How to switch between giant and beta channels on Windows 11

With reports that future Windows 11 Dev Channel updates may be unstable for Windows Internal, you may want to switch back to the more stable beta channel – or Dev Channel, if you change your mind. Here’s how to do it.

Giant Channel vs. Beta Channel: What’s the Difference?

In the Windows Insider program, Microsoft described the giant channel as “for high-tech users”, and that “there will be some hard edges and less stability.” It’s a bleeding release channel for brand new features that have yet to be tested.

In contrast, Beta Channel provides more reliable builds from Microsoft that are “validated”, and is “ideal for beginners” who want to test Windows 11 with a lower risk of crashing.

When Windows 11 Internal Preview first launched in June 2021, Microsoft released the OS only through the Windows Internal Giant channel. With the launch of Windows 11 on the beta channel on July 29, a more stable version became available to those who might want to try it out (although we found that the giant channel was too stable to launch).

How to switch between giant and beta channels in Windows 11

First of all, it is important to note that the following guidelines apply only to Windows 11 installations that are connected to a Windows internal program. (As of this writing on August 24, 2021, that means all Windows 11 installations – but not always.)

To get started, press Windows + I to open the Settings app. You can also right-click on the Start menu and select “Settings” from the list.

In Windows 11, right-click and select Start. "Setting"

When the settings open, select “Windows Update” in the sidebar.

In the Windows Settings sidebar, click. "Windows Update."

In Windows Update, click “Windows Internal Programs”.

Click. "Windows Internal Programs."

In the Windows internal program settings, click “Select your internal settings” to expand the menu if necessary.

Click. "Select your internal settings." To expand the menu.

When the menu drops down, click on the circular button next to “Dev Channel” or “Beta Channel (Recommended)” to select it, depending on your preference.

Click on the circular button next to it. "Giant Channel" Or "Beta channel"

And that’s what you need to do. The Settings app automatically saves your selection. Turn off settings, and from now on, you will only receive beta channel updates.

At any time, you can go to Settings> Windows Update> Windows Internal Programs again and choose a different option to change the channels again. Congratulations test!

Related: How to get a preview of Windows 11 on your computer.

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