- Windows 11 OOBE experience gains the option to install network drivers.
- The option will allow users to provide drivers to install Ethernet and Wi-Fi adapters.
- It’s unclear when the option will roll out to everyone.
Microsoft is working to add a new option to install network drivers through the initial setup of Windows 11. In the latest preview of the operating system (build 25977) in the Canary Channel, X user @WilliamLenharo (via Neowin) has come across a new option in the Out-of-box Experience (OOBE) that allows users to install the required network drivers.
Usually, the Windows 11 Setup process is able to detect and install most Ethernet and Wireless adapters automatically. However, depending on the hardware in question, sometimes the setup cannot see the adapter, and the user is unable to continue with the initial setup experience since the operating system requires an internet connection to create a Microsoft account.
As a result, starting on Windows 11 build 25977 and higher releases, during the OOBE, more specifically on the “Let’s connect you to a network” page, Microsoft is adding a new “Install driver” option that you can use to provide the correct drivers to install the network adapter and continue with the setup and allow the system to download new features and security updates.
In the case that Windows 11 is unable to detect the network adapter, you will have to download it from your manufacturer’s website using a different computer.
While this is a welcome addition, it’s not the only change. The company has been updating the Out-of-box Experience with different improvements, including changes that make restoring your computer from backup easier if the device had previously enabled the settings from the Windows Backup app.
Also, it’s now possible to use Voice Access during the initial setup from the Accessibility menu, and the “Let’s customize your experience” page includes a new “Development” option to help users set up the computer with a development environment.
Since the new drivers option is available through the Canary Channel, it’s unclear when the company plans to roll out this feature.