Windows Insider Program User Guide
This guide provides you with details on how to install and get the most out of Windows 10 Insider Preview builds, including troubleshooting tips and links to other helpful support resources.
Install a Windows 10 Insider Preview Build
Getting started is easy. To install your first Windows 10 Insider Preview Build1 on your PC, simply follow these steps:
1. Review prerequisites
- If you haven’t already, register as a Windows Insider. Note: You can also register with your work account to get the additional benefits of the Windows Insider Program for Business.
- To install Windows 10 Insider Preview, you’ll need to be running a licensed version of Windows 10 on your PC. If your PC is currently running Windows 7/8/8.1, you can install Windows 10 here. If you are having problems installing Windows 10, you can install a Windows 10 Insider Preview build: Download Windows 10 Insider Preview ISO.
- Check that Windows 10 Insider Preview supports your desired language on your PC:
Windows 10 Insider Preview is available in the following SKU languages:
Arabic (Saudi Arabia), Bulgarian (Bulgaria), Chinese (Simplified, China), Chinese (Traditional, Taiwan), Croatian (Croatia), Czech (Czech Republic), Danish (Denmark), Dutch (Netherlands), English (United Kingdom), English (United States), Estonian (Estonia), Finnish (Finland), French (Canada), French (France), German (Germany), Greek (Greece), Hebrew (Israel), Hungarian (Hungary), Italian (Italy), Japanese (Japan), Korean (Korea), Latvian (Latvia), Lithuanian (Lithuania), Norwegian, Bokmål (Norway), Polish (Poland), Portuguese (Brazil), Portuguese (Portugal), Romanian (Romania), Russian (Russia), Serbian (Latin, Serbia), Slovak (Slovakia), Slovenian (Slovenia), Spanish (Mexico), Spanish (Spain, International Sort), Swedish (Sweden), Thai (Thailand), Turkish (Turkey), Ukrainian (Ukraine).
Windows 10 Insider Preview is available in the following Language Interface Packs (LIP) languages:
Afrikaans (South Africa), Albanian (Albania), Amharic, Armenian, Assamese, Azerbaijani (Latin, Azerbaijan), Bangla (Bangladesh), Bangla (India), Basque, Belarusian (Belarus), Bosnian (Latin), Catalan (Catalan), Cherokee (Cherokee), Dari, Filipino (Philippines), Galician (Galician), Georgian, Gujarati, Hindi (India), Icelandic, Indonesian (Indonesia), Irish, Kannada, Kazakh (Kazakhstan), Khmer (Cambodia), KiSwahili, Konkani, Kyrgyz, Lao (Laos), Luxembourgish, Macedonian (Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia), Malay (Malaysia), Malayalam, Maltese, Maori, Marathi, Mongolian (Cyrillic), Nepali, Norwegian (Nynorsk), Odia, Persian, Punjabi, Quechua, Scottish Gaelic, Serbian (Cyrillic, Bosnia and Herzegovina), Serbian (Cyrillic, Serbia), Sindhi (Arabic), Sinhala, Tamil (India), Tatar, Telugu, Turkmen, Urdu, Uyghur, Uzbek (Latin, Uzbekistan), Valencian, Vietnamese, Welsh.
Windows LIP language packs can only be installed over the supported base languages. To learn how to configure your input or display languages after install a language pack, see How to add and switch an input or display language to your PC.
2. Enroll your Windows 10 PC
- Open your PC's Settings: Start > Settings> Update & Security > Windows Insider Program. To see this setting, you need to have administrator rights to your PC.
- Click Get started.
- Under “Pick an account to get started” click “+” to link your Microsoft account or Azure Active Directory work account that you used to register for the Windows Insider Program. Click Continue.
- Under “What kind of content that you would like to receive”, select Active development of Windows to receive Insider Preview builds and click Confirm. Select “Just fixes, apps and drivers” only if you want to install builds from the Release Preview Ring.
- Under “What pace do you want to receive preview builds?” select Fast if you would like to receive the latest Insider Preview builds from the Fast ring or Slow if you want receive less frequent but more stable builds from the Slow ring.
- Review the privacy statement and program terms and click Confirm.
- Click Restart Now or Restart Later to complete your PC enrollment.
- For more information on rings, see About rings below.
3. Complete installation
- Once your PC restarts, go to Start > Settings > Update & Security > Windows Update.
- Click Check for updates to download the latest Insider Preview build based on the criteria you selected in the steps above.
- Once the download is complete you are given three restart options: Click Pick a time, Remind me later or Restart now to complete installation.
After you have installed an Insider Preview build, you will receive recent new builds automatically through Windows Update. To confirm that you have the latest build, simply check for updates at Start > Settings > Update & Security > Windows Update.
One of the benefits of being a Windows Insider is knowing that your feedback has the potential to change and improve Windows for users around the world. The more detailed and actionable your feedback, the more effectively our engineering teams can identify and respond to this feedback.
- To provide feedback, open the Feedback Hub app in your Start menu, sign in with your Microsoft or work account and click on the Feedback tab.
- Before providing feedback in the Feedback Hub, please review "Send feedback to Microsoft with the Feedback Hub app"
- To submit feedback that can help our engineers address your problem or suggestion most effectively, see: Tips for effective feedback.
Definition of rings
Windows 10 Insider Preview Builds are released in “rings." Each ring is defined by a different release frequency and level of stability.
Builds in the Fast ring are released approximately every week and provide Insiders with the earliest access to new features. Be prepared for issues that might block key activities or might require workarounds.
Builds in the Slow ring also contain new preview features and updates but are more stable than Fast ring builds and are released less frequently, approximately every month.
Release Preview ring
If you want to be on the current public release of Windows 10 but still get early access to updates, applications, and drivers without taking the risk of moving to the Development Branch, the Release Preview ring is your best option.
For more details see: Working with rings and updates.
Switching between rings
Move from the Slow or Release Preview ring to the Fast ring
- Go to Start > Settings > Update & Security > Windows Insider Program. Under Pick your Insider Settings, select your current ring, then select your preferred ring, the Fast ring.
- To download the latest build based on your new Insider settings, go to Start > Settings > Update & Security > Windows Update and click Check for updates.
Move from the Fast ring to the Slow or Release Preview rings
- You will first need to do a clean install of Windows 10 on your PC. See Recovery options in Windows 10.
- Once you have reinstalled Windows 10, go to Start > Settings > Update & Security > Windows Insider Program to re-enroll your device and select your desired ring.
Not receiving updates?
While participating in the Windows Insider Program, you may find that your PC is not updating to the latest update as expected. This is rare, however, there are a few key items to review should you end up in this state.
Check if you have the latest build
To see if you have the latest build on your PC, type ‘winver’ in Search and open to run the command. Compare the OS build number on your PC to the latest build listed in Flight Hub.
Perform a manual check for updates
Open Start > Settings > Update & Security > Windows Update and review available updates or select Check for Updates. If you have set Active Hours, ensure your device is left turned on and signed in during the off-hours so the install process can complete.
For more guidance, see Troubleshooting.
Even though Insiders are self-sufficient people, the Microsoft team is ready to help you use Windows 10 Insider Preview builds. Along with the information provided in the User guide, the following options are available for support.
Windows Insider Blog
With each new build, we publish a Windows Blog post that outlines key feature changes as well as known issues that Insiders may encounter while using the build. Review the blog to stay up-to-date with news and information. Read the Windows Insider Blog today.
With the Feedback Hub, you can check if other Insiders have already reported your problem or suggestion. As Microsoft engineers process feedback, you’ll see a banner appear on the feedback item confirming its status, including updates made to address the issue. Note: to see feedback from other Insiders, you must sign into the Feedback Hub with your Microsoft or work account. For more details see: How to provide effective feedback.
Insiders can filter between PC, Mobile, Office, Edge, and many other sections. There are also sub-topics that will help narrow down your search to find tailored content. Go to the Windows Insider forum.
We’re social! You’ll find new build announcements, tips/tricks, quests, contests, as well as direct real-time support when available. Follow us @WindowsInsider.
Leave the program
Stop receiving email
If you would like to stop receiving emails from the Windows Insider Program, you will need to unregister your Windows Insider Program account. To unregister your account:
- On the Windows Insider Program website, sign in with your Microsoft Account (MSA) or your Azure Active Directory (AAD) account associated with the Windows Insider Program.
- Go to the leave the program page (visible in the footer of the site after signing in) and click on the link, "Leave the Program". You will then see a confirmation page.
Stop receiving Insider Preview builds
If you no longer want to receive Windows 10 Insider builds, you will need to unenroll your device. Note that you will continue to receive emails from the program unless you unregister. To unenroll a device:
- Go to Start > Settings > Update & Security > Windows Insider Program, select “Stop Insider Preview Builds” and follow the additional on-screen prompts.
- Once you have unenrolled your device, you may want to roll back to a previous version of Windows 10. Recovery options in Windows 10.
- Windows 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.