How to Install Windows 11 Without a Microsoft Account

Modified on Thu, 18 Apr 2024 at 02:18 PM

By default, you must log in with a Microsoft account in order to install Windows 11 or go through the box (OOBE) setup process that triggers the first time you turn on a new laptop or desktop.

This is not idea in a business setting, so here are the steps to bypass this restriction on new machines.

Do not connect to WiFi or a network connection before completing these steps

1) Follow the prompts until you get to the point where the wizard is asking you to pick a country. 

2) Hit Shift + F10 to open a command prompt and type OOBE\BypassNRO to disable the Internet Connection Requirement, which will allow you to setup a local account.

The computer will reboot and start the wizard again.

3) Hit Shift + F10 to open a command prompt again and type ipconfig /release to disconnect the Internet Connection if it is still present.

Close the window and continue with the setup.

If you get to a screen saying "Let's connect you to a network", click the "I don't have Internet" and then choose "Continue with limited setup".

Complete the initial setup as usual.

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