The first beta of Windows 11 is currently available.

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The first beta of Windows 11 has been launched, and it is available to individuals who have signed up for Microsoft’s Windows Insider Program. Installing the Dev version, which Microsoft says is for “very technical people” since it has “rough edges,” was the only way to download Windows 11 until today. The beta release, per the Microsoft, is less volatile, with Microsoft-verified builds (but it’s still something you’ll want to install on a test system or a second disc).

Of obviously, you’ll need a suitable computer to install the beta. It’s notoriously difficult to determine whether your gear will function with the next version of Windows, but Microsoft’s blog about preparing for Insider releases leads readers to its system requirements website.

The business has stated that it will be closely monitoring the performance of 7th Gen Intel and AMD Zen 1 CPUs during the testing phase, thus it is likely that those computers will be permitted to run the beta but not the final version.

The beta release is also wonderful news for many of people who installed the Dev preview in order to get our hands on Windows 11 as quick as practicable but don’t need to be on the ripping (read: buggy) edge.

You can move to the Beta channel by navigating to Settings > Windows Update > Windows Insider Program, then clicking on Choose your Insider Settings. Normally, upgrading from Dev to Beta necessitates a full OS re-install, but the Windows Insider Twitter account claims that it will be possible to do so in place for a “limited amount of time.” If you don’t need to stay on the Dev channel, you should probably join that as soon as possible. Switching to the Beta channel took simply a fast reboot – a tiny price to pay for what should be smoother sailing until the official release.

If Windows 10 preferable, sign up for Microsoft’s beta programme. Microsoft claims that Beta Channel releases are more stable than Dev Channel releases, although they are still betas. There will very certainly be problems, crashes, and missing functionality — Microsoft even has a full list of current difficulties in its blog post, which also states that the Teams Chat feature, which is accessible for those in the Dev channel, is not yet available for beta users. Still wanting to try out Windows 11, the operating system is now reliable enough that Microsoft is willing to declare it ready for early users.

Story By: Norvisi Mawunyegah