By default, the installation process for Windows 11 Home and versions of Pro from build 22H2 onwards prompts users to either sign in with or create a Microsoft account. While Microsoft accounts are freely available, there are numerous scenarios where users may prefer to install Windows 11 without associating it with a Microsoft account.
This preference could arise in situations such as setting up Windows 11 on a child’s PC, preparing a system for sale, donation, or gifting to a friend, all while safeguarding personal data and restricting access. Alternatively, some users may prioritize privacy and opt not to create a Microsoft account during the installation process.
Regardless of the reason, there exists a relatively straightforward method to install Windows 11 without the necessity of a Microsoft account. It is important to note that Microsoft has recently implemented changes aimed at making it more challenging to establish a local Windows account. Consequently, the instructions provided below have been updated to reflect these changes.
Note: The specific instructions for installing Windows 11 without a Microsoft account would be inserted here based on the latest and most accurate information available at the time of publication. The steps may involve navigating through the installation settings or using alternative methods to create a local account.
Windows 11 Without a Microsoft Account
A convenient workaround for establishing a local account entails executing a specific command to prevent Windows from mandating an internet connection during installation. By strategically disconnecting the internet at a precise moment in the setup process, users can bypass the need for an online login. Alternatively, another approach involves using Rufus to prepare the installation disk, effectively eliminating the login requirement. Further details on this process are outlined later on this page.
If you’ve already downloaded and created a Windows 11 boot disk with Rufus or otherwise, follow these steps to set up without a Microsoft account.
1. Follow the Windows 11 install process until you get to the “choose a country” screen.
Now’s the time to cut off the Internet. However, before you do, you need to issue a command that prevents Windows 11 from forcing you to have an Internet connection.
2. Hit Shift + F10. A command prompt appears.
3. Type OOBE\BYPASSNRO to disable the Internet connection requirement.
Now the computer will reboot and return you to Setup Screen.
4. Hit Shift + F10 again and this time Type ipconfig /release. Then hit Enter to disable the Internet.
5. Close the command prompt.
6. Continue with the installation, choosing the region. keyboard and second keyboard option.
A screen saying “Let’s connect you to a network” appears, warning you that you need Internet.
7. Click “I don’t have Internet” to continue.
A new login screen appears asking “Who’s going to use this device?”
8. Enter a username you want to use for your local account and click Next.
9. Enter a password you would like to use and click Next. You can also leave this field blank and have no password, but that’s not recommended.
10. Complete the rest of the install process as you normally would.