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  • Bankim Bhagat

Setup Windows 10/11 without Microsoft Account

With earlier versions of Windows 10 and 11, you always had the option to skip the creation of a Microsoft account and use a local user account. However, with the recent 22H2 update, Microsoft is now forcing customers to use a Microsoft account.

If you start the Windows 11 setup without an internet connection, you will likely get stuck on the Let's connect you to a network screen with a grayed out Next button and the following message:

However, there is a way to bypass the internet requirement during Windows 11 22H2 setup.

  1. Start the 11 setup.

  2. When you see the Let's connect you to a network screen with the grayed-out Next button, press Shift + F10. This launches a command prompt.

  3. Now run the following command at the command prompt:

  4. After you execute this command, your system will restart.

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