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Windows 10 Insider Builds are being taken down, ahead of the final release on July 29th

Windows 10 Insider Builds are being taken down, ahead of the final release on July 29th

by AshwinJuly 14, 2015

Microsoft has announced that it is taking down the current Windows 10 Insider Builds.


No, they are not being pulled due to any bugs.

Instead the Builds are being taken down, as the Redmond Company is preparing for the final release of Windows 10, which is scheduled for July 29th.

This is what the statement on Microsoft’s official announcement reads:

Builds 10162 and 10166 will no longer be offered over Windows Update, and whatever build you’re on will show as “up to date” if you check for new builds.

ISOs for build 10162 will be taken down from the site and prerelease keys will no longer activate builds.

At the time of writing this post, I can still access the ISO for build 10162. But the ISOs will no longer be available in 24 hours.

Just to recap, Microsoft released Windows Build 10166 to the Fast Ring last week. As you may be aware, the company does not release ISOs for builds that haven’t been released to the Slow Ring of the Windows Insider Program.

So, if you want to upgrade to Build 10166, you will first need to upgrade to Build 10162, (either through the ISO or through Windows Update), and then upgrade to Build 10166 through Windows Update.

We are just a fortnight away from the final build’s release, and the announcement of ending Insider Builds before the launch, is a sign that Build 10166 will be one of the final pre-launch preview builds. And here is one more piece of information which confirms that:

For those of you on older builds – now is definitely the time to upgrade to the most current build.

This statement is from the announcement of Build 10166, last week.

Windows Insiders will be among the first to get the final version of Windows 10. For now ISOs are stopped, so that Microsoft can test its release channels for Windows Updates, to ensure that the final build released through it, will be installed without any hassle.

Microsoft did announce earlier, that the Insider Program will continue beyond the launch of Windows 10, so we can expect new preview builds to be available in August. The Redmond company assures that it will bring back ISOs in the future, but for the time being, Windows Update is the only way to get a new build.

Based on the current status of the operating system, I feel that it still needs a few bug fixes, especially relating to the performance of the Start Menu and the System Tray.