Since Microsoft wants users to connect their computers with a Microsoft account, the company is making changes to the initial Windows 11 setup to make it nearly impossible to continue configuring a new device or clean installation without an internet connection. If the setup detects that the device doesn’t have a network connection, you will land on the “Oops, you’ve lost internet connection” page. If you click the “Retry” button, you will get a prompt to connect to the internet.  You could easily skip this requirement in older releases and continue offline with a local account, but this will no longer be possible on Windows 11 22H2 and later. However, for those who may not have an internet connection at the time of the installation or want a more traditional offline experience, there is a workaround to bypass the requirement and finish configuring the out-of-box experience without an internet connection, whether you are setting up Windows 11 Pro or Windows 11 Home. In this guide, you will learn the workaround to continue setting up Windows 11 22H2 without an internet connection. These instructions will walk you through the steps to perform a clean installation, but the workaround will also work when setting Windows 11 on any method that may require completing the out-of-box experience.

Install Windows 11 without internet connection

To install Windows 11 (version 22H2 or 21H2) without an internet connection, use these steps: Once you complete the steps, Windows 11 (version 22H2 or 21H2) will continue the installation on the computer.

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