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    My wife has ordered a new Lenovo laptop.  It comes with Win10 Home.  She is transitioning from a Macbook and does not want to have to mess with a MS account.  I have read that on Win11 you can set up a local account by preventing the PC from accessing the internet during setup.  Is Win10 the same?

    Is there anything else that should be done to prevent or minimize any MS account creation badgering during routine use?

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    • #2467722

      Correct, same process.  Keep the unit off the Internet during the account setup.

      Susan Bradley Patch Lady

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      • #2468044

        Susan,  You never cease to amaze me with that vast encyclopedia between your ears.

        Is there some way we can clone your brain and patent the invention, for future generations?

        There’s complexity “C”,  then there’s the formula for Susan’s brain:  C^googolplex

        (no connection to the company).

        https://www.techtarget.com/whatis/definition/googol-and-googolplex

        • #2468047

          p.s.  rumors on the street now say, when you reach 10,000 “thanks” here, Elon Musk has offered you a round-trip to Mars, where you will teach his vast population of AI robots to stop running into each other.

          Your solution will solve a serious shortage of parts, like arms and toes.

          Name your price (money is no object).

    • #2467723

      Good Question. I would also like to know so I signed up to view replies.

    • #2467830

      Thank you!  My wife is one of those people who believes you should be able to turn it on and it will just work so my next challenge is convincing her to let me help with setup.   Wish you could help with that.

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    • #2468314

      Thank you!  My wife is one of those people who believes you should be able to turn it on and it will just work so my next challenge is convincing her to let me help with setup.   Wish you could help with that.

      I’m not drawing comparisons, just commenting on similarities.

      I’ve just set up an old laptop for my 4-yr-old granddaughter who can barely pronounce patience, let alone understand the concept.

      I used a customised Windows 10 Decrapifier script to get rid of the default bloat so it booted as quick as possible and set Windows logon to be automatic, with a shortcut in the Run folder to open CBeebies’ games full-screen.

      She’s happy and thinks she’s independent, not knowing what went on under the surface to make it a safe environment for her. Next year I expect her to be writing the AI for SpaceX. 🙂

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    • #2468333

      Small businesses IT folks who setup PC’s for employees can relate to the amount of work required to make a PC as secure yet employee friendly as possible, each one unique to a job scope.  Employees still had to login to the domain though.

      Most employees welcome help.  My wife will unbox her new PC and expect to turn it on and start using it.  This should be fun, especially with her transitioning from a Macbook (my daughter set that one up).  I’ll be reviewing the Windows 10 Decrapifier.  Thanks for the reminder about it.

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    • #2469819

      My wife’s new Lenovo Win10 laptop has arrived.  I did not have any problem setting up two local user accounts (admin & standard) but have just discovered that a Microsoft account is required to get it out of S mode.  My web research hasn’t hit on anything that I would consider reliable although I found this in a post on answers.microsoft.com:

      “There is no way to disable S Mode without a Microsoft Account, because that can only be done by accessing the Microsoft Store.  To get around that, you can create one Microsoft Account to use on those PC’s, then log into the store to switch out of S Mode.  Then in the Settings App, go to Accounts – Your Info, there will be one of two options available, ‘Sign in With a Local Account’ or ‘Stop using this account to automatically log into Apps’.  Choosing either of those options would remove your Microsoft Account form the PC and it would switch back to the original local account.”

      Do I need to create an account for her, get Win10 out of S mode, and then do the above?

      What would happen if I used my MS account to get her machine out of S mode?

      Any other suggestions?

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      • #2469827

        Humor Break:  you do remember the GM marketing disaster they suffered in Mexico?

        When GM started selling the Chevrolet Nova in Mexico City,

        nobody would buy it because “No Va” in Spanish means “NO GO”!

        My friend’s Lenovo laptop was one headache after another.

        So, we called it Le No Va!

        (Hopefully, your experience will be far superior.)

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      • #2469835

        You can use your MS account.  It just needs ‘an’ account and then you can go back to the local account.

        Susan Bradley Patch Lady

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    • #2469917

      Thank you Susan.  That worked.  This is my first foray into setting up a new Win10 PC.  If Win11 is worse, well, just shoot me!

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      • #2469948

        The “secret” is no longer secret:  Susan is a GENIUS!!

        So, how do we clone Susan ASAP??

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