Learning how to stop Windows Insider Preview updates is crucial because early Windows 10 updates are buggy. These releases don’t just include finished features. The program also gives you access to Windows 10 updates that are full of incomplete code. These Early updates can harm performance and prevent you from using Windows 10 the way you always have. That’s why Microsoft recommends not turning on Windows Insider Preview updates if you only have a single Windows PC.
Here’s how to stop Windows Insider Preview updates if you decide to leave the program.
Start by creating a backup of all your videos, pictures, music and documents to an external drive or cloud storage service. Creating a backup could save you from losing files if you can’t stop early Windows 10 updates or your PC has issues while you try to stop early updates.
If you have a notebook, tablet or 2-in-1, connect it to a power outlet. Windows 10 does not make big operating system changes without your device connected to a power outlet.
Next, tap or click on the Start button in the bottom-left corner of your screen.
Tap or click on the cog icon to open the Settings app.
In the Windows 10 Settings app, tap or click on Update & Security. It’s in the third-row in our screenshot, but it could be in a slightly different place on your computer.
Tap or click on the Windows Insider Program option in the menu on the left side of your screen. In our example, this option is at the bottom of the left navigation.
Give Windows 10 a chance to check your PC’s configuration. After that check, your Windows Insider Preview update settings should appear.
Your Ring setting determines how early you get Windows 10 Updates. For example, a user with the Fast setting turned on gets new features before anyone else does. However, those features can be very buggy and harm your installation of Windows 10. For example, one Fast Ring update broke the Action Center and made the Start Screen unreliable before the Windows 10 Fall Creators Update.
The drop-down under What kind of content would you like to receive? Determines what type of early updates you want. With this menu, you tell Microsoft whether you’d like to install updates that are in development or skip to the next upcoming Windows 10 upgrade.
If you’re sure you want to stop all Windows Insider Preview updates, tap or click on the Stop Insider Preview Builds button at the top of your screen.
Now, it’s time to choose how you’d like to stop Windows Insider Updates for Windows 10. Microsoft gives you plenty of options. Read them all carefully so that you click the right one for your situation.
Change to a Slow Cadence moves your PC from the Fast Ring to the Slow Ring. You will still get updates earlier than most users, but the updates you get won’t have as many bugs as the updates that members of the Fast Ring get.
Pause Updates for a Bit lets you tell your system to not install Windows Insider Preview updates for a day or more. Your PC is still in the Windows Insider Program and your updates will begin again the moment your hold on them expires.
Roll Me Back to the Last Windows release takes you back to the version of Windows 10 that the public is using. Right now that’s the Windows 10 Creators Update. Use this button to stop Windows 10 Insider updates on your PC and go back to a more stable Windows 10 experience. If you are ready to stop Insider updates all together, this is the button you use.
Follow the on-screen prompts until you have logged in to the version of Windows 10 that everyone outside of the Insider Program is using. If you’re unsure whether you have the right version, look for a watermark in the bottom-right corner of your display. If there’s no watermark, you have the same version of Windows 10 that everyone else does.
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