You can set up Windows 10 with local account – here's how

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How to set up Windows 10 with local account

You can still set up Windows 10 with a traditional local account, and in this guide, we’ll show you the steps to complete the task.


9 Dec 2020 4

Windows 10 Setup Local AccountSource: Windows Central

On Windows 10, the out-of-box experience (OOBE) is the process that takes you through the final steps to prepare the device with the correct language configuration, account, and privacy settings. Although the experience offers an easy to follow set of instructions, it has been designed to lure users into completing the setup with a Microsoft account, not a traditional local account.

The main reason is that Microsoft wants you to use additional benefits that the cloud-enabled account unlocks. For example, this account type lets you seamlessly interact with Microsoft’s services. You can sync settings and files across your Windows 10 devices. You can monitor the health and manage various aspects of your devices, including personal information, password, and you can even find your computer if lost or stolen.

However, if you prefer the traditional local account experience for simplicity, security, or privacy concerns, you can still set up Windows 10 after a clean install or on a new device with an offline account. You just need to know where the option is buried, which will depend on whether you are using the Home or Pro edition of the OS.

In this Windows 10 guide, we’ll walk you through the steps to set up Windows 10 with a local account through out-of-box experience.