After announcing Windows 11, Microsoft has announced that the first Insider Preview Build of Windows 11 will be available from the following week. In an official blog post, the Windows team has explained what users should keep in mind while testing out the Insider Preview builds next week.
Windows 11 Insider Preview Builds
Microsoft has said that the stable Windows 11 will be available for consumers before the year ends. Insider Builds however would be made available starting next week.
Insider Preview builds tend to carry unfinished features and bugs. More importantly, these builds are an effective way for Microsoft to understand the problems before releasing the final build.
The instructions provided by Microsoft indicate that you must have a Windows PC that meets the Windows 11 Hardware Requirements to get the most out of the pre-public-release testing options.
“We plan to release the first Insider Preview build for Windows 11 next week. However ahead of that release – we wanted to let Insiders know of a few changes we are making to how they will receive Windows 11 Insider Preview builds going forward,” Microsoft said.
For instance, if you are already on the Dev channel and have a compatible system, you will be eligible for Windows 11 Insider Preview builds. It is the same for those who are active in the Beta channel. However, if you are on the Release Preview Channel, you may have to wait for some time to get the Windows 11 Insider Preview Build.
Nevertheless, because everything is in the testing stage, Microsoft allows some exceptions as well. If you are on the Dev channel, but your PC does not meet the hardware requirements for Windows 10, you can preview Windows 10 Insider Builds via the flighting program. It will happen until the general rollout of Windows 11.
Microsoft has organized a few exemptions for scenarios when a PC meets the requirements for the Windows Insider program but fails to meet Windows 11 hardware requirements. Therefore, Windows enthusiasts who want to try Windows 11 must be clear about which channel they are using for Windows updates.