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How to Create a Local Account When Setting Up Windows 10



  Screen for creating a local account in Windows 10 Setup.

Windows 10 is trying to get you started using a Microsoft account. The option was already hidden, but it is no longer available on Windows 10 Home as long as you are connected to the Internet. To create a local account anyway.

We tested this with the latest stable version of Windows 1

0. This is the 1903 version, also known as the May 2019 update. You must complete this installation process after installing Windows 10 yourself, or if you have a new PC running Windows 10.

Windows 10 Home: Disconnecting from the Internet

This is not the case in the Home version of Windows 10 You have the visible option to set up Windows without a Microsoft account while connected to the Internet.

To create a local user account, you need to disconnect from the Internet at this point in this installer. If you are connected via a cable connection, disconnect the Ethernet cable.

If you are using Wi-Fi, you can skip the Wi-Fi connection process at the beginning of the Setup Wizard (click the Back icon in the top toolbar in Windows 10 Setup to return). You can also press the Airplane Mode button on your laptop to disconnect. This can be one of the function keys on the numeric keys of your laptop keyboard. If all else fails, you can disconnect your wireless router from the power supply for one minute at a time. It's drastic, but it will work.

 Windows 10 requires a Microsoft account to continue.

When you try to create a Microsoft account while the connection is disconnected, Windows 10 displays an error message and issues a "Skip" key. This button skips the Microsoft Account screen and allows you to create an account for a local user.

 Skipping the creation of a Microsoft account during Windows 10 setup.

Windows 10 Pro: Domain Joins

If You Are On Windows 10 Pro, you can choose the confusingly named "Domain Joins" option in the lower-left corner of the Microsoft Account setup screen to create a local account.

If you do not see this option for some reason, Do not worry – the same trick to disconnecting from the Internet that works on Windows 10 Home also works on Windows 10 Professional. If the connection is disconnected, you will be prompted to create a local account.

After Setup: Switching to a Local Account

If you have already created a Microsoft account during the installation process, you can convert it to a local user account afterwards. In fact, Microsoft officially recommends this during the installation process: Just sign in with a Microsoft account and remove it later.

In Windows 10 go to Settings> Accounts> Your Information. Click "Log In Instead of a Local Account" and Windows 10 will guide you through the transition from a Microsoft account to a local user account.

 Convert a Microsoft account to a local account on Windows 10.

If you want Microsoft accounts – great, that's fine. We also use them on many of our PCs. However, if you do not want to use a Microsoft account, you should have the option. And Microsoft should make it easier to find the option and stop hiding it with dark patterns.

CONNECTED: Confirmed: Windows 10 setup now prevents the creation of local accounts


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