Verified new method to bypass requirement for Microsoft account


MisterEd

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On the shipping build of Windows 11, it was relatively easy to bypass the internet requirement on Windows 11 Home. However, the common workaround of killing "Network Connection Flow" via Task Manager no longer works in the latest Windows 11 preview builds, so users will have to find another way around the internet requirement, if there even is one.

Windows 11 Pro will soon require a Microsoft Account when setting up for the first time

I have verified the following using Insider build 22579. I did not have to have an Internet connection or use a Microsoft account to install Windows 11 Home or Pro. However, I did enable the Internet connection after the first login so I could get Windows updates and browse the Internet.

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.

How to bypass internet connection to install Windows 11
 

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cereberus

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Windows 11 Pro will soon require a Microsoft Account when setting up for the first time

I have verified the following using Insider build 22579. I did not have to have an Internet connection or use a Microsoft account to install Windows 11 Home or Pro. However, I did enable the Internet connection after the first login so I could get Windows updates and browse the Internet.



How to bypass internet connection to install Windows 11
This has been discussed a number of times - key point is you can only do it at the screen when it is asking for internet connection - if you do it earlier e.g. at 1st keyboard entry screen, it gets overridden.
 

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JamieTech

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This works for Windows 10 Home
 

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