Getting started with Windows 10 Insider Preview

Windows insider preview program is for users intend to get early access to the latest and upcoming Windows features. Microsoft releases these builds into two segments of users who participate in this program. Users who opted into the slow ring will receive more stable insider builds, less often. End users who opted fast ring will receive each insider preview build and are prone to more bugs and issues.

Apart from that Microsoft implemented a new option called "skip ahead" which allow users to get special builds from the RS_Release stream which soon transitioned to Windows 10 update release (March/April 2018). After releasing fall creator update Microsoft unified all insider preview branches, which means every user who opted fast ring with skip ahead option will get same insider preview builds.

This is an on-going series to help you get started with Windows 10 insider preview on your computer which includes these following parts.
Part 1. Where to get Windows 10 insider preview image file?

First Things First you need an ISO image file so that you can Burn It To a DVD Disc or a bootable USB drive.
Part 2. Create Windows 10 insider preview bootable USB using Rufus

The easiest approach is to make Windows 10 bootable USB drive and the process is less time consuming compared to creating a DVD disc. However to create a bootable device you need a USB utility the one which we recommend is Rufus.
Part 3. How to install insider preview on your computer?

Installing a Windows 10 insider preview on your computer can have different approaches. Number 1 you can use Windows automatic update feature to upgrade to Windows insider preview which is the time-consuming process. Or you can fresh install (often called as clean installation) Windows 10 using a bootable USB drive

Part 3.1 How to clean install Windows 10 insider preview.

It is advised that you do a clean installation of Windows 10 insider preview. If you are on a stable version of Windows 10 switching to Windows insider preview and back forth will erase all of your data on your computer. For this, you need a spare computer to check latest and upcoming improvements.
Part 4. How to run insider preview on a virtual machine?

If you don't have a spare computer and do not want to take the risk and works comes with an insider preview, test and run Windows 10 insider preview on a virtual machine within your current operating system. For this, to work you need a minimum of 4 GB RAM and several gigabytes of space on your computer.
Part 5. Reverting back to stable windows 10 version

Windows Insider is having issues, random restarts, blue screen, green screen, random Critical_process_died errors or other issues, remember it all comes with it. That's why you'll need a spare PC to test an Insider build to see the latest improvements. Talk of an example, When tested Build 17083 the laptop (i7 8th Gen / 8GB RAM) heated too much, random restarts and start menu deny to open and ultimately forced me to revert back to a stable version of Windows.

See this guide for all the information you need to install a stable Windows version on your computer.




How to Join Windows Insider Preview Program


Open the windows settings by pressing the Windows + I keys in the same time.

From their go to updates and security, and then Windows insider program tab.

Click Get Started.



From the drop-down select the #2 or #3rd option among these.

  1. Just fixes, apps and drivers. (Safe)

  2. Active development of Windows. (New features, like Chrome Beta) Less safe

  3. Skip ahead to the next windows release. (More new features, like Chrome Canary) Less-less-safe




Now click the confirm button to save this setting.



Another prompt. Confirm.



Restart your computer to take effect the new setting and to get Windows insider previews.

Restart Windows to join Windows 10 Insider Preview

This method should not be used on your main computer specially if you don't want to loose all your data in a sudden in case of a build failure.

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