If you have enlisted in the Windows Insider Program to get an Insider preview build of Windows well ahead of any standard users, then it is possible that you may encounter this error message This build of Windows will expire soon. In this post, we will identify the possible causes as well as provide the most appropriate solutions you can try to help you resolve this anomaly.
Normally, whenever you install the new builds, you get information about when the build will expire. If you don’t update the Windows 10 build before its expiration, then Windows will start restarting every few hours. So, if you’re receiving this notification out of the blue then it’s an issue.
Users that are reporting this issue on their system, made known that once they check under Settings > Update & Security for newer builds, they couldn’t find any update or builds.
This build of Windows will expire soon
If you’re faced with this Windows 11/10 Insider build issue, you can try our recommended solutions below in no particular order and see if that helps to resolve the issue.
- Check the Date & Time settings
- Check for Updates Manually
- Run Automatic Repair
- Activate your Windows Build
- Check the Account linked with the Windows Insider program
Let’s take a look at the description of the process involved concerning each of the listed solutions.
1] Check the Date & Time settings
This solution entails you try setting the time and date on your computer properly and see if the This build of Windows will expire soon issue will be resolved.
- Press Windows key + I key combination to launch the Settings app.
- Click to open the Time & Language section.
- Navigate to the Date & time tab at the left-side navigation menu.
- In the Date & Time tab, make sure that your computer’s date and time are set up correctly. If the time is not correct, you can try turning the Set time automatically option on or off, depending on the current state.
- To change the date, under Date, click the dropdown menu button to find the current month in the calendar, and then click the current date.
- To change the time, under Time, click the hour, minutes, or seconds that you want to change, and then slide the values until you settle for the one correct according to your time zone.
- When you have finished changing the time settings, click OK.
2] Check for Updates Manually
In case you have missed an update to the Insider build, you might want to try and check for updates manually. This method is helpful in a situation where you have reached the end of life for an Insider build before upgrading to a newer one.
3] Run Automatic Repair
If one of the system files is corrupted then it might be causing the notification pop-up, in which case you may need to run Automatic Repair.
4] Activate your Windows Build
If you do not have a license key for Windows or if the Windows is not activated, it may cause the Insider build to expire, hence the notification pop-up.
To make sure your build is activated, do the following:
- Press the Windows key + I to open Settings.
- Click on Updates and Security.
- In the left navigation pane, click on Activation.
- Then click on Change key or Activate Windows using a key.
5] Check the Account linked with the Windows Insider program
Although this is highly unlikely, but sometimes the account you registered with the Windows Insider Program gets unliked from the device, it may lead to the issue.
To check the account linked with the WIP, do the following:
- Open the Settings app.
- Go to Updates and Security.
- Click on Windows Insider Program in the left navigation pane.
- Check if the Microsoft account registered with the Insider program is correct, and if it isn’t, switch accounts or log in.
Hope this helps!