Microsoft continues to try to tie users to its cloud services to enable cross-device syncing and improve security. Signing in with a Microsoft account has already been mandatory for Windows 11 Home users since the release of the operating system, and starting with version 22H2, this requirement is also introduced for Windows 11 Pro.
But despite some of the benefits that a Microsoft account brings, many users still want to use a local account in Windows 11. And there is such an opportunity, but you will have to use unofficial workarounds.
Below you will find instructions for the initial setup of Windows 11 Home and Pro without a Microsoft account. This is just one of the ways, but we are fully confident in its performance. Good luck!
After installing Windows 11 on your device, the initial system setup screen will appear. It should look like the screenshot below.
On the region selection screen, press Shift + F10 to open Command Prompt.
In the window that opens, enter oobe\bypassnro (no spaces) and press Enter. The computer will automatically restart.
Disconnect your computer from the Internet.
Go through the initial setup steps by entering the required details.
At the “Let’s connect you to the network” step, click on the “I don’t have Internet” button.
On the next page, click on the “Continue limited installation” button.
Enter the local account name.
Set a password for the account, if necessary.
Adjust your privacy settings.
After that, the system will make the necessary settings, and you can start using Windows 11 with a local account