Rufus: Microsoft blocks Windows ISO downloads

It looks like Microsoft has started blocking Windows ISO downloads from Rufus. Rufus is a popular open source tool for creating bootable media.

Windows ISO image download options were introduced in Rufus 3.5, which the developer released in 2019. The ability to download Windows 8, Windows 10, and Windows 11 ISO images was a welcome added feature, as it made the process creating more efficient Windows bootable media. comfortable.

The developer has meanwhile added more features to Rufus, which has significantly improved the program for some Windows administrators and users. Options to bypass Windows 11 system requirements during inplace upgrades and to create local accounts instead of Microsoft accounts, and outright deny privacy questions, were added in 2022.

Downloads are powered by the Fido script in Rufus, and it has worked well since the feature was introduced. The script pulled download information from Microsoft servers and the downloads were provided by Microsoft.

Now Rufus users are getting error messages when trying to download Windows 8, 10 or 11 using Rufus.

The current error message is displayed after selecting an OS version in the downloader. It is said:

Error: Downloading Windows ISOs is no longer available because Microsoft has changed their website to prevent this.

Windows 7 ISO downloads are still supported and work as before. It’s unclear why Microsoft doesn’t block Windows 7 downloads as well.

Microsoft still offers Windows ISO image downloads from its own website. A visit to Windows 11 download page on Microsoft’s website continues to provide users with ISO images upon request.

A link to a thread on GitHub is provided where the topic is discussed. According to the information posted there, Microsoft has made a deliberate change to prevent downloads from any source other than its own website.

The Fido 1.30 changelog also confirms the change:

Disable Windows 8? Windows 11 ISO Downloads
It seems that Microsoft has deliberately made its download servers hostile to our script, and trying to fix this may take a long time…

The developer is asking for help finding a way around this limitation. Although it is possible to download official ISO images from Microsoft, downloads are limited to specific versions only.

With Rufus and Fido, users could choose different versions to download. Another advantage was that the whole process was integrated into one program.

Closing words

We’ve contacted Microsoft to learn more about the issue, but haven’t heard back yet.

Now you: have you used Rufus in the past? Why do you think Microsoft is blocking downloads?

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Rufus: Microsoft blocks Windows ISO downloads

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Rufus: Microsoft blocks Windows ISO downloads

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It looks like Microsoft has started blocking Windows ISO downloads from Rufus.

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