Windows 10 Home now requires you to sign in with a Microsoft account unless you log out of the Internet first. Microsoft has always wanted you to sign in with a Microsoft account, but now it goes even further.
The connection option with a typical local Windows account has always been hidden behind an "Offline Account" option. We have now confirmed that it has completely disappeared from the Windows 10 installation process.
How Windows 10 Home imposes a Microsoft account
The screenshots in this article were taken during the installation of Windows 10 Home Version 1903 – this is the current stable version of Windows 10, also known as Updated May, 2019.
During the first installation process (either after installing Windows 10 yourself, or when setting up a new PC with Windows 10), you are now prompted to log in with Microsoft and no other options will is proposed.
On Windows 10 Professional, there is apparently a "Domain Membership In Place" option that will create a local user account. But this only applies to Windows 10 Professional. Windows 10 Home does not have this option at all.
If you try to click "Next" or "Create an account," Windows 10 will ask you for "a valid email address, phone number, or Skype name." There is no apparent solution.
You can click "Learn more" to find more information about the account creation process. If you do, the Windows 10 Setup program indicates that you can avoid logging in with a Microsoft account:
If you prefer not to associate a Microsoft account with your device, you can delete it. Finish Windows Setup, and then select the beginning button and go to Settings> Accounts> Your information and select Sign in with a local account instead.
That's right, if you do not want a Microsoft account, Microsoft asks you to connect with one anyway, and then delete it later. Windows 10 does not offer any option to create a local account from the installation process.
How to create a local user account instead
Fortunately, there is a hidden solution to this process under Windows 10 Home: you can disconnect your computer from the network.
If you have a computer with an Ethernet cable, unplug it. If you are connected to Wi-Fi, disconnect.
After that, try to create a Microsoft account and you will see an error message "Something went wrong". You can then click "Ignore" to skip the Microsoft account creation process.
Once you have ignored the creation of a Microsoft account, the old screen "Who will use this PC? You can now create an offline account and log in to Windows 10 without a Microsoft account. The option was there from the beginning.
Even if you have a laptop with Wi-Fi, Windows 10 requires you to connect to your wireless network before you reach this part of the process. Most people connect to the network and think that a Microsoft account is required.
Perhaps a future version of Windows 10 will refuse to authorize the creation of an account until you are connected to the Internet. "After all, could we say, Microsofttelemetry shows that most people only create Microsoft accounts. "