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How to switch from Beta to Release Preview Channel on Windows 11

Windows 11 Insider Switch Channels
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Microsoft begins to ship preview builds in the Beta Channel for the next major release of Windows 11 (version 22H2). If you have a computer enrolled in the Beta Channel, it's now the right time to switch to the Release Preview Channel or completely opt out of the program without losing your files.

Up until now, previews in the Release Preview and Beta Channel only included previews of cumulative updates for the original release of Windows 11 (version 21H2). Starting with the preview build 22581 available on March 23, the company will also begin shipping builds in the Beta Channel for the next version of Windows. Since during the early days of new development, previews are rough and may contain bugs, incomplete features, and problems that might affect the experience, it's recommended to switch channels.

In this Windows 11 guide, we will walk you through the different ways to switch Insider preview channels or completely opt out of the testing program as the company begins to roll out previews for the next version in the Beta Channel.

How to change Insider channels on Windows 11

To switch from the Beta to the Release Preview Channel on Windows 11, use these steps:

  1. Open Settings.
  2. Click on Windows Update.
  3. Click the Windows Insider Program page on the right side.

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  1. Click on Choose your Insider settings.
  2. Select the Release Preview option.

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Once you complete the steps, the device won't receive preview builds for the next version of Windows 11 until Microsoft considers it final.

How to stop Insider builds on Windows 11

To opt out of the Windows Insider Program to stop getting preview builds, use these steps:

  1. Open Settings.
  2. Click on Windows Update.
  3. Click the Windows Insider Program page on the right side.

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  1. Click the Stop getting preview builds setting.
  2. Turn off the Unenroll this device when the next version of Windows releases toggle switch.

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After you complete the steps, the computer will remove itself automatically from the program when the next version is released. Since the company hasn't made available previews for the next version of Windows 11 in the Beta Channel, the device should opt out immediately without reinstallation.

How to stop Insider builds after installing newer preview of Windows 11

If you didn't switch channels or unenroll from the program on time and the computer received the newer preview, you can still undo the changes (during the first 10 days after the upgrade), but the steps will be slightly different. If this is the case, you will need to roll back to the preview version and change your Windows Insider Program settings.

Rollback to previous version

To uninstall the latest preview of the next version of Windows 11, use these steps:

  1. Open Settings.
  2. Click on System.
  3. Click the Recovery page on the right side.
  4. Under the "Recovery options" section, click the Go back button.

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  1. Select the reason for uninstalling the preview of Windows 11.

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  1. Click the Next button.
  2. Click the No, thanks button.

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  1. Click the Next button.
  2. Click the Next button again.
  3. Click the Go back to earlier build button.

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After you complete the steps, the computer will revert to the previous installation, and you can use the steps below to change the Windows Insider Program settings.

Change preview channels

To change Windows 11 preview channels, use these steps:

  1. Open Settings.
  2. Click on Windows Update.
  3. Click the Windows Insider Program page on the right side.

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  1. Click on Choose your Insider settings.
  2. Select the Release Preview option.

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Once you complete the steps, the computer will continue to receive previews, but only for the original version of Windows 11 (version 21H2). However, after the company signs the next version as complete, it'll eventually be offered to the device in the Release Preview Channel.

Opt out from Insider program

To stop getting builds for future releases of Windows 11, use these steps:

  1. Open Settings.
  2. Click on Windows Update.
  3. Click the Windows Insider Program page on the right side.

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  1. Click the Stop getting preview builds setting.
  2. Turn off the Unenroll this device when the next version of Windows releases toggle switch.

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After you complete the steps, the device will gracefully remove itself from the testing program when the next version releases.

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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.