On Sunday, TASS, Russia’s largest state-owned news agency, issued a notice to Telegram stating that “attempts to install Windows 11 and Windows 10 from Microsoft’s website end in error.” (translated by DeepL). The Telegram post also notes that the download completes without issue when connected to a VPN.
While we were connected to the Russian VPN server, clicking the download button in the Windows 11 setup wizard redirected us to a download page that displayed a 404 error. installed Windows 11, but the tool throws an error with code 0x80072F8F-0x20000 when running it. The error dialog says in Russian: “For some unknown reason, this tool could not run on your computer.” All other download options were showing the error shown in the image above.
Microsoft has yet to make a statement confirming that this behavior is intentional, so we’ll have to see if the company deliberately blocks Russian users from downloading Windows installer tools. Ironically, while it appears that Russians can connect to a VPN server located outside of Russia to circumvent this restriction, the government has banned the use of fifteen different VPN services to prevent citizens from connecting to Internet without going through the federal government. Information system.