Windows 11 preview build

While the final version of Windows 11 is expected to be released in the fall this year or early next, the Insider preview release – targeted at Windows fans and experts who understand the risks involved in downloading unfinished software – is now available today!

The first preview build of Windows 11 is Build 22000.51 and it comes with several new features teased during the event. It comes with a new Windows Settings app, redesigned Start Menu, Action Center, new taskbar, floating Windows Search, and a bunch of other UI improvements:

  • New File Explorer: The existing Explorer has been updated with a modern, clean look and a brand-new command bar. Microsoft has also redesigned context menus that appear when you right-click in File Explorer.
  • Themes: In addition to light and dark mode, Windows 11 now comes with additional colourful themes.
  • Sounds have been recreated for Windows 11.
  • Windows Widgets, multitasking and more.

How to get started

Before getting started, remember that Windows will go through a lot of changes when you start downloading and installing the preview build. The first public beta may have system-breaking bugs and it’s recommended to take a backup if you’re installing Windows 11 on your primary PC.

Microsoft recommends that you install it on a secondary PC or virtual machine where compatibility checks are bypassed by default.

How to download Windows 11 Build 22000.51

If you still want to go ahead, here’s what you need to do:

  • Open  Settings -> Update & security -> Windows Insider Program.
  • Click Get started.
  • Sign into your Microsoft account.
  • Choose the Dev channel and reboot.
  • Visit the same Windows Insider program and make sure “Dev channel” is selected.
  • Open the Windows Update page and check for updates.
  • Once the preview build is available, go to Update & security -> Windows Update -> and check for updates.

Make sure you have a machine that meets the minimum system requirements. Some processors and hardware configurations can block users from installing the preview, but you can bypass requirements like TPM 2.0 by modifying the registry during the clean installation.

Microsoft has also confirmed a few known issues in the first public beta of Windows 11.

For example, Taskbar may not be shown across multiple monitors but will return in an upcoming build.

If you want to roll back to Windows 10, it is recommended to download the media image of version 21H2 and clean install the operating system. You can leave and join the Insider program at any time.