7 thoughts on “How To Use Windows Local Account [No Password]”

  1. Does this work with setting up a new computer and you have no password or pin to enter as you have instructed to do?
    Or does one first require to set up a password/pin to get this to work?
    Is the procedure for a brand new setup much different? And does Windows “perform better” with a MS account?
    C.B.

  2. Patrick McAuley

    Reading on thurrott.com about Windows 11, I believe the new, wonderful (!?!) version of Windows will not allow local accounts on the Home edition. Of course, that’s the edition most ordinary people use.

    1. With apologies to Dick for jumping in here.

      Hey Patrick,

      My understanding is that this limitation only applies to the installation process and there should be nothing preventing the user from changing over to a local account once Windows 11 is fully installed.

      Could you please provide a link to Thurrott’s article.

      1. Patrick McAuley

        Looks like you’re correct, Jim. Re-reading Paul Thurrott’s article, where he mentions this, he says, “ Windows 11 will controversially require both an Internet connection and a Microsoft account (MSA) during the initial Setup.” The last four words seem to bear out your point. Still, if someone is used to using a local account and gets a new PC with Win11, they’ll have to set up a Microsoft account if they don’t already have one, just to set up the new PC. Then they could switch back to a local account following Dick’s article – assuming the settings stay the same in Win11. Not sure what happens if someone upgrades a PC to Win11 from a Win10 installation that uses a local account.

        The Thurrott article is at: https://www.thurrott.com/windows/windows-11/252299/microsoft-unveils-windows-11

        1. Hey Patrick,

          Not sure what happens if someone upgrades a PC to Win11 from a Win10 installation that uses a local account.

          Good point. I have no idea either. 🙂

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