Jul 14 2021 06:19 PM
Jul 14 2021 06:19 PM
Thank you for helping. So I signed up with the windows insider program, signed up for the Windows 11 beta, and my machine says it's "up to date", but I have not received an update to get Windows 11's Beta.
Jul 14 2021 09:02 PM - edited Jul 14 2021 09:06 PM
Windows 11 hasn't yet hit the Beta Channel. It's in the Dev Channel right now. If you want Windows 11 Insider Program you'll have to go into Dev or at least try to go into Dev Channel. Dev gives you earlier access to builds that come before Beta, but can sometimes be buggy, glitchy, or can be unstable builds at times as the builds haven't yet hit Beta Channel. However unlike Beta once you're in Dev you can't exit the Insider Program or go back down to Beta Channel or the Release Preview Channel unless you do a Windows 10 clean install. You can go Release Preview to/or Beta and/or to Dev, but you can't go from Dev to Beta or Release Preview. Eventually Windows 11 will hit Beta, but at the time of this post it's still in Dev Channel builds. Here's more information about Dev vs Beta to help you decide which channel of Windows Insider Program might be best for you: https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/windows-insider/flighting
Jul 14 2021 09:34 PM
Jul 14 2021 09:37 PM
Jul 14 2021 09:56 PM
Jul 14 2021 11:26 PM - edited Jul 14 2021 11:54 PM
If you're just joining the Insider Program from Windows 10 or coming out of Windows 10 Beta to Windows 11 Dev, you have ten days to go back to Windows 10 without clean install. It'll simply roll you back to Windows 10 as if you never left (any changes made or files added while on Windows 11 won't come with you) and it should show you as being in Beta again (because you rolled back before you joined Dev). However, you only have ten days. If you just went from Windows 10 to Windows 11 it starts as soon as you updated over. After ten days you can't go back without a clean reinstall of the full version of Windows 10. To do this go to Settings, Windows Updates, Advanced Options, Recovery, Go Back and click that option and it should allow you to revert back to Windows 10 without clean install. This will allow you to roll back to Windows 10 where you left off before upgrading if you just came from Windows 10. HOWEVER if you're not sure yet and want to play around with Windows 11 for a day or two in the mean time do not use Disk Cleanup to remove any files that references Windows Updates or Old Windows Files, and do not delete the file "windows.old" from your C drive. If you delete windows.old from C drive and/or disk cleanup any Windows Update or Old Windows files even an hour after upgrading from Windows 10 to Windows 11 than you won't be able to roll back even within the ten days. After ten days the files will delete themselves. You can also do what you mentioned. Stay in Dev into Windows 11 comes out in full general release later this year. Then find the full Win 11 ISO on Microsoft website and clean install out of Dev with the new full general version of Windows 11 just as you would if you were in Windows 10 Dev and wanted out of Dev or Insider Program and cleaned install full version of Windows 10. From there you can stay in non-insider program version or simply go back into Beta. Dev builds usually come out every week (around Wednesday or Thursday), so make sure your Windows Update is on automatic. To see what build of Windows 11 Dev you're on go to run and type in winver. Each new build works to fixes reported bugs, glitches, and comes with any new added features to Windows 11 that's being tested out.
Jul 14 2021 11:37 PM - edited Jul 14 2021 11:42 PM
Also don't forget to get the Feedback Hub app. It should already be on your Windows 10/11 under all apps of your start menu. But if not you can get it from the Microsoft Store. This is where you can read people's reports of any issues they're having with Windows 11 builds or bugs or whatever or see any suggestions people are making and you can report on it too. You can also talk to other Windows 11 users to about current builds or features you like or want to suggest. You should already have it on your Windows but if not this is it: https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/p/feedback-hub/9nblggh4r32n?activetab=pivot:overviewtab
And if you're really like being a Windows Insider you can go into the Edge (browser) Canary, Dev, or Beta channels too (it'll work on Windows 11 and will work separate from your regular Edge browser): More info: https://www.microsoftedgeinsider.com/en-us/download
If not, then you're Edge will be the standard general release one that came with your Windows 11. Internet Explorer has been removed from Windows 11.
Jul 18 2021 07:02 AM
Jul 18 2021 08:17 AM - edited Jul 18 2021 08:29 AM
If your computer meets the requirements for Windows 11 and you're in the Beta Channel already getting Windows 11 beta builds, then you'll continue to get the the beta builds of Windows 11 even after the stable general version is released to the public. If you no longer want the beta builds of Windows 11 and just want the general stable release version of Windows 11 after it's released then you'll go in and unenroll via Windows Update / Windows Insider Program settings in which case the next time a major release build of Windows 11 comes out you'll stop receiving beta builds after that and be out of the Insider Program, and on just the general release version without having to uninstall. This is only for Beta Channel though. Dev Channel you'll have to do a clean install to get out of Insider Program back into general release version. Here's a picture of that screen option from my own computer which explains it (it says Windows 10 because we aren't yet on Windows 11 in beta or general release.) The reason it's grayed out for me is because I'm in the Dev Channel. After ten days of going from Windows 10 to Windows 11 you won't be able to go back to Windows 10 without a clean install no matter what insider channel you're on.
Jul 22 2021 06:54 AM
Jul 22 2021 12:24 PM
@livelycorpse if you join in at beta level you will be able to leave. However you need to opt back out of windows insider and wait until the RTM update as when you leave the insider program you effectively freeze updates until the official version passes the beta build you were in. Then you update past your beta version to the final build.