Microsoft has removed the ability to create an offline account on new Windows 10 installs unless your PC is offline. Disconnect your network / modem before installing Windows 10.
Another option is to keep trying to create the MS account with a fake phone number until it gives up and lets you create a local offline account.
Bonus tip - if you don't want to set security questions when creating an offline account: create one without a password and then set the password via the control panel after logging in.
@polychrome or, if it's a possibility, consider not using a proprietary OS as they'll always be against your own interests
@lumi that's an absolutely wonderful option for people who don't need to use CAD tools that exists exclusively on Windows and misbehave on both standard Wine and Proton
To each his own, but I buy it not when someone gives the argument they need it for work but use it on their personal machines, too.
@polychrome question: is there a way to create a local account by saying that i want to use it for corperate purposes at setup? this option always offered me to create a local account
@koyu I'd say most likely because you don't want to mess with business and enterprise customers, but it's hard to tell with Microsoft nowadays.
@polychrome i mean i always said that microsoft is going to be an issue to govs and businesses anytime soon. tbh microsoft can screw up the whole european, american, australian and asian economy with a single click (except the countries using linux, because you could patch out malicious functionality if you choose to).
@pea it's still possible to do an offline account - they're just being dicks and hiding it behind a dark pattern. Because dicks.
This toot lacks additional information. Which Win10 build is affected? Where did you get the info from?
This didn't happen last time I was installing Win10 (just a week ago), but for those in the UK there are entire series of valid formatted but unallocated fixed and mobile phone numbers which could be used (they are intended for use in TV and movies, Dr Who's mobile phone is one of these)
Perfect. Although it is questionable why someone is using an operating system with such opressive measures from the beginning.
@polychrome if you really need to use Windows 10 (A Linux alternative, WINE on Linux, and ReactOS all don't work for your application) then just pirate the latest Windows 10 LTSB instead. It is Windows 10 but without all the bloat and consumer-facing bullshit. It is basically the version ATMs and high security corporate workplaces get so it only has the base desktop with no gimmicks and fewer random telemetry apps.
torrent magnet for the latest version:
@polychrome correction, that was a swedish one I think, here is US English with more seeders: magnet:?xt=urn:btih:49a8e924a9867d5cb2f4b12275ce8df4d55f9637&dn=Windows+10+Enterprise+2016+LTSB+X64+en-US+ESD+SEP+2019+%7BGen2%7D&tr=udp%3A%2F%2Ftracker.leechers-paradise.org%3A6969&tr=udp%3A%2F%2Ftracker.openbittorrent.com%3A80&tr=udp%3A%2F%2Fopen.demonii.com%3A1337&tr=udp%3A%2F%2Ftracker.coppersurfer.tk%3A6969&tr=udp%3A%2F%2Fexodus.desync.com%3A6969
@polychrome sounds like you can use the “Join a Domain” option to set up an offline account. But that's super shady and such a dark UX.
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