Here's how to bypass the Microsoft account requirement when installing the Windows 11
In February 2022, Microsoft announced that the new settings and the first Pro versions of Windows 11 required a Microsoft account during installation. It did not take long for Solutions to be found, and as many users may not be aware of them yet, let's look at these bypass options.
Pros and cons
Having Windows 11 linked to a Microsoft account gives you some benefits, such as OneDrive data synchronization, remote password recovery options, and more. And these are the reasons why many users prefer to declare an email to the company.
On the other hand, some users prefer anonymity, as they do not reveal their personal email to Microsoft and thus do not receive an advertising attack. Computer technicians may also need to create accounts for customers who may not be available or may not be able to provide a Microsoft account.
How to avoid using Microsoft accounts in Windows 11
Although there are many ways to bypass the Microsoft account requirement when installing on Windows devices, today we will describe two of them.
The first is via the command line and the second is to declare a blocked email. Let's go see them:
Method A: With OOBE \ BYPASSNRO
This bypass is the easiest choice right now, as it only requires a few steps during setup to skip creating a Microsoft account.
Here's what to do:
- When you start installing Windows 11, turn off your Internet connection by unplugging your LAN cable and / or turning off Wi-Fi.
Windows will at some point display a “Let's connect you to a network” or similar screen (Windows 22 version 2H11 and later no longer allows you to skip this step).
- Press Shift-F10 to open a command prompt window.
- Enter the phrase there OOBE \ BYPASSNRO and press the key enter.
- Windows will restart and return to the "Let's connect you to a network" screen. Only this time, you can select "I do not have Internet" to skip it.
- Then select "Continue with limited setup" to create a local account during installation.
Method B: Use a restricted email address
Microsoft has banned email addresses that were used too often in the procedure account creation. You can use this to your advantage as it allows you to go further by reporting an email that has been banned.
See how this method works:
- Select Sign-In when prompted to create or sign in to a Microsoft account during installation.
- Use the email address = firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Enter any password on the next screen.
- Windows will display "Oops, something went wrong" on the next screen.
- Doing click on Next opens a screen that allows you to create a local account.
- You can assign a password to the account or leave it blank.
There is a possibility that Microsoft will remove these backdoors in future versions of Windows 11. And on the contrary, new bypasses may be found.
The saying that says that where there is lock there is also an anti-lock applies in this case as well.