Bypass Windows 11 Microsoft Account requirement and deny privacy questions during setup with Rufus

Martin Brinkmann
Jun 27, 2022
Updated • Apr 4, 2023
Windows software

Rufus is an open source application that allows you to create bootable USB media. It is widely used to create bootable Windows 11 or Linux media for installation.

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The latest version of Rufus, Rufus 3.19 Beta, supports several new features that improve the setup process of the Windows 11 operating system. In particular, it allows you to skip the mandatory Windows 11 account requirement during first start of the system and to set answers to "don't allow / refuse" when Windows asks for user input regarding privacy.

Rufus supports additional options that make the life of Windows administrators easier. It includes options to download the latest ISO images released by Microsoft, skip Windows 11's hardware requirements, and to skip the requirements during Windows inplace upgrades.

Rufus 3.19 Beta is available for download on the project's GitHub website. The program is portable and may be run directly after its download.

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The main interface of the application has not changed significantly. You may still use it to download the latest Windows ISO image from Microsoft or select an ISO that is already available on the system.

For Windows 11, users have several options to customize the installation.

  • Remove requirement for Secure Boot and TPM 2.0
  • Remove requirement for 4GB+ RAM and 64GB+ disk.
  • Disable data collection (Skip privacy questions) -- The privacy questions are skipped and processed automatically using the least invasive answer.

The options may be checked individually in the interface after activation of the Start button. The option to skip the Microsoft Account on Home and Pro versions of Windows 11 is not displayed, but it becomes active automatically, if the network connection is disabled during that stage of setup.

Tip: several other methods exist to create local Windows accounts during setup.

Closing Words

Rufus is a useful program that Windows users may use to bypass several of the restrictions or annoyances that Microsoft put in place when installing Windows 11. The option to bypass hardware requirements, automatically deny the privacy questions, and to skip the Microsoft Account requirement make things easier for some users. While there are other means to deal with these issues, Rufus is a one-stop shop for all of them.

Rufus 3.19 is released as a beta version right now. Some users may want to wait until the final version is released before they start using it.

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Bypass Windows 11 Microsoft Account requirement and deny privacy questions during setup with Rufus
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  1. Jason said on April 2, 2023 at 7:10 pm

    how do i run rufus during setup or in a comand promtp

  2. Anonymous said on July 17, 2022 at 9:11 am

    I dont see any of these options. I have downloaded and selecvted Win11*.iso, but the only choices it gives is “standard installation” or “windows to go”. The build is 3.19.1911 (which is the latest at

    1. Alex said on July 26, 2022 at 3:30 am

      Help, I no longer see the option to bypass TPM/Secure Boot with Windows 11!
      These options have been moved to a new dialog that you will see after you press the START button. Please press the START button and you will find what you’re looking for.
      Windows XP, Windows Vista, Windows 7 (NO LONGER SUPPORTED)

      Please don’t ask for support regarding Windows XP, Windows Vista or Windows 7 installations, or even regarding running Rufus on these platforms. Because they have been retired by Microsoft, and supporting Windows 10 and Windows 11 already takes more than enough of my time, I simply don’t have the scope to support these versions of Windows any longer.

      The last version of Rufus that runs on Windows XP is version 2.18, which you can download here.

      Recent versions of Rufus may still run on Windows 7, but since I am no longer testing these systems, you might experience various issues, especially if you are not running a fully up to date version of Windows 7.

      If you want support, I will kindly ask that you use a version of Windows that is actively supported by Microsoft. Thank you.

  3. hathaway said on July 2, 2022 at 7:17 pm

    Does rufus bypass the requirment regarding CPU.

    1. Mark Smith said on July 4, 2022 at 11:50 pm

      The CPU is rarely an issue on a fresh Windows 11 install, it doesn’t check a list.

      I’ve done about 100 installs even on machines that originally had XP, Vista, 7. CPU does need to be relatively modern and 64-bit.

      Had success with Athlon x2, Core 2 Duo and so on.

    2. Honestly said on July 3, 2022 at 8:50 pm

      Am sure you will still need a CPU

  4. Anonymous said on June 28, 2022 at 2:22 pm

    Quite sad we even need to do this. Its time Microsoft gets a hard antitrust.

  5. Kathleen said on June 28, 2022 at 1:26 am

    Hi I need it to remove into pin and Microsoft off right now. I need to access open now. It’s laptop is problem to need open now please. It’s “Windows 11”. Let me know ok. Thanks

    1. FBI said on June 28, 2022 at 10:17 am

      Maybe try returning the laptop to its owner. Thanks.

  6. Anonymous said on June 27, 2022 at 4:56 pm

    Well, the problem of wanting to ‘force’ people for an account, is not even a problem, I mean, you go to websites requesting your information, even for Spectrum service you have to get an account and activate your stuff.

    The problem with windows is that they want to force you but don’t give you the option to select the User folder your account will be placed to. it will use the email and it will only use 5 characters of it.

    User account is so important you don’t want to put your files in a random folder you will not remember the name, unless Windows removes somehow the use of user folder names or they do what they should, let you personalize it, then forcing it is the problem.
    I mean, their plans are making people get Microsoft accounts and all that so maybe they will hook to Microsoft services like if it was crack, but I always hated the username thing, so they should change that first. Many people have actually connected a Microsoft account, but after creating a local account to be able to choose the folder and if they remove that for new computers, it will be annoying, especially knowing how usernames work and with the order in registry and all that, just annoying how Microsoft does dumb crap without giving you the option for not using your email as folder for your user.

    1. ansar said on June 28, 2022 at 4:06 pm

      Bingo! This is one of my biggest gripes as well.

    2. Yossi said on June 27, 2022 at 7:40 pm

      100% on the folder name thing!

  7. Foul said on June 27, 2022 at 4:12 pm

    Ventoy can do it since version 1.0.55


  8. John B said on June 27, 2022 at 3:37 pm

    I don’t suppose this can be setup with an ISO to be used with VMware Workstation Player? I’d like to test out how to clean up the garbage in Windows 11 long before I consider updating to it. The Start button was always disabled and there was no device to select at the top so …?

  9. Dan said on June 27, 2022 at 2:19 pm

    AWESOME A+++++ Rufus way to go!

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