You tested an older build, which isn't relevant anymore.
The complaint here is that the Local Account option is becoming increasingly obscured with newer builds.
just don't install windows, how hard is that.
I'm posting to eat crow. I used to get pissed about all the Microsoft account bullshit that comes with Windows and Office. I mean, pissed. Finally I gave in and allowed Office to connect to Microsoft OneDrive so I could share something with a client. And then I tried a Microsoft PIN account. And then OneDrive version control. And then I tried a stored profile so I could use a computer in an office 200 miles away.
I cannot say what will happen in the future, and I realize this may not be the right solution for everyone, but I've taken some time to learn the tools and right now I can't see anything I don't like about signing in with Microsoft and OneDrive. I am eating crow. Big crow. I feel like I wasted time fighting it.
All the new 1903 builds I do have to be disconnected from the network in order to install a fresh copy without an online account. The start up process literally does not give you an option if you have a WAN connection.
None of these discussions could ever hope to be complete without the obligatory "What about Apple/Google" post
And of course the whole reason most of us here have spent decades tolerating Windows - even in it's latest consumer-gaslighting incarnations - is because it's *not* OSX.
But I can sort of see Microsoft's dilemma. The vast majority of Windows users are not [H]ard. And so even offering a local / cloud account option during setup probably generates a shit ton of confusion and support calls from all the people buying OEM desktops and laptops.
What is a stored profile? Thanks.
It's a step that sounds like it should only be necessary if you are trying to avoid activation servers for piracy. Shouldn't be a step required to legitimately use software the way people want.
It doesn't get around activation, not sure what would have ever given you that idea.
Horrible reporting, but I expect that from ZDNet and Bott. All he does is quote a few forum and Reddit users - he didn't even try it himself to see what was going on!
Then he references an old article which in of itself said that it was much easier to setup a local account with 1903.
Again, a bunch of FUD spewed by the tabloid of tech news. I'm not sure which is worse, ZD or wccftech.
Using the media creation tool, I have installed with Ethernet connected to the Internet both Home and Pro versions of 1903, and every time at the user account section, I had the option to select a local account. No one who claims a different experience has been able to tell me what they are doing differently that makes a difference. Yes, if you have Wi-Fi, don't connect to a network, but you can be connected to the Internet by Ethernet, install Home or Pro of 1903, and select a local account on installation.
I never said it would get around it, wasn't an idea I had. To clarify: I had meant to quote, in the my original posting one of the people mentioning disconnecting from the internet to get it to install how they wanted. I've heard that is not an uncommon step in various cracks for software, usually not a step required for installing legit software.
What, until next year? They run on commercial products that never connect to the internet.
If it wasn't for those, it would be gone. They'll cripple the local account in some way.
I actually have tested this a while back, when someone, I do not recall who, tried to claim that the local account option during setup is gone.
I noticed this for new Windows 10 Home installs on OEM machines - I literally had to create a dummy MS account to get past the setup screen, there was no way to actually use a local account. I guess it sounds like you'd have to boot without internet to get past it otherwise. Really quite stupid.
What's the use case for creating a local user account?