HP Windows Laptop Setup is Atrocious

I set up an HP Laptop for someone and the Windows setup is absolutely horrendous.

There’s no way around using a Microsoft account, but when you enter an invalid login (a), you can proceed setting up a local account anyway.

Everything being setup up to my disliking aside, Microsoft installs its own services adware and additional third-party adware you can’t uninstall, and HP does the same, installing even more scamware. Disgusting.

If you can evade it, Windows is not appropriate to use anymore. Microsoft is pushing their cloud and services hard, making a safe and secure Windows setup infeasible for any but the most dedicated tech-savy users that are willing to put in the effort of cleanup.