How to Prevent Access to Insider Builds in Windows 11

Microsoft deploys Insider builds to Windows Insiders before releasing them to the public. The preview is for testing and feedback only, and it provides access to the latest features and changes that will be included in the next release.


However, it’s worth remembering that Insider builds may contain bugs or other issues that could lead to instability or data loss. If you’re running an insider build and don’t want anyone else to download the latest build, you can disable their access. Here’s how it works.


How to block users from getting Insider Preview builds in Windows 11

If you share your computer with other people and you don’t want them to get the latest build, you need to prevent them from getting Insider Preview builds in Windows 11. There are basically two ways to do this , either by using the Group Policy Editor or the Registry Editor. . For a detailed explanation of each, please see the following.

1. Use Local Group Policy Editor

The Windows 11 Local Group Policy Editor gives you a wide range of options to configure system settings. In fact, you can use this tool to disable access to preview builds. However, you will not have access to the Local Group Policy Editor if you are using the Windows Home edition.

For this to work, you must first enable the Group Policy Editor in Windows Home. If this seems too complicated, you can skip it and move on to the next solution.

Here are the steps to prevent other users from getting Insider Preview builds

  1. press the Win + R keys to open the Run dialog box.
  2. Type “gpedit.msc” in the text field, then click the OKAY to launch the Local Group Policy Editor.
  3. In the Local Group Policy Editor, navigate to the following locations:
    Computer Configuration > Administrative Templates > Windows Components > Data Collection and Preview Builds
  4. In the menu on the left, select the Data Collection and Preview Builds case.
  5. Then double-click on the Toggle User Control on Insider Builds on the right.
  6. Select the Disabled radio button in the dialog box that appears.
  7. After making your changes, click Apply and OKAY to save them

Once you have completed the steps above, you will need to restart your computer to ensure the changes are applied. After that, you will no longer be able to install or receive Insider builds. If you need to give users access to Insider builds on your computer, open the Local Group Policy Editor again.

Then set “Toggle user control on Insider builds” to either Not configured Where Enabled option. When you’re done making changes, click Apply > OK.

2. Adjust Registry Editor

Editing the Registry Editor is another method you can use to prevent users from getting Insider Preview builds in Windows 11. The process is simple and only requires a few steps. It is important, however, not to accidentally mess up the Windows Registry while doing so.

If you change the wrong keys, you may seriously damage your device. For this reason, you should always back up the registry before making any changes to it.

To prevent other users from getting Insider Preview builds, follow these steps:

  1. Open the Run Command dialog box.
  2. In the search box, type “regedit” and click OKAY.
  3. You will see a UAC window on your screen. Click on Yes to confirm your action.
  4. When you are in Registry Editor, navigate to the following location:
    HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINESOFTWAREPoliciesMicrosoftWindowsPreviewBuilds
  5. If you can’t find the PreviewBuilds key there, you’ll need to create it. To do this, right click on the the Windows button and select New > Key.
  6. Specify PreviewBuilds as the file name and press Enter to save it.
  7. In the right pane, right-click on an empty area and select New > DWORD (32-bit) value.
  8. This DWORD key must have the name Allow preview creation.
  9. Double-click the newly created DWORD key to open a context menu.
  10. Set value data to 0 and choose the hexadecimal base.
  11. Click on OKAY to save changes.

When you are finished making these changes, restart your computer. If you need to undo changes, you can do so whenever you want.

To do this, right-click on the AllowBuildPreview key in the registry editor and choose Edit. You then need to set the value data to 1 and knock OKAY to apply the changes.

Should I join the Windows Insider program?

The Windows Insider Program is a feature that lets you try out new versions and features of the Windows operating system before they become publicly available. It’s a great way to get early access to new features and provide feedback to Microsoft. Joining the program is free and you can unsubscribe at any time.

If you’re considering joining the Windows Insider Program, here are a few things to keep in mind:

  1. First, you should know that by joining the program, you will be sharing information with Microsoft about your device and how you use it. This information will help Microsoft improve Windows 10 for all users.
  2. The second thing you need to know is how beta testing works. When you join the Windows Insider Program, you can test new features and provide feedback to Microsoft. It is important to note that you will be using pre-release software which may be unstable. Some of these versions may contain bugs or other issues that may cause problems for your computer.

Why would you want to prevent access to insider builds?

There are several reasons why people might want to prevent access to insider builds:

  1. Insider builds are usually released before the public release, which means there might be more bugs and issues.
  2. It often contains new features that are not ready for everyone to use, and some prefer the stability of older versions.
  3. Finally, insider versions are often released more frequently. As a result, they are harder to maintain and some people would prefer a slower update rate for public releases.

The Windows Insider preview build, now disabled

If you want to prevent others from downloading and installing Insider Preview builds on your Windows 11, you can disable the Insider Preview feature on your computer. There are two ways to do this, either through the Group Policy Editor or through the Registry Editor. You can read more about this in the article.

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