Windows 11, the first beta dedicated to everyone is available

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Microsoft has released the Windows 11's first build of the Beta Channel, available for subscribers to his Windows Insider Program. Until now, getting access to Windows 11 meant installing the Dev Channel preview, which Microsoft says is for "highly technical users" as it has "poor stability". According to Microsoft, the Beta Channel build is more stable and reliable, as it is validated by Microsoft (although we always recommend that you install it on a secondary partition of your PC).



Of course, to install the Windows 11 Beta Channel build you will need a computer with compatible hardware. It's not always easy to figure out if your hardware is compatible with the next version of Windows, but Microsoft's article on preparing for Insider builds directs people to its system requirements page. In addition, Microsoft has announced that those who do not have compatible hardware will not even be able to download Windows 11, so in case you have any doubts, surely these will be fixed at the time of the download.

The company said it will pay close attention to how its new operating system works on Intel 1th Gen and AMD Zen XNUMX CPUs during the testing period, so it's possible those systems will be allowed to run the Beta Channel version but not the version. the final.

The Beta Channel release is also good news for anyone who has installed the Dev Channel build to get their hands on Windows 11 asap, but who doesn't want to experience all the developer channel bugs. If you too find yourself in this situation and want to go to the Beta Channel build for a more stable and reliable version, you can easily change the channel by going to Settings> Windows Update> Windows Insider Program on "Choose Insider Settings".



Usually the switch from Dev to Beta requires a complete reinstallation of the operating system but, as The Verge reports, according to the Twitter account of Windows Insider it will be possible to do it quickly - without reinstallation - for a "short period of time". Probably therefore, if you are part of the Dev Channel and want to switch to the Beta Channel, it is best to do it in the next few days using this quick mode. We tested it personally and switching to the Beta channel required just a quick restart, then a few minutes of waiting in exchange for what will hopefully be smoother navigation until the actual release of Windows 11.


We are allowing it for a short period of time. If you want to switch, now is the time. This is mentioned in the blog.

— Windows Insider (@windowsinsider) July 29, 2021

For those who are still using Windows 10 and want to try Windows 11, they can sign up for the Windows Insider Program here and you can follow the instructions in our guide. Of course, while Microsoft claims that the Beta Channel releases are more stable than the Dev Channel releases, they are still beta. Then there will likely be bugs, crashes, and missing features.


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