Take a first official look at the latest version of Windows 11.
Windows Insider, it's time to smash the Windows Update button as Microsoft released the first official Windows 11 Insider Preview build. Windows 11 build 22000.51 went live early on June 28, 2021, marking the first time Windows enthusiasts had access to an official Windows 11 build.
Official Windows 11 Insider Preview Build goes live
At Microsoft's big "What's Next for Windows" event on June 24, 2021, the company finally unveiled Windows 11. Although most of the Internet was in turmoil a week earlier over the leak of an early Windows 11 build , that was all: an unfinished, leaked version.
Windows 11 Insider Preview users now have the option to download and install an official version of the new operating system directly from Microsoft.
Windows 11 Build 22000.51 has all of the features that were revealed at last week's Microsoft event, as well as the features we saw and played before through the Windows 11 leak.
After downloading and installing the Windows 11 Insider Preview build, you'll have access to the new Start menu with its central location and curved edges, along with those curved edges in the rest of the operating system. There's also the new Settings menu, Notification Center improvements, File Explorer upgrades, and more.
Windows 11 Insider Preview starts with new functions
Check out the official Microsoft Insider Preview blog for everything you can expect in the latest Windows 11 release, as well as a list of known issues with build 22000.51.
As we finalize the product over the coming months, we will work with you to validate the experience. You can try many, but not all, of the new features we showed off in this early preview last week. We'll be bringing more features like chat with Microsoft Teams and Android apps to the Microsoft Store in the coming months as they're ready for you – we're just beginning this journey together!
In this respect, you shouldn't use the Windows 11 Insider Preview as your everyday operating system. At least not now. The early versions of Windows 11 are likely to be buggy and buggy, even with the possibility of data loss. So signing up for the Windows Insider Preview scheme is not a decision to be taken lightly, especially on any computer that you use as your daily driver.
Windows 11 Insider Preview users cannot upgrade
It wasn't easy either. Many would-be Windows 11 users find it difficult to upgrade to the Insider Preview build, even if their computer meets the minimum hardware requirements for the new operating system.
Some users report the following message:
Your PC does not meet the minimum hardware requirements for Windows 11. Your device may continue to receive Insider Preview builds until Windows 11 is generally available. At this point, a new installation on Windows 10 is recommended.
If you received the above message while trying to install Windows 11 Insider Preview Build 22000.51, Microsoft recommends restarting your system and checking Windows Update for the latest update.
Microsoft is teasing the Windows 11 release date
Microsoft has teased the Windows 11 release date several times, so you can be pretty sure when to expect the update.
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