Need to install wifi driver for latest W11 clean install on real machine


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Hi folks
latest builds of windows need an Internet connection -- but I need a wifi driver for a wifi-usb device (this machine only has an internal LAN NIC and there's no way of reaching either a switch or an extender via cable) So how Gurus can I do it. I need to inject the driver presumably into the install phase.

On older versions of windows during install you were always given an option to load a disk if you needed special drivers.

Sometimes "Over simplification" actually makes things worse.

Surely a base windows should be installable when you can then add drivers and continue.

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Jimbo, does the "install Windows 11 with no internet connection" procedure not work anymore? I haven't tried with one of the latest builds so am interested in knowing.
(Shift + F10 at "let's connect to the internet" step, then OOBE\BYPASSNRO at command prompt)
 

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Yes the Offline process worked for me just yesterday. Got my Notebook back from the OEM after a motherboard replacement under warranty. It had also been restored to as-shipped with WIn10 Pro which I set up as a Local Admin account. After all the updates I then Upgraded to Win11 Pro. Before I started the Upgrade I had Disabled the Wi-Fi adapter in Device Manager, just had to pay attention to the prompts until finished, mostly to "I don't have Internet". The only thing I didn't get is the Widgets, have to be signed in.

Should say, I did the Upgrade after using the MCT to get a fresh USB Thumb drive and using it, loaded it in File Explorer and ran the setup.exe file which allows to save data and programs.
 
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