While performing a clean install of the most recent Windows Insider build (18922), I noticed something I really dislike. I do not like the way Microsoft is making the option to set up Windows 10 using a local offline account more and more obscure. What’s worst is that they are doing it on purpose. I believe they’re trying to force users to set up Windows 10 computers using a Microsoft Account (MSA) by making it harder and harder to find a way to set up Windows using a local account.
Please do not misunderstand me. I am a huge fan of MSA, and I more or less always use it. I just want to set up my devices using a local account simply to name my user profile the way I like it. Then, I connect the local account to an MSA first thing after I get to the desktop. This allows me to name my profile explicitly, rather than abstracting from my MSA name string to name the associated user profile.
That’s right. When you set up Windows 10 using an MSA, the profile name and folder is a five character acronym based on the first and last names in the MSA email address:
– If my Win10.guru partner Ed Tittel had a typical MSA, first and last name separated with a dot and both written in lower case, his profile folder would be named as edtit.
– MSA user Jo.Brainwaith@email_provider.com, first letter in first and last name in upper case would have a profile folder JoBra.
– Mrs. Betty Ivana Tchaikosky with MSA email b.i.tchaikovsky@email_provider.com would have her user profile named as bitch.
Quote from my earlier post Microsoft Account vs. Local Account – Why not both?
Until recently, the option to set up a Windows 10 device with a local account was already somewhat obscured. In fact, the user had to know what Offline Account means:
Now, the Windows Insider build 18922 shows a new screen after you select Offline account:
Not only is that obscure, but telling users that continuing set up with a local account is a “limited experience” is really misleading. To my way of thinking it’s not necessarily limited at all, because it gives me better control over my user profile (and user folder) name.
Not good, Microsoft! You really should make it easier for us users to find options like this, not deliberately make things more and more difficult. And shame on you, to use language (“limited experience”) that makes users who want to control profile and folder names doubt their choice.
Author: Kari Finn
A former Windows Insider MVP, Kari started in computing in the mid 80’s writing code for VAX / VMS systems. Since then, he’s worked in a variety of IT positions. He specializes in Windows image capture, customization, repair and deployment as well as Hyper-V virtualization. Kari is a proud Team Member at number #1 Windows site TenForums.com.