NIX Solutions: Microsoft Account vs. Local Account in Windows 11

Microsoft continues to aggressively encourage users to ditch local Windows accounts. Windows 11 Setup no longer makes it easy to bypass the requirement to use a Microsoft account, but users have always been able to switch to a local account after installation, and Microsoft even offers instructions on how to do so on its website. However, this instruction has disappeared for unknown reasons, although the opportunity remains.

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Changing from Microsoft Account to Local Account

The technical support website contains instructions for “Transitioning from a local account to a Microsoft account,” which, as you might guess, helps you stop using a local account in favor of a Microsoft account. On the same page, instructions were previously published describing the reverse process, i.e., switching from a Microsoft account to a local one. It has become known that this instruction, published on June 12, disappeared from the site on June 17 and still remains inaccessible.

Switching to using a local account is quite simple. You need to launch the “Settings” application in Windows 11, open the “Accounts” section, go to the “Your information” section, and select the “Sign in with a local account” option. Next, you just need to follow the on-screen instructions to complete the process.

Speculation on Microsoft’s Intentions

The reason for the disappearance of the instructions for switching to a local account is unknown. Most likely, Microsoft wants as many users as possible to abandon local accounts. Due to this, the process of interaction with devices based on Windows will be similar to how interaction occurs with devices on Android or iOS, where users need to be authorized using Google or Apple accounts, respectively, to access all functions, notes NIX Solutions.

We’ll keep you updated as more information becomes available. Please check for any updates on the official Microsoft support website or follow our latest news for further developments.