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Create Windows 11 bootable USB with requirement bypass

  1. Open Rufus 3.18 website.
  2. Click the link to download the latest version.
  3. Double-click the rufus.3.18.exe file to launch the tool.
  4. Under the “Device” section, use the drop-down menu and select the flash drive to create the Windows 11 bootable USB media.
  5. Under the “Boot selection” section, use the drop-down menu and select the Disk or ISO image option.
  6. Click the Select button.
  7. Select the Windows 11 ISO file.
  8. Click the Open button.
  9. Under the “Image option” section, select the Extended Windows 11 Installation (no TPM/no Secure Boot/8GB – RAM) option.Rufus bypass Windows 11 requirements
  10. Under the “Partition scheme” section, select the GPT option.
  11. Under the “Target system” section, select the UEFI (non CSM) option.
  12. Under the “Volume label” section, specify a descriptive name for the Windows 11 bootable USB flash drive – For example, Win11USB_Bypass.
  13. Use the default settings for the File system and Cluster size options.
  14. Check the Quick format option.
  15. Check the Create extended label and icon files option.
  16. Click the Start button.
  17. Click the OK button.

Once you complete the steps, Rufus will create a bootable USB media that will bypass the requirements to upgrade or install a fresh copy of Windows 11 on unsupported hardware.

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Create & use App Passwords

If you use 2-Step-Verification and get a “password incorrect” error when you sign in, you can try to use an App Password.

  1. Go to your Google Account.
  2. Select Security.
  3. Under “Signing in to Google,” select App Passwords. You may need to sign in. If you don’t have this option, it might be because:
    1. 2-Step Verification is not set up for your account.
    2. 2-Step Verification is only set up for security keys.
    3. Your account is through work, school, or other organization.
    4. You turned on Advanced Protection.
  4. At the bottom, choose Select app and choose the app you using and then Select device and choose the device you’re using and then Generate.
  5. Follow the instructions to enter the App Password. The App Password is the 16-character code in the yellow bar on your device.
  6. Tap Done.

Tip: Most of the time, you’ll only have to enter an App Password once per app or device, so don’t worry about memorizing it.

Automatically log in to your Windows 10 PC

1. Open the Run command box (Start > All apps > Windows System > Run or press Windows key + R). In the text box, type netplwiz and press Enter.
2. A User Accounts window will open. Under Users for this computer: select your username and then uncheck the box next to Users must enter a user name and password to use this computer. Click Apply.
If the accounts window is missing “Users Must Enter a User Name and Password” Option then proceed to How to Restore a Missing “Users Must Enter a User Name and Password” Option
3. A new window labeled Automatically sign in will pop up. Type your password twice and then click OK.

Your computer will now bypass the log-in page when you turn on your PC, but it will not bypass the login page when you unlock your PC. You can also change your sign-in options so that Windows will never require you to sign in after your PC wakes from sleep by going to Settings > Accounts > Sign-in options.

How to Restore a Missing “Users Must Enter a User Name and Password” Option

You can manually edit the registry to restore the missing login option. However, if you are not comfortable with editing the registry don’t.

  1. Bring up the Power User menu (you can access it with its special Win + X hotkey).
  2. Select Run from the menu.
  3. Open the Registry Editor by entering its regedit Run command and clicking OK.
  4. Navigate to a HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion\PasswordLess\Device key within the Registry Editor.
  5. Select the Device key within the left navigation pane
  6. Double-click the Device key’s DevicePasswordLessBuildVersion DWORD.
  7. Erase the number in the Value data box. Then input 0 there to replace the deleted value

No longer able to access network shares after 1809 updates

Press Windows key + R
Type: optionalfeatures.exe
Hit Enter
Scroll down to SMB 1.0/CIFS File Sharing Support
Tick the SMB 1.0/CIFS Client
Untick SMB 1.0/CIFS Automatic Removal and
Untick SMB 1.0/CIFS Server
Click OK
Restart if prompted.

Windows 10 Upgrade

Microsoft will cease support for Windows 7 on January 14, 2020, so PC users should really upgrade to Windows 10 soon. The most important point will be the loss of security patches for the operating system, which will make it increasingly risky to take online. Eventually, browsers and other constantly-updating software will stop working comfortably with Windows 7 and might be frustrating to use. Microsoft has said that Windows 10 is going to be the last numbered version of the OS, as they will simply keep pushing improvements instead of creating Windows 11.

Windows 10 Upgrade

Windows 10 Media Creation Tool

Windows 7 Update issues


  1. Windows update error messages
  2. Windows update hangs or freezes
  3. Abnormally high CPU usage from svchost.exe


  1. Check your computers date, a date to far in the past or future will prevent updates from running.
  2. Turn off all sleep settings in Power Options. Windows update needs to be connected to the internet to work. Most computers disconnect from the internet while in sleep mode. Personally, I turn off all sleep options and leave them off.
  3. There are two main types of Windows 7 installations: 32 bit or 64 bit.  You need to know what is installed in your computer.  Click the Start globe, type system in the box. Choose System information in the list.  The techie shorthand for 32 bit is x86 and for 64 bit is x64.
  4. The process starts by ensuring that there is nothing running that will prevent the update from working properly.  Click on the Start globe and type services into the text box.  Click on Services in the list that pops up.  In the window that then pops up (its alphabetic), find Windows Update.  Right-click on it (left-click if your mouse is set for left-handers) and choose Stop.
  5. Start Windows Update and change the Setting to Never check for updates.  Close the Windows Update window.  I recommend you return the setting to what ever you used before this operation, after you complete Windows Update. IF you do leave the setting at NEVER, Windows Update will no longer be automatic. Restart your computer. Run all updates as Administrator.

For fresh installs of Win 7 with Service Pack 1

  1. You are now going to download and install either one or two updates manually.  In most cases only the first (KB3172605) of these is needed.  If that produces a result that says the update is not appropriate for you computer, you need to first install the 2nd of these (KB3020369), then install the first (KB3172605).  Choose the one that is for your machine — 32 bit (X86) or 64 bit (X64).
    Servicing stack update KB3172605 for 32 bit or 64 bit systems
    Servicing stack update KB3020369 for 32 bit or 64 bit systems
  2. Install the Convenience rollup update KB3125574 for 32 bit or 64 bit systems. These are about 500 MB each, but will save you hours (or days) of installing individual updates.
  3. Install the update rollup KB3161608 for 32 bit or 64 bit versions.

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