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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 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.
You could easily skip this requirement in older releases and continue offline with a local account, but this will no longer be possible on Windows 11 22H2 and later. 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 post, we will be setting up Windows 11 22H2 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.
Install Windows 11 without internet connection
1. On the Oops, you’ve lost internet connection or Let’s connect you to a network page, use the keyboard shortcut to bring up Windows Command Prompt window.
2. In Command Prompt, type the OOBE\BYPASSNRO command to bypass network requirements on Windows 11 and press Enter.
3. The computer will restart automatically, and the out-of-box experience (OOBE) will start again.
4. Click the I don’t have internet option.
5. Click the Continue with limited setup option.
6. Click the Accept button (if applicable). And Now you will see the window to configure the name of the default local account on Windows 11.