How to get the final version of Windows 11 version 22H2 before everyone else

The gradual rollout of Windows 11 version 22H2 won’t begin for several weeks, but you can get it sooner through the Windows Insider program since development is already complete.

The program was created to allow developers, IT administrators, and tech-savvy users to access early builds of Windows 11 in three readiness levels (including Dev, Beta, and Release Preview Channels) to try out features and changes to come and to provide feedback. help shape the future of the system. However, when the next version of Windows 11 is finalized, it will have to go through the channels of the Windows Insider program. Therefore, you can use the release preview channel for an early upgrade before it’s available to everyone.

In this Windows 11 guide, we’ll walk you through the steps to download the final version of 22H2 before the official release.

How to install Windows 11 version 22H2 using the Insider Program

Although the version available through the Release Preview Channel is still labeled as a preview, it is technically the final version of Windows 11 version 22H2. However, since this channel was designed to test updates before deploying them to a compatible device, they may still contain known and unknown issues.

Warning: This is a friendly reminder that changing the current configuration of Windows 11 can negatively impact the experience. Before proceeding, we recommend that you create a temporary backup of your computer.

To get Windows 11 version 22H2 through the Windows Insider Program as soon as it’s ready, follow these steps:

  1. Open Settings.
  2. Click on Windows Update.
  3. Click it Windows Insider Program page on the right side.

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  1. Click it Begin button.
  • Quick advice: If you don’t see the option to configure the feature, open Settings > Privacy and Security > Diagnosis & feedbackand check the Optional diagnostic data option, then return to the “Windows Insider Program” page.

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  1. Click it Link an account button.

Account link option

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  1. Select your Microsoft account.
  2. Click it Continue button.
  3. Select the Release preview channel option.

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  1. Click it Continue button.
  2. Click it Continue button again.

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  1. Click it Restart now button.
  2. Open Settings Again.
  3. Click on Windows Update.
  4. Click it Check for updates button.

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  1. Click it Download and install button.

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  1. Click it Restart now button.

After completing the steps, the current Windows 11 configuration will be upgraded to Windows 11 version 22H2 with a full reinstallation.

Switch to beta channel

If Microsoft has already approved the 22H2 version of Windows 11 as complete, the final version will also be available through the beta channel during the development process. If the 22H2 build is not downloaded from the build preview channel, you can upgrade to the beta channel to get it.

To change channel settings to update your device, follow these steps:

  1. Open Settings.
  2. Click on Windows Update.
  3. Click it Windows Insider Program page on the right side.

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  1. Click on Choose your insider settings.
  2. Select the Beta Channel option.

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  1. Click on Windows Update.
  2. Click it Check for updates button.

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After completing the steps, the computer should now be able to receive the 22H2 build through Windows Update.

The feature update should download and install automatically. However, if it is not offered automatically, you may need to manually click the “Download and Install” option.

Disabling the Windows Insider Program

Once the computer has been upgraded to the latest version of Windows 11, you may want to unenroll the program to prevent the device from continuing to get previews of the next version.

To disable the Windows Insider Program after upgrading to Windows 11 version 22H2, follow these steps:

  1. Open Settings.
  2. Click on Windows Update.
  3. Click it Windows Insider Program page on the right side.

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  1. Click it Stop getting preview builds setting.
  2. turn it off Unenroll this device in the next version of Windows rocker switch.

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Upon completion of these steps, the computer will automatically remove itself from the program and the current configuration will continue to receive maintenance updates as long as the version is supported.

These instructions walk you through the different ways to upgrade early to the final version of Windows 11. However, since the feature update takes time to become fully available in the stable channel, it is always recommended to expect it to be available automatically through Windows Update.

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