When Windows 11 was released, the Home version of the update required users to create or log in with a Microsoft account to complete the installation, but Rufus utility software can finally remove that need for all users.
It was a frustrating decision by Microsoft as there is no need for all users to have an account. You can use Windows 11 apps and services perfectly without one, but we suspect it has more to do with the Office and OneDrive suites.
Sun Valley 2, the first major Windows 11 update released later this year, will force Windows 11 Pro users to comply with this requirement as well. Rufus 3.19 (opens in new tab) arrived just in time to alleviate frustration with users of both editions.
Review: Get rid of Windows 11 frustrations in one go
Using the utility is a simple matter where you can use a Windows 11 installation image to create a bootable USB drive. So, you can insert the stick into a PC and it will install the operating system without needing an associated Microsoft account.
However, it doesn’t just eliminate that frustration – it also removes the TPM requirement for PCs that don’t have this chip installed.
If you don’t know, the TPM is a chip inside your PC that monitors if any nasty code is trying to latch onto your computer. If so, that chip informs the PC and is essentially quarantined and deleted.
But most PCs don’t have the required version of this chip, and along with Microsoft’s less stellar messages about it in 2021, users are putting off upgrading to Windows 11.
However, this tool seems to remove a lot of frustration, and if you’ve been putting it off, Rufus 3.19 looks like a great opportunity to upgrade your Windows 10 PC.