Microsoft has started sending free 64GB USB flash drives to members of the Windows Insider program

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Microsoft is sending free 64 GB USB flash drives to members of the Windows Insider program who received an upgrade from Canary to Dev. The company has made it clear that a clean install of Windows 11 has become the only way to go from Canary to Dev/Beta/Release Preview/Stable, so the drives are being sent to help testers switch channels without additional costs. To receive the drive, testers had to send a unique code from an email previously sent by developers from Microsoft. However, Microsoft cannot deliver free USB flash drives to testers in certain countries due to postal regulations.

Microsoft has started sending free 64GB USB flash drives to members of the Windows Insider program

Microsoft started to send free USB flash drives for members of the Windows Insider program. It turned out that the drives sent have a capacity of 64 GB. Initially, no data is written to them. Windows 11 installation instructions are included with the flash drive.

In early March, Microsoft began accepting applications for distribution of free USB flash drives to participants of the Windows Insider program. To receive the drive, the testers had to send a unique code from an e-mail previously sent to them by developers from Microsoft.

The decision to send out the free USB drives was made by the company after Windows Insiders running the Dev build were automatically upgraded to Canary. Microsoft has made it clear that a clean install of Windows 11 has become the only way to go from Canary to Dev/Beta/Release Preview/Stable. This is why the company started distributing flash drives. Now tester users will be able to switch channels without additional costs for purchasing a drive.

Microsoft warned that the delivery of flash drives can take up to 6-8 weeks. As a result, it turned out that the company sent flash drives to testers in the USA much faster. Microsoft warned that due to postal regulations, the company cannot deliver free USB flash drives to testers in the following countries: Afghanistan, Cuba, Russia, Timor-Leste, Belarus, Laos, Samoa, Turkmenistan, Bhutan, Libya, Solomon Islands, Yemen, Brunei, Mongolia, South Sudan, Chad, Papua New Guinea and Syria.

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