Windows 11 Comes to the Insider Beta Channel

Posted on July 29, 2021 by Paul Thurrott in Windows 11 with 16 Comments

With just days remaining to meet its July deadline, Microsoft has started issuing Windows 11 preview builds to the Insider Program’s Beta channel.

“We are very excited to announce we are releasing Windows 11 Insider Preview Build 22000.100 to Windows Insiders in the Beta Channel,” Microsoft quietly revealed in an addition to a week-old blog post. “As always, be sure to check out the list of known issues [to find out whether there is] anything that could impact your experience on your PC.”

To be clear, the build that’s heading to Beta channel members is the same one that Dev channel testers got one week ago. But with Windows 11 now available for testing via two different Windows Insider Program channels, potential testers have choices related to how often they will see new builds. Those in the Dev channel will typically see a new build each week, while those in the Beta channel will see less frequent builds that have proven to be particularly stable.

With that in mind, it has been a week. So hopefully we’ll see a new Dev channel build today with some new features.

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Comments (16)

16 responses to “Windows 11 Comes to the Insider Beta Channel”

  1. bncz1

    No new Windows 11 insider build this week .

  2. jjdiebolt

    I don't know about anyone else, but my Dev channel machine now lets me revert to Beta, so this if verified, might be a good off-ramp time for those who don't want their machines stuck in the perpetual "features are not tied to a specific release" or "the only way out is a clean install". 1348 CDT 07/29/2021

  3. jjdiebolt

    Perhaps MSFT has changed their minds on switching channels and not locking you into Dev permanently. I could not switch before. As usual no information and the communication on this (if verified) ability, nor if it will continue to be the case throughout the Windows 11 Insider period vs going back to Dev being like it was in Windows 10. If it was there, I couldn't find it. They are as clear as a " June gloom" day in San Francisco.

  4. jjdiebolt

    Correction: "If you are in the Dev Channel, now would be the right time to consider switching to the Beta Channel if you want to stay on more stabilized builds of Windows 11." is in the referenced post. Apologies.

  5. cpatrick08

    It's letting people switch from Dev to Beta because they are on the exact same build.

  6. JH_Radio

    Why don't they write a new blog post for this shit. Seriously! Its no wonder you have a job just in communicating MS's inability to communicate! I mean great for you, but really.

  7. pgiftos

    Downloaded the Beta. Can't wait to check it out!

  8. ianhead

    I'm really relieved that there is now the ability to switch from the Dev to the Beta channel now. I was resigned to having to clean install everything when the release version came out.

  9. behindmyscreen

    I'd install it this weekend but I need my laptop to support an upgrade so....probably not a good time to do that :-p

  10. blue77star

    For some reason I am so not interested in Windows 11. Not sure why, Windows 10 21H1 works so great.

  11. nicholas_kathrein

    My vm just got Windows 11 and my AMD custom built didn't using that trying app I had to change my bios settings. Now I thought I had it set correctly but I had to change from the AMD built in hardware TPM to the software TPM that was 2.0 certified. Weird as I would think a hardware TPM would be better than a firmware TPM which I'm assuming is software based. I got to say windows 11 is pretty but it totally blew up all my application shortcuts and seems you pretty much need to redo it all and delete all the applications they put in there like Twitter and Netflix and read all your apps. I hope they figure out how to upgrade better because this seems like a stock set up for every install.