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Bypass Microsoft Account Set-Up on Windows 8.1 Upgrade

After upgrading to Windows 8.1, it asks you to accept the EULA. Then immediately, it wants you to associate your Microsoft account with your local account. If you don't have one, it forces you to create one. Microsoft doesn't give you the option to bypass this step. But here is a quick work around that I have used successfully on two laptops.

If your computer is wired to the network, you can go back to the beginning of account setup, unplug the network cable, then move forward again. When it comes time to associate the Microsoft account, Windows 8.1 detects no network connectivity and gives you the option to bypass the association.

If you use a laptop and is using the wireless network, there should be a method to disable the WiFi adapter via the keyboard. Once you disable it, Windows 8.1 will think you do not have a network adapter and bypass the Microsoft account association automatically.

If you have a desktop computer and is using a wireless card, then it may be more problematic. I haven't faced this problem myself. But my guess is you'll have to pull out the wireless network card. That may be more work than actually associating an Microsoft account to your local account.

Wed, 23 Oct 2013 22:09:29 +0400

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