I don’t trust factory-default settings from any vendor where adware/spyware is usually bundled intentionally. Anyhow, I needed a quick way to install Windows 10 (latest build) from scratch. The target device is an Acer Aspire 5.
Rufus was blocked because the laptop came with Windows 10 S mode enabled. This required a Microsoft account to disable (switch out). Turning off / clearing TPM settings in BIOS (F2 during bootup) did the trick. To disable TPM settings, a “password” has to be set first, else, you won’t be able to select other options further down the list.
When setting up Windows 10 for the first time, I prefer not to connect it to the network (WiFi or Ethernet). Doing so will force bypass the mandatory Microsoft account creation which leads to more data collection that is already at play.