Windows Insiders: How to Check When a Build Expires

Ben Stegner 20-09-2016

With Windows 10, Microsoft made it quite easy for interested users to receive beta versions of the operating system. This works out in its favor, as it lets those on the cutting edge get new features as soon as they’re released. In return, Microsoft gets to test new developments with a big group of guinea pigs.


Of course, not all is perfect in Insider land. Microsoft isn’t giving any Insiders a free copy of Windows 10 Microsoft Won't Reward Windows Insiders with a Free Copy of Window 10, But They Should There won't be a free upgrade for Windows Insiders running the Windows 10 Insider Preview! To upgrade for free, everyone needs an eligible Windows version. Insiders can, however, upgrade to Windows 10 RTM. Read More , and they have to eventually stop supporting old builds. The latter is approaching fast, as Microsoft is beginning to retire old versions that Insiders might have floating around quite soon.

To check if this will affect you, press Windows Key + R to open the versatile Run menu Everything You Must Know About The Run Dialog & Most Useful Commands Are you using the easiest way to save time on Windows? It's the Run dialog. We show you how to quickly create custom commands to open any program or file in two easy steps. Read More and type the winver command. This will open a simple window containing your currently installed version of Windows. You’ll find the friendly version (1607 for the Anniversary update) and the build number.

Right above the This product is licensed under text, you might see something akin to Evaluation copy. Expires 10/31/2016 11:59 PM if you’re an Insider. If this expiration date isn’t far off, you’ll want to head to Settings > Update & Security > Windows Insider Program to check for new builds.

While you’ll also see a notification if this affects you, your system will start rebooting as it gets closer. Thus, it’s in your best interest to check for sure and update before it becomes a problem.


Getting close to expiration and just updated to the latest version of Windows 10? Watch out for the big Anniversary Update issues 16 Windows 10 Anniversary Update Issues & How to Fix Them The Windows 10 Anniversary Update brings many improvements, but it has also introduced a host of new problems and annoyances. Here's how to troubleshoot and fix them. Read More and learn how to fix them.

Were you an Insider running an old build? Let us know if you needed to update by leaving a comment!

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