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Windows 11 setup issues

I have installed about 25 PCs so far this year for various very small office customers, and they all still had Win10 on them from the factory so it was easy.  Now today is my first one that came with Win11.  This is going to be a standalone PC out in the warehouse, which was never a problem to set up with Win10 as a local PC, but today with Win11 I had to log in to MS on the front end based on everything I could find online.  So I set up a new MS account for this purpose so I could move on.  


But unlike Win10 it never asked me "who will be using this computer", and it never gave me an option to create a Windows password instead insisting that I set up a PIN.


The local user name is not a big deal and I sure don't want to go back and change it now--unless there is a way to change the user name without it setting up a whole new user desktop and all that stuff.  But I would like to know for future reference if there is a way to define the local user name as with Win10 and earlier versions.  I'm not sure, but it looks like it used the first five letters of the MS login I made up...which is not at all what I wanted.


More important is how I can log in to Windows on this PC with a password rather than a PIN.  I can't find anywhere to do that.


And if there is a way I can delete that MS account from this new PC I need to know the steps.  I never had to have an MS account with Win10 PCs I set up, and I prefer to not have it now...on this PC that will be used for one app only out in the warehouse.  TIA





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It is Pro.  In past versions I always left the new PC disconnected from the internet during the setup so I could do exactly what you said.  But so many articles said I could not longer do that with Win11, so I gave in and did it the way MS expects.

Now that I am in this mess, I need to know how to make the changes outlined in my question--assuming there are solutions.
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The process described in my linked thread works with the current Win11 Pro "out of the box".

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Making me wish I had seen that link earlier, but since I didn't and this new computer is now up and running, I need to find a way to solve those problems I listed...if there is a way.
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Now you've created an account you should be able to create a local admin account within it log into that and delete the original profile. 

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I could never find a way anywhere to login using anything other than a PIN.  I've see that option in the past right there on the login screen, but not in this case with this new Win11 install.  And once logged in when I would go to the control panel it would give me login options such as changing the PIN and using a thumbprint etc., but nothing I could see about logging in with a password.  Where is that option?

Our plan is to use a microsoft account login we created for every new Win11 PC we install, because many of our small customers have no MS login and don't want one.  So I was alarmed today when installing a second Win11 PC for a different customer when it placed some of the same icons on the desktop just now that I had used on the PC I installed a few days ago (when I started this question).  

That confirmed to me what everyone is saying above, that as soon as I finally get logged in with our shared MS account, then go set up a new local user before installing any apps.  I noticed that when I added the local account it gave me no options to set a password, so I had to do so by clicking on "lost my password" when logging in to the new local user.  Is there an easier way?



Likely it copied data from your or another MS account.   When using MS accounts, it does stuff it thinks need doing, without asking.  Its great, when using them as intended.  However, outside that it can be problematic.

If you had to use one to get the new Windows working, it will copy all sorts of settings, data to the new setup, thinking its your additional PC.


"Is there an easier way? ": when setting up a local user, I intentionally don't start with a password.  That lets me skip the security questions.  Then I log in as that user, hit Ctrl-Alt-Del and select change password to set a password.


As far as the PIN goes, when you are presented with that login screen, aren't there a couple of icons below, one of which will let you choose the security method, password being one of those?