Microsoft tests new features and improvements via Windows Insider Program before rolling them out to the general public. It means Windows Insiders get early access to the latest features. So, if you also want a taste of the latest Windows 11 features before everyone else, you should join Windows Insider Program in Windows 11.
However, Insider Preview Builds are not very stable and you may face some issues. There might be some occasional system crashes and you might have to reset your PC or clean install Windows 11. So, we suggest you do not use your work PC to join Windows Insider Program. Instead, use your secondary PC to avoid data loss in case your system crashes.
Join Windows Insider Program in Windows 11 and Get Earlier Access to New Features
Now that you have made up your mind to join Windows Insider Program for Windows 11, let’s check the process. First and foremost, you will need a Microsoft account. So, if you don’t have one, make sure to create one here. After you are ready with your Microsoft account, follow these steps.
Step 1: Enable Optional Diagnostic Data
The first thing you need to do is to enable “Send Optional Diagnostic Data” in Windows 11. For that, go to Settings > Privacy & Security > Diagnostics & Feedback and turn on the toggle for “Send optional diagnostic data“.
Step 2: Go to Windows Insider Program Setting in Windows 11
Now, open Windows 11 Settings and go to Windows Update. Here, click on Windows Insider Program to see if your PC meets the requirements to join Windows Insider Program on Windows 11.
Step 3: Link your Microsoft Account
In Windows Insider Program settings, you will see if your Windows 11 device qualifies for Insider Program or not. So, if you are using supported hardware, you won’t see any warnings.
So, click the Get Started button to start the process. You will see a popup to link your Microsoft account, click the Link an account button.
Now, sign in and select your Microsoft account to Continue.
Step 4: Choose Insider Channel and Accept Agreement
After signing in with your Microsoft account, it’s time to select Insider Channel to join Windows Insider Program on your Windows 11 PC.
Currently, Microsoft supports 3-channels as explained below:
- Dev Channel: This channel is intended for highly technical users. This channel gets earliest access to new features but is least stable.
- Beta Channel: This channel receives more stable builds compared to the Dev Channel.
- Release Preview Channel: This channel gets early accesss to the builds that have been finalized for public release.
So, we suggest you choose Beta Channel. Click the Continue button after selecting the channel.
Now, you will see the agreement for Windows Insider Program. We suggest you read the license agreement and click Continue.
Step 5: Restart your PC to Join Windows Insider Program
Finally, you are ready to join the Windows Insider Program in Windows 11. Save all your work and click the Restart Now button. You can also choose to Restart Later if you wish.
Now, your Windows 11 will be joined into Windows Insider Program and your PC will restart. During that process, it will also download and install the latest Insider Build on your Windows 11 PC. Remember, you will need to have a good internet connection to download the latest preview build.
Get Early Access to New Windows 11 Features with Insider Program
Now, you will have access to the latest Windows 11 features via Windows Insider Program. In case you want to switch to stable builds again, you will have to install a clean copy of Windows 11 on your PC. That will also wipe your C drive so, be careful.
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