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Rufus 3.19: How to Easily Bypass Windows 11 Installation Restrictions

Rufus is a small utility that helps format and create bootable USB drives such as USB keys/flash drives, memory sticks, etc. Despite its small size, this utility provides everything you need.

Windows 11 comes with more restrictive install requirements than its predecessor, including restrictions on older processors, as well as the requirement for an Internet connection and a Microsoft account. If you want to do a clean install of Windows 11 and set up the system with only a local account, you can now easily do it with a tool called Rufus.

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Rufus is a small utility that helps format and create bootable USB drives such as USB keys/flash drives, memory sticks, etc. Despite its small size, this utility provides everything you need.Rufus 3.19 - 2

It can be especially useful for cases where:

  • you need to create USB installation media from bootable ISOs (Windows, Linux, UEFI, etc.)
  • you need to work on a system that doesn’t have an OS installed
  • you need to flash a BIOS or other firmware from DOS
  • you want to run a low-level utility

The Ultimate Guide to Installing Windows 11 from a USB drive

Rufus 3.19 changelog:

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 on Windows 11 22H2
    (NB: Network MUST be temporarily disabled for the local account creation to be proposed)
  • Also add an option to skip all collection questions (Sets all answers to “Don’t allow”)
  • Also add an option for setting internal drives offline for Windows To Go
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)
  • 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
  • Fix support for multiextent files when Joliet is in use

Download: Rufus 3.19  Download: Rufus 3.19 Portable

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