to Windows 8.1. After the installation I was forced to create an outlook account. I've been asked to provide my date of birth. This is sensitive information I use when contacting my bank to verify my identity, so why am I forced to provide that information? I do not trust any company to hold that kind of data on me. I think this kind of policy should stop and I should have the option to opt out from creating an account. I only have one laptop at home with Windows, I don't use Facebook, I don't use Twitter, I don't share my picture all over the Internet, I don't even want to send my stuff to the cloud as it's not safe and never will be, not even backups. I don't have a smartphone, nor tablet to be online all my life. By the way, if I wanted to access my pictures or documents at work, I am blocked by administrators anyway, so I don't have access to my files where I most need them.

By the way, I don't need YET another email account, I already use 4 non-Microsoft mailboxes, one for work, two free mailboxes and one from my Internet provider. YET another email account to use for companies to send spam.

I hope this will be taken into consideration.
Regards,
Richlion2
 

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Just Wonderful!!! MS has forced me to upgrade my 8.0 to 8.1. As a result I had to create a MS account which I will not use if I have a choice. Secondly, I now have to enter a pass word. Now, if only the computer would boot up correctly. All I get is a flashing light blue and dark blue screen and, occasionally, my desk top for maybe a second or two. As I look at this in retrospect of the three PCs that I purchased during the past six months, why did I take a chance on buying one 8.0 instead of all 7's? ****.
Nobody has forced you to update to 8.1. You could have remained on 8.0 and even received updates until November of 2015. You can remain on 8.0 even after that just without updates.  Hope this helps and if you need further assistance post and we will be glad to assist you.

The above opinion is mine and mine alone and doesn't necessarily reflect that of Microsoft, it's

employees, or any other member of this forum. 

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I was forced to upgrade, because that's what my system did before I managed to login to the system. It DID NOT work the way I expected it to do :

- let me login to the system

- let me choose to upgrade

- tell me what is the process and what I will need to do the upgrade and do I agree.

When I switched my computer on in my case Windows simply said "do not shut down your computer, update is in progress", then it asked me to create an email account. And that is what my subject was about. Read my post carefully before responding.

You weren't forced to create an online account, you just didn't read all the options on the page before you assumed what it was asking.

You could have clicked the "sign-in without a Microsoft Account" at the bottom of the screen.  Since you already skipped it though, you can still switch back by going to PC Settings and clicking the "disconnect" option.  Either way, whether you choose it then or after the fact, nothing is ever forced up on you.

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You weren't forced to create an online account, you just didn't read all the options on the page before you assumed what it was asking.

You could have clicked the "sign-in without a Microsoft Account" at the bottom of the screen.  Since you already skipped it though, you can still switch back by going to PC Settings and clicking the "disconnect" option.  Either way, whether you choose it then or after the fact, nothing is ever forced up on you.

My version didnt offered this option! I was forced to sign in with an existing account or to create a new one. No other options.

You're thinking of the previous screen.  If you said you wanted to 'create a new account', it would have offered you the choice (seen above) of making a local or a Microsoft account.  I guess you decided to sign-in to an existing account instead.  If you want to reverse that choice, you can just go to the PC Settings under accounts and click "disconnect".  Nothing is ever forced on you, even if you made the wrong choice before you can always undo it.
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Nope, I tried every option and looked very carefully. My Version didn't offer this option! 

I decided to create a new account and filled it with fake data and a password I didnt memorize because I wasn't told and didn't thought I would need to know it later.

Now I am stuck to the login screen.

Because the update deleted my old local account data.

Forced to know a password Microsoft wont tell me for security reasons.

Sorry you missed reading that part.

If you have another account on the computer, you can use it to change your password.  See here: http://cmdrkeene.com/reset-forgotten-windows-password

If you don't know the password you picked, you need to erase your computer to "factory settings" and start over again.  You can do this using the backup disc the computer came with, or you can contact the company that built it to get a new backup disc to use.

Next time, you can either skip making a password entirely, or just make one that you remember.

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If you have another account on the computer, you can use it to change your password.  See here:

Already tried that, doesnt work at this point:

"At the login screen, click the arrow icon and select the Administrator account."

No arrow to click anywhere. :(

Thanks Cmdr for trying to help me.

If you don't know the password you picked, you need to erase your computer to "factory settings" and start over again.


I would loose all my data this way!

Thanks god I didn't trust Windows and still use my 7 year old iMac for work and important files.

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