How to manage your security questions for a local Windows account

Choose to set up Windows 10 or 11 with a local account, and you’re required to select three security questions to answer if you ever get locked out. Those questions include the typical ones, such as your first pet’s name, the first name of your oldest cousin, and the name of your first school. But you can always change those questions and their answers if you don’t like the initial ones. That option is readily accessible in Windows 10 but not in Windows 11. Here’s how the process works.

You first see the option for creating an account early in the Windows setup. Of course, Microsoft wants you to use a Microsoft account so the company doesn’t make it easy to choose a local account instead. But it’s doable and works the same in Windows 10 and 11.

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Create a local accountAt the screen asking how you would like to set up Windows, choose the option Set up for personal use.The next screen is where you would start veering toward a local account. In Windows 10, select Offline account. In Windows 11, select Sign in Options and then select

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