When installing Windows 8.1, at least from a boxed copy (bought from a store), M$ will attempt to make you create a M$ Account to log into the computer, during installation. Here is how to prevent that, and use a local account (like in Windows 8 (not 8.1), 7, and Vista).
Make sure your Ethernet cable is unplugged, and you don't initially connect/setup your wireless. After you finally Windows installed, and it shows your desktop/start screen, you then can plug your cables back in and/or set up the wireless.
This actually is the easiest way to do it. When you allow M$ to force you to create a M$ account, your ID locally is based on what you used as your userid on the account. For me, even on my local account, I don't use my real name. Although you can change to a local account, the userid is still based your M$ account, and to change the ID, "John Q. Public", can be frustrated, so why not do it at the start. Unplugging the Ethernet cable, and not sitting up the wireless for a couple of minutes is a lot easier, than trying to make the change later!
I don't know about using a recovery partition or recovery DVDs, because I install from a boxed copy of Windows 8.1.
Have a great day!
Edited by scotty_ncc1701, 17 August 2014 - 05:41 AM.