Until today, the process of getting access to Windows 11 meant installing the Dev preview, which is for “highly technical users” due to its “rough edges”. Microsoft has successfully released the first Beta of Windows 11, available to those who were enrolled in its Windows Insider Program. According to Microsoft, the beta release is less volatile, which is validated by Microsoft.
The most important thing required to install the beta is a compatible computer. It is essential to figure out if your hardware works with the next version of Windows. Microsoft’s article regarding “Preparation for Insider builds” directs people to its system requirements page. The company states that close attention will be paid to how well 7th Gen Intel and AMD Zen 1 CPUs work during the testing period. Hence there is a possibility that the systems could be allowed to run beta but not the final release.
It is good news for those who installed the Dev Preview to get their hands on Windows 11 as soon as possible. You can switch to the Beta Channel by going to Settings> Windows Update>Windows Insider Program, and then clicking on choosing your Insider settings.
The switch from Dev to Beta usually requires a complete OS reinstall, but according to the Windows Insider Twitter account, it will be possible to do in a place for a “short period of time”. If you don’t want to stay on the Dev Channel, it is best to hop on to Beta as soon as possible. While testing out myself, I found that switching to the Beta channel only required a quick reboot. It also requires a small price to pay for smooth sailing until the actual release.
They Are Still BETAS
Microsoft says that the beta releases are more stable than Dev channel ones, they are still betas. There might be many issues faced like bugs, crashes, and missing features that are mentioned in the list of current issues available in its blog. This also tells that the Team’s Chat Feature that is available for some people in the Dev Channel that isn’t available for the beta users yet.
If you have an itch to try Windows 11, it is now in a stable place that Microsoft is willing to call it ready for the adopters.