Fake email account no longer works setting up Win 11 Home


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I tried on my laptop, on which the Win 11 installation was having some intermittent problems because of malware or something.
I have done this multiple times, just by typing a fake email and password. Usually Install would give up and allow me to set up a local account.
Not this time. It kept giving me the "Incorrect email or password" message, eventually forcing me to enter a Captcha as well.
I had turned off the wi-fi on the laptop prior to starting the installation, so it did not detect any networks, yet kept asking for a valid username/password.

I know Microsoft has promised to enforce this requirement for Pro also, but apparently they closed this loophole before doing that.

I used the latest Insider ISO from Microsoft, (22533, I think).
Eventually, I gave up, turned on the wi-fi, and entered my Microsoft username and password, and it completed the install without further complaint.

This state of affairs begs the question: How do I set up a PC for someone without them giving me the keys to their Microsoft account? Do I ask them to drop by personally, and enter this info?

Shame on you, Microsoft.
 

My Computer

System One

  • OS
    Windows 11 RP
    Computer type
    PC/Desktop
    Manufacturer/Model
    Lenovo ThinkCentre M75Q-1
    CPU
    AMD Ryzen 5 Pro 3400GE @3.30 GHz (4.0 GHz Turbo)
    Motherboard
    Lenovo 3151
    Memory
    20 GB DDR4 2666 (1x16GB + 1x4GB)
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    AMD Radeon Vega 11
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    Integrated
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    1920 x 1080
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    WD 512 GB NVME + SPCC 240GB SATA SSD
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    External 65W
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    Mini (1L)
Hello, :-)

Just to confirm, did you try all the options in step 21 below exactly to set up a local account during installation?

 

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    Windows 11 Pro for Workstations
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    PC/Desktop
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    Custom self build
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    Intel i7-8700K 5 GHz
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    ASUS ROG Maximus XI Formula Z390
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    64 GB (4x16GB) G.SKILL TridentZ RGB DDR4 3600 MHz (F4-3600C18D-32GTZR)
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    2 x Samsung Odyssey G75 27"
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    Thermaltake Core P3 wall mounted
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    Logitech wireless K800
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    Microsoft Defender and Malwarebytes Premium
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    Windows 11 Pro
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    Intel Wi-Fi 7 BE200 (2x2) and Bluetooth 5.4
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Hello, :)

Just to confirm, did you try all the options in step 21 below exactly to set up a local account during installation?

Not all of them, actually. I was just winging it. I will do so now, and report back. Thanks for the link.
 

My Computer

System One

  • OS
    Windows 11 RP
    Computer type
    PC/Desktop
    Manufacturer/Model
    Lenovo ThinkCentre M75Q-1
    CPU
    AMD Ryzen 5 Pro 3400GE @3.30 GHz (4.0 GHz Turbo)
    Motherboard
    Lenovo 3151
    Memory
    20 GB DDR4 2666 (1x16GB + 1x4GB)
    Graphics Card(s)
    AMD Radeon Vega 11
    Sound Card
    Integrated
    Monitor(s) Displays
    AOC 2369
    Screen Resolution
    1920 x 1080
    Hard Drives
    WD 512 GB NVME + SPCC 240GB SATA SSD
    PSU
    External 65W
    Case
    Mini (1L)
This state of affairs begs the question: How do I set up a PC for someone without them giving me the keys to their Microsoft account? Do I ask them to drop by personally, and enter this info?

Shame on you, Microsoft.
Audit Mode.
 

My Computers

System One System Two

  • OS
    Windows 11
    Computer type
    PC/Desktop
    Manufacturer/Model
    Homebuilt
    CPU
    AMD Ryzen 7 3800XT
    Motherboard
    ASUS ROG Crosshair VII Hero (WiFi)
    Memory
    32GB
    Graphics Card(s)
    EVGA GeForce GTX 1080 Ti
  • Operating System
    Windows 11 Education
    Computer type
    Laptop
    Manufacturer/Model
    Dell Inspiron 7773
    CPU
    Intel i7-8550U
    Memory
    32GB
    Graphics card(s)
    Nvidia Geforce MX150
    Sound Card
    Realtek
    Monitor(s) Displays
    17"
    Screen Resolution
    1920 x 1080
    Hard Drives
    Toshiba 512GB NVMe SSD
    SK Hynix 512GB SATA SSD
    Internet Speed
    Fast!
It worked in setting up my new Notebook back in Oct. with Win10 Pro in Airplane Mode followed same day with the Upgrade to Win11 Pro. I posted about an article where the 'trick' works with Pro but not with Home but it's coming that even Pro will not be able to work around that.
Another article about the need for Internet connection:
 

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  • OS
    Win11 Pro RTM
    Computer type
    Laptop
    Manufacturer/Model
    Dell Vostro 3400
    CPU
    Intel Core i5 11th Gen. 2.40GHz
    Memory
    12GB
    Hard Drives
    256GB SSD NVMe
  • Operating System
    Windows 11 Pro RTM x64
    Computer type
    PC/Desktop
    Manufacturer/Model
    Dell Vostro 5890
    CPU
    Intel Core i5 10th Gen. 2.90GHz
    Memory
    16GB
    Graphics card(s)
    Onboard, no VGA, using a DisplayPort-to-VGA adapter
    Monitor(s) Displays
    24" Dell
    Hard Drives
    512GB SSD NVMe, 2TB WDC HDD
    Browser
    Firefox, Edge
    Antivirus
    Windows Defender/Microsoft Security

My Computer

System One

  • OS
    Windows 11 RP
    Computer type
    PC/Desktop
    Manufacturer/Model
    Lenovo ThinkCentre M75Q-1
    CPU
    AMD Ryzen 5 Pro 3400GE @3.30 GHz (4.0 GHz Turbo)
    Motherboard
    Lenovo 3151
    Memory
    20 GB DDR4 2666 (1x16GB + 1x4GB)
    Graphics Card(s)
    AMD Radeon Vega 11
    Sound Card
    Integrated
    Monitor(s) Displays
    AOC 2369
    Screen Resolution
    1920 x 1080
    Hard Drives
    WD 512 GB NVME + SPCC 240GB SATA SSD
    PSU
    External 65W
    Case
    Mini (1L)
On Oct. 6th 2021, I did an In-Place upgrade from a clean and tight Windows 10 Home, to Win 11 Home, with a local/admin account. It worked, without internet. My Win 11 is local/admin.

A few tweaks and...

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    Win 11 Home ♦♦♦22631.3593 ♦♦♦♦♦♦♦23H2
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    PC/Desktop
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    Built by Ghot® [May 2020]
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    AMD Ryzen 7 3700X
    Motherboard
    Asus Pro WS X570-ACE (BIOS 4702)
    Memory
    G.Skill (F4-3200C14D-16GTZKW)
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    EVGA RTX 2070 (08G-P4-2171-KR)
    Sound Card
    Realtek ALC1220P / ALC S1220A
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    Dell U3011 30"
    Screen Resolution
    2560 x 1600
    Hard Drives
    2x Samsung 860 EVO 500GB,
    WD 4TB Black FZBX - SATA III,
    WD 8TB Black FZBX - SATA III,
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    PC Power & Cooling 750W Quad EPS12V
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    Cooler Master ATCS 840 Tower
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    CM Hyper 212 EVO (push/pull)
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    Ducky DK9008 Shine II Blue LED
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    Logitech Optical M-100
    Internet Speed
    300/300
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    Firefox (latest)
    Antivirus
    Bitdefender Internet Security
    Other Info
    Speakers: Klipsch Pro Media 2.1
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    Windows XP Pro 32bit w/SP3
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    PC/Desktop
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    Built by Ghot® (not in use)
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    AMD Athlon 64 X2 5000+ (OC'd @ 3.2Ghz)
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    ASUS M2N32-SLI Deluxe Wireless Edition
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    TWIN2X2048-6400C4DHX (2 x 1GB, DDR2 800)
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    EVGA 256-P2-N758-TR GeForce 8600GT SSC
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    ViewSonic G90FB Black 19" Professional (CRT)
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    up to 2048 x 1536
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    WD 36GB 10,000rpm Raptor SATA
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    ZALMAN 9500A 92mm CPU Cooler
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    Logitech Optical M-BT96a
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    Logitech Classic Keybooard 200
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    300/300
    Browser
    Firefox 3.x ??
    Antivirus
    Symantec (Norton)
    Other Info
    Still assembled, still runs. Haven't turned it on for 13 years?
Have you tried repeating fake email a few times with different fakes. That worked - it gave up eventually.
 

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  • OS
    Windows 10 Pro + others in VHDs
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    Laptop
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    ASUS Vivobook 14
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    I7
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    Yep, Laptop has one.
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    16 GB
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    Integrated Intel Iris XE
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    Realtek built in
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    N/A
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    1920x1080
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    1 TB Optane NVME SSD, 1 TB NVME SSD
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    Yep, got one
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    Yep, got one
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    Stella Artois
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    Built in
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    Bluetooth , wired
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    72 Mb/s :-(
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    Edge mostly
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    Defender
    Other Info
    TPM 2.0
Have you tried repeating fake email a few times with different fakes. That worked - it gave up eventually.
I tried 3 times with the same fake email, No dice. On the next attempt, it added the captcha requirement. After 3 more tries (6 total), I gave in and entered a legit email, Smooth sailing from there.
 

My Computer

System One

  • OS
    Windows 11 RP
    Computer type
    PC/Desktop
    Manufacturer/Model
    Lenovo ThinkCentre M75Q-1
    CPU
    AMD Ryzen 5 Pro 3400GE @3.30 GHz (4.0 GHz Turbo)
    Motherboard
    Lenovo 3151
    Memory
    20 GB DDR4 2666 (1x16GB + 1x4GB)
    Graphics Card(s)
    AMD Radeon Vega 11
    Sound Card
    Integrated
    Monitor(s) Displays
    AOC 2369
    Screen Resolution
    1920 x 1080
    Hard Drives
    WD 512 GB NVME + SPCC 240GB SATA SSD
    PSU
    External 65W
    Case
    Mini (1L)
and entered a legit email, Smooth sailing from there.
Hope was the user's account. Now the device encryption key has been assigned to the MS account you used.
This applies to OEM installs that use auto encryption.
 

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  • OS
    Windows 10
I tried 3 times with the same fake email, No dice. On the next attempt, it added the captcha requirement. After 3 more tries (6 total), I gave in and entered a legit email, Smooth sailing from there.
I have an unused account use for family. Anyone else I set up for I just get them a free gmail account if they don't have one.
If they already have an email (even if it is AOL) I will use it.
 

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    windows 10, 11
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    Gateway DX4370G
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    2.20 gigahertz AMD A6-3620 APU
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    Gateway DX4370G
    Memory
    16 gigs
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    NVIDIA GeForce GT 710
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    AMD HDMI AUDIO
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    Samsung c27f390 (curved) 27 inch
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    1920x1080
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    931GB Western Digital WDC WDBNCE0010PNC (SATA (SSD))
    465GB SHGS31-500GS-2 (SATA (SSD))
    multiple usb drives
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    unknown
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    tower
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    logitech k400r
    Mouse
    logitech m570
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    113 mbps
    Browser
    firefox
    Antivirus
    malwarebytes
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    Windows 11 Pro 21H2 22000.493
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    PC/Desktop
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    hp Pavillion 590-p0053w
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    2.80 gigahertz Intel core i5-8400
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    hp 843B 00
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    16 gigs
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    Intel(R) UDH Graphics 630
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    Intel(R) Display Audio onboard
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    Samsung c27f390 (curved) 27 inch
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    box
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    logitech k270
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    logitech m185
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    firefox
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    malwarebytes
Hope was the user's account. Now the device encryption key has been assigned to the MS account you used.
This applies to OEM installs that use auto encryption.
Yeah, he gave me his username and password, and permission to set up A Microsoft account.
 

My Computer

System One

  • OS
    Windows 11 RP
    Computer type
    PC/Desktop
    Manufacturer/Model
    Lenovo ThinkCentre M75Q-1
    CPU
    AMD Ryzen 5 Pro 3400GE @3.30 GHz (4.0 GHz Turbo)
    Motherboard
    Lenovo 3151
    Memory
    20 GB DDR4 2666 (1x16GB + 1x4GB)
    Graphics Card(s)
    AMD Radeon Vega 11
    Sound Card
    Integrated
    Monitor(s) Displays
    AOC 2369
    Screen Resolution
    1920 x 1080
    Hard Drives
    WD 512 GB NVME + SPCC 240GB SATA SSD
    PSU
    External 65W
    Case
    Mini (1L)
"Technically" that is what we are "supposed" to do when we set up a computer for another user. The new user should be the one to go thru OOBE and accept the license agreement. They can enter their own details.
Good advice. But what if they want additional software installed?
 

My Computer

System One

  • OS
    Windows 11 RP
    Computer type
    PC/Desktop
    Manufacturer/Model
    Lenovo ThinkCentre M75Q-1
    CPU
    AMD Ryzen 5 Pro 3400GE @3.30 GHz (4.0 GHz Turbo)
    Motherboard
    Lenovo 3151
    Memory
    20 GB DDR4 2666 (1x16GB + 1x4GB)
    Graphics Card(s)
    AMD Radeon Vega 11
    Sound Card
    Integrated
    Monitor(s) Displays
    AOC 2369
    Screen Resolution
    1920 x 1080
    Hard Drives
    WD 512 GB NVME + SPCC 240GB SATA SSD
    PSU
    External 65W
    Case
    Mini (1L)
"Technically" that is what we are "supposed" to do when we set up a computer for another user. The new user should be the one to go thru OOBE and accept the license agreement. They can enter their own details.
Hi there
Not possible if the other user is 15,000 KM away -- say on holiday in New Zealand or wherever and you want to "do a kind deed" and set up the computer for that user so it's ready when arriving back home.

Cheers
 

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  • OS
    Windows XP,7,10,11 Linux Arch Linux
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    PC/Desktop
    CPU
    2 X Intel i7
Not all of them, actually. I was just winging it. I will do so now, and report back. Thanks for the link.
Use a non-Microsoft domain account during setup, otherwise you'll keep getting the same error. For example, use xyz@gmail.com or some domain not owned by Microsoft. In that case, Microsoft wouldn't be able to verify the account details. Don't use xyz@outlook.com or xyz@live.com or xyz@hotmail.com.

Sometimes, pressing the back button during setup will allow you to use a local account instead.
 

My Computer

System One

  • OS
    Windows 11
    Computer type
    Laptop
    Manufacturer/Model
    HP Envy dv7
    CPU
    Intel Core i7 3630QM
    Motherboard
    HP
    Memory
    16 GB
    Graphics Card(s)
    Intel HD Graphics 4000 & Nvidia GeForce GT 635M
    Sound Card
    IDT High Definition
    Screen Resolution
    1080p
    Hard Drives
    1 TB Crucial MX500 on bay 1.
    1 TB Seagate HDD on bay 2.
    Antivirus
    Windows Defender

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