How to bypass Internet Connection – WiFi when installing Windows 11

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An extremely annoying feature of Windows 11 is that a new Internet connection is required to create an Access Account. If you are not connected to WiFi, you cannot click Next to continue the Setup process. In this article, I will show you 3 ways to bypass Internet connection or WiFi connection when installing Windows 11 easily.

Why Windows 11 need an Internet connection when installing

Windows 11 requires a WiFi connection in order to sign in with a Microsoft Account later on for data synchronization because Microsoft is using the Cloud to sync accounts. However, some users only need to create a Local account instead of a Microsoft account, in which case they can install Windows 11 without having to connect to WiFi.

According to Microsoft, you need an active internet connection to perform updates and downloads and use some features. Additionally, Windows 11 Home edition requires a Microsoft Account to complete device setup on first use.

However, requiring Internet during Windows 11 installation has a number of drawbacks, like the inability to create a Local account or not having Internet when installing Windows 11. You can use the advice from Solutechblog listed below to bypass Internet Connection – WiFi when installing Windows 11.

Turn off Network Connection Flow to not be required to connect to the Internet when installing Windows 11

To bypass Internet Connection or “Let’s connect you to a network” message when installing Windows 11, you can disable the oobenetworkconnectionflow.exe process named “Network Connection Flow” in the Task Manager.

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Since you have installed Windows 11 at this stage, you can open Task Manager with CMD and kill the process here, do the following:

Step 1. At the “Let’s connect you to a network” screen asking you to connect to the Internet, press Shift + F10 to open CMD .

Step 2. At the CMD screen, type the command taskmgrto open the Task Manager

Step 3. Or you can use Ctrl + Shift + Esc to open CMD for convenience

Step 4. Click More Details to open full mode for Task Manager.

Step 5. In the Processes tab , find the process named Network Connection Flow

Step 6. Right click Network Connection Flow -> End task . Wait until you see the process has completely turned off, then you can turn off Task Manager

Step 7. Now you will return to the CMD screen, type the command exitto turn off CMD and proceed to create a Local account for Windows 11 without any Wifi or Internet connection requirements.

Use CMD to bypass internet connection (WIFI) requirements when installing Windows 11

In addition, you can use CMD to quickly turn off WiFi and bypass Internet Connection requirements when installing Windows 11. In this case, if you cannot open Task Manager as above, then follow these steps:

Step 1. At the Let’s connect you to a network screen, press Shift + F10 to open CMD.

Step 2. In the CMD window, type the following command and press enter to execute:taskkill /F /IM oobenetworkconnectionflow.exe

Step 3. Then press the command exitto turn off CMD and return to the Windows 11 installation window, continue to create an Account without Wifi and Internet.

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Restart the computer to bypass the Internet connection requirement when installing Windows 11

There is a small trick but I have not tried it, that is at the “Let’s connect you to a network” screen, you proceed to restart the computer (hold the power button for 5-10 seconds), then open the computer again, at This way you will not be asked to connect to Wifi anymore.

For older versions of Windows 11, you can press Alt + F4 to turn off the Internet connection request.

If successful, Windows 11 will skip the current screen and move on to the next step and you have bypass Internet Connection. After passing this step, you can create a Local Account and then complete the setup for Windows 11.

Complete Windows 11 Setup Without Internet

You can use one of the three procedures mentioned above to get around the Let’s connect to the network window and finish installing Windows 11 without using the Internet.

Connect to the Internet to obtain crucial security features and updates after setting up and creating a human account. Following the initial setup, you might also detect a few missing icons. When you next connect to the Internet, Windows will download these icons.


In this post, Solutechblog show you 3 methods to bypass Internet Connection – WiFi when installing Windows 11. I hope it helpful for you.

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