Windows 11 comes with more restrictive installation requirements when compared to its predecessor, including limitations on older processors as well as requiring an Internet connection and a Microsoft account.
One of the new features coming to Windows 11 update 22H2 is the Microsoft account requirement for all new installs, regardless of whether you’re using the Home or Pro version of the operating system.
The 22H2 update corrects some of the original shortcomings of Windows 11 while adding some improvements.
There are solutions that allow upgrading to Windows 11 via unsupported CPUs, and the company does not ban these methods.
But if you are looking to remove your previous operating system and perform a fresh install of Windows 11 and set it up using only a local account, you can do it easily with a tool called Rufus.
The application has long been used by IT departments to create bootable Windows installers. The latest version of the tool has the ability to remove online Microsoft account requirements, along with other complications.
Rufus can bypass computers lacking TPM 2.0 (including Mac computers with Intel processors), and computers with less than 4GB of RAM or 64GB of storage. You can also disable automatic data collection.
You still need to keep your computer completely offline during setup to bypass Microsoft account requirements, as in the previous methods.
But the Rufus method makes it a lot easier by skipping manual registry modifications, plus the program is free and open source.
A better way to bypass Windows 11 installation restrictions
Microsoft annoyed some users when upgrading to Windows 11 Home last year by requiring an Internet connection and a Microsoft account. And the restrictions now extend with the latest 22H2 update to Windows 11 Pro as well.
And for those who bypass the restrictions, Microsoft may start using a watermark across those devices, similar to how it handles unofficial installations of Windows. The company can also block software updates across unsupported devices whenever deemed necessary.
And if you use Rufus to avoid the Windows 11 requirements, your operating system remains unsupported once it’s up and running.
This means periodic reminders about unsupported hardware. In addition to the threat that the company may stop providing updates and security patches for unsupported systems.
On the other hand, Rufus does not prevent the TPS and security features from running once Windows 11 is installed. As a result, Rufus allows you to create a single USB installer that covers both supported and unsupported hardware.
Microsoft provides media creation tools for people who want to create USB drives to install Windows 11 or Windows 10. But it doesn’t offer ways to remove the company’s requirements.