In Windows 10, Microsoft Account is the default way of signing in. This means that the OS requires your Outlook.com, Hotmail, MSN, or Live ID email address and password to sign-in to Windows. It is still possible to sign in using a local account that does not involve internet-based credentials, but the option to do so is hidden behind various buttons and labels, so it's not clear to many people how to use a local account. In this article, we will see how to install Windows 10 without a Microsoft Account.
Update: If you are installing Windows 10 Creators Update version 1704, see this article: Install Windows 10 Creators Update Without Microsoft Account.
Start installing Windows 10 from a bootable USB drive or your installation DVD. Follow the on-screen instructions until Setup asks you "Who owns this PC?".
On the next page, you will find the option to sign in using a local account at the bottom of the page. Click Skip this step at the bottom of the screen to create the local account in Windows 10:
Then create a new local account:
That's it! You just created a local account which will not send your credentials online and act like a regular user account you used to have in Windows 7.
If you need to create a local account in an already installed copy of Windows 10, see this article:
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