- Aug 17, 2014
In December 2022, Microsoft released a Windows 11 preview build with the ability to use Windows Widgets without a Microsoft Account. It is a much-needed change that made Widgets more usable, especially with third-party offerings now slowly appearing in the Microsoft Store. After a couple of months of testing, the Microsoft Account-less Widgets arrived in the stable channel, bringing the change to all Windows 11 users.
If you prefer using Windows 11 with a local account, opening the Widgets Board will present you with the default widgets layout and a news feed. You can remove existing widgets and add new ones by clicking the button with a plus icon. Of course, the company still wants you to use a Microsoft Account, so you get an extra banner with a prompt to sign in.
Getting the latest Windows Widgets improvements requires installing the Windows Web Experience Pack version 423.3000.10.0 or newer. You can download it from the Microsoft Store using this link. If you are not a fan of Windows Widgets and prefer to keep them off, uninstalling the Web Experience Pack using winget is one way to get rid of them.
Microsoft has released an updated Windows Web Experience Pack, bringing the ability to use Windows Widgets without a Microsoft Account from Windows Insiders to all Windows 11 Stable users.