Microsoft has just arrived with Windows 11, with a centered taskbar and what Panos Panay calls a “glass-like” transition, this modern yet nostalgic operating system is the voice of every Windows lover, especially the Insider community. Whether you’re already an Insiders member or are about to sign up to get the system, Microsoft has shared the good news that new builds will start rolling out next week.
However, there seem to be some changes to how Insiders will receive the Windows 11 preview. What do you need to know if you plan to get the Windows 11 Insider Preview next week?
First, you’ll need to check that the device you’re using to run the preview meets the minimum system requirements, as the Windows manufacturer has changed some requirements in this release. Alternatively, you can download the PC Health Check app to verify that your PC meets these requirements.
Microsoft says that while it recommends that all PCs meet the full hardware requirements of Windows 11, some limited exceptions are allowed when these new restrictions are applied.
All Windows Insiders who have installed builds from the Dev Channel on their PCs before June 24, 2021 will be allowed to continue installing Windows 11 Insider Preview builds, even if their PCs do not meet the minimum hardware requirements. Since last year, insiders with PCs that have entered the development pipeline have been installing builds with Windows 11 features and providing feedback, and Microsoft’s way of saying thanks is by allowing them to move on and giving them a chance to see everything coming. However, this may translate into more bugs and issues that may not even be fixed because these people’s machines are technically not Microsoft’s target devices.
Microsoft said it will move PCs in the Beta channel that do not meet Windows 11 hardware requirements to the Release Preview channel. Note that the exceptions mentioned above are only for those development channels with the fastest update cadences.
Amanda Langowsky and Brandon LeBlanc from the Windows Insider team added that the team realizes this is a bit of a big change, “but it will ensure that Windows Insiders have the best possible experience with Windows 11 Insider Preview builds on their PCs”.