Microsoft released the first beta of Windows 11 on Monday. Here’s how you can get the official version from Microsoft to try out what’s new for yourself.
You will need two things: First, a PC configured to meet the minimum specifications of Equipment Windows 11. Second, you will need to join the Windows Insider program so that your PC can receive the early beta or Windows Insider versions of Windows 11.
Although Microsoft may release a separate Windows 11 .ISO file, these plans have yet to be executed. We will update the information as it becomes an alternative.
Now, we strongly recommend that you read our article on the specifications of Equipment minimum that your PC must meet to successfully install Windows 11 and not waste time.
Download the Microsoft app called Checking PC Status and check that your PC meets the requirements to be able to update to Windows 11. We have an article on how to tell if your pc or laptop supports Windows 11
Join the Windows Insider Program
Microsoft’s Windows Insider program is the beta program for your operating system. As an Insider member, you have the opportunity to test a first version before the others.
For the less savvy, there are three different channels: Dev Channel, Beta Channel, and Release Preview Channel. Dev Channel is the most aggressive channel because you will be one of the first to see the oldest and least tested code.
If you choose the development channel, you will download the first version of Windows 11, as long as the Equipment of your PC meets the requirements that we have previously commented on.
If you want to be the first to try out the first official versions of Windows 11, you need to be part of the Windows Insider development channel. However, you will also be able to access versions of Windows 11 from the beta channel.
Finally, the Release Preview Channel is more conservative, showing mostly finished code. You’ll have to wait longer than if you were part of the Dev Channel, but the initial bugs and errors are probably already fixed.
To join the Windows Insider program, simply go to the “Settings” menu on your computer with the Windows operating system, navigate to the “Updates & Security” section, and follow the given steps.
Again, if your PC meets the specifications of Equipment Windows 11 minimum, you can choose one of the three channels. (If you choose Preview Version, you’ll be given a choice between code Windows 10 and Windows 11 at a later date.)
If your PC does not meet Windows 11 hardware specifications, you will be redirected to the Preview version channel and with the option to access the Windows 10 code.
There is an exception where Microsoft will offer a bonus. If you’ve been a part of the Windows 10 Insider program in the Dev Channel and your PC doesn’t meet Windows 11 minimum hardware specifications, you may receive versions of Windows 11.
Early adopters of these beta versions have already left comments on versions with Windows 11 features since last year, with comments such as those from Amanda Langowski and Brandon LeBlanc, heads of the Windows Insider program.
How to get the first version of Windows 11 Insider
Once your PC is set up as part of the Windows Insider program, you’ll probably want to manually “check” for new versions to receive the first version of Windows 11 Insider.
Go to “Settings> Updates & Security> Windows Update” and click on the “Check for updates” button.
If you see that a file labeled “Windows 11 Insider Preview 10.0.22000.51 (co_release)” has started to download, good news! The first version of Windows 11 is about to be downloaded to your PC.
After the ISO has downloaded and installed, restart your PC when the computer prompts you to start the Windows 11 beta installation process.
Original article published in PCWorld United States.