Some Windows 11 Insiders can't ditch the Dev Channel, says report

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What you need to know

  • Windows Insiders have been warned to reconsider staying in the Dev Channel.
  • This warning is a result of upcoming builds being less stable than usual.
  • However, not everyone has been able to abandon ship.

Windows 11 builds are set to get a bit rockier for Insiders in the Dev Channel, hence why Microsoft has advised users to reconsider whether they want to be on the less stable side of development or move over to the calmer Beta Channel. However, it seems that not everyone who's interested in hopping ships is going to have the easiest time making the switch.

According to HTNovo, the channel-swapping issue that's plagued Insiders for a long time has once again cropped up, this time to prevent those interested in going the Beta route from doing so. As such, individuals currently on the Dev Channel track may be stuck there if they're one of the unlucky few unable to reselect their preferences.

HTNovo does cite a way to escape the Dev Channel via a little Windows Registry work, but it's not ideal for those who still want to experience updates in a timely fashion. So, if you see your ability to swap channels is grayed out, and you don't want to risk missing out on the latest and greatest Windows developments, it may be preferable to stick with the Dev Channel until the action gets too hot to handle.

Whatever your channel preference is, stay frosty when it comes to the latest Windows developments, as who knows what the upcoming unstable adventures of Windows 11 may entail. And if you find yourself in a pickle and need a little Windows 11 help, check out our numerous guides for the OS (hyperlinked in this very sentence, for your convenience).

Robert Carnevale

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  • Happened to me, I was a bit angry about it first especially because I have contacted Microsoft support through the chat and the guy seriously didn't a clue what he was talking about. He suggested that I go back to Windows 10, why on earth would I want to do that, I was on 11 for a reason. Just ended up doing a reinstall of Win11 and I was able to switch with no problems after that.
  • That's frustrating. At least you got where you intended, post-reinstall. Hopefully it's smoother sailing from here.
  • For me a simple reboot solved it.
  • Didn't solve mine. Mind you my 9 year old desktop has more red noncomputability flags than green ones so I'm not complaining too much also it is dual boot with Windows 10 and 11.
  • I had an issue where I didn't even have the various options showing in my "Insider" settings. I tried the command line options and restarting. That didn't work. Put in a ticket w/ MS and they had me do an SFC and then stop/restart/clear the installer caches and restart. After that, I did see the options show up. However, I was able to use the registry to verify that I was in the "Beta" channel, which was the only thing I was really concerned about this time.
  • Hi passchott.
    I'm in the same situation, could you tell me what you did?