Windows 10 Insiders: You Might Want to Drop Out Now

Ben Stegner 22-08-2016

Microsoft has provided a way for those who like to stay on the cutting edge to get new versions of Windows 10 before they’re released to the public — through the Insider Program. In the Settings menu of Windows 10 The Windows 10 Settings Guide: How to Do Anything and Everything Do you know your way around the Settings app in Windows 10? Here's everything you need to know. Read More , you can opt-in to the program and decide if you want frequent updates or only get them when they’re nearly stable.


If you enjoy always testing the latest features, then you should be all means stay on the Insider Program. However, some people might want to take this opportunity to get back on the regular release channel. Now that the Anniversary Update is available for all How to Get the Windows 10 Anniversary Update Now Windows 10 is receiving a major upgrade this month. The Anniversary Update is rolling out slowly. We show you how to upgrade now, how to delay the upgrade, and which pitfalls to watch out for. Read More , Insiders are on the same build as the general public for the time being.

Once Microsoft starts releasing new versions, you’ll have to refresh your system if you decide you want to jump back to the stable version. Here’s how to opt out now in just a few minutes.

Open Settings using the Windows Key + I shortcut, and head to Update & Security. Select the Windows Insider Program tab on the left and click the Stop Insider Preview builds button.

Here, you can decide if you want to stop getting new releases for up to a week; you’ll need to select Need to stop getting Insider builds completely? to totally disable the feature.

It’s easier to re-join the Insider track in the future if you decide you want back in than it will be to leave the Insider program in a few days’ or weeks’ time, so you should act quickly if you don’t want to be on the freshest update cycle anymore.


If you just installed the Anniversary Update, check out the best new features you’ll love 9 Windows 10 Anniversary Update Features You'll Love Are you still on the fence about the Windows 10 Anniversary Update? We have summarized the most important new features. Be sure to try all of them if you've already upgraded! Read More .

Are you a Windows 10 Insider, and if so, will you be sticking with the program? Let us know if you’re going to drop down in the comments!

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  1. Anonymous
    August 23, 2016 at 8:55 pm

    I got suckered into it and now I have version 1607 with no start, settings, restore, reset, anything 10 related and nothing but troubleshooting errors. It was time to retire the pc anyway.

  2. Dennis Ekelund
    August 22, 2016 at 10:51 pm

    LOL perfect timing.... the latest insider edition 14905 has a known issue of NOT allowing you to change from the fast to slow ring or Opt out

  3. Lazza
    August 22, 2016 at 8:16 pm

    > Are you a Windows 10 Insider, and if so, will you be sticking with the program? Let us know if you’re doing to drop down in the comments!

    You have a typo on "going". :P Also, while I am not a native speaker I guess you wanted to write "drop out" as is written in the title.

    Anyway the Windows Insider program is actually quite useful for the millions of us who really don't care about Windows. We can keep using Linux as our main OS and keep a Windows VM for free which comes in handy for those 2-3 times a year when you might need to run a Windows-only program (for example for GPS navigator upgrades).