Microsoft has released its first pre-release version of Windows 11 on the beta channel, which in theory should be more stable and less buggy than the initial versions floating through the developer channel. So if you want to experiment with the next operating system, this is a good time to jump in the pool and get your feet wet.
This is not to say that it is completely devoid of problems. Errors and quirks come with the territory when testing pre-release software. But the latest version (22000,100) should be the most stable so far. It also means that if you're already testing Windows 11 in Windows Insider, it's time to go to the Beta channel for less hassle experience.
"If you're on the Dev channel, now would be the right time to consider switching to the beta channel if you want to continue with more stabilized versions of Windows 11." Microsoft claims.
The list of bug fixes with the latest version is quite long: more than a dozen fixes are applied only to the taskbar, while a lot more tweak the file explorer, search and general experience of windows 11.
To try Windows 11, you must be a member of the Windows Insider program. You can become a browser in Settings> Update and Security> Windows Insider Program, and then follow the instructions. Depending on your existing privacy settings, you may need to enable the collection of optional diagnostic data before you can join.
It's best to do this with a spare PC that supports Windows 11, if you have one, instead of using your main system. Either way, it’s a good idea to back up any important files first, in case things go wrong. Alternatively, you can run Windows 11 in a virtual machine. I have been successful in getting it up and running Free VMware Workstation Player.
The other option is to stay tuned to the final version for the general public. Microsoft has said that Windows 11 will be available for new machines and as a clean install to existing ones during the holidays. A document from the Intel GPU driver suggests it will be released in October, but if not, we're probably looking at it in November.
For existing Windows 10 systems, the next operating system will be available as an update on the site via Windows Update in early 2022. It’s not a bad idea to wait a little longer before jumping on board, just to let the first adopters be them to resolve wrinkles that need ironing. But if you're looking to get Windows 11 on your PC, you have options (starting with the Windows Insider program).