How to Switch Between Dev and Beta Channels on Windows 11 - Windows Basics


Monday, October 25, 2021

How to Switch Between Dev and Beta Channels on Windows 11

Some recent reports suggest that future Windows 11 Dev Channel updates may be unstable for Windows Insiders users. If you're worried about that, switching to the more stable Beta Channel (and back to the Dev Channel later if needed) is a good option. Learn how to do it right below.

Difference between Dev Channel and Beta Channel

In the Windows Insider Program, Microsoft describes the Dev Channel as an area "for highly technical, experienced Windows users," and "sometimes with low stability." This is basically an advanced release channel for brand new features that haven't been tested much. Therefore, Dev Channel will be suitable for advanced Windows users who like tinkering, researching, or application developers.

In contrast, Beta Channel provides stable and reliable builds that have been "validated" by Microsoft. As a result, the channel is "ideal for early adopters" who want to experience Windows 11 with less risk of problems, according to Microsoft.

When Windows 11 Insider Preview was first released in June 2021, Microsoft only released this version of the operating system through the Windows Insider Dev Channel. After Windows 11 launched on the Beta Channel on July 29, a more stable version became available for those who might want to try it out.

How to switch between Dev Channel and Beta Channel in Windows 11

First, it's important to know that these instructions only apply to Windows 11 installations associated with the Windows Insider program. (As of now, August 2021, all Windows 11 installations are being linked to Windows Insider - but not always.)

1. First, press Windows + i to open the Settings app. Or you can also right-click the Start button at the far left of the taskbar and select “Settings”.

2. When the Settings interface opens, look at the list of items on the right and click Windows Update at the bottom.

3. On the Windows Update screen, click Windows Insider Program.

4. The Windows Insider Program settings screen will open, click Choose your Insider Settings to expand the menu if needed.

5. In the drop-down menu, you can simply click on the round button next to Dev Channel or Beta Channel (Recommended) to select the channel you want to use, depending on your preference, in this case changing the word Dev Channel to Beta Channel.

That's all you need to do. Your selection will automatically be saved. Close Settings and from now on you will only receive Beta Channel updates.

Of course, you can also go back to Settings > Windows Update > Windows Insider Program and switch channels at any time.

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