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This is more of question than a statement, but this thread can become a place to log info for a tutorial.

So, the question is this: Is there a known method to force Windows 11 Home to use a local account and bypass microsoft account creation?
 
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Welcome to the Eleven Forums community Lexster. There was a similar post you can look into, Install Windows 11 Home using Local Account. It is either through commands, custom ISO or just disconnect your Wi-Fi.


You can try these as well but note that these may not work in the final build of Windows 11 after October 5th.
 

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See step 16 in this tutorial:

Make sure you are not connected to a network during the install. When Windows 11 asks to connect to a network during setup, press Alt + F4. Note, some keyboards, especially laptop keyboards, may require alt+Fn+F4.
 

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Welcome to the Eleven Forums community Lexster.
Thanks for the Welcome!
or just disconnect your Wi-Fi.
Tried that, didn't work. I even disabled the Wifi in the BIOS(Dell Laptop) and it still asked to connect and create an account.

See step 16 in this tutorial:

Make sure you are not connected to a network during the install. When Windows 11 asks to connect to a network during setup, press Alt + F4. Note, some keyboards, especially laptop keyboards, may require alt+Fn+F4.
This I did not know about. Will give it a try and report back!

Thank You both for the response.

By way of an FYI, am trying with 22000.194.
 
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Hi,
Similar threads search looks like it's working alt-f4 that's a new one sad ms is doing this crap
 

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press Alt + F4
This did not work. Followed the tutorial. Pressing Alt+F4 did nothing.
Hi,
Similar threads search looks like it's working alt-f4 that's a new one sad ms is doing this crap
As the OP of that post stated;
That doesn't work anymore with Windows 11 HOME edition, as @Bree told above. You cannot get through OOBE without Internet connection.

View attachment 5861

Kari
As you can see it seems microsoft has removed the in-built bypass. I agree with you, it's crap.
 

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Hello, though it shouldn't really matter if you use a Microsoft account, it will benefit a lot with windows 11. You can always delete it later and anyways this required part is probably in the terms and conditions here. or you can just stay on 10 :D
 

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This works on Pro don't know about home? During that part of the installation there is if I remember correctly a choice that says login options. If you choose offline from that option you'll be able to just enter a name and no account creation will be required.
 
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I disagree. I don't want a microsoft account and feel I should have to have one to use my own PC.

That is not a solution.
Do note that this Account requirement is only for clean installs. If you are do a in place upgrade it won't affect you.
 

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I disagree. I don't want a microsoft account and feel I should have to have one to use my own PC.

That is not a solution.
Well Microsoft sets its own conditions for installing and licensing it's own software. If you are not prepared to accept those conditions you are certainly free to choose not to use the software on your computer. The complete solution is relatively straightforward, just choose a different operating system that doesn't require you to commit to those/similar conditions.
 

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This did not work. Followed the tutorial. Pressing Alt+F4 did nothing.
That used to work, but MS disabled that workaround in build 22000.132. Now you cannot install Home without connecting to the internet. Home does not give an option to skip this step, only Pro has that option.

The first thing Setup does on connecting is check for updates. However, once it has done that you can disconnect and continue the install of 22000.132 Home with just a local account by the method I tested in post #36 here....


I haven't tested in any later builds yet, I'm waiting for the release version on the 5th before repeating my tests.
 

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Well Microsoft sets its own conditions for installing and licensing it's own software.
They can say whatever they wish, I couldn't care less. We users have rights too. And we do not have to tolerate artificial limitations and forced compliance with requirements which are, to say the least, poorly thought out and tread upon our rights to privacy among other problems.
If you are not prepared to accept those conditions you are certainly free to choose not to use the software on your computer.
That is not how things work. But not going to argue the point either. You are welcome to your opinion. I do not agree.
The complete solution is relatively straightforward, just choose a different operating system that doesn't require you to commit to those/similar conditions.
That is not a valid solution, nor does it solve the problem which is the topic of this thread. Kindly withhold suggestions like that. I intend to purchase Windows 11 as it is much improved over the steaming pile that is Windows 10. I will not, however, run it microsofts way.

I haven't tested in any later builds yet, I'm waiting for the release version on the 5th before repeating my tests.
Been testing every built since 22000.1 on an ongoing basis and have been documenting as much as is useful over at TechPpowerUp(@lexluthermiester). Discovered this site and thought I'd check in here to see if anyone has discovered a way to bypass the Home account requirement as several users have expressed an interest in using 11 but not the Pro version as it is much more expensive..

It might be down to people simply buying and using Pro or using custom ISOs.
Scratch that! As detailed further on in this thread, methods are known and have been tested successful.
 
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I intend to purchase Windows 11 as it is much improved over the steaming pile that is Windows 10
11 is a free upgrade for 10 - no purchase required. And upgrading 10 Home that only has a local account is another way to get 11 Home with only a local account.
 

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11 is a free upgrade for 10 - no purchase required.
While that is going to be true, I'm not going to do the free upgrade. I pay for my software.
And upgrading 10 Home that only has a local account is another way to get 11 Home with only a local account.
Has this been confirmed? If not, I'm willing to do a test to see if it'll actually work.
 

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Has this been confirmed? If not, I'm willing to do a test to see if it'll actually work.
Yes, I've been running an W11 Home system with local accounts only for the past two months that was an upgrade of a W10 Home system. Click 'My Computers' below my post and look at my 'System One'.

Bree said:
I have now wiped this 'test run' and officially migrated my 'main machine' to it's new home. It's running on Windows 10 until 5th October, whereupon I will have no hesitation in upgrading to 11 as soon as it is offered through Windows Update.
https://www.elevenforum.com/t/summed-up-nicely.1535/post-36842

By the time I wiped the system three days ago and restored W10 it had updated to the latest 22000.194 build without any signs of MS wanting/forcing me to use a Microsoft account.
 

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Upgrading Home to Pro is a solution.
 

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I'm not going to do the free upgrade. I pay for my software.
I don't understand the logic in this. 10 was a free upgrade from 7 or 8, and 11 is a free upgrade for 10. In fact there is no change in the digital licence, a PC with a digital licence for 10 Home activates a clean install of 10 Home or 11 Home. Even the generic key for Home is the same in 10 and 11:
YTMG3-N6DKC-DKB77-7M9GH-8HVX7
(and the same goes for Pro)
 

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    fully 'Windows 11 ready' laptop. Windows 10 C: partition migrated from my old unsupported 'main machine' then upgraded to 11. Now 11 has been released it has been re-imaged back to 10 and awaits the upgrade to be offered in Windows Update.


    My SYSTEM THREE is a Dell Latitude 5410, i7-10610U, 32GB RAM, 512GB ssd, Windows 11 Pro.
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    500GB HDD
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    Defender
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    unsupported machine: Legacy bios, MBR, TPM 1.2, upgraded from W10 to W11 using W10/W11 hybrid install media workaround.


    My SYSTEM THREE is a Dell Latitude 5410, i7-10610U, 32GB RAM, 512GB ssd, Windows 11 Pro.
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