Do you want to be the first to experience the new, just released builds of the Windows 10 operating system? Below we will tell you what to do to Join the Windows Insider Program.
At first, joining the Windows 10 Insider testing program was a bit problematic, accessible only to major Microsoft fans and the most dedicated developers. But when the final version of Windows 10 was released, joining a testing program and getting pre-builds became a much simpler affair for every user.
If you are interested in these assemblies but do not know where to start and how to get them, this article is for you.
Related: How to Upgrade to Windows 10
What is required to Join the Windows Insider program?
To become an “insider” (a member of the Windows 10 Insider program), you need a Microsoft account and a computer/tablet/smartphone on the licensed version of Windows 10. You can choose which version to test: for PC, for mobile devices, or both.
You can upgrade to the “top ten” with Windows 7 and 8.1 for free, you can install a clean system using a license key, or simply download the .iso image of the preliminary version of Windows 10 from Microsoft and use the test version of the operating system for free, but without activation (about which she will constantly remind you), and without some opportunities, the absence of which will not allow you to delve into her insides.
Note: It is important to understand that after you become a member of the testing program and install the first available build, you won’t be able to return to the original system – you will need to reinstall the “tens”. Therefore, back up your data or create a recovery disk before upgrading to Windows 10 Insider.
So, Windows 10 is installed. Create a recovery point in case something goes wrong so that you can return to a state before problems begin. In the worst-case scenario, Windows 10 will have to be reinstalled from scratch.
A few more tips from Microsoft: join a testing program only if you don’t mind a lot of updates and sudden changes in system functionality, troubleshooting, you can backup and restore your system, you know what ISO images are and how to use them. Microsoft also recommends installing pre-builds not on the main computer used every day, as the company is not responsible for lost data or other troubles that may occur while working with the test version of Windows 10.
For example, a new assembly comes out, and everyone who installed it stops responding to clicking the Start button. Or some application constantly crashes. Or some interface elements in one assembly in Russian, and in the next in English. This is fixed in new builds thanks to reviews. All testers periodically encounter such problems. I had almost all test versions of Windows 10, which were intended solely to study the new features of the system, so these problems are not critical to me at all.
However, in reality, this is most often just reinsurance. Builds of Windows 10 will not bring much damage to the user’s computer, especially those that are released in a slow cycle. But it’s always better to be prepared for the unexpected.
And again: do not install test builds on your main working PC! Well, let’s go further.
How to install Windows 10 Insider builds
Read the program agreement and join the program. Selecting zones of interest at the bottom of the page is optional. Now you can either download an image of the latest build of the system or, if you have installed a dozen, do everything through the Settings application.
In Windows 10, open the Settings app – Update and Security – Windows Update – Advanced Options. In the “Get Pre-Builds” section, select “Start” and restart the computer.
After rebooting and logging in with a Microsoft account, you will be prompted to read and accept everything.
Select the Option to Receive Updates
Becoming an insider, you can choose between two levels of the appraiser, from obtaining the most stable builds to just released and not tested. Here is how Microsoft describes them:
- Late access ( Slow ): the best option for insiders who want to get builds with the lowest risk to devices and leave feedback to improve Windows.
- Fast access ( Fast ): the best option for insiders who want to be the first in detecting problems give suggestions and ideas for improving Windows 10.
Note: It is important to remember: between the moment you transferred your system to the Windows Insider program and the actual appearance of a new assembly in the notification center, it may take several hours! Therefore, there is no need to worry if you become a member, and the system cannot find assemblies. You just have to wait.
By default, the user enters the Slow option, but it can be changed at any time. In the Settings app, open Update and Security, and change the speed of getting new builds.
The location of this switch changes periodically. If it is not in this place, look at the top menu item “Windows Update” on the link “Advanced Settings”.
In the latter, at the time of writing this article, the assembly of Windows 10, the preliminary testing program was moved to a separate menu.
How to exit the test program
- What if you wanted to return to the final version of Windows 10? It is very easy to do. Open the Settings app – Update and Security. Click Stop Receiving Insider Preview Assemblies.
- A window appears prompting you to enable receiving pre-builds again in a day, three or five. Instead, you can click “Stop getting Insider Preview builds” indefinitely (“Need to stop getting Insider builds Completely?”).
- But as Microsoft warns, this method does not always work, which is why you should create a recovery point in advance. If all the measures do not work, you will have to install Windows 10 from scratch, and then transfer all previously copied files to the new system.
That’s all, if you have any questions regarding participation in the Windows Insider program, you can ask them in the comments.