Windows 10: updating from insider preview to current public release

  1.    03 Aug 2017 #1

    updating from insider preview to current public release

    i have the latest insider preview build 16251.

    i was wondering, so i dont have to reinstall every program i have which is very many, is it possible to update to the latest public from an insider build? once the public build is released of course.

    if i need to explain the situation more please just let me know
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  2.    03 Aug 2017 #2

    i would have figured this would be an easy question to answer.

    i just want to be able to install the upcoming new public release on this 16251 insider build without having to reinstall all my apps/programs.

    can it happen?
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  3.    03 Aug 2017 #3

    You can't upgrade from the Insider Preview to the Release version, even if the former is newer than the latter. The licensing language makes it clear that this is the case. Alas, you must do a clean install on a machine to switch it over to the current branch release. If you try clicking the "Stop Insider Preview Build" button in the Windows Insider Program page, you'll get a "server unavailable" error message and it won't let you revert to current branch. I just tried it on a couple of machines after reading about this (apparently no-longer-supported) capability at I hope somebody knows better or different, but I remain convinced that a clean install is the only way to get off the Insider Preview and back onto the Current Branch (or some other commercial release, such as CBB or LTSB).
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  4.    03 Aug 2017 #4

    This is what Microsoft says about it:
    Get the latest Windows features | Install Windows 10 Insider Preview

    Recover your device
    We recommend that you do stop getting builds when your device is on a Production Build so that you do not need to recover your device. Production builds are stable, receive servicing updates, will allow you to stay up-to-date and you will not lose any of the data on your device. If you unenroll while your device is running an Insider build, your device will remain on a build that will not receive future servicing updates, will have an expiry date set, and may contain security vulnerabilities.
    All insiders get updated to the production build of Windows 10. That's the exact purpose of the insider program - to test builds up to and including the production build. Nearing the production build there is always talks among insiders, "Do you think this one is RTM?!?" Finish out this cycle of the insider program, you will get the final production build installed as part of the normal insider program builds. When you get the production build, opt of the Insider Program then.
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  5.    03 Aug 2017 #5

    and the version i am on is not a production build... right?
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       03 Aug 2017 #6

    Version 1703 Build is the current production/released version while Version 1703 is the current Insider Preview [test/BETA] version. I run both, on different computers.
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  7.    04 Aug 2017 #7

    As per Navy LCDR's excellent post, I'm guessing that if you wait until RS3/Fall Creator's Update comes out, you will then be able to opt out of the Insider program and "revert" to the Current Branch release. That's not an upgrade, per se, but it sounds like it should work. Thanks!
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