No more Windows Insiders; Microsoft stops Insider builds for new PCs

Many were banking on the Windows Insider Program to lay their hands on the latest version of Windows operating system. The idea was to register with Windows Insider Program and then install Windows 10 latest build from the Insider website. We had carried an article on how to get Windows 10 for ‘free’. If you had already registered with Windows 10 Insider program, you are lucky. Because Microsoft has stopped taking new Insiders.

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The Windows Insider site says that since the release of Windows 10 operating system is too close, they are not taking new Insiders. They also mean that you cannot get an ISO or auto upgrade file for other PCs that were not already registered with the Insider program.

We’re very close to the public release of Windows 10 so we’re not onboarding any new PCs to the Windows Insider Program just now. You can still register and start using Windows 10 Mobile Insider Preview, and we’ll let you know as soon as there’s a new Insider Preview build for you to try on your PC.

This does not mean that the Windows Insiders will not get a copy of original Windows 10. The already existing Windows Insider program members will keep receiving new builds (including the final release to manufacturers – RTM Windows 10). They can then opt to continue as Insiders by using the Insider Hub app or they can simply stop by removing the Insider Hub app from their PCs.

The Insider Hub app can be removed from Apps and Features under PC Settings. Once uninstalled, they will continue updates to Windows 10 as normal consumers but will not get newer feature prior to normal customers as they used to get it when they were Insiders. That is, in other words, they will be treated as normal customers and will get updates only after Insiders have already tested the features/updates.

Mobile Insider Program is still live and is continuing to accept new Insiders or new mobile phones for testing Windows 10 mobile versions.

It is not known that whether the Windows 10 Insider program for PCs will open up again for new users or new PCs as Microsoft did not say anything about that.

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