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Wednesday, October 2, 2019

How to Create a Local Account While Setting Up Windows 10

Local account creation screen in Windows 10 Setup.

Windows 10 tries its hardest to make you use a Microsoft account. The option was already hidden, but now it’s not even offered on Windows 10 Home while you’re connected to the internet. Here’s how to create a local account anyway.

We tested this out with the latest stable version of Windows 10. That’s version 1903, also known as the May 2019 Update. You’ll have to go through this setup process after installing Windows 10 yourself or if you get a new PC with Windows 10 installed.

Windows 10 Home: Disconnect From the Internet

The Home version of Windows 10 doesn’t have a visible option to set up Windows without a Microsoft account while you’re connected to the internet.

To create a local user account anyway, you’ll want to disconnect from the internet at this point in this installer. If you’re connected via a wired connection, unplug the Ethernet cable.

If you use Wi-Fi, you can skip the Wi-Fi connection process at the beginning of the setup wizard (click the back icon on the top toolbar in Windows 10 Setup to go back). You could also press the Airplane Mode key on your laptop to disconnect—this may be one of the function keys above the number keys on your laptop’s keyboard. If all else fails, you can always just unplug your wireless router for a minute. It’s drastic, but it’ll work.

Windows 10 requiring a Microsoft account to continue.

If you try to create a Microsoft account while disconnected, Windows 10 will show an error message and give you a “Skip” button. This button will skip the Microsoft account screen and let you set up a local user a account.

Skipping Microsoft account creation during Windows 10 Setup.

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