If you click on a link and make a purchase we may receive a small commission. Read our editorial policy.

You can download the first Windows 11 preview build right now

If you're a Windows Insider, which isn't as exclusive as it sounds

Windows 11 is still in the workshop as engineers tinker with its rounded corners and Android app support, but if you're a Windows Insider, you can give the preview build a whirl right now.

The Windows 11 preview build is affectionately titled Build 22000.51, and Windows Insiders can download it this very second. It contains many of the features shown off during the reveal, but is missing a few bits and pieces. However, Microsoft plan on adding more over the coming months.

So what's in the preview build? Well, you've got the rounded corners, multi-tasking "snap features", and that centered taskbar. You'll find a widgets button on the taskbar too, so you can look at nice boxes which tell you things like the weather and highlight calamitous news stories. The reworked Microsoft Store is also there to peruse, and you'll get to try out the new setup experience. There's plenty I've missed out here too.

Of course, this Windows 11 preview build may hit you with an error or two...or twenty. Things might not open correctly, or stuff might be missing - little things. You can see the full list over on the official blog post.

And I suppose you're wondering, "How do I become a famed Windows 11 Insider?" Well, you register to become one, and blam, the preview build will be yours to test out and give feedback on.

Windows 11 is due out later this year and will be a free upgrade for all Windows 10 users, which is nice.

About the Author

Ed Thorn avatar

Ed Thorn

Senior Staff Writer

When Ed's not cracking thugs with bicycles in Yakuza, he's likely swinging a badminton racket in real life. Any genre goes, but he's very into shooters and likes a weighty gun, particularly if they have a chainsaw attached to them. Adores orange and mango squash, unsure about olives.

Support Rock Paper Shotgun

Subscribe and get access to supporter-only articles, an ad-free reading experience, free gifts, and game discounts. Your support helps us create more great writing about PC games.

See more information

More News

Latest Articles

Rock Paper Shotgun logo

We've been talking, and we think that you should wear clothes

Total coincidence, but we sell some clothes

Rock Paper Shotgun Merch