Office Home & Student 2021 account question

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  1. Posts : 120
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    Office Home & Student 2021 account question


    I got Office Home & Student 2021 on my latest computer and I don't want to create an email account for activation for privacy reasons. And I definitely don't want my email address trailing me around everytime I create a document.

    Is there anyway to get around this like you can with activating Windows 10 and Windows 11 and using a local account?

    Thanks
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  2. Posts : 13,983
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    A free alternative to installed E-Mail Clients is Outlook free personal email and calendar from Microsoft [which used to be both Hotmail.com and Outlook.com], Webmail/Online E-Mail and work on Win10 and Win11 computers with only Local Accounts. But if disconnected from the Internet when trying to activate it may offer a phone number for offline activation.
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  3. Posts : 1,223
    W10-Pro 22H2
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    Just create a scratch email account (on Outlook.com or gmail, for example), then never use it.
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  4. Posts : 120
    Windows 10 Pro 22H2
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    Berton said:
    A free alternative to installed E-Mail Clients is Outlook free personal email and calendar from Microsoft [which used to be both Hotmail.com and Outlook.com], Webmail/Online E-Mail and work on Win10 and Win11 computers with only Local Accounts.
    Does it have to be a microsoft email account?

    Berton said:
    But if disconnected from the Internet when trying to activate it may offer a phone number for offline activation.
    I've never seen an option for that.

    mngerhold said:
    Just create a scratch email account (on Outlook.com or gmail, for example), then never use it.
    Yeah, the thing is if I don't remember to log into it for a long time, I may find that email account eventually disabled. Then I'd be really stuck.

    I just wondered if there was some way around this. Like entering a license key or something, like the old days
    Last edited by cheaterslick; 22 Feb 2023 at 13:12.
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  5. Posts : 13,983
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    Both Outlook.com and Hotmail.com did use an address in the manner of snicklefritz@hotmail.com or snicklefritz@outlook.com and will require a password. Outlook – free personal email and calendar from Microsoft It's been a number of years since I got my Hotmail account, back in the late '90s and Outlook came a few years later, stated intent was to merge Hotmail into Outlook but it was some years later that it actually happened then everything merged into outlook.live.com. I don't recall from back then that the Microsoft account as used in setting up a new computer was used. There is another free E-Mail that may work, Free email accounts | Register today at mail.com.
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  6. Posts : 120
    Windows 10 Pro 22H2
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    What about Protonmail.com?

    I have accounts there and I visit them all the time and it's secure
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  7. Posts : 13,983
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    cheaterslick said:
    What about Protonmail.com?

    I have accounts there and I visit them all the time and it's secure
    Don't know why that wouldn't work.
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  8. Posts : 123
    Windows 10 Creators
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    I have the same issue, I do not want a Microsoft Account at all. Is there anyway to install Office without one just a local account?
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  9. Posts : 9,780
    Mac OS Catalina
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    Murphcid said:
    I have the same issue, I do not want a Microsoft Account at all. Is there anyway to install Office without one just a local account?
    No, you need to set it up with a Microsoft account if you want to save files to Onedrive and especially if you are paying monthly. Otherwise if you paid outright you just enter the product id.
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  10. Posts : 123
    Windows 10 Creators
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    bro67 said:
    No, you need to set it up with a Microsoft account if you want to save files to Onedrive and especially if you are paying monthly. Otherwise if you paid outright you just enter the product id.
    I never save to the cloud or one drive, and it forces me to have a Microsoft account to load. I always purchase the stand alone version since I refuse to pay yearly, and want software that I control (theoretically) on my computers. There is no way to not set up a Microsoft Account and only have a local account that I have been able to find.
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