Windows 10 goes out of its way to force you to use a Microsoft account. The option was already hidden, but now it’s not even offered in Windows 10 Home when you’re connected to the internet. Here’s how to create a local account anyway.
We tested this with the latest stable version of Windows 10. This is version 1903, also known as the May 2019 Update. You will have to go through this setup process after installing Windows 10 yourself or if you get a new PC with Windows 10 installed.
Windows 10 Home: Disconnect from the Internet
Windows 10 Home does not have a visible option to set up Windows without a Microsoft account when you are connected to the internet.
In any case, in order to create a local user account, you need to disconnect from the Internet at this point in this installer. If you are connected via a wired connection, disconnect the Ethernet cable.
If you are using Wi-Fi, you can skip the Wi-Fi connection process at the beginning of the setup wizard (click the back icon on the top toolbar in Windows 10 Setup to go back). You can also press the Airplane Mode button on your laptop to turn it off — it could be one of the function keys above the number keys on your laptop keyboard. If all else fails, you can always just unplug your wireless router for a minute. It’s radical, but it will work.
If you try to create a Microsoft account while it’s disabled, Windows 10 will display an error message and give you a «Skip» button. This button skips the Microsoft account screen and allows you to set up a local user account.