Windows 11 setup: Which user account type should you choose?

When you set up a Windows PC for the first time, you’re required to create a user account that will serve as the administrator for the device. Depending on your Windows edition and network setup, you have a choice of up to four separate account types.

On business editions (Pro, Pro for Workstations, Enterprise, and Education), the Windows Setup program asks you to choose whether you want to set the PC up for personal use or for use on a network managed by your organization, as shown below. If you choose the second option, you can set up the PC using an account in your Windows Active Directory domain or you can sign in using an Azure Active Directory account, such as the one associated with an Office 365 Business or Enterprise subscription.

This choice is only available with Windows 10 Pro or Enterprise

On Windows 10 Home edition, that choice isn’t available, and you’re limited to only the personal options: a local account or a Microsoft account. The Setup program is extremely persistent about trying to coax you into signing in with a Microsoft account. Windows 11 Home edition gives you only the option for a Microsoft account, although can

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