But Windows 10 users are annoyed that Microsoft has hidden the local account option when setting up a new PC or reinstalling Windows 10. A user on a popular Reddit thread notes that the local account option is now invisible if the device is connected to the internet.
"Either run the setup without being connected to the internet, or type in a fake phone number a few times and it will give you the prompt to create a local account," Froggyowns suggested as a solution.
Windows 10 users are accusing Microsoft of employing 'dark-pattern' techniques to usher them off local accounts, referring to tricks on websites that software makers use to choose an option that benefits the seller.
The recent news about Windows 10 has been focused primarily on a series of faulty updates that caused a range of problems for users. But now something new has come to light that will take attention away from Microsoft's shoddy quality control -- the fact that it is starting to practically force users into using an online Microsoft account rather than a local, offline one.
The change was noted in the Home edition of Windows 10 version 1903 (Windows 10 May 2019 Update). During the installation of the operating system, users are presented with the option to "Sign in with Microsoft", with no mention of alternatives. So, what's going on?
The story started out with numerous users reporting that they were unable to create a local account when installing Windows 10. This was later confirmed by Chris Hoffman at How-To Geek who sought to get the to bottom of the matter.
It seems that if a computer is connected to the internet -- as most will be -- Windows 10 hides the option to create a local user account, forcing users into signing into a Microsoft account instead. This is what happened in the Home edition of Windows 10 1903, at least, in the Pro edition, users are given the option of joining a domain as well.
I just experienced this today when setting up a new system for a friend. Before, when it asked you for a microsoft account you could just push next and it would allow you to setup a local account. When I tried that, it just kept asking for a valid email.
I've installed windows 3 or 4 times in the last month on various drives and I always set them up off-line, trying to remember the 24-bit password I have on my MS account is impossible. Of course, I'm installing the pro version but no option that I recall to join a domain, I always start with a local account until I can get in and install my PW manager and from there sign in with my MS account credentials as well as plugging in the activation key for the OS.
Hell I even hate going through the stupid three security questions it's pointless well it's got a point it's just a point for very stupid people that can't remember a password but MS expects them to remeber three security questions and answers
Only really silly people install 10 connected to the internet.
Have never installed any version of Redmond's disaster's, whilst being connected to the internet.
Mostly due to faulty drivers being downloaded and installed automatically into my system, without my consent. Also when using any version of Microsoft always better to install by removing any modem cable connections, to the net.
Has saved me numerous problems by following this method. Who knows how long before Redmond DEMAND's that we all be connected online before installing their rubbish, onto our virginal hardware.