Getting started

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.

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Install

Run Insider Preview builds on individual PCs or on multiple PCs across your organization.

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Explore

Preview new features and provide feedback to help shape Windows for your business needs.

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Validate

Use Insider Preview builds to validate your apps and infrastructure ahead of the next major release.

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Install

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)

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.
REGISTER YOUR 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

  1. 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.
  2. Link your Microsoft or work account that you used to register as a Windows Insider.
  3. Follow the prompts to set up installation.
  4. Go to Start>Settings>Update & Security>Windows update and click “Check for updates” to complete and confirm installation.

Need help? Check our User Guide.

Windows setting screen with Windows Insider Program highlighted

 

Install across multiple PCs

Administrators can install and manage Insider Preview builds centrally across multiple PCs within their domain.

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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.

 

Explore

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:

Recommendations for 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.)

Learn how to provide effective feedback in the Feedback Hub.

 

Validate

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.


Windows 10 Insider Preview builds enable organization to prepare sooner for Windows Semi-Annual releases and reduce the overall validation effort of broad deployments.

 

Application and infrastructure validation recommendations
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.

IT Administrators/Developers 

  1. Run Insider Preview builds on representative hardware to confirm compatibility
  2. Validate new Insider Preview builds against infrastructure to ensure machines can be managed once deployed
  3. Validate in place upgrade process with progressive Windows Insider Preview updates
  4. Identify impact to business-critical apps owned by IT in application inventory and request application owners to perform their own validation/testing.
  5. Troubleshoot application issues prior to Semi-Annual Channel deployment.

Application Owners/Users

  1. Validate proper functionality of business-critical applications.
  2. Troubleshoot application issues prior to Semi-Annual Channel deployment.
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.)

Learn how to provide effective feedback and track in the Feedback Hub.

Monitoring Windows Analytics is a set of solutions that can be used to support your validation of Insider Preview builds across multiple PCs.

Use Upgrade Readiness to create an app inventory and identify mission-critical apps.

Use Device Health to identify device, device driver and application issues.

Additional Resources For further guidance, see Windows 10 application compatibility.

 

 

  1. 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.