Windows 11 22H2, Installation forces the creation of a Microsoft account, solution

As we announced, Microsoft forces Windows 11 users to create an online account during installation. The latest version of Windows 11 22H2 removes the option to create an account locally. The situation is worrying because it is becoming impossible to keep personal data only on your PC.

Microsoft has made the decision to require Windows 11 22H2 users to have a Microsoft account or to create one during installation. Apart from the issue of personal data protection, the side effect is to prohibit the installation of the operating system if no internet connection is active. On GitHub a simple method to circumvent this very questionable posture has been found.

Windows 11 and the mandatory creation of a Microsoft account, solution

According to this post you have to wait for the Windows 11 22H2 installer to present the screen where an email address (from your Microsoft account) is requested. You must then enter the address “test@test.com” with “test” as the password. Then the installation will fail to connect to the account and you have to click on “next”. Installation should continue without the need for an active internet connection. You can then create a local account.

Please note this method will not work if you are trying to install Windows 11 on a new platform with a network card not recognized by Windows. In this situation the “next” button is broken.

Here is a workaround to enable the “I don’t have internet” link.

  • Hold Shift+F10 to bring up a command prompt.
  • Then type oobebypassnro (o not trailing zero) or oo byp .
  • Press Enter.

This should activate the “I don’t have internet” link and you will be able to configure Windows with a local account.

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