Microsoft has made the first preview build for its next-generation desktop OS, Windows 11, available to download for Insiders in the Dev Channel. Now you can download and install Windows 11 Insider Preview Build 2200.51 on your computer right away!
You would know that Microsoft finally unveiled Windows 11 last week. It brings a complete UI overhaul with a redesigned focused taskbar, Start menu redesign, new wallpapers, Android app support in the Microsoft Store, and more. Windows 11 Insider Preview Build 22200.51 gives you access to most of these new UI changes and features.
However this is not all. Some of the redesigned apps that we only saw during the official presentation on June 24 are also available in this build. This includes the new and updated File Explorer and Settings experience. The first replaces the Ribbon bar with the Command bar, which looks clean and modern. On the other hand, the latter now includes breadcrumbs for easier navigation.
There’s also a new Power & Battery settings page in Settings, which now shows battery usage patterns. There’s a redesigned out-of-the-box setup experience, similar to the now-cancelled Windows 10X.
The new Action Center is also available in this build with better notifications, playback controls and other UI changes. Microsoft also lists some known bugs, including a failure to launch Settings when upgrading a device with multiple user accounts. You won’t even see the taskbar on multiple monitors, and the “Install” button in the Store may stop working in some scenarios. You can see the full list of known bugs in the official blog post here.
In addition, you can see the minimum system requirements for Windows 11, a list of Intel, AMD, and Qualcomm CPUs compatible with Windows 11, and whether your PC can run Windows 11 or is not using the PC Health Check app. There is also a free app that can explain why your PC cannot run Windows 11.
So yes, if you are part of the Dev Channel in the Windows Insider Program, you can check out the latest features in Windows 11 right away. You can use the linked article to learn how to upgrade from Windows 10 to Windows 11. Have fun browsing through the new UI and features!