Commercial previews for Windows 11 and Windows 10, version 21H2

Published Sep 02 2021 10:02 AM 94.4K Views
Microsoft

Commercial organizations can now explore and validate Windows 11 and Windows 10, version 21H2 that will be released later this year.

Today, we released Windows 11 and the Windows 10, version 21H2 feature update for commercial preview. Organizations enrolled in the Windows Insider Program for Business can access these builds through all standard channels, including Windows Update, Windows Server Update Services (WSUS), Azure Marketplace, and the Windows Insider Program ISO download page. Along with commercial pre-release availability, we are also offering free support for commercial organizations running these builds. This means you can test these releases—and your preferred deployment methods—while remaining supported prior to general availability.

Access commercial previews using Windows Update or Windows Update for Business

Commercial devices configured for the Windows Insider Program Release Preview Channel via the Windows Update Settings page or via Windows Update for Business policy will automatically be offered Windows 11 as an optional upgrade provided that the device(s) meet the hardware requirements and have taken the September 1, 2021 optional cumulative update (KB5005101). If you do not wish to upgrade a device to Windows 11, simply select “Stay on Windows 10 for now”, at which point Windows 10, version 21H2 will be offered instead. Commercial devices in the Release Preview Channel that do not meet the hardware requirements necessary to support Windows 11 will instead be offered Windows 10, version 21H2 automatically.

Both previews are completely optional. You can choose to remain on your current version of Windows and continue to receive preview builds of quality updates for that version.

 

The Windows Update interface showing that upgrade to Windows 11 is ready and free.The Windows Update interface showing that upgrade to Windows 11 is ready and free.

 

The Windows Update view in Settings, showing as up to dateThe Windows Update view in Settings, showing as up to date

If you are using Microsoft Intune, simply set “Servicing channel” to “Windows Insider – Release Preview”, as shown here:

 

Setting Servicing channel to Windows Insider - Release PreviewSetting Servicing channel to Windows Insider - Release Preview

 

Note: We consider a device a commercial device if: a) it is not running Windows 10 Home edition; b) it is being managed by an IT administrator (whether via Microsoft Endpoint Manager or other endpoint management solution); or c) it has a volume license key or commercial ID, or is joined to a domain.

Access commercial previews using Windows Server Update Service (WSUS)

Both Windows 11 and Windows 10, version 21H2 are now available in the “Windows Insider Pre-release” category in WSUS and Microsoft Endpoint Configuration Manager. If you do not see them offered, simply sync the category and you will see them.

 

Windows 11 and Windows 10, version 21H2 are now availableWindows 11 and Windows 10, version 21H2 are now available

To access the Windows 11 preview build, devices must first take the September 1, 2021 optional cumulative update (KB 5005101). If a device is configured to send diagnostic data, but does not meet the hardware requirements, the Windows 11 upgrade will be marked as inapplicable in WSUS.

To access the Windows 10, version 21H2 preview build, devices running Windows 10, version 2004, version 20H2, or version 21H1 can leverage the enablement package path to update to version 21H2. Devices running versions prior to Windows 10, version 2004 will first need to do a full OS swap to receive Windows 10, version 21H2.

Access commercial previews from the Windows Insider Program ISO Download page

Simply go to the Windows Insider Program ISO Downloads site and select either the Windows 11 ISO (listed under Dev Channel and Beta Channel) or the Windows 10, version 21H2 ISO (listed under the Release Preview Channel).

 

Note: A clean installation will utilize your existing Windows 10 license keys or activate using Azure AD. No net new Windows 11 keys are required.

Access commercial previews through Azure Marketplace

On Azure Marketplace, we have added a new Windows 11 Preview offering with various images. For Windows 10, version 21H2, simply check out the Windows 10 Preview offering.

 

Windows 11 PreviewWindows 11 Preview

Supporting your preview experience

Regardless of how you choose to deploy the release previews of either Windows 11 or Windows 10, version 21H2, we will keep you supported! If you encounter an issue, please report it to feedback hub or reach out to us directly through our free support offering for commercial organizations.

Microsoft is committed to ensuring your applications work on the latest versions of our software. Windows 11 has been built with compatibility in mind. Our promise states that apps that worked on Windows 7, 8.1, and 10 will work on Windows 11. If you experience a compatibility issue when deploying Windows 11 or Windows 10, version 21H2, you can utilize App Assure with Microsoft FastTrack to help remediate your application issues. App Assure will help troubleshoot the issue, determine the root cause, and fix the application. It is available at no additional cost for eligible customers with 150+ seats.

With that, we encourage you to go explore these releases, and don’t forget to reach out to me, @ariaupdated, on Twitter or message me on Tech Community with any feedback on how we can improve the Windows Insider Program for Business and our pre-release commercial offerings!

 

19 Comments
Occasional Visitor

Problem with blank Task bar on this release.

Occasional Visitor

I had the same problem and went back to 22000.132 where it's safe for now.

 

Regards,

Reteng45

Occasional Visitor

The resolution i have for anyone that has this issue is set your computer 1 day ahead and reboot, that fixed mine on 2 computers.

Frequent Visitor

 

Contributor

For the taskbar issues, please see this forum post:

Windows always freeze after login - Microsoft Community

 

Courtesy:

aka.ms/Win11flight9 

Occasional Visitor
  • Hello,

     

    I have unfortunately the same problem with my pc. The Solution with the time reset and the windows several solution dont helped, do you have other ideas

Occasional Visitor

I can't access internet even I saw the network connected icon.

Valued Contributor

Thank you @Aria Carley for your valuable inputs and details.

Senior Member

Going to deep dive into this release next weekend. Thanks for the information.

Occasional Visitor

你好,我的电脑现在有两个问题: 1、开机后会进入"Aptio Setup Utility"页面,提示找不到系统;修改“secuurity”和"boot"设置都无效,重启了20多次才能正常开机。 2、开机进入桌面后,有时候会卡顿一下,然后死机,再次打开同样会进入"Aptio Setup Utility"页面

Trusted Contributor

Hello this article is helpful , I just now shared it !

I am very curious how the free technical support works for organizations ? I think that support from Microsoft is very necessary - remember that for administrators it is a big effort to implement a new version of the system ! 

Occasional Visitor

Problema con la barra de tareas en blanco en esta versión.

Occasional Visitor

eyy i still cant use my steam games on the windows 11 pro N operating systen

Occasional Visitor

HDR enabled has issues with going full black screen for a few seconds and then working........this happens constantly and randomly.

System runs fine with HDR disabled

 

GPU is Nvidia GeForce Titan X

Monitor is a brand new LG OLED48C1

Microsoft

@poptartkittenz that is a bummer! Please file feedback - the Steam games must work I will highlight that to our app compatibility team as well. :) 

@Mitch-MDMS please file feedback on that. Definitely a bug! 

Occasional Visitor

Figured it out, bought a new HDMI 2.1 cable and the issue went away !

Occasional Visitor

All,

 

Found an interesting issue.  When I click on search and type in the program name it shows up but I can't use the mouse to click on it.   I can use the arrow keys and the enter key to move around and select / run the program.  This happens on the computer I upgrade to from windows 10 to windows 11 but doesn't happen with a clean install.  

 

Anybody else experience this?

 

Regards,

Mark

Occasional Contributor

Is there any literature on downgrade rights for Windows 11? We are utilizing Autopilot, but we're not ready for Windows 11 yet. I want to make sure all of our hardware purchases can be downgraded to Windows 10 once new PCs start shipping with W11.

Occasional Visitor

My laptop a message required that my pc does not meet minimum hardware requirement.

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