Here is some information about different win10 editions: https://rentry.co/fwt
tldr: use Pro if you want to login with your personal microsoft account, otherwise use Education(more frequent updates) or LTSC.
Prepare the Thumbdrive
I downloaded the consumer editions iso from the
mail.ru archive: https://cloud.mail.ru/public/37Sg/JSMhHUGz2/900_jun_2020/
and you can make a bootable USB drive with this iso file and woeusb(on linux, I don't know what they use on windows nowadays). Here is the command:
sudo woeusb -d ~/en_windows_10.iso /dev/sdd --target-filesystem NTFS
Change the iso location and the device location to your own, and remove the
--target-filesystem option if you want to use FAT32.
I didn't have the production key or whatever, but I was able to go through the installation process quite smoothly. Just remember to install the Pro edition if somehow you do want microsoft to spy on you lmao.
Use wpd to debloat the OS, and if it can't block windows update, try the
Windows Filtering Platform option.
Setting up UTC time
Run the following command in
reg add "HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\System\CurrentControlSet\Control\TimeZoneInformation" /v RealTimeIsUniversal /d 1 /t REG_QWORD /f
That's it. Now you have a gaming operating system installed.
And if you are dual booting, be careful not to format the wrong partition. And I'm able to detect the windows installation on archlinux with
os-prober, and I
grub-mkconfiged again and windows is now in my grub menu.