Although it is recommended to use a Microsoft account since it offers integration with various services and files and settings syncing across devices, many people still prefer the more traditional account experience. Also, setting up a local account during the out-of-box experience (OOBE) after a clean install allows you to create a more personalized folder name for your profile since it won’t use part of the email address, and if you plan to use remote access, starting with a local account will help to avoid problems establishing the connection. If you create a local account during the installation, you can always connect it later to a Microsoft account through the Accounts settings page. In this guide, you will learn the steps to install Windows 11 Pro with a local account for a more private and traditional experience. If you are setting up Windows 11 Home, you can use these instructions instead.

Install Windows 11 with local account

You can install Windows 11 in many ways, these instructions will guide you to perform a clean installation using a bootable USB flash drive. However, since the option to create a local account is part of the out-of-box experience, the process will be the same. If you choose this method, you also have to make sure the device can start from USB, which means you will have to change the BIOS or UEFI settings. Since these settings are different on most devices, refer to your manufacturer support website for more specific details. To perform an installation of Windows 11 with a local account, use these steps: Once you complete the steps, Windows 11 complete the installation with a local account that is not connected with any Microsoft products.

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