An easy workaround for this requirement is the Rufus USB formatting tool, which can create USB install media for Windows and all kinds of other operating systems. Rufus has already offered some flags to remove Windows 11’s system requirement checks from the installer, removing the need for clunky Windows Registry edits and other workarounds. But the beta of version 3.19 will also remove the Microsoft account requirement for new installs, making it easy to set up a new Windows PC with a traditional local account.
The hoops people jump through to be allowed to use a mediocre operating system when better alternatives are abundant.
Please get this into your Linux cheerleading mind: People are not going to give up the Windows ecosystem and Windows device support for an OS that has no real app ecosystem and iffy device support just to get marginal benefits in return. They might do it for MacOS, which has a decent app ecosystem and unique hardware offerings, but not Desktop Linux.
And then there is the whole question of what those Desktop Linux benefits are for someone with a new or newish laptop and who doesn’t mind setting up a Microsoft account (most users have been trained by iOS and Android to do that as a standard act when setting up a device). Desktop Linux has crap power management on most laptops and offers a mix of traditional and “modern” UI just like Windows.
I am sick of tired of people who think that every time Windows is criticized for anything, it’s the perfect opportunity to pitch Desktop Linux. It’s not.