The workaround

How to install Windows 11 Home without a Microsoft account

Yes, you can set up a new Windows 11 Home installation with a local account, you just need to know the workaround.

Windows 11 Home OOBE local account option

You can install Windows 11 Home without a Microsoft account using a local account even though the official specifications said you can’t, you only need to know the workaround.

Usually, you would want to use a Microsoft account to set up a clean installation of Windows 11 because it’s a more secure approach, and it offers integration with various cloud services and content syncing across devices. However, despite all the benefits, many people still prefer to use a local account. Also, setting up a computer without a Microsoft account during the out-of-box experience (OOBE) 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 Home with a local account for a more private and traditional experience. If you are setting up Windows 11 Pro, you can use these instructions instead.

Important: This process will delete everything on your device. It’s recommended to make a full backup of your computer before proceeding. You’ve been warned.

How to install Windows 11 Home with a local account

Windows 11 supports many ways of installation, 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 install Windows 11 Home with a local account without a Microsoft account, use these steps:

  1. Start the PC with the Windows 11 USB flash drive.

  2. Press any key to continue.

  3. Click the Next button.

    Windows 11 Setup

  4. Click the Install now button.

    Windows 11 install option

  5. Click the I don’t have a product key option if you are doing a reinstallation. (If Windows 11 Home was already activated after the installation, reactivation would happen automatically.)

    Skip license key option

  6. Select the Windows 11 Home edition (if applicable).

  7. Check the I accept the license terms option.

  8. Click the Next button.

  9. Select the Custom: Install Windows only (advanced) option.

    Windows 11 custom install option

  10. Select each partition in the hard drive you want to install Windows 11 and click the Delete button. (Usually, the “Drive 0” is the drive that contains all the installation files.)

    Delete partitions Windows 11 setup

    Warning: When you delete a partition, it also deletes all the data on the drive. Also, it is not required to delete the partitions from a secondary hard drive.
  11. Select the hard drive (Drive 0 Unallocated Space) to install Windows 11.

    Clean install Windows 11 on unallocated space

  12. Click the Next button.

  13. Select your region setting after the installation on the first page of the out-of-the-box experience (OOBE).

    Windows 11 OOBE region

  14. Click the Yes button.

  15. Select your keyboard layout setting.

    Keyboard layout

  16. Click the Yes button.

  17. Click the Skip button if you do not need to configure a second layout.

  18. If the computer is using an Ethernet connection, it will connect to the network automatically. If you have a wireless connection, you will need to set up the connection manually (a security key may be required).

  19. (Optional) Confirm a name for the computer.

    Windows 11 OOBE name PC

  20. Click the Next button. (The computer will restart automatically.)

  21. Disconnect the network cable or turn off the Wi-Fi to block the internet connection to enable the offline account setup on Windows 11 Home.

  22. Click the Back button from the top-left corner.

    Windows 11 Home offline account

  23. Specify a name to create a local account on Windows 11 Home during installation.

    Create local account during OOBE

  24. Create a strong password for the Windows 11 Home local account.

    Create an account password

  25. Click the Next button.

  26. Confirm the password.

  27. Click the Next button.

  28. Complete the three security questions in case you forget your password.

    Account security questions

  29. Click the Next button.

  30. Confirm your privacy settings that best suit your situation by turning on or off the toggle switch for each setting.

    Windows 11 OOBE privacy settings

  31. Click the Next button.

  32. Click the Next button again.

  33. Click the Accept button.

    Privacy settings continued

Once you complete the steps, Windows 11 Home will complete the installation with a local account that is not connected with any Microsoft products. At this time, you can reconnect the network cable or turn on the Wi-Fi connection.