Accounts Switch to Local Account from Microsoft Account in Windows 11

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You can sign in to Windows 11 with a local account or a Microsoft account. However, you can easily switch between using a local account or a Microsoft account to sign in to Windows 11.

Signing in to Windows 11 with a Microsoft account lets you:
  • Download apps from the Microsoft Store.
  • Get your online content in Microsoft apps automatically.
  • Sync settings online to make PCs look and feel the same - like your browser history, account picture, and color.
Signing in to Windows 11 with a local account means:
  • You have to create a user name and account for each PC you use.
  • While not recommended, you can remove the account password if you like.
  • You'll need to sign in to the Microsoft Store with a Microsoft account to download apps from the Microsoft Store.
  • Your settings won't be synced across the PCs that you use.
This tutorial will show you how to switch to a local account from a Microsoft account to sign in to Windows 11 with instead.


Here's How:

1 Open Settings (Win+I).

2 Click/tap on Accounts on the left side, and click/tap on Your info on the right side. (see screenshot below)

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3 Click/tap on the Sign in with a local account instead link on the right side. (see screenshot below)

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4 Click/tap on Next to confirm. (see screenshot below)

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5 Enter your Microsoft account credentials to verify. (see screenshot below)

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6 Perform the following steps to set up a local account to switch to: (see screenshot below)
  • Enter a User name you want for your local account.
  • Enter a New password you want for your local account.
  • Type the new password again to Confirm password.
  • Type a Password hint you want.
  • Click/tap on Next when finished.


You will not be able to use a user name that has already been used by an existing user profile.

You can leave the password fields empty if you do not want a password for the local account. It is recommended to password protect your local account to help keep it more secure.

If you like, you can add security questions for your local account later to provide an extra layer of protection.


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7 Click/tap on Sign out and finish when you are ready to switch to a local account. (see screenshot below)

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8 When you sign in to Windows 11 next, you will now sign in to your local account setup at step 6.


That's it,
Shawn Brink


 

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Slavic

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It would be better to add if this is applied only to Pro version or to Home as well. I saw that Home users have additional limitations and need to do some efforts to create a local account; so without creating it first this method may not work (sorry I cannot check this, am working with Pro a lot of years).

I also would like to note that logging into MS account when OS works with local account may unintentionally switch account back to MS; even though the warning is shown, it's easy to misunderstand and skip it.
 

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It would be better to add if this is applied only to Pro version or to Home as well. I saw that Home users have additional limitations and need to do some efforts to create a local account; so without creating it first this method may not work (sorry I cannot check this, am working with Pro a lot of years).

Hello, :)

It applies to all editions. The steps are the same no matter which edition of Windows 11 you have installed.
 

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