During some new tests ‘n prep work today I remembered that I hadn’t updated the BIOS on the ‘Apevia‘ main computer that is being upgraded…oops!?! Had just made a backup image of the Mushkin Helix-L M.2 PCIE NVMe’s new installation of Win11 Pro and was about to reformat the Mushkin drive wid Porteus 5.0 Linux when I remembered that I never upgraded the durn BIOS yet.

Quick change of plans as I decided to put the Adata XPG M.2 PCIE NVMe SSD back in, this time in the M.2_2 slot, and see if the Mushkin’s backup image works on that Adata XPG after the new BIOS update. As mentioned in Part 2, I had all kinds of problems wid that M.2 PCIE NVMe, but really wanted to use that drive as a second M.2 for data ‘n misc stuff.

Restored the Mushkin image on Adata XPG without any problems this time. Problem solved, so had Porteus reformat the Adata drive, and tested if it worked as the second M.2 ‘n it did. Perfect! The SAMSUNG 970 EVO Plus SSD 500GB – M.2 PCIE NVMe SSD (MZ-V7S500B/AM) should arrive by Wednesday (17th) and I’m much more confident that it will work now. I had purchased that Mushkin M.2 PCIE NVMe as a spare for the Dell XPS13 in case I wanted to do a Clean Install on it or the main drive went out…it was cheap ‘n compatible wid that Dell lappy.

The 16 GBs (2×8) of memory arrived today, is now installed ‘n working great, and that gives ‘Apevia‘ a total of 32 GBs of memory. Improved snappiness ‘n Benchmark performances already. That’s it for the ‘News‘ of the day so let’s move on to the main subject in this post…

Clean Install Without Internet

Until Windows 11 came out I had almost always done my Windows installations without an internet connection, so I could set them up the way I wanted; however, wid Windows 11 now I see that having a separate Microsoft Account for each of my computers is not a problem. Windows 11 is about security ‘n reliability from software to hardware.

No OS offers more options to their users than Windows does, so forget that baloney that you need a ‘dangerous Microsoft Account‘ in order to install Windows 11. I believe all the options being offered by Windows has confused the idiotic naysayers and/or online magazine desperate writers seeking another subject to write about. More on that in the next post…

Installing without an internet connection goes something like this:

  1. Click the Install button.
  2. Installer asks for product key – click on the I don’t have a product key.
  3. Installer asks what version you have – I selected Windows 11 Pro.
  4. Check the License terms if they are acceptable to you.
  5. Upgrade or Custom install – select Custom: Install Windows only (Advanced).
  6. Where to install – select Target drive, then click Delete, and then click New – then Apply (Windows formats it the way it needs to automatically).
  7. Country – US for me.
  8. Keyboard layout – US for me.
  9. Installer wants you to connect to the internet – click I don’t have Internet.
  10. Installer says it’s better when you connect to the internet – click Continue with Limited Setup.
  11. Asks for your name – enter name: Rose (desktop PC is named for its Rosewill case).
  12. Asks for password – enter password: _________ (I leave it blank so no password is ever needed).
  13. Choose Privacy Settings – there are 6 of them: Location = NO. Find my Device = NO. Send Diagnostic Data = NO. Inking & Typing data = NO. Tailored experience = NO. Advertising ID = NO.

That’s it, and it will soon boot into the new desktop. Fast ‘n easy!

Will be posting this on the Windows 11 page…

Looks like doing a Clean Install of Windows 11_With Internet is up next…

to be continued