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Why you should opt-out of the Insider Program after Windows 10 October 2018 Update

Microsoft is releasing the Windows 10 October 2018 Update (version 1809), and this means that now is a good time to opt-out of the Windows Insider Program.

The Insider program was created to allow enthusiasts and developers to get early access to new features and enhancements to provide feedback and help to shape the future of Windows 10. Although the latest builds have been more stable, as the October 2018 Update is released, Microsoft is mergeing the previews of the 19H1 development already available in the Skip Ahead into the Fast ring, and as a result, devices will once again start getting unstable, buggy, and incomplete builds.

If you don't want to be part of that, or you want to use a stable release for a change, it's possible to pull out of the Windows Insider Program without having to modify your current installation. The reason is that at the time the October 2018 Update is signed off as final, during a short period, both the public release and the latest preview build share the same version of the code.

In this Windows 10 guide, we'll walk you through the steps to safely remove your device from the Windows Insider Program without losing your files, settings, and apps. Also, we look at the steps to opt-out even after installing new previews for the next version of the OS.

How to opt-out of the Windows Insider Program before a new version releases

If you want to take a break from buggy test previews, and you want to stay in the stable version of Windows 10, you can gracefully opt-out of the Windows Insider Program using these steps:

  1. Open Settings.
  2. Click on Update & Security.
  3. Click on Windows Insider Program.
  4. Click the Stop Insider Preview builds button.

  1. Select the Keep giving me builds until the next Windows release option (or the Stop Insider builds completely option).

  1. Click the Confirm button.
  2. Click the Restart Now button.

Once you've completed the steps, future test previews, part of the October 2018 Update development, will continue to install automatically. However, as soon as the new version is complete, your computer will gracefully pull out of the program, and it'll continue to receive cumulative updates just like any other machine.

These instructions will work as long as you do this before the Fast ring merges with the Skip Ahead previews. If you don't remove your device on time, and new builds for the 19H1 development become available, your computer will continue to install them, and the steps outlined above will not work to stay on version 1809.

How to opt-out of the Windows Insider Program after a new version releases

Alternatively, it's possible to opt-out of the Windows Insider Program without losing your apps, settings, and files after installing the first preview for Windows 10 19H1 once the October update releases, but you'll need to go through some additional steps:

  1. Open Settings.
  2. Click on Update & security.
  3. Click on Recovery.
  4. Under "Go back to the previous version of Windows 10," click the Get started button.

  1. Select any reason from the list.
  2. Click the Next button.

  1. Click the No, thanks button.

  1. Click the Next button.

  1. Click the Next button again.

  1. Click the Go back to earlier build button.

  1. Open Settings again after your device is back to version 1809.
  2. Click on Update & Security.
  3. Click the Stop Insider Preview Builds button.

  1. Select the Keep giving me builds until the next Windows release option (or the Stop Insider builds completely option).

  1. Click the Confirm button.
  2. Click the Restart Now button.

After completing the steps, your device will no longer download and install preview builds, your device will stay in the October 2018 Update, and you'll continue to receive cumulative updates.

If the option to go back to the previous version isn't available in the Settings app, then the only way to opt-out of the Windows Insider Program is to perform a clean installation of Windows 10.

The only thing that you need to be aware of is that Windows 10 automatically deletes the backup of the previous version after ten days. This means that the instructions outlined above will only work during the week and a half since your device installed the first build of Windows 10 19H1.

Are you thinking on opting out of the program or will you continue testing previews for the next version of Windows 10? Tell us in the comments.

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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.

23 Comments
  • Never opt out always stay on the edge!
  • Thank you for helping Microsoft make Windows 10 a better platform for everyone : )
  • I don't see a "Keep giving me builds..." option.
    I have a "Stop Insider builds completely" instead 🤔
  • I do not see it either.
  • There is no "Keep giving me builds..." No action is needed to continue getting preview builds. Only if you want to opt out do you need to do anything.
  • you get a keep giving me builds if your on an insider build, once your on a release build it tells you to stop completely.
  • Is there any instructions on how to take the xbox one out of the insider ring? I'm tired of getting 2 to 3 new builds per week and having to wait through the long update time.
  • Xbox Insider is a different program. Consult you Xbox.
  • Use the insider app. You can change it from alfa, beta, ….
  • I dropped out after windows 10 first went rtm, took my free win 10 pro license and lived happily ever after...
  • Well this is for people actively in insider program
  • I don't understand because Stop Insider Builds says you'll be opted out of any future updates. The text of the article says you'll still get updates until the final release.
  • I just run my pc on Release preview, so keep the current release build buy get early app updates. I use Fast and Skip ahead on virtual machines
  • Why? Now the fun builds are back. Bug bash is boring. Testing new broken features is the reason I'm in the insider program from day 1.
  • From the previous experience, a first few builds do not have any new feature only coreos update.
  • Hi Everyone,
    I'm currently on the following:
    Windows 10 Pro
    Version # 1809
    OS Build # 17763.1
    Does anyone feel as though this is the 'RTM' Build/Release ?
  • It is RTM
  • It could be RTM. There are a few listed bugs in the build. It's unusual that MS haven't released a new build this week, if they start servicing this build with cumulative updates I'd say it's RTM but it's not 100% certain
  • I just have my laptop and desktop on the Slow ring. As long as those remain relatively stable as they have been, I don't see a reason to opt-out.
  • It seems many are seeing the same issue as I am - the option to "Keep giving me builds until the next Windows release" is not available. I only see "Stop Insider Builds Completely." Does the author of the article have any guidance if we want to exit the Insider Fast Ring when the next Windows release occurs?
  • I was/am under the belief that if you are in the WIP, with the most recent build and choose "Just fixes, apps, and drivers" that one would stay in the current build e.g., 1809 - 17763.1 and when update or final release comes out you get it with no off chance of updating to a truly newer build. Is my thinking flawed?
  • The purpose of the Insider Program a trade-off. MS allows Insiders access to pre-release builds with the understanding that Insiders will look for and report bugs. This is necessary on early builds too.
    There is no such thing as a bug free Insider Build.
  • I have no more Bluetooth capabilities after the update. Tried reinstalling Bluetooth driver to no avail. Anybody else with this problem? Any ideas? Thanks