In the Windows 11 installation, Microsoft almost forces you to install Windows 11 with a Microsoft account. Luckily there are still options to install Windows 11 with a local account.
There are a few option, but the one that works best for me is by disabling the network adapter.
Disabling the network adapter during installation
- Start the Windows installation. When the installation asks your for your Microsoft account, press
SHIFT + F10. This will launch the command prompt window.
devmgmt.mscas command and hit the enter key. Device Manager will open.
- Click the “Network adapters”. This will show you all the network devices present in your system.
- Right click on the adapter which handles your internet connection (WiFi or ethernet) and choose “Disable device”.
- The device management window asks you for confirmation. Just click “Yes”.
- Close the device manager and command prompt to go back to the Windows installer.
- Hit the “Back” button in the installer. The Windows installer will detect the lack of internet and will proceed the installation with a local account.