Windows 10 does its best to make you use a Microsoft account. The option was already hidden, but it is not even available on Windows 10 Home as long as you're connected to the Internet. Here's how to create a local account anyway.
We tested this with the latest stable version of Windows 10. This 1903 version, also known as Updated May, 2019. You will need to follow this installation process after installing Windows 10 yourself or if you have a new PC with Windows 10 installed.
Windows 10 Home: disconnect from the Internet
The family version of Windows 10 does not have a visible option to configure Windows without a Microsoft account when you are connected to the Internet.
In any case, to create a local user account, you will want to disconnect from the Internet at this point in this installer. If you are connected via a wired connection, disconnect the Ethernet cable.
If you are using Wi-Fi, you can skip the Wi-Fi connection process at the beginning of the installation wizard (click on the icon back in the top toolbar in the installation program of Windows 10 to go back). You can also press the Airplane Mode key on your laptop to disconnect. It can be one of the function keys located above the numeric keys on your laptop's keyboard. If all else fails, you can simply unplug your wireless router for a minute. It's drastic, but it's going to work.
If you try to create a Microsoft account while disconnected, Windows 10 will display an error message and an "Ignore" button. This button skips the Microsoft account screen and allows you to set up an account for a local user.
Windows 10 Pro: Domain Joining
If you are using Windows 10 Pro, you can apparently select the "Join domain" option called in the lower left corner of the Microsoft account setup screen to create a local account.
If for some reason you do not see this option, do not worry: the same thing about "disconnecting from the Internet" and running Windows 10 Home also works on Windows 10 Professional. Once disconnected, you will be prompted to create a local account.
After installation: switch to a local account
If you have already created a Microsoft account during the installation process, you can later convert it to a local user account. In fact, this is what Microsoft officially recommends during the installation process: just sign in to a Microsoft account and delete it later.
To do this, go to Settings> Accounts> Your Information in Windows 10. Click "Sign in with a local account instead" and Windows 10 will guide you to switch from a Microsoft account to an account. local user.
If you like Microsoft accounts, that's fine, we also use them on many of our PCs. But if you do not want to use a Microsoft account, you should have the option. And Microsoft should make the option easier to find and stop hiding it with dark patterns.
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