Last week, Microsoft released a security patch for Windows 11, which, in addition to some annoying interventions in the system (e.g. network detection was deactivated without being asked), also caused a system with an active Microsoft account, which relies on the PIN for authentication in the start screen, to discard exactly this PIN when changing hardware and request a new one. Paranoia or sensible? At the very least, you need an active Internet connection and this point can then unexpectedly present you with problems because you are offline at the moment for a variety of reasons. Then, unfortunately, at this point it is over and there are no non-violent alternatives to get back into one’s own system.
Of course, you might think that a plugged-in Ethernet cable or a board with Wi-Fi should be enough, but that is not correct. Let’s assume a potential Ryzen 7xxxx customer wants to move his system without reinstalling Windows again or a tester like me takes a virgin but up-to-date image with all pre-installed programs and puts the freshly cloned SSD into the benchtable. Then it can still be over due to the hardware. Why this is so and what you can do in the end, you can read on the next pages. Here is now the documentation of my self-experiment, have fun… 🙂