One of the new “features” coming in Windows 11 22H2 Update is the requirement for a Microsoft account for all new installs, regardless of whether you’re using the Home or Pro version of the operating system. And that’s too bad, because the 22H2 update fixes some of Windows 11’s core shortcomings, while making some decent quality-of-life improvements.
A simple solution to this need is the Rufus USB Formatting Tool, which can create USB install media for Windows and all other types of operating systems. Rufus has already offered a few flags to remove Windows 11’s system requirements check from the installer, remove the need for clunky Windows registry editing, and other workarounds. But the beta of version 3.19 will also remove the need for a Microsoft account for new installations, making it easier to set up a new Windows PC with a traditional local account.
When setting up Windows 11, make sure not to connect your PC to the Internet before creating your user account. This trick worked to bypass the Microsoft account requirement in Windows 11 Pro and some later versions of Windows 10, but it is being removed entirely from Windows 11 22H2. Rufus equipment simply reverts to the status quo pre-22H2.
If you’re using Rufus to escape the system requirements of Windows 11, your system will still be “unsupported” after Windows 11 is up and running. This means delivering periodic reminder messages about unsupported hardware and the vague threat that Microsoft may eventually stop providing updates and security patches for unsupported systems. On the other hand, Rufus doesn’t prevent Windows 11’s TPM and security features from working once the OS is installed, so if you want to create a single USB installer that will cover both supported and unsupported systems, Rufus makes it possible. .
Microsoft offers its own media creation tools for those who want to create USB install drives for Windows 10 or Windows 11, but it apparently doesn’t offer the same girth for the company’s needs.
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