American tech giant Microsoft Corporation on Friday released the first beta version of Windows 11, available to those who enrolled in its Windows Insider Program, after releasing it for developers over the last month.
According to ANI, until now, getting access to Windows 11 meant installing the developer preview, which Microsoft said was for “highly technical users” as it has “rough edges”.
The company said with builds being validated by Microsoft, this beta release is less volatile, though it’s still probably something the users will want to install on a test machine or second partition.
For starters, to install the beta they’ll need a compatible computer. Figuring out if their hardware will work with the next version of Windows has been notoriously tricky to pin down, but Microsoft’s article about preparing for Insider builds directs people to its system requirements page.
The company also said that it will be paying close attention to how well 7th Gen Intel and AMD Zen 1 CPUs work during the testing period, which allowed it to run the beta but not the final release.
For those who want to switch from the developer preview to this new beta build, they can do so by going to Settings – Windows Update – Windows Insider Program, then clicking on Choose your Insider Settings.