- Microsoft has released the first public beta of Windows 11.
- To install the beta you’ll need a compatible computer.
- The new Beta launch will open the door to more people who’re keen to try Windows 11 before it arrives.
Before Microsoft can add new functionality to Windows, it relies on people to test these new features through the Windows Insider program. This free program allows you to install preview builds of Windows before they’re released to the general user base and be among the first to play with cool new features and offer feedback.
To join the Windows Insider program, you first need a Microsoft account. If you don’t already have one, browse to the Microsoft Account page and click Create a Microsoft account.
According to Microsoft, the design of Windows 11 is “effortless, calm, personal, familiar, complete, and coherent.” The redesign focuses on simplicity, ease of use, and flexibility, addressing some of the deficiencies of Windows 10. Windows 11 also introduces “Mica”, a new opaque material that is tinted with the color of the desktop wallpaper.
How to download and install the Windows 11 Public beta?
- On your Windows 10 PC, open Settings
- Head to Update & Security and choose ‘Windows Insider Program’ from the left pane.
- If you’re not already signed up, click the ‘Get Started’ button.
- From the pop-up that appears, click ‘Link an account.
- Choose from an account that’s already signed in, or log in with new details.
- On the next screen, make sure you choose the ‘Dev Channel’ – that’s the only way to get the Windows 11 beta right now.
- Hit ‘Confirm’ on this screen and the next, which indicates you agree to the terms and conditions.
- To complete signup, you’ll need to restart your PC. Choose whether to do that now or later. After that, You’ll just need to install the beta like any other update.
- Head to Settings > Update & Security
- From the Windows Update tab, choose ‘Check for updates.
- After a few seconds, an update named ‘Windows 11 Insider Preview’ will automatically begin downloading.
- Once your PC has installed the update, the Windows 11 beta will be ready to use.
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