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The Windows 11 beta is finally out — here’s how to install it

Windows 11 Insiders — what Microsoft calls its beta testers — have been able to try out the company’s latest and greatest OS practically since it was announced (actually, it leaked a little before). But the builds so far have been part of the Dev channel, where Microsoft releases its earliest and buggiest builds for its most die-hard users and developers. I couldn’t reasonably recommend anyone install these builds unless they already knew what they were doing.

Today the company finally released its first build into the proper ‘beta’ channel, where builds are typically much more stable and generally stable enough to use on your primary PC. Per Microsoft‘s own words, the Beta Channel is ‘right for early adopters,’ where your feedback ‘has the greatest impact,’ and where builds ‘will be reliable with updates validated by Microsoft.’