Microsoft has completely removed the ability to continue Windows 11 OS installation using a local account. In other words, a Microsoft account is mandatory if PC users wish to run Windows 11.
The basic version of Windows 11, which is the ‘Home’ edition, simply does not allow new installation to proceed without a Microsoft account. In other words, Microsoft has removed the option that lets users set up a new device and boot to the desktop with a local account.
Windows 11 Home Edition will mandatorily need a Microsoft account:
The first Preview Build of Windows 11 has started rolling out to Windows Insider program participants. The Windows 11 Home Edition, in particular, will mandatorily need a Microsoft account.
According to several people who are experimenting with Windows 11 Preview Builds, the Home Edition of Windows 11 does not allow skipping the creation of a Microsoft Account.
So, it looks like Windows 11 won't allow you to have a local account. pic.twitter.com/p8mAqKcx9l
— Justin of Earlwood (@JustinOEarlwood) June 25, 2021
Previously, Windows OS users could manipulate the setup into continuing with a local account by disconnecting the internet. Assuming the computer was offline, Microsoft allowed the setup to continue.
However, the Windows 11 Home setup will halt completely at the account creation window if the PC is not connected to the Internet.
Microsoft account mandatory only during new device setup or fresh install:
It is interesting to note that Microsoft only seems to insist on creating a Microsoft account under two circumstances.
The setup halts at the account creation process if Windows 11 Home is being installed on a new device. The only other time, the setup halts, is when the PC user is freshly installing the OS on an older device.
Yep TPM 2 and no more local account for Windows 11.
— Pits – C4PO of shitposters inc (@Pits666) June 25, 2021
In other words, Microsoft is allowing local accounts for existing users. Incidentally, Windows 10 OS users can still skip the Microsoft account creation process by disconnecting the internet connection or by manually switching to a local account.
It is important to note that using a Microsoft account with Windows 11 has its benefits. It enables Microsoft Office integration in the Start Menu, lets users quickly and seamlessly sync data across devices. OneDrive is pre-configured and Windows Store apps like Cortana can be set up easily.
Incidentally, nearly every Windows 10 Home Edition user already has a Microsoft account. This is because Microsoft made it exceptionally difficult to continue with a local account for this particular version of Windows OS.