Microsoft is reportedly offering free USB drives to Insiders to reinstall Windows 11

Carol van Zyl
Mar 16, 2023
Updated • Mar 16, 2023
Microsoft, Windows 11 News

Rumor has it that following changes to the Insider program, Microsoft is offering free USB drives to select Windows Insiders, including the introduction of the new Canary Channel. Part of the process has Microsoft moving all Insiders to the new Canary Channel from the Dev Channel to place the focus more on long-term development. However, if you prefer to remain on the Dev Channel, which awaits features relatively soon, you’ll have to do a clean Windows 11 installation to sign up again.

Microsoft is reportedly offering free USB drives to Insiders to reinstall Windows 11

Although, some users were confused when the changes to the Insider Program moved them to the new Canary Channel and forced them to reinstall Windows 11. There were complaints from users that they wanted to leave the channel.

Some Windows Insiders have received emails with an offer to have a free USB drive shipped to them so they can easily install a clean version of Windows. 11 on their PC and stay on a stable version. However, you will have to wait and see if you receive the email with the redemption code if the offer is available.

It is relatively easy to create Windows 11 installation media, and if you have a flash drive, you can follow the guide to install windows 11. Interestingly, Microsoft is offering this lifeline to Windows Insiders since the program has always been aimed at the more tech-savvy, especially if you choose to sign up for the Dev channel. Generally, program participants need to be willing to perform a clean install.

Although if you instead want a free USB drive, keep an eye on your inbox for your redemption code. 


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  1. Paul(us) said on March 18, 2023 at 12:29 pm

    Not even two different pictures nor there is even a mention or there is a way to sign up or any other information gathering possibly.

  2. Anonymous said on March 16, 2023 at 6:56 pm

    They should give all insiders one for testing their buggy POS 11.

  3. Anonymous said on March 16, 2023 at 6:05 pm

    free fingerprints

  4. Tachy said on March 16, 2023 at 4:58 pm

    Criminals will be jumping on this. Imagine getting people to install a preinfected OS!

    Here phishy phishy.

    1. Frankel said on March 18, 2023 at 1:10 am

      Lol no. Most people cannot even install an OS on their own.

  5. John G. said on March 16, 2023 at 3:34 pm

    Volunteers that are working so hard and so free testing Windows 11, aka Windows Joke, are just treated as simple pets and probably they should expect nothing more beyond than acting like pets: turn on the computer and swallow all the garbage they can afford. Shame on Microsoft, shame on testers. Shame on an OS that has spent more than one year to release the biggest feature ever: a giant annoying Bing button in the worst place of its only browser. Garbagesoft never complains.

    1. Someone said on March 17, 2023 at 1:51 am


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