The Windows 10 Anniversary Update is the next major update that arrives to the operating system with new features, changes, reliability and performance enhancements. If you have been part of the Windows Insider Program, you probably already got a taste of what’s included. (If you haven’t, you can check our Anniversary Update coverage.)
At this point, you also may be thinking about opting out your computer or phone from the program and move to a stable version of the Windows 10 Anniversary Update — or at least until the software giant announces a new build with new features for the next wave of updates.
Thankfully, Microsoft offers two ways to stop getting Insider preview builds on your device. You can opt out as soon as the final version of Windows 10 becomes available to the public, or you can alternatively unenroll your device by restoring the original version of the operating system.
In this Windows 10 guide, we’ll walk you through the steps to unenroll your PC or Mobile from the Insider Program.
How to unenroll your PC or phone from the Insider program
If you’re comfortable using the latest Insider preview build on your computer or handset, you can keep your current setup and files while unenrolling your device from the program. However, the unenroll process is time sensitive, because the option to opt-out your device will be available only when the final build of Windows 10 rolls out.
To unenroll, you’ll need to pay close attention that your device is running the publicly-released build of the operating system before you can opt out. This information won’t be available until Microsoft publicly makes the announcement. (But don’t worry, we will keep you posted.)
After the final build becomes available to the public, you’ll need to check that your device is, in fact, running the latest version by going to Settings > System > About, and verifying the build number.
Once you know your device is running the correct version of the Windows 10 Anniversary Update, you can unenroll your PC or Mobile device using the following steps:
Use the Windows key + I keyboard shortcut to open the Settings app. (On your phone, swipe the Start screen to the left and tap Settings.)
Click Update & security.
Click Windows Insider Program.
Click the Stop Insider Preview builds button.
Note: If you’re not running the public release of the Windows 10 Anniversary Update, you will only get an option to delay for a few days new builds from installing on your PC or Mobile device like you see in the image below.
How to stop receiving Insider builds at any time on your PC
If you don’t want to wait until the production version of Windows 10 rolls out, you can still remove your device from the Windows Insider Program. However, the process involves restoring your PC back to the previous version of the operating system.
Although the process to roll back can take some time, the good news is that you don’t necessarily have to reinstall an older version. Thanks to the upgrade, when you opted into the Insider preview program, you’re now entitled to install Windows 10 with your Windows 7 or Windows 8.1 product key.
Important: Performing a clean installation of the operating system will erase all your personal data on your device. It’s recommended that you make a full backup of your system before proceeding.
Download the Windows 10 ISO from the Microsoft Tech Bench Upgrade Program site.
Create a bootable installation media.
Restart your computer with the bootable media to begin the installation of Windows 10.
On the Windows Setup, click Next.
Click Install now.
If you’re prompted to enter a product key and you’ve already activated your version of Windows 10, you can skip this step.
Accept the licensing agreement and click Next.
Click the Custom: Install Windows only (advanced) option.
Select and delete the system partitions. Usually, you want to delete: Drive 0 Partition 1 and Drive 0 Partition 2.
Click Next and follow the on-screen instructions to complete the installation.
Once the installation completes and you go through the Out-of-Box Experience, go to Settings > Update & security > Windows Update and check for update and driver downloads. Also, remember to restore your files from backup and reinstall all your applications.
At this point, your computer should no longer be part of the Insider program.
How to stop receiving Insider builds at any time on your Windows phone
Windows 10 Mobile releases. Alternatively, you can also remove your phone completely from the Insider program at any time by rolling back to the original version of the operating system using the Windows Device Recovery Tool.
Important: Using the recovery tool will erase all your personal data on your device. It’s crucial to create a backup of your files to your PC or OneDrive and a backup of your phone using the feature located on Settings > Update & security > Backup.
When you’re ready to unenroll your Windows 10 Mobile phone from the Insider program do the following:
Use this link to download the Windows Device Recovery Tool.
Double-click the file and follow the on-screen directions to install the recovery tool on your computer.
Connect your phone to your computer using a USB data cable.
Launch the Windows Device Recovery Tool.
Click the phone tile.
The recovery tool will list your handset with the current version of the operating system, and you’ll also see the stable version available from the Microsoft servers. Click the Reinstall Software button to continue.
Answer the survey or simply click Continue without submitting.
The recovery tool will now proceed to download the necessary files and reinstall the operating system.
Click Finish to complete the process.
your phone will reboot, and you’ll then need to go through the guided Out-of-Box Experience to complete setting up your phone.
At this point, your phone should no longer be part of the Insider program.
Source : windowscentral