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How to stop receiving Windows 10 Insider Preview builds for PCs and tablets

Microsoft first released Windows 10 on July 29th, and yesterday November 12th, the Microsoft servers started delivering the first major update to all computers around the world. While the update is meant for everyone, not every computer is going to get the update at the same time -- the update will take a few days to reach everyone.

The Windows 10 November update represent a big milestone for the company. Microsoft says that not only it's improving the experience, but it feels that the operating system has "reached the point in the platform's maturity where [Microsoft] can confidently recommend Windows 10 deployment to whole organizations."

The update fixes a lot of issues, incorporates some tweaks in the UI, Cortana gets smarter, Microsoft Edge receives much-needed performance and security improvement, and the Settings app gets a significant number of changes.

If you have been part of the Windows Insider Program, you have been dealing with a lot of ups and downs since July. Every build Microsoft released for PCs and tablets brought something new to Windows 10, but you also had to put up with a lot known issues here and there.

As such, after installing the Windows 10 November update, perhaps you might want to stop receiving new builds for a while or permanently. Fortunately, Microsoft is making it super easy for Insiders to manage how users get new Insider Preview builds.

In case you decide the latest build of Windows 10 is good enough as your daily driver, you can use the following steps to stop receiving new builds.

How to stop receiving Windows 10 Insider Preview builds

1. All Settings

Open the Settings app

2. Navigate

Go to Update & security and Windows Update.

3.Advanced

On Windows Update, click the Advanced options link.

4. Stop

Inside the Advanced Options and scroll down to the "Get Insider Preview builds" section. Then click the Stop Insider Preview builds button, and on the dialog box you'll have the option to either pause receiving new builds for 1, 3, or 5 days.

Or you can click the Stop receiving Insider Preview builds and click the "Confirm" button to stop permanently getting new builds.

5. Restart

Finally, to complete the process, you'll need to restart your computer. Now, if you choose to pause receiving new builds for a few days, you won't need to restart your computer, and anytime you can come back and hit the Resume button.

If you stopped the getting builds permanently, you could also come back at any time. Click the Get started button, sign-in with you Microsoft Account, and restart your computer. Of course, if you computer doesn't have the latest build, it will automatically download and install.

It's important to point out that Microsoft is making it straightforward to opt-in or opt-out of the program without your computer having to reset to factory defaults. Also, you will still be able to keep your computer up to date with Windows Update.

Are you going to stop getting Insider builds for a while or you're already waiting for the next build? Tell us your plans in the comments below.

How to stop getting Insider builds of Windows 10 Mobile

Mauro Huculak is technical writer for WindowsCentral.com. His primary focus is to write comprehensive how-tos to help users get the most out of Windows 10 and its many related technologies. He has an IT background with professional certifications from Microsoft, Cisco, and CompTIA, and he's a recognized member of the Microsoft MVP community.

18 Comments
  • I've received 3 Windows Defender definition updates since yday and not 10586 yet haha
    I guess I'll press the update button every couple of hours until that thing shows up
  • Use the media creation tool and do an in place upgrade using the ISO file Posted via the Windows Central App for Android
  • Thanks
    Thought the update would show up quickly so I didn't bother doing that. But I will now
  • Builds builds builds give us new builds.
    Start with Mobile.
  • I like many others received the update only to have it fail immediately, and then the computer says it's up to date. Is Microsoft ever going to address this, even if just to say, "Screw you, you're on your own. Go buy a 16GB flash drive and do it manually."?
  • No windows tables seems in these days
  • My surface 3 is now on build 10586.03. So it is current.
  • We were all wondering...
  • So how do I get from the evaluation build to the official November release.
  • You don't. If you are 10586 (last Insider release) you are on "official". Zero differences.
  • Ah, cool deal. Thanks!
  • I have switched my deviices over to slow for a bit. If there is a new build that is compelling I will switch rings to get it. Looking forward to a bit of stability 
  • Just so you know, some fast builds are more stable than the previous slow one, so you might sometime be missing on that. This is also more apparent on Mobile
  • I agree, i even think that microsoft realized that doing public slow is not really helping them, thats why you dont see that much slow ring builds. if you really look at it from the point of feedback, there is not much to get from slow ring, as they arleady know thats not a good build, and they are already working on a new one.
  • I think fast ring should be like it is and slow ring should be what dev preview was before - to get a stable build that was or is almost rtm
  • exactly, slow ring should be the last build before RTM only. last quality check.
  • HI, if i need to stop getting windows insider builds, and the pc starts the procees of reinstallig older version, will i loose my settings, apps and data or will it just switch over to the anniversary update, like it switched from anniversary update to insider builds?  
  • I put the fast ring on my pro2017 and now I can't roll back to 1803, does anyone have a suggestion of how I can do this?