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(Phone Arena)   Microsoft is requiring a phone number to install the latest build of Windows 10   ( phonearena.com) divider line
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2018-01-02 06:19:05 PM  
I'm wondering if MS laid off their PR department.  Because they sure as hell come up with some seriously flawed bits of code.

If I'm not linking Chrome or Firefox on my PC to my phone.  Why would I want to link my entire OS?
 
2018-01-02 07:05:46 PM  
Site got blocked for me by a malvertising filter.
 
2018-01-02 07:10:05 PM  
Google Voice FTW
 
2018-01-02 07:53:16 PM  
You want a phone number? I can get you a phone number.
 
2018-01-02 07:54:10 PM  
I get that with my hotmail saying I need to finish signing up or some bullshiat. It hasn't forced me yet. MS is still evil.
 
2018-01-02 07:54:43 PM  
"That's odd, Bill.... some guy at 867-5309 has over 11,000 PCs".
 
2018-01-02 08:02:40 PM  

sunderland56: "That's odd, Bill.... some guy at 867-5309 has over 11,000 PCs".


"Some guy?" "Yea, let me see. Someone named Tommy Twotone."
 
2018-01-02 08:03:47 PM  

sunderland56: "That's odd, Bill.... some guy chick at 867-5309 has over 11,000 PCs".



FTFY
 
2018-01-02 08:06:02 PM  
Earlier versions allowed Windows 10 users to skip this action if the user so desired. As it turns out, invisible buttons is a known issue with this build. This means that there could be a skip button that users just can't see. But for the moment, we have no idea if this is actually the case. So assuming that Microsoft just wants to obtain your phone number so that it can promote its apps for your Android phone, remember that this is strictly an insider build.

Lets see if it appears on the actual release shall we?
 
2018-01-02 08:07:38 PM  
I don't envy the person with the number 222-222-2222
 
2018-01-02 08:11:20 PM  
And if you don't have a smartphone, what then?
 
2018-01-02 08:14:20 PM  
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2018-01-02 08:27:04 PM  

Bathia_Mapes: And if you don't have a smartphone, what then?


...drink up, me 'earties, yo ho....
 
2018-01-02 08:30:40 PM  

Bathia_Mapes: And if you don't have a smartphone, what then?


You're poor, so you go back to using that gateway hand-me-down running xp.
 
2018-01-02 08:31:05 PM  
I linked my phone with my Arch Linux desktop for on-screen phone notifications on my TV.  It didn't require my phone number and it required some sort of encryption to be set up.  Windows 10 sounds like it's set up in the opposite manner.

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2018-01-02 08:32:05 PM  
My solution: (random area code)  382-5968
 
2018-01-02 08:45:55 PM  
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2018-01-02 08:47:26 PM  
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2018-01-02 08:49:05 PM  
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2018-01-02 08:50:42 PM  
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2018-01-02 08:55:31 PM  
More Windows 10 FUD. It's an insider build, the "skip" button might be obscured by a glitch (a known issue), and it has a while before general release. This is the point of Insider builds; To work out the bugs, glitches, and problems.

Let's not all running around crying about the falling sky until this shows up in public version of Windows, hmm?
 
2018-01-02 08:56:51 PM  
New York, Pennsylvania 6-5000
 
2018-01-02 08:59:49 PM  
My ole standby is the local Time & Temp number, or a test number for a local CO.
 
2018-01-02 09:09:53 PM  
1-888-CALL FCC (225-5322)

...ask for Ajit
 
2018-01-02 09:11:16 PM  
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2018-01-02 09:21:20 PM  
I got the freebie update to Win 10 from 8. Had a nasty power outage and couldn't get the PC to reboot so had to reinstall. Now I get an Activate Windows nag screen that won't go away but there's seemingly no way to do this because it asks for a key that was never given. Anyone else go through this BS?
 
2018-01-02 09:28:32 PM  

mudpants: [s15-us2.ixquick.com image 767x542]


Sunava... So that's the reason.
 
2018-01-02 09:28:36 PM  

Carter Pewterschmidt: Earlier versions allowed Windows 10 users to skip this action if the user so desired. As it turns out, invisible buttons is a known issue with this build. This means that there could be a skip button that users just can't see. But for the moment, we have no idea if this is actually the case. So assuming that Microsoft just wants to obtain your phone number so that it can promote its apps for your Android phone, remember that this is strictly an insider build.

Lets see if it appears on the actual release shall we?


Five of the eight possible OOBE screens from the released-in-November public Fall Creator's Edition still don't fully work right.  Microsoft does not care whether users can actually get to the desktop.
 
2018-01-02 09:43:22 PM  
Use the FBI HQ's number.

For a good time, for a good time calllll...
 
2018-01-02 09:46:29 PM  

WilderKWight: More Windows 10 FUD. It's an insider build, the "skip" button might be obscured by a glitch (a known issue), and it has a while before general release. This is the point of Insider builds; To work out the bugs, glitches, and problems.


I submitted another thread titled "Microsoft is !requiring a phone number to install the latest build of Windows 10"

You know, the classic 'two opposing headlines' gamut

... But I wasn't aware that Fark ate punctuation in the entire headline (I thought it only ate them at the end), so the other link ended up with exact same headline.

So now all we're left with is this thread, and my first green-light of the year is ruined, RUINED!

// the other one was from a crappy source anyway
 
2018-01-02 10:39:25 PM  

hashtag.acronym: I linked my phone with my Arch Linux desktop for on-screen phone notifications on my TV.  It didn't require my phone number and it required some sort of encryption to be set up.  Windows 10 sounds like it's set up in the opposite manner.

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2018-01-02 10:42:10 PM  
It's not required, just an additional linking your phone bit you can skip in the latest build.

/Skippy do day
//people need to farking read
/// for the trifecta
 
2018-01-02 10:43:58 PM  
OMFG. Why should a software company require my phone number?

Wait, it's the operating system company?

Not the guys who call me twice a week with Indian accents, assuring me they're from, "The Microsoft Company?"

Dot dot. Dot dot dot.
 
2018-01-02 11:38:37 PM  

WinterMuteAu: It's not required, just an additional linking your phone bit you can skip in the latest build.


In the build mentioned in TFA, the 'skip' button is hidden/missing due to a bug.

"There is no "Skip" button" ... "As it turns out, invisible buttons is a known issue with this build. This means that there could be a skip button that users just can't see."

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Yes, yes they do ... ಠ_ಠ
 
2018-01-02 11:45:51 PM  
^ fark choked on it's own HTML, SMH
 
2018-01-02 11:46:40 PM  

doosh: I got the freebie update to Win 10 from 8. Had a nasty power outage and couldn't get the PC to reboot so had to reinstall. Now I get an Activate Windows nag screen that won't go away but there's seemingly no way to do this because it asks for a key that was never given. Anyone else go through this BS?


I *think* you are saying you are re-installing Windows 10, but in case not...

Windows 8 will ask for a key. Windows 10 "knows" your PC has been activated and has no keys.
 
2018-01-03 12:00:38 AM  

doosh: I got the freebie update to Win 10 from 8. Had a nasty power outage and couldn't get the PC to reboot so had to reinstall. Now I get an Activate Windows nag screen that won't go away but there's seemingly no way to do this because it asks for a key that was never given. Anyone else go through this BS?


It wants your old Windows 8 key.
 
2018-01-03 12:54:52 AM  

lordargent: In the build mentioned in TFA, the 'skip' button is hidden/missing due to a bug.


Well I was commenting on the actual latest full release build downloaded and installed twice on 2 separate reformatted pc's here in the last few days, and the skip button was there fine.

Insiders builds are known to have issues and bugs, since they are not full proper release versions. Gave up on those a year ago, too much downloading
 
2018-01-03 12:59:40 AM  

Bathia_Mapes: And if you don't have a smartphone, what then?


I hate to say it, but when my 90+ year old grandmother has a cell phone, I think it's safe to say no one is without one.
 
2018-01-03 01:14:22 AM  
It would seem that MS really doesn't want anyone using Win 10.  This certainly reduces the already near zero chance that I or any of my clients will install it.
 
2018-01-03 02:52:44 AM  

doomjesse: Bathia_Mapes: And if you don't have a smartphone, what then?

I hate to say it, but when my 90+ year old grandmother has a cell phone, I think it's safe to say no one is without one.


Oh, I have a cell phone, just not a smartphone. I barely talk/text 10 minutes a month so a prepaid works better for me than a smartphone with a data plan.
 
2018-01-03 05:48:58 AM  

solve4x: I don't envy the person with the number 222-222-2222


"I want a really easy phone number. Like 222-2222. Mitch how do we get a hold of you? Just press 2 for a while!"
-Mitch Hedberg
 
2018-01-03 08:01:13 AM  

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Ha!  My house is on property that used to be part of Junior's family's farm.

/Found buried trash in my woods...really old stuff, including a license plate from 1934.  Thanks, Samples family.
 
2018-01-03 08:18:01 AM  
Perhaps having a Windows 10 phone confers some sort of immunity...
 
2018-01-03 08:21:11 AM  

Bathia_Mapes: doomjesse: Bathia_Mapes: And if you don't have a smartphone, what then?

I hate to say it, but when my 90+ year old grandmother has a cell phone, I think it's safe to say no one is without one.

Oh, I have a cell phone, just not a smartphone. I barely talk/text 10 minutes a month so a prepaid works better for me than a smartphone with a data plan.


So, your 'incoming' phone for your drug dealing. Got it. ;-9
 
2018-01-03 08:23:13 AM  

Destructor: Perhaps having a Windows 10 phone confers some sort of immunity...


Only from about a hundred apps that iOS and Android have as standard... *sobs*

/W10 phone owner
//STILL no cure for snapcat
 
2018-01-03 11:02:42 AM  

jaytkay: doosh: I got the freebie update to Win 10 from 8. Had a nasty power outage and couldn't get the PC to reboot so had to reinstall. Now I get an Activate Windows nag screen that won't go away but there's seemingly no way to do this because it asks for a key that was never given. Anyone else go through this BS?

I *think* you are saying you are re-installing Windows 10, but in case not...

Windows 8 will ask for a key. Windows 10 "knows" your PC has been activated and has no keys.


Windows 10 has no keys. Windows 10 needs no keys...
 
2018-01-03 11:15:37 AM  
I'm betting that at some point in time the phone number will be required.  And it's got to be a legitimate phone number you have access to, because they send a text to that number with a code.  If you don't have a code you don't get into your computer.

It's a way to get information and a lock on the people who are signing into their W10 PC's using a local account and not a MS hosted account.
 
2018-01-03 11:41:19 AM  
The thing is, that a -mobile- phone number is required. It is 2 factor authentication, they send you a text.
If you put in a land line, it says 'nice try that is not a mobile number'. Without the code you can not proceed.
As part of the registration process you have to have a email account also, but if you do not put your account it will take a microsoft/hotmail account, but it pulls this as well (required cell phone number).
Not amused.
 
2018-01-03 12:05:05 PM  

WaitForIt: The thing is, that a -mobile- phone number is required. It is 2 factor authentication, they send you a text.
If you put in a land line, it says 'nice try that is not a mobile number'. Without the code you can not proceed.
As part of the registration process you have to have a email account also, but if you do not put your account it will take a microsoft/hotmail account, but it pulls this as well (required cell phone number).
Not amused.


This is not 2FA. The screenshot says what it is: "get essential apps that help you work better across your devices." If you enter your number you get a link to install an Android app. I'm guessing it's Cortana. After rebuilding my gaming machine a few weeks ago I got the same request (after installation, not during like this). I ignored it.
 
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