disable windows attachment manager (file blocking)

If you’re trying to install files that are downloaded from the internet, they might sometimes be by default “blocked” from install unless you take manual intervention. If you have a large installer that has multiple sub installers, this could be a daunting task. The following group policy edit has worked for me (redownload or re-extract the files that are being setup following doing so):

  • Win Key + R
  • Type “gpedit.msc”
  • Navigate to User Configuration > Administrative Templates > Windows Components > Attachment Manager
  • Enable “Do not preserve zone information in file attachments”

disable microsoft account in Windows

Windows 11 has been trying to forcibly require a user to link their microsoft account to the user account.

Windows Setup at “Let’s connect you to a network”

  • Shift+F10 brings up the command prompt
  • oobe/bypassnro

In Windows

  • Win+R, open gpedit.msc
  • Computer Configuration > Windows Settings > Security Settings > Local Policies > Security Options
  • Accounts: Block Microsoft accounts; Users can’t add or log on with Windows accounts
  • Reboot