Rufus now eliminates Windows 11 Microsoft Account requirement and privacy questions

With version 22H2, Microsoft has made the Microsoft Account requirement mandatory for all editions of the OS. The change wasn't welcomed by the community, so enthusiast quickly found ways to bypass it. Now those who use Rufus to create a bootable media, can now use the tool to install Windows 11 without creating a Microsoft Account and made the setup program less annoying.

Actually, it is easy to bypass the Microsoft Account requirement.

  • First of all, there is the OOBE\BYPASSNRO trick.
  • Finally, you can simply enter any invalid data instead of your real Microsoft Account, and Windows 11 will bring up the local account setup page. See this tutorial for more details.

Finally, the popular Rufus tool is now serves as an alternative method to bypass the online account requirement. Starting in version 3.19, the app comes with a full set of options to eliminate everything that may prevent you from installing Windows 11 the way you want.

Rufus 3.19 can help you to bypass

  • Secure Boot and TPM
  • The mandatory requirement for a Microsoft account
  • Remove requirement for 4GB+ RAM and 64GB+ disk.
  • Disable data collection (Skip privacy questions).

This way, you can go forward with installing Windows 11 even if your device doesn't meet its strict hardware requirements.

You can customize the Setup experience using the GUI included in the app.

If you aren't familiar with Rufus, it is an easy to use freeware that tries to save your time on installing Windows. It allows you to select an existing ISO image, or directly download the official one from Microsoft, and write it down to the USB stick. Once you boot from the USB, it will start the setup program.

Finally, the app is open source and portable, means you don't need to install it. Simply run it and let it do its work.

You can download Rufus from GitHub.

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Author: Sergey Tkachenko

Sergey Tkachenko is a software developer who started Winaero back in 2011. On this blog, Sergey is writing about everything connected to Microsoft, Windows and popular software. Follow him on Telegram, Twitter, and YouTube.

2 thoughts on “Rufus now eliminates Windows 11 Microsoft Account requirement and privacy questions”

  1. Although my PC exceeds requirements for 11, I love the fact I can tell MS where to shove their intrusiveness. I would love to see some Telemetry blocks etc. as well.

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