Windows 11 Pro for Workstations installation - stuck at "Checking the connection to the Microsoft"


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I'm trying to install Windows 11 Pro for Workstations v22631.3007 bypassing the setup of a Microsoft account and any Internet connections during this process.

Several days ago (with the help of the forum) I was able to do this for Windows 11 Home edition: I deleted OOBENetworkCaptivePortal and OOBENetworkConnectionFlow and created an unattended local account (all these tricks were made because OOBE\BYPASSNRO didn't work).

Now, if I do the similar setup, i.e., delete these two components and adding local user, I'm getting stuck at "Checking the connection to the Microsoft" after the Keyboard layout choice. And nothing happens...

Are there any ways of bypassing this problem? Thanks in advance.
 
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System One

  • OS
    Linux Ubuntu
    Computer type
    Laptop
    Manufacturer/Model
    Dell Precision 5570
I always disable the network interfaces, and the BypassNRO method works every time. I don't have to do the other OOBE stuff.

If it's a physical machine, disable the network interfaces in the UEFI or BIOS settings. If it's virtual, disable the network interface or, better yet, don't add one until after Windows is installed.

I just tried this with current 11 Pro for Workstations media, and it works.
 

My Computers

System One System Two

  • OS
    Windows 11 Pro 23H2 [rev. 3447]
    Computer type
    PC/Desktop
    Manufacturer/Model
    Intel NUC12WSHi7
    CPU
    12th Gen Intel Core i7-1260P, 2100 MHz
    Motherboard
    NUC12WSBi7
    Memory
    64 GB
    Graphics Card(s)
    Intel Iris Xe
    Sound Card
    built-in Realtek HD audio
    Monitor(s) Displays
    Dell U3219Q
    Screen Resolution
    3840x2160 @ 60Hz
    Hard Drives
    Samsung SSD 990 PRO 1TB
    Keyboard
    CODE 104-Key Mechanical Keyboard with Cherry MX Clears
  • Operating System
    Linux Mint 21.2 (Cinnamon)
    Computer type
    PC/Desktop
    Manufacturer/Model
    Intel NUC8i5BEH
    CPU
    Intel Core i5-8259U CPU @ 2.30GHz
    Memory
    32 GB
    Graphics card(s)
    Iris Plus 655
    Keyboard
    CODE 104-Key Mechanical Keyboard - Cherry MX Clear
This is a NTLite-specific question, since removing Windows components from the image doesn't fall under ElevenForum's charter.

Just now, I tried to recreate this on 23H2 Pro for Workstations, with OOBENetwork* removed and no unattended file, and Setup didn't get stuck on "Checking the connection" for me.
Please feel to ask for more help on the NTLite community forum.
 

My Computer

System One

  • OS
    Windows 7
This is a NTLite-specific question, since removing Windows components from the image doesn't fall under ElevenForum's charter.

Just now, I tried to recreate this on 23H2 Pro for Workstations, with OOBENetwork* removed and no unattended file, and Setup didn't get stuck on "Checking the connection" for me.
Please feel to ask for more help on the NTLite community forum.
Thanks for trying yourself too! Then looks like I should try to follow exactly the steps you did and ask a question on NTLite in parallel to know what causes this windows to appear at OOBE. Btw, don't you know which component triggers it?
 

My Computer

System One

  • OS
    Linux Ubuntu
    Computer type
    Laptop
    Manufacturer/Model
    Dell Precision 5570
This is a NTLite-specific question, since removing Windows components from the image doesn't fall under ElevenForum's charter.

Just now, I tried to recreate this on 23H2 Pro for Workstations, with OOBENetwork* removed and no unattended file, and Setup didn't get stuck on "Checking the connection" for me.
Please feel to ask for more help on the NTLite community forum.
Yes, tried your way (just deleted the components and no unattended file), and still get the same window after keyboard layout choice, I.e., “Checking the connection to Microsoft…”

Can Dell drivers that I add cause this?
 

My Computer

System One

  • OS
    Linux Ubuntu
    Computer type
    Laptop
    Manufacturer/Model
    Dell Precision 5570
Just a thought, I've always taken Workstation to mean the computer is connecting to something else such as a machine or a Network, would wonder if it's a Network that isn't connecting to the Internet is causing the message.
 

My Computers

System One System Two

  • OS
    Win11 Pro RTM
    Computer type
    Laptop
    Manufacturer/Model
    Dell Vostro 3400
    CPU
    Intel Core i5 11th Gen. 2.40GHz
    Memory
    12GB
    Hard Drives
    256GB SSD NVMe
  • Operating System
    Windows 11 Pro RTM x64
    Computer type
    PC/Desktop
    Manufacturer/Model
    Dell Vostro 5890
    CPU
    Intel Core i5 10th Gen. 2.90GHz
    Memory
    16GB
    Graphics card(s)
    Onboard, no VGA, using a DisplayPort-to-VGA adapter
    Monitor(s) Displays
    24" Dell
    Hard Drives
    512GB SSD NVMe, 2TB WDC HDD
    Browser
    Firefox, Edge
    Antivirus
    Windows Defender/Microsoft Security
Hi,
Rufus works the best prepping the 11 iso for install
Jump as many win-11 requirement huddles as you want to.
 

My Computer

System One

  • OS
    Win-7-10-11Pro's
    Computer type
    PC/Desktop
    Manufacturer/Model
    Acer 17" Nitro 7840sn/ 2x16gb 5600c40/ 4060/ stock 1tb-os/ 4tb sn850x
    CPU
    10900k & 9940x & 5930k
    Motherboard
    z490-Apex & x299-Apex & x99-Sabertooth
    Memory
    Trident-Z Royal 4000c16 2x16gb & Trident-Z 3600c16 4x8gb & 3200c14 4x8gb
    Graphics Card(s)
    Titan Xp & 1080ti FTW3 & evga 980ti gaming
    Sound Card
    Onboard Realtek x3
    Monitor(s) Displays
    1-AOC G2460PG 24"G-Sync 144Hz/ 2nd 1-ASUS VG248QE 24"/ 3rd LG 43" series
    Screen Resolution
    1920-1080 not sure what the t.v is besides 43" class scales from 1920-1080 perfectly
    Hard Drives
    2-WD-sn850x 4tb/ 970evo+500gb/ 980 pro 2tb.
    PSU
    1000p2 & 1200p2 & 850p2
    Case
    D450 x2 & 1 Test bench in cherry Entertainment center
    Cooling
    Custom water loops x3 with 2x mora 360mm rads only 980ti gaming air cooled
    Keyboard
    G710+x3
    Mouse
    Redragon x3
    Internet Speed
    xfinity gigabyte
    Browser
    Firefox
    Antivirus
    mbam pro
Hi,
Rufus works the best prepping the 11 iso for install
Jump as many win-11 requirement huddles as you want to.
Hi!
I used Rufus to create a bootable usb Stick from the iso created with NTLite. But haven’t seen something related to this step…
 

My Computer

System One

  • OS
    Linux Ubuntu
    Computer type
    Laptop
    Manufacturer/Model
    Dell Precision 5570
Hi,
If you want to strip an os just browse and use this on a regular iso
Keeping in mind all this is supposed to be done on the hidden admin account.
 

My Computer

System One

  • OS
    Win-7-10-11Pro's
    Computer type
    PC/Desktop
    Manufacturer/Model
    Acer 17" Nitro 7840sn/ 2x16gb 5600c40/ 4060/ stock 1tb-os/ 4tb sn850x
    CPU
    10900k & 9940x & 5930k
    Motherboard
    z490-Apex & x299-Apex & x99-Sabertooth
    Memory
    Trident-Z Royal 4000c16 2x16gb & Trident-Z 3600c16 4x8gb & 3200c14 4x8gb
    Graphics Card(s)
    Titan Xp & 1080ti FTW3 & evga 980ti gaming
    Sound Card
    Onboard Realtek x3
    Monitor(s) Displays
    1-AOC G2460PG 24"G-Sync 144Hz/ 2nd 1-ASUS VG248QE 24"/ 3rd LG 43" series
    Screen Resolution
    1920-1080 not sure what the t.v is besides 43" class scales from 1920-1080 perfectly
    Hard Drives
    2-WD-sn850x 4tb/ 970evo+500gb/ 980 pro 2tb.
    PSU
    1000p2 & 1200p2 & 850p2
    Case
    D450 x2 & 1 Test bench in cherry Entertainment center
    Cooling
    Custom water loops x3 with 2x mora 360mm rads only 980ti gaming air cooled
    Keyboard
    G710+x3
    Mouse
    Redragon x3
    Internet Speed
    xfinity gigabyte
    Browser
    Firefox
    Antivirus
    mbam pro
Hi,
If you want to strip an os just browse and use this on a regular iso
Keeping in mind all this is supposed to be done on the hidden admin account.
Hi,
You mean to download the general online version which should work later on?
Because I tried bypassnro, and it just loops to the same page after reboot.
 

My Computer

System One

  • OS
    Linux Ubuntu
    Computer type
    Laptop
    Manufacturer/Model
    Dell Precision 5570

My Computer

System One

  • OS
    Win-7-10-11Pro's
    Computer type
    PC/Desktop
    Manufacturer/Model
    Acer 17" Nitro 7840sn/ 2x16gb 5600c40/ 4060/ stock 1tb-os/ 4tb sn850x
    CPU
    10900k & 9940x & 5930k
    Motherboard
    z490-Apex & x299-Apex & x99-Sabertooth
    Memory
    Trident-Z Royal 4000c16 2x16gb & Trident-Z 3600c16 4x8gb & 3200c14 4x8gb
    Graphics Card(s)
    Titan Xp & 1080ti FTW3 & evga 980ti gaming
    Sound Card
    Onboard Realtek x3
    Monitor(s) Displays
    1-AOC G2460PG 24"G-Sync 144Hz/ 2nd 1-ASUS VG248QE 24"/ 3rd LG 43" series
    Screen Resolution
    1920-1080 not sure what the t.v is besides 43" class scales from 1920-1080 perfectly
    Hard Drives
    2-WD-sn850x 4tb/ 970evo+500gb/ 980 pro 2tb.
    PSU
    1000p2 & 1200p2 & 850p2
    Case
    D450 x2 & 1 Test bench in cherry Entertainment center
    Cooling
    Custom water loops x3 with 2x mora 360mm rads only 980ti gaming air cooled
    Keyboard
    G710+x3
    Mouse
    Redragon x3
    Internet Speed
    xfinity gigabyte
    Browser
    Firefox
    Antivirus
    mbam pro

My Computer

System One

  • OS
    Linux Ubuntu
    Computer type
    Laptop
    Manufacturer/Model
    Dell Precision 5570
Okay, but what do you mean that all this should be done on a hidden admin account?

And if I go with UUPD steps, would I need to delete specific OOBE network components in addition OR to use BYPASSNRO?

Once rufus shows your usb device and the 11 iso and you choose Start, a popup will show all the bypass options available if you're using the newest rufus version.

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After just use this
Although the script does this in cmd automatically
 

My Computer

System One

  • OS
    Win-7-10-11Pro's
    Computer type
    PC/Desktop
    Manufacturer/Model
    Acer 17" Nitro 7840sn/ 2x16gb 5600c40/ 4060/ stock 1tb-os/ 4tb sn850x
    CPU
    10900k & 9940x & 5930k
    Motherboard
    z490-Apex & x299-Apex & x99-Sabertooth
    Memory
    Trident-Z Royal 4000c16 2x16gb & Trident-Z 3600c16 4x8gb & 3200c14 4x8gb
    Graphics Card(s)
    Titan Xp & 1080ti FTW3 & evga 980ti gaming
    Sound Card
    Onboard Realtek x3
    Monitor(s) Displays
    1-AOC G2460PG 24"G-Sync 144Hz/ 2nd 1-ASUS VG248QE 24"/ 3rd LG 43" series
    Screen Resolution
    1920-1080 not sure what the t.v is besides 43" class scales from 1920-1080 perfectly
    Hard Drives
    2-WD-sn850x 4tb/ 970evo+500gb/ 980 pro 2tb.
    PSU
    1000p2 & 1200p2 & 850p2
    Case
    D450 x2 & 1 Test bench in cherry Entertainment center
    Cooling
    Custom water loops x3 with 2x mora 360mm rads only 980ti gaming air cooled
    Keyboard
    G710+x3
    Mouse
    Redragon x3
    Internet Speed
    xfinity gigabyte
    Browser
    Firefox
    Antivirus
    mbam pro
Once rufus shows your usb device and the 11 iso and you choose Start, a popup will show all the bypass options available if you're using the newest rufus version.

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After just use this
Do you mean to use the 5th option provided under the link, I.e., to use it at boot? Otherwise, after installation I get OOBE screen with set up pages.
 

My Computer

System One

  • OS
    Linux Ubuntu
    Computer type
    Laptop
    Manufacturer/Model
    Dell Precision 5570
Hi,
Hell use them all lol
 

My Computer

System One

  • OS
    Win-7-10-11Pro's
    Computer type
    PC/Desktop
    Manufacturer/Model
    Acer 17" Nitro 7840sn/ 2x16gb 5600c40/ 4060/ stock 1tb-os/ 4tb sn850x
    CPU
    10900k & 9940x & 5930k
    Motherboard
    z490-Apex & x299-Apex & x99-Sabertooth
    Memory
    Trident-Z Royal 4000c16 2x16gb & Trident-Z 3600c16 4x8gb & 3200c14 4x8gb
    Graphics Card(s)
    Titan Xp & 1080ti FTW3 & evga 980ti gaming
    Sound Card
    Onboard Realtek x3
    Monitor(s) Displays
    1-AOC G2460PG 24"G-Sync 144Hz/ 2nd 1-ASUS VG248QE 24"/ 3rd LG 43" series
    Screen Resolution
    1920-1080 not sure what the t.v is besides 43" class scales from 1920-1080 perfectly
    Hard Drives
    2-WD-sn850x 4tb/ 970evo+500gb/ 980 pro 2tb.
    PSU
    1000p2 & 1200p2 & 850p2
    Case
    D450 x2 & 1 Test bench in cherry Entertainment center
    Cooling
    Custom water loops x3 with 2x mora 360mm rads only 980ti gaming air cooled
    Keyboard
    G710+x3
    Mouse
    Redragon x3
    Internet Speed
    xfinity gigabyte
    Browser
    Firefox
    Antivirus
    mbam pro

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