How to fix OOBELOCAL, OOBEKEYBOARD, OOBEREGION errors when installing Windows 11 and Windows 10

How to fix OOBELOCAL, OOBEKEYBOARD, OOBEREGION errors when installing Windows 11 and Windows 10

When installing Windows 11 or Windows 10, especially on a virtual machine such as VirtualBox, during the initial configuration phase you may encounter errors such as "There was a problem, please try again" indicating the "code" OOBELOCAL, OOBEKEYBOARD or OOBEREGION.

This tutorial details how to fix OOBE errors when installing Windows 11/10 both on a virtual machine and on a regular laptop or computer.

Ways to troubleshoot OOBE errors during initial system setup

To fix the OOBE error problems - OOBELOCAL, OOBEKEYBOARD and OOBEREGION different approaches are possible, I'll start with the simplest ones that do not require reinstalling the system again:

  1. OOBE errors sometimes occur if you connect to the Internet during system setup and a Windows 11 or Windows 10 newly installed is "busy" installing drivers from the network. According to some reports, the following method works: do nothing for 10-20 minutes, leave the system on, and then click "Try Again".
  2. Try disconnecting the Internet (if the error occurs on a normal computer, you can remove the cable, unplug the Wi-Fi router), wait a couple of minutes and click "Try again" on the error screen.
  3. If there is a "Skip" button on the error screen, use it to skip this step and continue with the initial setup.
  4. This method can theoretically lead to undesirable results, but it usually works: just restart the computer: press and hold the power button until it shuts down completely, turn it on again (in the case of a virtual machine, turn it off with the button on the interface of management).
  5. The next method is to enable the built-in "Administrator" account and run msoobe.exe. Procedure: On the error screen, press Shift + F10 (or Shift + Fn + F10 on some laptops) to open the command line. Use the following commands in order (replace username and password with whatever you prefer):
    net user Администратор / active: yes net user / add имя_пользователя пароль net localgroup Администраторы имя_пользователя / add cd oobe msoobe.exe

After running the above commands, the system should reboot after a while (if not, you can reboot manually) and you should be able to access the user account you created. The system account should not be connected unnecessarily and should be disabled with the command net user Admin / active: no on the command line running as administrator.

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If for some reason the methods suggested above don't work, you can:

  • Install a new system by upgrading the current one: just run setup.exe from a windows 11 image or Windows connected
  • Perform a clean installation of the system without connecting to the Internet.
  • Try using a different image to install the operating system.