Windows 11 without account requirement: Rufus 3.19 installs Home Edition without a Microsoft account


Rufus 3.19 Beta can adapt the system images of Windows 11 in such a way that, in addition to the various specifications such as TPM 2.0, Secure Boot and 4 GB RAM, the account requirement to set up a Microsoft Accounts in the Home Edition addressed to home users are omitted. This allows a fresh installation with a local account.

Rufus bypasses TPM, Secure Boot, RAM and Account

After Rufus 3.16 already offered initial support for Windows 11 in the beta and the final version in “Extended” mode all restrictions, such as TPM 2.0 and a current system firmware, which are based on UEFI and thus have the ability of signed Secure Boots must be overridden, Rufus 3.19 will go one step further and overturn the account requirement for the Home Edition and be able to create a local account.

According to the official release notes, the Rufus 3.19 Beta version that has now been released allows the installation of Windows 11 in the Pro and Home Edition without all the constraints mentioned. 4 GB of RAM is no longer absolutely necessary, although less is only recommended in the rarest of cases.

  • Add a new selection dialog for Windows 11 setup customization:
    • Secure Boot and TPM bypass have now been moved to this dialog
    • Also allows to bypass the mandatory requirement for a Microsoft account with Windows 11 22H2
    • (NB: Network MUST be temporarily disabled or unplugged for the local account creation to be proposed)
    • Also add an option to skip all collection questions (Sets all answers to "Don't allow"/"Refuse")
    • Also add an option for setting internal drives offline with Windows To Go
    • Note: These customization options are only proposed when using a Windows 11 image.
  • Add support for distros using a nonstandard GRUB 2.0 prefix directory (openSUSE Live, GeckoLinux)
  • Add the ability to ignore USBs (See here for details)
  • Change drive listing to always list in increasing order of size
  • Update exceptions needed by Red Hat and derivatives for the 9.x releases
  • Update UEFI:NTFS drivers to latest
  • Reassign a letter for drives written in DD mode that don't have an ESP (e.g. CoreELEC)
  • Fix Windows refusing to mount Linux MBR partitions on FIXED drives

Rufus 3.19 Beta – Release Notes

Note:In order to be able to install Windows 11 in the Professional Edition or the Home Edition with a local account, the network connection must be disconnected before the new installation. The well-known workarounds are not necessary, however, since Rufus takes care of them.

The new option makes, especially with regard to the release of Windows 11 22H2, which has already appeared as a preview, Hope. Because here Microsoft would like to expand the account and online compulsion even further.

Annoyance even for experienced users

For many users, the restrictions are a major annoyance, which is why the first reactions from the community were extremely cautious to negative. Around 63 percent of readers do not want to install Microsoft's new operating system for the time being.

Are you already using Windows 11?

  • Yes, I joined the Insider Preview 12.7%
  • Yes, I switched immediately after the final release 11, 9 %
  • No, but I will change in the coming days 10.8 %
  • No and I have that too for the time being not before 64.6%

6,999 participants  +  343 abstentions  •  Final result

The editors have also dealt with this topic several times in reports and published corresponding how-to video instructions and tutorials with which Microsoft's specifications can be bypassed.

More on the topic

  • Windows 11 Update: Requirements, Installation, TPM & CPU requirements

Microsoft itself has already demonstrated how suitably experienced users can perform the Windows 11 setup on incompatible PCs with the help of an intervention in can force the registry.

Download on ComputerBase

The small but powerful system tool As usual, Rufus 3.19 Beta can be downloaded from the ComputerBase download area directly below this message.

More information is available from the official website and the project page on the GitHub developer platform.< /p>