Windows 10 Insider Preview builds now provide organizations with a variety of installation options and are an ideal way to explore Windows and support your next Windows deployment.
Run Insider Preview builds on individual PCs or on multiple PCs across your organization.
Preview new features and provide feedback to help shape Windows for your business needs.
Use Insider Preview builds to validate your apps and infrastructure ahead of the next major release.
How to install Windows 10 Insider Preview builds
1. Register for the Windows Insider Program
The first step to installing a Windows 10 Insider Preview build is to register as a Windows Insider. You and your users have two registration options.
Register using your work account (recommended)
- Registering with your work account in Azure Active Directory (AAD) provides additional Insider benefits. With AAD registration, you and your colleagues can submit and track feedback on behalf of your organization to help shape Windows for your specific business needs. Note: Requires Windows 10 Version 1703 or later. Confirm by going to Settings>System>About. If you do not have an AAD account, find out how to get an Azure Active Directory tenant.
Or, register your personal account
- Use the same account that you use for other Microsoft services. If you don’t have a Microsoft account, it is easy to get one. Get a Microsoft account.
2. Install on a user's PC
You can install Windows 10 Insider Preview1 builds directly on individual PCs, manage installation centrally across multiple PCs in your organization, or install on a virtual machine.
Install on an individual PC
- Open Windows Insider Program settings (On your Windows 10 PC, go to Start > Settings > Update & security > Windows Insider Program). Note: To see this setting, you need to have administrator rights to your PC.
- Link your Microsoft or work account that you used to register as a Windows Insider.
- Follow the prompts to set up installation.
- Go to Start>Settings>Update & Security>Windows update and click “Check for updates” to complete and confirm installation.
Need help? Check our User Guide.
Install across multiple PCs
Administrators can install and manage Insider Preview builds centrally across multiple PCs within their domain.
Install on a virtual machine
This option enables you to run Insider Preview builds without changing the Windows 10 production build already running on a PC.
- For guidance on setting up virtual machines on your PC see: Introduction to Hyper-V on Windows 10.
- To download the latest Insider Preview build to run on your virtual machine see: Windows Insider Preview downloads.
How to explore new Insider Preview features
Windows 10 Insider Preview builds offer organizations a valuable and exciting opportunity to evaluate new Windows features well before general release. What’s more, you and other Insiders have the option to provide feedback on behalf of your organization to help shape Windows for your specific business needs. Here’s how to get the most out of your feature exploration:
|Release channel||Fast Ring: Insider Preview builds in the Fast Ring are released approximately every week. They contain the very latest features, making them ideal for feature exploration.|
|Users||Because Fast Ring builds are released so early in the development cycle, we recommend limiting feature exploration in your organization to IT administrators and developers running Insider Preview builds on secondary machines.|
|Tasks||Explore new features in Windows designed for organizations, including new features related to current and planned line of business applications.
Before running an Insider Preview build, check our Preview highlights for business for a summary of current features.
|Feedback||Provide feedback in the Feedback Hub app. This helps us to make adjustments and enhancements to features as quickly as possible.
Encourage users to sign into the Feedback Hub using their AAD work accounts. This enables both you and Microsoft to track feedback submitted by users within your specific organization. (Note: This tracking is only visible to Microsoft and registered Insiders within your organization’s domain.)
How to validate Insider Preview builds
Along with exploring new features, you also have the opportunity to validate your apps and infrastructure on Insider Preview builds. This activity can play an important role in your Windows 10 deployment strategy. Early validation has several benefits:
- Get a head start on your Windows validation process.
- Identify issues sooner to accelerate your Windows deployment.
- Engage Microsoft earlier for help with potential compatibility issues.
- Deploy Windows 10 Semi-Annual releases faster and more confidently.
- Maximize the support window that comes with each Semi-Annual release.
|Objective||Application and infrastructure validation|
|Release channel||Slow Ring: Insider Preview builds in the Slow Ring are released approximately once a month. They are more stable than Fast Ring releases making them better suited for validation purposes. Slow Ring releases can be run on either secondary or primary production machines by skilled users.|
|Users||In addition to Insiders who may have participated in feature exploration, we also recommend including a small group of application owners and users from each business department to ensure a representative sample.|
|Tasks||Before running an Insider Preview build, check our Windows Insider blog and Windows Insider Tech Community for updates on current issues and fixes.
|Feedback||Provide feedback in the Feedback Hub app and also inform app vendors of any significant issues.|
|Additional Resources||Use Upgrade Readiness to create an app inventory and identify mission-critical apps.
For further guidance, see Windows 10 application compatibility.
- Features may be available in select markets; experience may vary by region and device. Windows 10 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.