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Stop Getting Insider Preview Builds on Windows 11 PC

Flighting is the process of running Windows Insider Preview Builds on your device. When you run these early versions of Windows and give Microsoft feedback, you can help Microsoft shape the future of Windows. Once you’ve registered for the Windows Insider Program, you can run Insider Preview builds on as many devices as you want, each in the channel of your choice.

Windows Insiders help shape the future of Windows, and your participation is important to Microsoft. But if you’re sure you’d like to stop getting emails and Windows Insider Preview Builds from us, you can unregister and leave the program. If you’d just like to stop getting Insider Preview builds, you can also unenroll your device, but stay registered to keep getting email updates from Microsoft.

If you’re in the Beta Channel or the Release Preview Channel, you can flip the switch to stop stop getting preview builds on your device when the next major release of Windows launches to the public.

If you’re in the Dev Channel or you’d like to stop getting preview builds immediately, you would need to do a clean install of Windows 11.

This tutorial will show you how to stop getting Insider preview builds of Windows 11 on your Windows 11 PC.

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Start Getting Insider Preview Builds on Windows 11 PC

Flighting is the process of running Windows Insider Preview Builds on your device. When you run these early versions of Windows and give Microsoft feedback, you can help Microsoft shape the future of Windows. Once you’ve registered for the Windows Insider Program, you can run Insider Preview builds on as many devices as you want, each in the channel of your choice.

Microsoft releases Insider Preview builds to you through channels, which are each designed to bring you a different experience based on the quality of Windows you need for your life and your device. When choosing a channel, you should keep in mind:

  1. How stable you need your device to be
  2. What level of issues you can handle on your device
  3. How early in development you’d like to see features and changes
  4. Whether or not you need Microsoft support

As Microsoft continues to evolve the way they’re building and releasing Windows in the future, Microsoft may introduce new channels to bring you new experiences.

Dev Channel​

The Dev Channel is for highly technical users who love to be the first to see the latest features and updates for all things Windows. It will get builds that are earliest in a development cycle with the latest work-in-progress code from our engineers. These aren’t always stable builds, and sometimes you will see issues that block key activities or require workarounds while flighting in this channel.

These builds aren’t matched to a specific release, which means these may simply be the latest work-in-progress code from our engineers. New features and OS improvements in this channel will show up in future Windows releases when they’re ready, and Microsoft may deliver them as full OS build updates or servicing releases. Your feedback here will help Microsoft engineers with major fixes and changes to the latest code.

Beta Channel​

The Beta Channel is for early adopters and IT professionals who want to see what’s next or validate the latest Windows updates and features, but still need reliable updates that are validated by Microsoft.

As a part of the Beta Channel, you’ll be seeing builds tied to a specific upcoming release, like Windows 11. Your feedback will be especially important here, since it will help Microsoft engineers make sure that key issues are fixed before major releases.

Release Preview Channel​

In the Release Preview Channel, Insiders and IT professionals get the upcoming version of Windows before it’s released to the world, with advanced quality updates and certain key features. These builds are also supported by Microsoft if you’re in the Windows Insider Program for Business.

This tutorial will show you how to start getting Insider preview builds of Windows 11 on your Windows 11 PC.

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How to Check Expiry Date of Windows 10 Insider Preview Build

As pre-release software, Insider Preview builds have a built-in expiration date that is called a “timebomb”. This has been included ever since the first Windows 10 Insider Preview build and helps ensure Insiders stay up to date with the latest feature and quality updates.

Two weeks before a build’s license expires, you will start getting “This build of Windows will expire soon” warnings that you should update to the most recent build.

Once a build expires, Insiders will be provided a “Install a new build of Windows now” warning once a day that the build has expired. Your PC will automatically restart ever few hours, and eventually will fail to start. In addition to that, Insiders will also see User Access Control (UAC) warnings as well. Insiders in both the Fast and Slow rings need to make sure they are running the latest builds offered to those rings.

Two weeks after your build expires, Windows 10 will no longer start when you boot your computer. You will get a “Recovery” screen instead with a “Your PC/Device needs to be repaired” “A component of the operating system has expired” message. If this happens, you will need to clean install the latest Windows 10 build.

This tutorial will show you how to check when your Windows 10 Insider Preview build expires to avoid hitting the timebomb.

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How to Join or Leave Windows App Preview Program for Apps in Windows 10

Microsoft is making it easier to try out the latest app updates with Insider Preview builds with the new Windows App Preview Program.

Microsoft heard feedback from Windows Insiders that having to opt-in to Skip Ahead to receive the latest app updates wasn’t ideal as it required Insiders to also be on super-early and sometimes unstable builds of the OS. Insiders told us they wanted to be able to try out the latest app updates but be on the latest Insider Preview builds from the Fast, Slow, and Release Preview rings. Now through the Windows App Preview Program, Insiders in any ring can opt-in to preview individual apps.

This tutorial will show you how to join or leave the Windows App Preview Program for individual apps for your account in Windows 10.

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How to Add or Remove Windows Insider Program Settings Page in Windows 10

You can join the Windows Insider program and set Windows 10 to get Insider Preview builds to make sure you get all the new features that are on the way and help Microsoft make it even better.

The Windows Insider Program page in Settings allows you to join the Windows Insider program and start or stop getting Insider Preview builds of Windows 10.

This tutorial will show you how to add or remove the Windows Insider Program page in Settings for all users in Windows 10.

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How to Enable or Disable Insider Build Settings in Windows 10

Windows Insider Preview is here today, and Microsoft is already working on the next version to bring you more great features. You can join the Windows Insider Program and set Windows 10 to get Insider Preview builds to make sure you get all the new features that are on the way.

This tutorial will show you how to enable or disable access to the “Windows Insider Program” Settings in Windows 10.

This can be handy to prevent changes being made to the Insider settings after setting them how you wanted.

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How to Start or Stop Receiving Insider Builds in Windows 10

The Windows Insider Program will continue even after the release of Windows 10 on July 29th 2015. Windows Insiders will continue to receive future flights as Microsoft begins to work on the next release immediately after Windows 10 ships. You’ll get to see the latest Windows fixes, features, and updates and give us feedback. So stay with us! Of course, Microsoft will provide you an option to leave the program and stay on the final build (RTM) if you choose: but Microsoft hopes that they’ll continue to provide you great reasons to remain a Windows Insider.

This tutorial will show you how to start or stop receiving Insider builds for your Windows 10 PC at any time.

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