Windows 10: How to leave Insider program?

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  1. Posts : 9
    Windows 10 Pro Build 10162
       03 Aug 2015 #1

    How to leave Insider program?


    Hello, I have the latest RTM technical preview installed, but I don't want or need a TP update every couple of days, so I would like to leave the Insider program and return to a regular build. Microsoft listed this as an option when the public version came out, but didn't say how to do it. So how would I go about doing it, without losing my programs or data?

    Also, where on DreamSpark can I find a 10 key? I already have a full, verified account.
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  2.    03 Aug 2015 #2

    The officially supported way to leave the insider program is to re-install your qualifying OS and run the upgrade on that. It defaults to not being in the Insider program.

    I maintained a drive image of 8.1 for the purpose. (Since gone on to a clean install. Most programs have been re-installed.)

    I know nothing about DreamSpark. I've been out of the educational system for a few decades.
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  3.    03 Aug 2015 #3

    bobkn said: View Post
    The officially supported way to leave the insider program is to re-install your qualifying OS and run the upgrade on that. It defaults to not being in the Insider program.

    I maintained a drive image of 8.1 for the purpose. (Since gone on to a clean install. Most programs have been re-installed.)

    I know nothing about DreamSpark. I've been out of the educational system for a few decades.
    Uhh.. no. You just have to go into Windows Update, click on advanced options, scroll down to "Stop Insider Builds". Click that, it will reboot and you're PC will no longer receive them.

    However, if you did not upgrade from a previous install of Windows 7/8 then your copy of Windows 10 will become un-activated and eventually expire. Also note that only build 10240, when activated will not have an exipiration if you turn off builds, so if you turn off insider builds after the next upgrade you will have to re-install 10240.
    Last edited by Mystere; 03 Aug 2015 at 10:11.
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  4.    03 Aug 2015 #4

    so I would like to leave the Insider program and return to a regular build.
    If by "regular build" you mean a non-expiring retail version then, no, there is no way to convert an Insider build to a "regular build".

    You would have to install a retail license of a Windows OS.
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  5. Posts : 9
    Windows 10 Pro Build 10162
    Thread Starter
       03 Aug 2015 #5

    Mark Phelps said: View Post
    If by "regular build" you mean a non-expiring retail version then, no, there is no way to convert an Insider build to a "regular build".

    You would have to install a retail license of a Windows OS.
    Thank you. Is there still any way I can keep my programs and data when reinstalling?

    Also, I upgraded from Windows 7 Professional to Insider 10 a few months ago. Will the licence for this be reusable on a retail 10 install, just as an " upgraded" normal one will?
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  6.    03 Aug 2015 #6

    Mystere said: View Post
    Uhh.. no. You just have to go into Windows Update, click on advanced options, scroll down to "Stop Insider Builds". Click that, it will reboot and you're PC will no longer receive them.

    However, if you did not upgrade from a previous install of Windows 7/8 then your copy of Windows 10 will become un-activated and eventually expire. Also note that only build 10240, when activated will not have an exipiration if you turn off builds, so if you turn off insider builds after the next upgrade you will have to re-install 10240.
    I neglected to mention that the point was avoiding having the 10240 build expire.

    I suppose that it will if it was initially installed and activated in the insider build.
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  7.    03 Aug 2015 #7

    bobkn said: View Post
    I neglected to mention that the point was avoiding having the 10240 build expire.

    I suppose that it will if it was initially installed and activated in the insider build.
    And, if you upgraded from a previous 7/8.x it won't expire. It will remain activated. As has been said, Windows 10 doesn't give you a free license, it only gives you a free upgrade. You still need a valid 7/8.x license to remain activated if you leave the insider program.
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  8.    03 Aug 2015 #8

    Mystere said: View Post
    And, if you upgraded from a previous 7/8.x it won't expire. It will remain activated. As has been said, Windows 10 doesn't give you a free license, it only gives you a free upgrade. You still need a valid 7/8.x license to remain activated if you leave the insider program.
    My upgrade path to 10240 was to restore 8.1, and upgrade over that. The result was activated, and not enrolled in the Insider program. There was a setting that would have allowed me to rejoin the Insider program. If memory serves (increasingly unlikely), there was a pop-up informing me that I'd have to re-install the qualifying OS and upgrade that if I wished to exit the Insider program. Is that incorrect, based on the assumption that I want the 10 upgrade to be permanently activated?

    Putting it differently: suppose that you're an Insider, running a preview build. Assume that build was not part of a chain of upgrades from an installed, and activated, OS that qualifies for the free Win 10 upgarde. You then install 10240 over the preview. What do you get? When would it expire? Assuming that MS has been telling the truth, it won't be "never", like the qualified upgrades.

    Not trying to argue here, but I fear that you may be giving someone a false impression.
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  9.    03 Aug 2015 #9

    bobkn said: View Post
    Not trying to argue here, but I fear that you may be giving someone a false impression.
    I was very clear in my first message.

    "However, if you did not upgrade from a previous install of Windows 7/8 then your copy of Windows 10 will become un-activated and eventually expire. "
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  10.    03 Aug 2015 #10

    Last try.

    Let me see if I have this straight.

    Suppose that I have an activated free upgrade. (Which I do.) I choose to receive insider builds (settings/updates/advanced). If I wish to stop receiving insider builds, it's sufficient to uncheck the box?

    That'd be nice.
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