Windows 10 Insider builds
Windows 10 Insider builds

If you’ve been testing pre-releases of Windows 10, you must be pretty much familiar with the Windows Insider Preview Program, a program that lets you get early access to the releases of the operating system to test new features and changes that will be part of a new major update, and Windows 10 Insider builds, the output of the preview program.

No matter, most of the times, Microsoft releases a number of Windows 10 previews with a lot of tweaks, however, sometimes these builds may include a lot of bugs and things may not work properly, which can make you think twice before installing them.

Of course you can change your Windows Insider Preview preferences to stop getting new builds. However, if you forget to change your settings, these builds will download automatically to PC without any option to cancel the installation.

That’s why here we’ve come with this useful help tutorial that will guide you on how to prevent Windows 10 Insider builds from accidentally installing on your PC. Let’s get started:

How to prevent Windows 10 Insider builds from accidentally installing on your PC

You can use the following instructions to prevent Windows 10 Insider builds from accidentally installing on your Windows 10 PC:

Step 1. Change your Active Hours settings

If you want to prevent your PC from automatically restarting while making these changes, you’ve to change your Active Hours settings first, to postpone the restart as much as you can.

To change your Active Hours settings:

    • Open Settings
    • Click Update & security
    • Click Windows Update
    • Click the Change active hours link

Change active hours

    • Now set the Start time and End time to postpone the restart for maximum period of time (12 hours)
    • Click Save

Change active hours 2

Step 2. Change your Windows Insider Preference

Now change your Windows Insider Preview settings to stop getting further builds. You can do so by following some simple steps mentioned below:

  • Open Settings
  • Click Update & security
  • Click Windows Insider Program
  • Lower your ring level to Slow or Release Preview (if available)

Windows Insider Preference
Note:

If you change your settings while the build is downloading, the download will stop.

Step 3. Remove the installation files from your computer

Even if you’ve changed your settings to stop getting new builds, you’ll notice that the Windows Update still show the preview as an update ready to install, during the next restart.

To avoid this situation, you’ll need to use the Disk Cleanup tool to delete the installation files correctly and quickly remove the update from list on Windows Update. Let’s have a look how:

    • Use the Windows Key + R keyboard shortcut to open the Run command
    • Type cleanmgr and click OK to launch the Disk Cleanup tool
    • Select the drive C: and click OK
    • Click the Clean up system files button

Cleanup system tool

  • Select the drive C: and click OK
  • Select the Temporary Windows installation files option
  • Remove the check-mark for anything you don’t want to delete
  • Click OK
  • Click Delete files

Cleanup system tool 2
Once you’ve successfully followed the instructions, wait for several minutes, and navigate back to Windows Update. You’ll notice that as Windows 10 checks for new updates, the installation files for new Windows 10 insider build downloaded to your PC magically disappears from the list.

If any new cumulative updates are available, you can go ahead and restart your PC to install them.

After successfully preventing a new Windows 10 Insider Build from installing to your PC, if you’re not planning to test new versions of Windows 10, you can choose to unroll your device from the program!

Stay tuned for more updates!

Read More: Complete guide to remove unwanted apps from Windows 10

 

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