Microsoft warns unstable preview builds of Windows 11 are coming as it prepares for 23H2

Windows 11 23H2

Microsoft has sent out another email warning Windows Insider Program users that unstable and buggy preview builds will soon begin rolling out to the Dev Channel. Although the reason isn't mentioned in the email, we know it's due to the upcoming testing of the next big release of Windows 11 - version 23H2.

As you probably know, Windows 11 as a service will be updated once a year with new features. Later this year, Microsoft will start rolling out the anniversary update (first update) of the operating system called "version 22H2".

While beta channel testers will continue to get stuff from 22H2, those in the dev channel will be moved to a new branch to help the company shape Windows 11 version 23H2 and future releases.

We are talking about the Dev Channel, which is not tied to any particular release, but most of the upcoming changes in the Dev Channel will be delivered to consumers with Windows 11 version 23H2.

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    Windows 11 23H2 builds won't have exciting changes initially

    Of course, Windows 11 version 23H2 is still in very early development and there won't be any new features initially, but as the company will speed up the channel to grab releases from the active development branch, users will hit a bunch of issues, including critical blue screen errors in some cases.

    If you don't want to test buggy builds, you should move to the beta channel as soon as possible.

    “If you want to experience more reliable builds…please move your device to the beta channel through the Windows Insider Program settings,” Microsoft reminded testers.

    Remember that 23H2 is a different version of Windows 11 and users cannot easily downgrade to 22H2. In other words, if you ignore the warning and stay on Dev Channel, you will need to perform a clean install of the released version of Windows 11 on your device to upgrade to beta in the future.

    "This window will close once we release builds with higher version numbers to the Dev Channel. If your device remains on the Dev Channel and receives a build with a higher version number than the Dev Channel beta, you will need to perform a clean install of the released version of Windows 11 on your device to move to the beta channel," Microsoft said.

    That said, Windows 11 23H2 is in the very early stages of development and the initial builds will mostly contain new known issues and bug fixes for existing issues. Don't expect anything too exciting from the Windows Insider program, but Build 23H2 is going to be another big release with significant tablet UX/UI improvements, sources say.

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