Microsoft has certainly made some improvements in Windows 11, but some of the changes will take some getting used to. We are creatures of habit, and some of the interface differences will make some tasks harder, at least at first. And avoiding a Microsoft account has become even more difficult in Windows 11, but it’s still possible.
In this story I’ll show you workarounds that will help you overcome some of the difficulties Windows 11 introduces if you’re used to working in Windows 10.
1. Setting up Windows without a Microsoft account
Since Windows 8, Microsoft has pushed people to log in to their Microsoft account (or create one) when clean installing Windows or when setting up a new device out of the box, to the annoyance of those who would prefer to use a local account that’s not connected to Microsoft’s servers. Microsoft is getting even more aggressive with this in Windows 11, stating in the system requirements, “Windows 11 Home edition requires internet connectivity and a Microsoft account.”