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How to bypass internet connection to install Windows 11

Here's the workaround to install Windows 11 without an internet connection and using a local account.

Windows 11 setup bypass internet connection

Windows 11 requires an internet connection to finish the initial setup (out-of-box experience (OOBE)) for the Home and Pro editions starting with build 22557 and higher, but there’s a way to bypass the requirement.

Since Microsoft wants users to connect their computers with a Microsoft account, the company is making changes to the initial Windows 11 setup to make it nearly impossible to continue configuring a new device or clean installation without an internet connection.

If the setup detects that the device doesn’t have a network connection, you will now land on the “Oops, you’ve lost internet connection” page. If you click the “Retry” button, you will get a prompt to connect to the internet. 

In older releases, you were able to easily skip this requirement and continue offline with a local account, but this will no longer be possible in future updates of Windows 11. However, for those who may not have an internet connection at the time of the installation or want a more traditional offline experience, there is a workaround to bypass the requirement and finish configuring the out-of-box experience without an internet connection whether you are setting up Windows 11 Pro or Windows 11 Home.

In this guide, you will learn the workaround to continue setting up Windows 11 without an internet connection. These instructions will walk you through the steps to perform a clean installation, but the workaround will also work when setting Windows 11 on any method that may require completing the out-of-box experience.

Important: This process will delete everything on your device. It’s recommended to make a full backup of your computer before proceeding. You’ve been warned.

Install Windows 11 without internet connection

To install Windows 11 without an internet connection, use these steps:

  1. Start the PC with the Windows 11 USB flash drive.

  2. Press any key to continue.

  3. Click the Next button.

    Windows 11 Setup

  4. Click the Install now button.

    Windows 11 install option

  5. Click the I don’t have a product key option if you are doing a reinstallation. If Windows 11 was already activated after the installation, reactivation would happen automatically.

    Skip license key option

  6. Select the edition of “Windows 11” that your license key activates (if applicable).

  7. Check the I accept the license terms option.

  8. Click the Next button.

  9. Select the Custom: Install Windows only (advanced) option.

    Windows 11 custom install option

  10. Select each partition in the hard drive you want to install Windows 11 21H2 and click the Delete button. (Usually, the “Drive 0” is the drive that contains all the installation files.)

    Delete partitions Windows 11 setup

    Warning: When you delete a partition, it also deletes all data on the drive. Also, it is not required to delete the partitions from a secondary hard drive.
  11. Select the hard drive (Drive 0 Unallocated Space) to install Windows 11.

    Clean install Windows 11 on unallocated space

  12. Click the Next button.

  13. Select your region setting after the installation on the first page of the out-of-the-box experience (OOBE).

    Windows 11 OOBE region

  14. Click the Yes button.

  15. Select your keyboard layout setting.

    Keyboard layout

  16. Click the Yes button.

  17. Click the Skip button if you do not need to configure a second layout.

  18. On the “Oops, you’ve lost internet connection” or “Let’s connect you to a network” page, use the Shift + F10 keyboard shortcut.

  19. In Command Prompt, type the OOBE\BYPASSNRO command to bypass network requirements on Windows 11 and press Enter.

    Oobe bypassnro command

  20. The computer will restart automatically and the out-of-box experience (OOBE) will start again.

    Quick note: You will need to select the region and keyboard settings one more time to get to the network connection page.
  21. Click the I don’t have internet option.

    Windows 11 OOBE don't have internet

  22. Click the Continue with limited setup option.

    Continue with limited setup

  23. Click the Accept button (if applicable).

  24. Confirm the name of the default local account on Windows 11.

    Create local account

  25. Click the Next button.

  26. Create a password for the account.

    Create local account password

  27. Click the Next button.

  28. Confirm the account password.

  29. Click the Next button.

  30. Select and complete the three security questions to recover the account.

    Configure local account security questions

  31. Click the Next button.

  32. Choose your privacy settings.

    Windows 11 OOBE privacy settings

  33. Click the Next button.

  34. Click the Next button again.

  35. Click the Accept button.

Once you complete the steps, Windows 11 will continue the installation on the computer.