Microsoft’s off-ramp allows Windows Insiders to opt out of the Beta Channel

Kevin Okemwa

Windows 11

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If you are a Windows Insider and part of the Windows 11 Beta Channel and you want to opt out of the program, then this might be the time for you to do it. Microsoft has announced an Off-ramp for Windows Insiders in the Beta Channel, which will allow them to unenroll from the program.

Microsoft states that it adding this provision in response to feedback it has received from Windows Insiders, though for a limited period of 2 weeks. Previously, Windows Insiders didn’t have an automatic way to opt out of either the Dev or Beta Channel, requiring a clean install instead.

The off-ramp is set to run from February 23 through to March 8, giving those users that want to unsubscribe from the program ample time. It should be noted that you must be running on Build 22621.1325 or 22623.1325 to unenroll from the program. To opt out, simply head to ‘stop getting preview builds’ under Settings > Windows Update > Windows Insider Program.

Microsoft further indicated that:

During this off-ramp, a troubleshooter will run that will unenroll the device from receiving new flights in the Beta Channel and uninstall the enablement package (EKB) if needed. Once the troubleshooter finishes  – a reboot will be required to complete the process. After that, the device will no longer receive new Insider Preview builds from the Beta Channel. To see if this troubleshooter has been run on your device, go to Settings > Troubleshoot > Recommended troubleshooter history.

The troubleshooter is currently rolling out to a limited number of Windows Insiders, though it is expected to be available for everyone starting early next week.

Once you opt out of the Beta Channel, your device “will then get an in-place upgrade with the March 2023 “B” release (the next Patch Tuesday) which will bring the device up to date with the released version of Windows 11, version 22H2.” From this point, Microsoft will continue supporting your device with the usual monthly servicing updates.