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    Change Windows 10 Insider Program Ring Level

    How to Choose Your Insider Ring Level on your Windows 10 PC
    Published by Category: Windows Update & Activation
    30 Jan 2019
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    How to Choose Your Insider Ring Level on your Windows 10 PC


    If you set to get Insider Preview builds on your Windows 10 PC, then you can choose your Insider level to be a ring below for how soon new Insider preview builds will be made available via Windows Update.
    • Slow - Preview the latest builds of Windows 10 with minimal risk to your device. You will get an OS update once or twice a month, which all require a reboot.
    • Fast - Be the first to give Microsoft feedback on the newest preview build of Windows 10. You will get an OS update once or twice a week, which all require a reboot.
    • Release Preview - Stay on a retail build of Windows 10, but get a sneak peek at on-going development of apps, drivers, and other quality updates.
    • Skip ahead - Skip ahead to the next version of Windows 10.

    Starting with Windows 10 build 18312, Microsoft simplified the Windows Insider Program Settings page. The goal is to make the end-to-end experience of signing up for the Windows Insider Program and setting up your PC to take new builds much easier by simplifying the experience and removing some of the clutter. You’ll find that all the same functionality is still there.

    This tutorial will show you how to choose your Insider level to the Skip ahead, Fast, Slow, or Release Preview ring for Insider preview builds on your Windows 10 PC.

    You must be signed in as an administrator to be able to choose the Insider ring level for the PC.

    It may take some time to receive a new build after changing your Insider level settings.


     CONTENTS:

    • Option One: To Change Windows 10 Insider Level in Settings
    • Option Two: To Change Windows 10 Insider Level using a REG file





    Change Windows 10 Insider Program Ring Level OPTION ONE Change Windows 10 Insider Program Ring Level
    To Change Windows 10 Insider Level in Settings

    1. While signed in to Windows 10 with your Microsoft account, open Settings, and click/tap on the Update & recovery icon.

    2. Click/tap on Windows Insider Program on the left side, and click/tap on the current ring (ex: Fast) under Pick your Insider settings on the right side. (see screenshot below)

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    3. Select (dot) the Slow, Fast, Release Preview, or Skip ahead ring for what you want, and click/tap on the Back (arrow) button at the top left corner. (see screenshot below)

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    4. When finished, you can close Settings if you like.






    Change Windows 10 Insider Program Ring Level OPTION TWO Change Windows 10 Insider Program Ring Level
    To Change Windows 10 Insider Level using a REG file

    The downloadable .reg files below will modify the string values in the registry keys below.

    HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\WindowsSelfHost\Applicability

    BranchName string value

    external = Slow, Fast, Release Preview, or Skip ahead

    ContentType string value

    Active = Slow or Fast
    Current = Release Preview
    Skip = Skip ahead

    Ring string value

    WIF = Fast or Skip ahead
    WIS = Slow
    RP = Release Preview

    HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\WindowsSelfHost\UI\Selection

    UIBranch string value

    external = Slow, Fast, Release Preview, or Skip ahead

    UIContentType string value

    Active = Slow or Fast
    Current = Release Preview
    Skip = Skip ahead

    UIRing string value

    WIF = Fast or Skip ahead
    WIS = Slow
    RP = Release Preview


    1. Do step 2 (Just fixes, apps, and drivers), step 3 (Active development of Windows in Slow), step 4 (Active development of Windows in Fast), or step 5 (Skip ahead to the next Windows release in Fast) below for what you would like to do.


     2. Change Insider Level Release Preview ring

    A) Click/tap on the Download button below to download the file below, and go to step 6 below.

    Release-Preview.reg

    download


     3. To Change Insider Level to Slow ring

    A) Click/tap on the Download button below to download the file below, and go to step 6 below.

    Slow.reg

    download


     4. To Change Insider Level to Fast ring

    A) Click/tap on the Download button below to download the file below, and go to step 6 below.

    Fast.reg

    download


     5. To Change Insider Level to Skip ahead ring

    A) Click/tap on the Download button below to download the file below, and go to step 6 below.

    Skip_ahead.reg

    download

    6. Save the .reg file to your desktop.

    7. Double click/tap on the downloaded .reg file to merge it.

    8. When prompted, click/tap on Run, Yes (UAC), Yes, and OK to approve the merge.

    9. If you like, you can delete the downloaded .reg file if you like.


    That's it,
    Shawn


  1.    #1

    There is now a 3rd option in addition to Fast and Slow, "Release Preview."

    Trying to find an official description of the option.
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  2. Brink's Avatar
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    64-bit Windows 10 Pro build 18860
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       #2

    LOL, Microsoft keeps removing and adding that ring.

    Release Preview:

    Best for Insiders who enjoy getting early access to updates for the Current Branch, Microsoft applications, and drivers, with minimal risk to their devices, and still want to provide feedback to make Windows devices great.

    Announcing Windows 10 Mobile Insider Preview Build 10586.107 | Windows Experience Blog
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  3. Brink's Avatar
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    64-bit Windows 10 Pro build 18860
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       #3
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  4.    #4

    I recently enabled Insider builds but I am unable to change my insider level - it's grayed out and I can't select anything. Any suggestions?
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  5. Brink's Avatar
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       #5

    Hello Oldiesmann, :)

    What build do you currently have installed?

    Since you have just enabled to receive Insider builds, have you already restarted the computer to apply?

    Does using Option 2 change the level shown in Settings for you?
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  6. Ztruker's Avatar
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       #6

    Shawn, I'm on build 15019 and want to get to 15025. I tried this last night after setting Pace to Fast instead of Slow. Update failed and I ended up doing a reset back to 15019. Now I can't change the Pace from Slow to Fast via Settings or the registry file.

    Any ideas?
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  7. Brink's Avatar
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       #7

    Hey Rich, :)

    Are the settings grayed out?
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  8.    #8

    Brink said: View Post
    Hey Rich, :)

    Are the settings grayed out?
    I have am issue with one Insider install that only show slow ring in selection greyed out. Any idea why?
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  9. Brink's Avatar
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    64-bit Windows 10 Pro build 18860
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       #9

    Hey Martin, :)

    You might check to see if you may have disabled the Insider build settings.

    Insider Build Settings - Enable or Disable in Windows 10
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