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Windows 11 Setup Without Internet | 2024 Guide

Are you looking for a step-by-step guide to Windows 11 setup without an internet connection? This article provides comprehensive steps to install and set up Windows 11 without the internet.

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Updated on Apr 19, 2024

According to Microsoft, users need to ensure that their computers have an active network connection to finish installing Windows 11. Before using your newly installed Windows operating system, Microsoft will ask you to log into your Microsoft account to get important updates and additional new functions.

Thus, it would be a unique challenge if you want to log into the local account or don't have internet when installing and setting up Windows 11. But fear not. EaseUS will provide four workarounds and step-by-step instructions for Windows 11 setup without internet. Check this table for more comprehensive information:

⏱️Duration More than 10 Minutes
💻Goal Install and Set Up Without the Internet
🧰Required Tool Windows 11 Installation Media Tool - EaseUS Partition Master 
🔒Ways & Difficulty

1️⃣Way 1. Offline Windows 11 Installation and Setup Tool   [Easy]

2️⃣Way 2. Bypass OOBE Internet Requirement    [Complex]

3️⃣Way 3. End Network Connection   [Medium]

4️⃣Way 4. Skip Internet Requirement via Alt + F4    [Medium]

Why Does Windows 11 Setup Require an Internet Connection?

From version 22H2, Windows 11 requires an Internet connection to finish the setup of Home and Pro editions (OOBE). Why does the Windows 11 setup require an internet connection? Microsoft wants to ensure you get the latest security updates when installing and setting up Windows 11. However, users may want to bypass this restriction when they want to log in with a local user account (not a Microsoft account), or the internet access may be limited or unavailable.


  • For Windows 10 and Windows 11 Pro edition users, you can perform Windows 11 setup without the Internet by selecting the "I don't have Internet" option to create a local user account and finish the setup.
  • For Windows 11 and 11 Home Edition users, you will stop at "Let's connect you to a network" with the "Next" button greyed out.

Don't worry. We will discuss how to install and set up Windows 11 without connecting to the active network as follows. Don't hesitate to share this helpful tutorial with people in need:


How to Install and Set Up Windows 11 Without an Internet Connection

In this section, you will learn four solid ways to install and set up your Windows 11 operating system without an internet connection. If you want to complete this task quickly and effectively, EaseUS Partition Master is what you are looking for.

Way 1. Offline Windows 11 Installation Media Tool

EaseUS Partition Master Professional, an all-in-one tool, is the best solution for anyone looking to streamline their Windows installation process. It offers a superb remedy for users to download Windows ISO files and create a bootable USB to set up the Windows Operating System seamlessly. Before starting, download this free ISO burner.

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Prework: Please prepare a USB and format it to FAT32 by following the detailed steps below:

Then, refer to this guide to download the Windows 11 ISO image file and create a bootable media to set up Windows 11 offline:

Step 1. Connect the USB flash drive firmly to your computer. Run EaseUS Partition Master and find and click the "Bootable Media" option on the left.


Step 2. Go to "Burn ISO" > "Download ISO from Microsoft," and select Windows 11 and the specific version.

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Step 3. Select the FAT32 USB to save the ISO file. Once you have decided, click on the "Open" > "Create" button to get started.

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Step 4. Check the Warning notice and press the Yes button. When the operation is complete, you will have created an EaseUS Partition Master offline Windows 11 installation bootable drive.

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Way 2. Bypass OOBE Internet Requirement

Running the OOBE \BYPASSNRO command in the Command Prompt can help you bypass the "Let's connect you to a network" screen. It modifies the Windows registry using bypassnro.cmd, which is kept in the System32 folder. (an existing CMD script). This allows you to install Windows 11 without a network connection.

Step 1. Remove the Internet connection and boot your computer using Windows installation media. Skip to Step 7 if you are on the "Let's connect you to a network" screen.

Step 2. Choose your preferred language, time zone, and keyboard layout when the "Windows Setup" dialog box displays, then click "Next." Click "Install Now."


Step 3. Enter your product key. If you don't have a product key, click the "I don't have a product key" link or check the following post.

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The operating system will automatically detect and confirm the Windows product key associated with your computer hardware if you are upgrading from Windows 10 to Windows 11 after having previously installed Windows 11.

Step 4. Then, select the Windows 11 version to install. To accept the terms, check the box and select "Next."

Step 5. Select "Custom: Install Windows Only (Advanced)" to choose the installation drive and hit "Next." After Windows installation, restart your computer.


Step 6. In the setup screen, select your region and keyboard layout.

Step 7. When you enter "Let's connect you to a network," press "Shift + F10" to launch the Command Prompt. Type OOBE\BYPASSNRO and press "Enter."


Step 8. Click "I don't have Internet" when you return to the "Let's connect you to a network screen." option. Go ahead and select "Continue with limited setup."


Step 9. Accept the "License Agreement" before creating your local user account.

Step 10. Add security questions to recover your local user account when you forget the password. 

Way 3. End Network Connection

To skip the network connection requirement of Windows 11 setup, you can kill or end the network connection via Task Manager or Command Prompt:

Option 1. End Network Connection via Task Manager

Step 1. In the "Let's connect you to a network screen" screen, hold "Shift + F10" to open the Command Prompt.

Step 2. Type taskmgr and hit the "Enter" key to launch Task Manager, or you can use the "Ctrl + Shift + Esc" shortcut keys.

Step 3. Click "More Details" to expand Task Manager to the full version. Navigate to the "Network Connection Flow" tab under "Processes." 

Step 4. Right-click it and choose the "End task" option. When this process is finished, type exit in the CMD and quit.

Option 2. Kill Network Connection via Command Prompt

Step 1. When you are in the "Let's connect you to a network" screen, hold "Shift + F10" to bring up the Command Prompt.

Step 2. Type the taskkill /F /IM oobenetworkconnectionflow.exe and hit "Enter" to begin.


Way 4. Skip Internet Requirement via Alt + F4

As we know, "Alt + F4" keys can help you close windows or run apps on your desktop. Thus, if you really have nothing to do, you can try your luck with this way. In the "Let's connect you to a network" screen, hold "Alt + F4" to close the required window for the mandatory Internet connection.


In conclusion, installing and setting up Windows 11 without an internet connection is possible with the right approach. Using the four effective methods outlined in this article, you can install and configure Windows 11 without connecting to the Internet via Windows built-in tools, an offline installation media, or a shortcut key.

EaseUS Partition Master stands out as the most reliable solution for setting up your operating system without needing an internet connection. Download this tool and follow our comprehensive guide. You can navigate the installation process with confidence and enjoy all the features and benefits that Windows 11 has to offer, no matter where you are.

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FAQs About Windows 11 Setup Without Internet

To learn more or resolve your remaining questions about how to install and set up Windows 11 without a network connection, consult the following frequently asked questions.

1. Will Windows 11 installation require internet?

An online connection during Windows 11 PC setup guarantees you receive the most recent security updates. An internet connection is required to complete the Windows 11 Home device setup.

2. How do I skip the internet check when installing Windows 11?

When you get the "Connection required" prompt, hit Shift + F10 to launch Command Prompt. After entering OOBE\BYPASSNRO, hit ENTER. This time, the procedure will start over, and an "I don't have internet access" button will appear.

3. How do I set up an offline account on Windows 11?

To disable the network connection, press Shift + F10 again and enter ipconfig /release after the reboot. Press the Enter key now, and your internet should be turned off. Go ahead and create a local account: If you select the "I don't have internet" option during setup, a prompt to establish a local account will appear.

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