How to Install Windows 10 Insider Preview

Getting started is easy! To install your first Windows 10 Insider Preview Build1 on your PC, simply follow these steps.

1. Prerequisites

If you haven’t already, register as a Windows Insider, update your PC to Windows 10 and check that Windows 10 Insider Preview supports your language preferences.

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2. Enroll your Windows 10 PC

  1. Go to Start > Settings > Update & security > Windows Insider Program. To see this setting, you need to have administrator rights to your PC.
  2. Click Get started and link your Microsoft or corporate account that you used to register for the Windows Insider Program.
    • To confirm that your corporate account is on AAD, go to Start > Settings > Accounts > Access work or school. If your organization has set up your corporate account in AAD and it is connected to your PC, you will see a note above your account "Connected to Azure AD".
    • To link your corporate account, the account needs to be on Azure Active Directory (AAD) and your PC needs to be running Windows 10 Version 1703 or later.
    • To confirm that your PC has Windows 10 Version 1703 installed, go to Settings > System > About. If you do not have Version 1703, go to Settings > Update and security > Windows Update and click Check for updates.
    • If you have already enrolled your PC with your Microsoft account, click your Microsoft account, then click Change to select and enroll your corporate AAD account.
  3. Choose the branch you want content from (Windows 10 Creators Update is recommended) and confirm. (If you are running an earlier version of Windows 10, this step is not included.)
  4. Review the privacy statement and program terms and click Next.
  5. Click Restart Now or Restart Later to select when you would like to begin the Insider Preview installation.
  6. After you restart your PC, go back to Windows Insider Program in Settings to select your Insider level (Fast, Slow, Release Preview). Insiders in the fast Ring will get earlier, more frequent updates with new features but may experience more bugs.

3. Wait for your machine to update to the latest Insider Preview build

Once you have selected your desired Flight ring, the process known as “Compatibility Check” will need to run in the background. There is no manual way to force this process to run. This process allows for discovery of your OS type (32-bit, 64-bit), build edition (Home, Pro, Enterprise) country and language settings, and other required information. Once this process is complete, your PC will be auto-targeted for the next available flight for your selected ring. For the first build on any given PC, this may take up to 24 hours to complete.

To check if you have the latest Insider Preview build: Go to Settings > Update & security > Windows Update, and click Check for updates. If Windows Update says your device is up to date, you have the latest build.

4. Let us know what you think

The feedback you provide on Insider Preview builds goes directly to our engineers to help develop Windows. To provide feedback, simply visit the Feedback Hub app in your Start menu. The Feedback Hub also connects you to Insider news, quests, community, and other resources.

1Windows Insider Preview may be substantially modified before it’s commercially released. Microsoft makes no warranties, express or implied, with respect to the information provided here. Some product features and functionality may require additional hardware or software.