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If I have a network adapter that is released after Windows 11 is released, is there a way to continue and install the network driver if during the OOBE Windows 11 can't detect the Ethernet connection and the network adapter list on the Let's connect you to a network screen is completely blank and shows nothing? This could happen if there are no inbox network driver for newer network adapters included on future motherboards released after Windows 11 is released. The Home edition requires internet connection and Microsoft Account to complete setup otherwise it will get stuck with no access to desktop to install driver either from motherboard support CD/USB or downloaded from another PC to USB.
 

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Your question is not completely clear because Windows 11 isn't released yet, so the network adapters introduced after its release simply cannot exist right now. So, it's more a theoretic question about possible Home Edition limitation which may or may not happen in the future.
Let's suppose that you already have an adapter which current beta or pre-released Windows 11 cannot detect or detects as unknown device and is unable to install the driver. One possible solution is to install a temporarily network adapter like external USB Wi-Fi and connect to local network or at least a mobile phone hotspot. You can even avoid to connect the OS account to MS account and skip all other network settings before you get normal access to Settings or Device Manager and install your driver normally.

If you ask if it's possible to manually add a specific driver during OS installation or add it to custom ISO or installation media, I didn't have such practice with Windows 11, but maybe someone else did.
 

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I haven't needed to do it, but I presume that there is a "load drivers" function during the installation, like for Windows 10. (Functionally similar to the "F6" thing with older versions of Windows.)

I wonder whether most Ethernet adapters would function with some generic drivers, like the Microsoft Basic drivers for graphics devices?
 

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The Home edition requires internet connection and Microsoft Account to complete setup otherwise it will get stuck with no access to desktop to install driver either from motherboard support CD/USB or downloaded from another PC to USB.
Windows 11 Home does not require an internet connection nor a Microsoft Account to complete setup. When you get to the screen that wants to connect to the internet, and there is no connection available, just press Alt + F4 to continue. Once you get into Windows 11 you can load the driver for the ethernet adapter from a DVD or USB flash drive.
 

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Windows 11 Home does not require an internet connection nor a Microsoft Account to complete setup. When you get to the screen that wants to connect to the internet, and there is no connection available, just press Alt + F4 to continue.
That hasn't worked since build 22000.132

Bree said:
I have just tried a clean install of Win11 Home build 22000.132 in a VM and that Alt+F4 trick no longer works. There is now no way to install W11 Home without an internet connection....
https://www.elevenforum.com/t/install-windows-11-home-using-local-account.23/post-24157

Kari said:
That doesn't work anymore with Windows 11 HOME edition, as @Bree told above. You cannot get through OOBE without Internet connection.
https://www.elevenforum.com/t/install-windows-11-home-using-local-account.23/post-24564
 

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    My SYSTEM THREE is a Dell Latitude 5410, i7-10610U, 32GB RAM, 512GB ssd, Windows 11 Pro.
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