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How to Install Windows 11 without an Internet Connection

How to Install Windows 11 without an Internet Connection

Windows 11 requires an internet connection to complete the initial setup starting with version 22H2 because Microsoft really wants you to connect the computer to a Microsoft account. Not everyone wants to do this for various reasons, but this can make it seemingly impossible to install Windows 11 on a device that is offline. There are some workarounds that let you install Windows 11 without an internet connection and set up your device offline.

In this article, we will show you one method to bypass the internet requirement and install Windows 11 without a network connection. This method is used to bypass the Out Of the Box Experience using the OOBE\BYPASSNRO command in the Command Prompt.  This command modifies the Windows registry and allows you to continue with the setup offline.

To use this method, you need to have a either a bootable DVD or a USB flash drive with the Windows 11 installation media on it. If you don’t have one you can create one using the Microsoft Media Creation Tool or download the ISO file from Microsoft’s website and use a tool like Rufus to make it bootable.

Once you have the bootable USB media ready, follow these steps:

1. Insert the USB drive into your computer and boot from it. You may need to change the boot order in your BIOS or UEFI settings to do this.
2. Go through the normal steps that you would use when installing Windows. When you come to the screen below you are unable to continue unless you are connected to the internet.

Windows 11 Let's connect you to a network screen

3. When you reach the Let’s connect you to a network screen, press Shift + F10 on your keyboard to open the Command Prompt.

Windows 11 bypassnro

4. In the Command Prompt window, type OOBE\BYPASSNRO and press Enter. This will restart your computer and relaunch the setup dialog.

Windows 11 Install without internet

5. On the Let’s connect you to a network screen, click I don’t have internet and on the next screen click Continue with limited setup.

Windows 11 Install continue with limited setup

6. Follow the on-screen instructions to create a local user account and customize your settings. You can also skip some steps by clicking Skip for now or Remind me later.

7. Once you finish the setup, you will be taken to your desktop. You can now connect to the internet if you want and activate Windows 11 using your product key or digital license.

You can see Ram PC Systems selection of Windows 11 compatible computers here.

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