Windows Insider Preview Settings

Tutorial Video

Written Guide

There are five development stages of Windows 10:

  • Skip Ahead – The Latest Windows 10 Release as Released by Microsoft with No Testing
  • Fast – Marginal Testing from Skip Ahead Testers
  • Slow – Moderate Testing from Skip Ahead and Fast Users
  • Mainstream – The Mainstream Build released to the Public
  • End of Life – Builds of Windows 10 No Longer Supported by Microsoft. These are insecure to use and users should automatically be updated to the Latest Mainstream Build

For Windows Insider Preview Builds you must be logged in with a Microsoft Account.

Although one should be able to change these settings in:

Settings>Updates & Security>Windows Insider Program

Sometimes we get the error message

Your Windows Insider Program Content Settings Have Been Reverted. We Did This Because you Selected Skip Ahead,but Skip Ahead is Now Closed. You’ll Continue to Receive Updates as Usual.

To get to a different level we need to change settings in the registry editor.

To do this press [Windows] and [ r ] and type in

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Accept the User Account Control:

In the address bar navigate to:

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N.B. you can copy and paste the above into the Address Bar opposed to Typing it in:

This will take you here, we are interested in two fields:

You will see a field called ContentType

Change its contents to your desired setting. In my case I will use Skip

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Skip=Skip Ahead
Fast
Slow
Mainstream Build=Release Preview

You will then see a field called Ring I will change it to WIF

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WIF=Windows Insider Fast also use this value for Skip Ahead
WIS=Windows Insider Slow
RP=Mainstream Build

Next in the address bar of the registry editor navigate to:

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This will take you here, we are interested in two fields:

You will see the field UIContentType

Change its contents to your desired setting. In my case I will use Skip:

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Skip = Skip Ahead
Active = Fast/Slow
Current=Mainstream Build

You will also see the field UIRing

Change its contents to your desired setting. In my case I will use WIF:

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WIF=Windows Insider Fast also use this value for Skip Ahead
WIS=Windows Insider Slow
RP=Mainstream Build

Close the Registry Editor and Restart your computer, give in 5 to 10 minutes and then look for Windows Update. You should now get the Fast Track Build overcoming the error message.

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