Windows 11 Home will require a Microsoft account to set up the device

Windows 11 Home

With Windows 11, Microsoft has removed the option that lets you
set up a new device and boot to the desktop with a local
account.

The measure seems to be live with the
first preview of Windows 11, which is available for those
in the Insider program. According to our tests, Windows 10 Home
has removed the option that lets you skip the setup of a
Microsoft account. If you don’t have an active internet
connection and Microsoft account, you cannot continue the
installation process.

This will not affect the existing users and the Microsoft
account is forced only when configuring the new and retail
devices for the first time. On Windows 10, users can skip the
Microsoft account process by disconnecting the internet
connection or by manually switching to a local account.

Windows 11 Microsoft account

While it’s no longer possible to set up a local account during
the first-run experience, you can always ditch the Microsoft
account later.

In other words, you have to go the Microsoft account route for
one time only, which means you can always remove it
post-installation from Windows Settings. This may not be
particularly convenient for the user, but it’s the only
workaround at the moment.

According to Microsoft, there are multiple benefits of linking
your device to a Microsoft account. For example, it enables
Microsoft Office integration in the Start Menu, lets you sync
data across devices, OneDrive is pre-configured and Windows
Store apps like Cortana can be set up easily when the system
itself is using a Microsoft account

If you’re more comfortable with having a local account during
the installation, you’ll need to switch to Windows 10 Pro or
Enterprise where the local account option is still offered. On
Windows 10 Pro, you can choose between a local account or a
Microsoft account directly from the OOBE (installation
process).

It’s worth noting that there are no new limitations for local
accounts. The local accounts will continue to work normally,
but you won’t be able to sync content or make the most out of
Windows 11 Start Menu’s recommended feature.

Similarly, Windows 11’s flagship feature widgets, which brings
MSN feed to the desktop, will also work on devices using local
accounts, but advanced personalization controls work best with
a Microsoft account.

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