Anniversary Update for Windows Insiders: should you opt out?

By: Ivan Jenic
3 minute read

Windows 10 Anniversary Update is finally ready. Microsoft prepared a lot of changes and new features for the second Windows 10 major update, including Edge improvements, Cortana enhancements, design changes, improved Windows ink, and more.

If you’re a Windows Insider, you’re probably familiar with every addition that Microsoft introduced with the Anniversary Update. Microsoft definitely won’t include any new features in the update, because the current Windows 10 Preview build 14393 is the RTM. So, now that you know what to expect from the Anniversary Update, the question arises, what next?

Obviously, you have two options – opting out of the Insider Program, and start using the updated Windows 10 as a regular user, and staing in the Insider Program, and continue receiving latest updates and builds. So, we’re going to help you to make the right decision.

Should I stay in the Windows Insider Program after the Anniversary Update?

Choice should depend on what you’re using the Insider Program for. If you’re a Windows Insider just to prepare yourself for the Anniversary Update, and get new features before regular users, you should opt out. On the other hand, if you’re a Windows Insider for a longer period of time, and you want to test Preview builds, and provide feedback to Microsoft, you should definitely stay.

So, in short words, if you opt out, you’ll be ‘stuck’ with the stable version 1607 of Windows 10, just like everyone else, and if you stay in the Program, you’ll receive further builds once Microsoft starts shipping them. Of course, even if you leave Windows Insider program for the stable version of the system, you can go back anytime.

Leaving the Insider Program is simple, and it doesn’t require a lot of effort. You also won’t lose any data or personal info by switching to the stable version. So if you want to opt out, here’s what you need to do:

  1. Go to the Settings app
  2. Go to Update & security > Windows Insider Program 
  3. Click on Need to stop getting Insider builds permanently?
  4. Choose when you want to come back to the Insider program (you can choose Never)
  5. Restart your computer

There you go, after performing these simple steps, you’ll be completely out of the Windows Insider program, but since the last Preview build is the RTM, the Anniversary Update will be already installed on your computer.

And for those who chose to stick with the Insider Program, Microsoft has already started working on the Redstone 2 Preview builds, so we expect them to be released to Windows Insiders soon. Of course, the earliest Redstone 2 builds won’t contain any new features, but they’ll arrive eventually.

You can tell us in the comments what do you think about changes and new features that Microsoft introduced with the Anniversary Update, and what do you expect from the next major update for Windows 10?

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