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Create local account in Windows 11 22H2 setup

By editing the registry or executing a command in the initial setup of Windows 11 Home, you can create a local account user even in “version 22H2”. The Pro version allows you to create a local account with only a selection operation. This page introduces how to create a local account in the initial settings of Windows 11 22H2 setup.

How to create a local account in Windows 11 setup default settings

In version 21H2, you could create a local account just by disconnecting from the internet, but in version 22H2, the specification changed and you can’t skip the Microsoft account. As a workaround, you can skip the Microsoft account by editing the registry and create a “local account user”.

Disconnect the internet connection on the initial setting screen

The operation here is to disconnect the Internet connection on the initial setting screen . Also, the explanation is divided into cable connection and Wi-Fi connection. There is no problem in disconnecting from the network on any screen, from initial settings to creating a Microsoft account. 

disconnect internet connection

■ When connected to the Internet with a network cable

If you have a network cable connection, unplug the cable to disconnect the internet connection. When the internet connection is cut off, please proceed to the operation to create a local account in the next section.

■ When connected to the Internet via Wi-Fi
  • If you can turn Wi-Fi “on/off” by operating the PC, turn it “OFF” and disconnect the Internet connection. When the internet connection is cut off, please proceed to the operation to create a local account in the next section.
  • If you can move to a place where you don’t have Wi-Fi , go and disconnect from the internet. If the connection is lost, proceed to the operation to create a local account in the next section.
  • If you cannot operate the Wi-Fi on the PC itself or cannot move , please disconnect the Internet connection by following the method of “Disconnecting the Wi-Fi connection by initial settings” below.
Disconnect Wi-Fi in initial settings
1. On the initial settings screen, press “Shift” and “F10” on the keyboard to start the command prompt.
You can do this on any of the initial setup screens before creating an account. 2. Type start ms-settings: in the command prompt and press Enter to open Windows Settings.

> start ms-settings:

 3. When Settings opens, click “Network and Internet” in the item.
 4. Click the switch button under “Wi-Fi” to change it to “Off”.
 5. If “Not connected” is displayed at the top of the setting screen, the Wi-Fi network disconnection is complete. Close the settings with the “X” button. 
It’s OK to leave the command prompt open. Proceed to the operation to create a local account in the next section.

Setting to create a local account by default

The operation here involves two operations : starting the registry editor, setting by editing the registry, and then restarting the computer .

Also, even if you don’t start the registry editor, you can also edit the registry automatically by entering commands , although the characters to be entered are long. The result is the same, so work with it however you like. 

Operation to create a local account

  • Edit with Registry Editor
  • Automatic registry editing by command input
■ Edit with Registry Editor

You can also use the command introduced below, but since the input characters are long, it is easy to make mistakes. 1. Press “Shift” and “F10” on your keyboard to launch Command Prompt.
 2. Type regedit in Command Prompt and press Enter.

> regedit

 3. When the Registry Editor starts, click the ” > ” icon next to the key name, expand it in the following order, and click ” OOBE ” to select it.

  • Microsoft
  • Windows
  • CurrentVersion
  • OOBE

 4. Create a new “value”.
Right-click ” OOBE “, move the mouse to “New” in the menu, and click ” DWORD (32-bit) ” in the displayed submenu to create a new “DWORD value”.
 5. Rename the value. Rename
the newly created DWORD Value to BypassNRO .
You can change the name later or by right-clicking the value and selecting “Rename” from the menu.
6. Double-click the renamed ” BypassNRO ” to open “Edit Value” and change the value data “0” to ” 1 “.

This completes the registry editing operation for creating a local account. Close the Registry Editor with the “X” button. Proceed to the next step to restart your computer .

■ Automatic registry editing by command input

If you enter the following command in the command prompt and press the “Enter” key, the same operation as “Edit the registry” above will be automatically executed and completed.

> reg add HKLM\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\OOBE /v BypassNRO /t REG_DWORD /d 1 /f

If “This operation completed successfully” is displayed, automatic editing of the registry is complete. Proceed to the next step to restart your computer .

Restart computer from default settings

After editing the registry, type the following command into Command Prompt and press Enter to restart your computer.

> shutdown /r /t 0

Shutdown is fine if you want to initialize later. Shutdown changes ‘ /r ‘ to ‘ /s ‘. shutdown command Tips;
You can restart the command with the ” /r ” option alone, but a dialog will be displayed and you will have to wait. You can reboot immediately by adding the ” /t ” time option and ” 0 ” seconds.
If you change ” /r ” to ” /s ” option, you can shutdown instead of reboot.

Create a local account user by default

This section describes how to create a local account user by avoiding network connection requests. 1. When the initial settings start, the message “Is this the area you live in?” is displayed. Check the country name and click “Yes”.
 2. Click Yes when asked “Is this the correct keyboard layout or input method?”
 3. “Would you like to add a second keyboard layout?” This is a setting to add a non-Japanese keyboard layout.
Click “Skip” if you don’t need it. Adding a keyboard can be set even after installation.
 4. When “Let’s connect to the network” is displayed, click ” I’m not connected to the Internet “.
 5. When “Connect now and start using your device immediately” is displayed, click ” Continue with limited settings “.
 6. Create a local account user from here
When “Who will use this device?” is displayed, enter the “user account name” in the “Name” box and click “Next”.

* As mentioned in “PC name”, it is recommended to use half-width alphanumeric characters for the user name . In Japanese, problems may arise, such as the inability to use foreign-controlled apps. 7. Set password

  • In the password box, enter your password and click Next.
  • When the “Confirm Password” screen appears, enter the same password again in the box and click “Next”.

 8. Create a security question for this account
*This setting is required.

  • If you forget your password, you can process it by answering the question.
  • Select the content of the question, enter “Answer” and click “Next”.
  • The question and answer should have 3 types of content.
  • The content of the question once selected cannot be used.

9. Choosing Device Privacy Settings

  • You can make settings such as sending location information and Windows 11 usage status to Microsoft. Click the switch button to disable (No) or enable (Yes).
  • If you click “Next” when the setting is completed, the setting will be displayed, so set it and click “Next”.
  • Click the Agree button when it appears. Click to reboot and start the final configuration.

 *Even after setup, you can make more detailed settings in “Settings” -> “Privacy and Security”. 10. Final configuration of setup with Windows 11 local account creation

  • “This may take a few minutes.” is displayed, and after another message is displayed, “It is almost completed” is displayed, so please wait for a while.
  • It may restart automatically depending on the environment. Also, please do not force quit just because you are not progressing.

 11.When the home screen of Windows 11 is displayed, setup with a local account user is complete.
Disconnect Wi-Fi network, turn it back to “On” if you have done it from the settings.

How to choose to create a local account in the initial setup of the Pro version

Windows11 22H2 Pro version does not require network disconnection or registry editing. On the “Let’s add a Microsoft account” screen, go to “Sign-in options” → “Offline accounts” and then select ” Join a domain instead “. 

  • Click “Sign-in options” and then click “Offline accounts”.
  • When you see “Sign-in options”, click ” Join a domain instead “.

Other operations are the same except for “Two network connection requests” in Creating a

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