How to set up Windows 11 without a Microsoft account

To stop Microsoft from asking you to create/use an email address during the setup, (which is irritating and infuriating to say the least):

When it asks you to create/use an email address:

  1. Use the Shift + F10 keyboard shortcut to open Command Prompt.
  2. Type the following command to release the current network configuration and press Enter:ipconfig /release
  3. Close the Command Prompt console.
  4. Click the Back button.
  5. Confirm the name of the local account.
  6. Click the Next button.
  7. Create a password for the account.


“This PC can’t run Windows 11” error – how to fix and circumvent this error

If you get the above error message while trying to install Windows 11 (which is a bad idea – due to its virus-like features and its insecure-yet-closed-box mentality), here is what you can do:

When you get this error message, do these:

  • Press Shift-F10 to open a command prompt window.
  • Type regedit and press the Enter-key to load the Windows Registry Editor.
    Navigate to HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\Setup in the Registry Editor window.
  • Right-click on Setup and select New > Key.
  • Name it LabConfig and press the Enter-key.
  • Right-click on the new LabConfig key and select New > Dword (32-bit) Value.
    Name it BypassTPMCheck.
  • Set its value to 1.
  • To disable the Secure Boot Check:
    • Right-click on LabConfig and select New > Dword (32-bit) Value.
      Name it BypassSecureBootCheck.
    • Set its value to 1.
  • To bypass the RAM check:
    • Right-click on LabConfig and select New > Dword (32-bit) Value.
      Name it BypassRAMCheck.
    • Set its value to 1.
  • Close the Registry Editor window.
  • Type exit in the command prompt window and press the Enter-key.
  • Activate the back button in the top left corner of the “This PC can’t run Windows 11” window to go back and repeat the system requirements check.
    If BACK button is not available, simply close that windows, and click on the INSTALL NOW button again.

PS: You should try LINUX now – because for the first time Linux is actually BETTER for ALL aspects of computing, even games!


Acer Nitro AN515-42 Touchpad solution

As you may have heard, Acer, in all its otherwise wisdom, removed the BIOS parameter to switch the touchpad to its basic mode. Therefore touchpad fails to work in Linux now out of the box.

To get the touchpad working with the new linux variations, you would need to add:

i8042.reset i8042.nomux i8042.nopnp i8042.noloop

to your GRUB configuration file. So that for example, it looks like this:

GRUB_CMDLINE_LINUX="resume=UUID=1d1e38xx-cca7-4b39-8e21-633f1ce334c1 rhgb i8042.reset i8042.nomux i8042.nopnp i8042.noloop"

For Fedora and I suspect all Redhat derivatives, you would need to add this to the end of GRUB_CMDLINE_LINUX parameter in /etc/default/grub

Then you need to re-create the grub configuration file. I recommend the following handy script for this – it has automatic detection for UEFI/EFI formats. Put it in, say, /usr/local/bin, save it as grub2-regen and make it executable with
chmod +x /usr/local/bin/grub2-regen

Then launch grub2-regen as root.

# Author: Eric Zhiqiang Ma (
# How to use this script:
if [ -d /sys/firmware/efi ]; then
echo generating $grubcfg
# make a backup just in case
cp $grubcfg $grubcfg-grub2-regen-cfg.bak
# regenerate the config file now
grub2-mkconfig -o $grubcfg
echo "Regenerated grub2 config" 
echo $grubcfg