Every few years, Microsoft makes it more difficult to create a local account while setting up the Windows operating system.
The company announced in February 2022 that new settings and first launch of Pro versions of Windows 11 require a Microsoft account. It didn’t take long for the solutions to become available, but many users may not be aware of these bypass options.
Microsoft accounts may be preferred by some users, as they offer some advantages, including data syncing through the OneDrive service, remote password recovery options, and other features.
Others may prefer local accounts because they expose less to a Microsoft account and cannot be attacked if the device is not turned on. Computer technicians may also need to set up accounts for customers, who may not be available or able to provide a Microsoft account.
How to avoid using Microsoft accounts in Windows 11
There are several ways to bypass Microsoft account requirements during setup on Windows devices.
I described one option on how to use local accounts on Windows 11, version 22H2 machines. While writing for this specific version, the method described works in other versions of Windows 11 as well.
To describe it in a sentence, it creates a Microsoft account during setup and creates a local account after setup finishes. It’s not elegant and requires you to use an email address initially to create the account.
The following two methods do not require a Microsoft account at all.
Transcend 1: OOBE \ BYPASSNRO
This bypass is the easiest option at the moment, as it only takes a few steps during setup to bypass creating a Microsoft account.
Here’s how it works:
- Disable the Internet connection before starting the setup, for example, by disconnecting the LAN cable or disabling Wi-Fi.
- Windows will display a “Let’s connect you to a network” screen or similar screen. The upcoming Windows 11 version 22H2 does not allow you to skip this anymore to create a local account.
- On the screen, use Shift-F10 to open a Command Prompt window.
- He writes OOBE \ BYPASSNRO and press the enter key.
- Windows will restart and return to the “Let’s connect you to a network” screen. Only this time, you can select “I don’t have internet” to skip it.
- Then select Continue with Limited Setup to create a local account afterwards during setup.
Bypass 2: Use a blocked email address
Microsoft has blocked email addresses that were used frequently in the account creation process. You can use this to your advantage, as it allows you to skip the stage of creating a Microsoft account or sign in during setup.
Here’s how this method works (thanks Neowin):
- Select Sign in when prompted to create or sign in to a Microsoft account during setup.
- Use the email address [email protected]
- Type any password on the next screen.
- Windows will display a “Oops, something went wrong” message on the next screen.
- Clicking Next opens a screen that allows you to create a local account.
- You can customize a password for the account, or leave it blank.
There is a possibility that Microsoft will remove the override options in future versions of Windows. New overrides can be found, which we will add to this guide.
Currently, users have several options to skip using a Microsoft account during setup.
Now You: a local account or a Microsoft account, which is your preference?