How-To: Stop Receiving Insider Builds

Over the course of time, some Insiders have wanted to roll back to their original OS and no longer receive Windows Insider builds to a particular PC..  To assist users in this effort, the following guide should be helpful:

Stop receiving Insider builds 

After you’ve been an Insider for a while and tried out the latest builds, you may find that you need to opt your PC or phone out of getting Insider builds. 

There are a couple of ways to opt out your device: 

·  Keep an eye out for the next production, or publicly-released, build to hit your device.

   When it does, you can opt out.

·  Restore your device to its original operating system. 

Opt out on the next production build 

We want to opt you out when your device is on a production build, because they are stable, receiving servicing updates, and you may leave it on this release cadence moving forward.  When opting out on a production build, you won’t lose any of your data on your device.  

1.     Make sure to pay attention to when the next public build is announced – you can use the Feedback Hub, blogs, Twitter, etc.

2.     Make sure the build is installed on your device. On your PC, you can do any of the following:

a.     Go to Settings > System > About, and look for the build edition, version, and build number.

b.     Go to Control Panel > System and Security > System, and look for the build edition.

c.     In a Search box, type winver and look for the build number.

3.     Go to Settings >Update & security > Windows Insider Program, and then click Stop Insider builds.

4.     Follow the instructions to opt out your device.  

Opt out to your device’s original operating system 

If you need to get your device back to a stable build immediately, you can roll back to the previous build, or you may also restore your device back to the operating system you were using prior to receiving Insider builds. Use the appropriate recovery images to restore your device. While you’ll no longer have access to the latest features that you had with the Insider build, you’ll have your device back to the stability you want.  

Note: Before you use the recovery images, make sure to back up anything on your device that you don’t want to lose.  

To restore your PC:

·         Use one of the following recovery images: Windows 7, Windows 8.1, and Windows 10

If you're simply looking to roll back to an earlier preview build:

  • Settings > Update & Security > Recovery > Go back to the previous version of Windows 10


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Last updated July 22, 2019 Views 286,727 Applies to: