Help I want to get rid of windows insider program without deleting everything

Copper Contributor
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just simply don't install the insider builds and you'll be fine.
The instructions for leaving the insider program are all explained here:

If you use release preview or beta channel, you don't have to delete anything.

If you use Dev channel, you need a clean install for downgrade.

in order to downgrade from an insider Dev build which has a higher version of Windows, to the stable build which has lower version, you do need to clean install Windows.

That doesn't mean you have to delete everything. Only the drive where Windows is installed, which is usually the C drive, will have to be cleaned. So, all you have to do is to move any file you want to keep, from C drive to any other drive, then download the latest Windows ISO file from Microsoft website or create a bootable USB flash drive with the media creation tool and clean install Windows.

I suggest using OneDrive to automatically back up important folders such as desktop, pictures and documents. I always do it myself and it takes care of keeping lots of my data safe automatically.

This depends upon which channel build you're currently on. Check different cases here:

Let us know if this helps!

Note: Included link in this reply refers to blog by a trusted Microsoft MVP. 

Hi, @NateT27 


Important note - you still have only 3 days to complete this step to seamlessly transition to the stable version of Windows11 - without losing your settings and personal files :)

Best regards

Announcing Windows 11 Insider Preview Build 22621.1391 and 22624.1391 | Windows Insider Blog


"Off-ramp for Windows Insiders in the Beta Channel: Insiders in the Beta Channel who chose the option to unenroll their device under “Stop getting preview builds” under Settings > Windows Update > Windows Insider Program and are currently on Build 22621.1325 or 22623.1325 will NOT receive this update. These Insiders are part of the off-ramp out of the Beta Channel running until March 8th, 2023 as described here in this blog post."