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When installing Windows 11, if you want to get around having to connect to the internet and login with a MS account, you can enter the command prompt and run:
oobe\bypassnro

I always thought oobe was the command and \bypassnro was an option switch, and I found it completely odd there was no space in there. I was wrong. The command prompt opens in C:\Windows\System32. In \Windows\System32, is a folder called oobe. And inside the oobe folder is bypassnro.cmd. So, that is what you are running with the command oobe\bypassnro.

The bypassnro.cmd is a script which contains:
@echo off
reg add HKLM\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\OOBE /v BypassNRO /t REG_DWORD /d 1 /f
shutdown /r /t 0

So, it is really a registry key that causes oobe to not require a network, and then subsequently allow you to create a local account on a clean install.
 

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When installing Windows 11, if you want to get around having to connect to the internet and login with a MS account, you can enter the command prompt and run:
oobe\bypassnro

I always thought oobe was the command and \bypassnro was an option switch, and I found it completely odd there was no space in there. I was wrong. The command prompt opens in C:\Windows\System32. In \Windows\System32, is a folder called oobe. And inside the oobe folder is bypassnro.cmd. So, that is what you are running with the command oobe\bypassnro.

The bypassnro.cmd is a script which contains:
@echo off
reg add HKLM\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\OOBE /v BypassNRO /t REG_DWORD /d 1 /f
shutdown /r /t 0

So, it is really a registry key that causes oobe to not require a network, and then subsequently allow you to create a local account on a clean install.
Of course, now this is known, what is the betting MS remove that cmd file in release version?

Probably a good idea to make a copy now, so it can be added to the installation usb to save having to type the command in manually.

Naturally, MS could go one stage further and fully hard code to require network.

I think they have a Whack-A-Mole department for this sort of thing.

Edit: Just tested it, and it works great - some minor points to note:

1) You have to press shift+f10 at screen asking for internet, as it does no work if you do it earlier in oobe process (at least not from first screen)

2) Upshot of this is you go through oobe from scratch, so no point in adding additional keyboards first time round before you press shift+f10.

3) Obviously, disconnect from internet, before install OS. If installing on Hyper-V, do not forget to change virtual switch setting to "not connected" (I presume other vms can do similar).
Alternatively, disconnect from internet on host (I prefer to do former so internet can still be accessed from host).
 
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I think they have a Whack-A-Mole department for this sort of thing.

:lmao:
 

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I have made video for that in this video, i will show you how to set up Windows 11 without an active Internet connection. Microsoft now requires an active Internet connection to set up a computer with both Windows 11 Home and Pro. That requirement became mandatory with the release of build 22557.


 

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Uh-oh. You may have their attention, now. When outside, stop looking up. :wink:

(Ridiculous movie: Enemy of the State.)



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When installing Windows 11, if you want to get around having to connect to the internet and login with a MS account, you can enter the command prompt and run:
oobe\bypassnro

I always thought oobe was the command and \bypassnro was an option switch, and I found it completely odd there was no space in there. I was wrong. The command prompt opens in C:\Windows\System32. In \Windows\System32, is a folder called oobe. And inside the oobe folder is bypassnro.cmd. So, that is what you are running with the command oobe\bypassnro.

The bypassnro.cmd is a script which contains:
@echo off
reg add HKLM\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\OOBE /v BypassNRO /t REG_DWORD /d 1 /f
shutdown /r /t 0

So, it is really a registry key that causes oobe to not require a network, and then subsequently allow you to create a local account on a clean install.

Works either way though, with or without the space between OOBE and \bypassnro.
 

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