We are a Microsoft site, but we do not worship the ground the company walks on. However, we unashamedly think the Windows Insider Program is fantastic, giving users a chance to see early previews of Windows 10 features and provide feedback before they reach end users. Yes, we love the Insider Program, but it is not perfect.
One of the more frustrating aspects of the Windows Insider Program is that new preview builds released on the Inside actually have an expiration date. This basically means if you do not download the next preview before a certain point, you will lose support for your current expired build.
True Insiders are usually on the ball and keep up to date it upgrades, but in the most recent builds, popups for expiration have been popping up almost immediately. This is almost certainly because the previews have been coming thick and fast over the last six weeks, so expiry dates are shorter, but the pop-ups have raised eyebrows amongst Insiders.
we have a workaround for that 🙂 Will send out in my blog.
— Dona @ #websummit (@donasarkar) July 5, 2016
One Twitter user pointed this out to Dona Sarkar, who recently replaced Gabe Aul as the head of the Windows Insider Program. She responded by saying Microsoft has a workaround planned and that the company would detail it in an upcoming blog post:
“We hope to get more details pretty soon, but Windows Insiders can already look forward to enjoy a more pleasant experience using the latest Windows 10 preview builds.”
Microsoft has been rolling out Windows 10 and Windows 10 Mobile previews consistently recently, but the latest builds only come with minor tweaks and the odd new feature. The company is winding down previews ahead of the Windows 10 Anniversary Update, which will roll out on August 2.