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Liberation beckons for Microsoft's Beta Channel Windows Insiders thanks to an optional installation of Windows 11 23H2 for users who wish to opt out. Windows Insiders who no longer want to be Microsoft's unpaid testers have often found leaving a challenge. In the past, there were magic windows – no pun intended – where the …

  1. ThatOne Silver badge

    Release Preview Channel

    And how do you get rid of those previews that have started to appear about each end of the month, and which prevent you from getting any updates (because else you'll install those too)? Simply checking for updates (for instance to get the newest Virus definitions) automatically starts installing those previews, with no way to stop them...

    I'd rather wait till the official Patch Day, when those previews are deemed (Microsoft) stable.

    Genuine question

    1. MatthewSt

      Re: Release Preview Channel

      Serious answer: stop pushing check for updates. That labels you a "seeker".

      The virus definitions update themselves 3-4 times/day in the background without any action needed on behalf of the user.

      1. ThatOne Silver badge

        Re: Release Preview Channel

        > The virus definitions update themselves 3-4 times/day in the background

        They did, indeed, initially Windows 11 always checked for updates first thing just after booting. I didn't even need to log in.

        But this is Microsoft we're talking about, so somewhere around the last milestone Win11 update (can't check right now which one that was), this stopped, since then Microsoft's Antivirus solution (name?) eventually starts complaining that its definitions are outdated. When opening the System/Update tab, it just says "You're up to date, last checked x days ago". Go figure how it knows I'm still up to date...

        And there are also the various firmware and driver updates which come the same way, and which now won't appear anymore unless I actively check for updates. So I'm forced to manually check for updates every couple days, at least till the next Microsoft previews appear and just sit there waiting for me to look away so they can slip in...

        I guess it's yet another bug, my Win11 is full of them. And yet I don't use it, it's only there for firmware updates and the occasional (old, XP-era) game. It's pretty much the vanilla Dell Windows 11 Home installation the laptop came with, just regularly updated.

  2. ChoHag Silver badge

    How do you get rid of the previews and the beta products in the Regular Paying Customer Channel?

  3. Fruit and Nutcase Silver badge

    No Escape

    Alas, no amount of wishful thinking on the part of Tom, Dick or Harry would there be a tunnel into Windows 10

  4. Roland6 Silver badge

    “in case there are features or fixes they depend on.“

    Surely, there is nothing a beta channel member depends up9n, other than a bootable USB stick to restore a functional system…

  5. Kev99 Silver badge

    Can't they look for the related files and whack them?

    1. Yorick Hunt Silver badge

      Heh, that's like asking "can't they release a bug-free update?"

  6. druck Silver badge

    Insiders and Outsiders

    All Windows users are unpaid testers, its just that the Insiders have chosen to be.

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