Skip Ahead to Next Release for Windows 10 Insiders in Fast Ring

    Skip Ahead to Next Release for Windows 10 Insiders in Fast Ring

    How to Choose to Skip Ahead to Next Release for Windows 10 Insiders in Fast Ring
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    27 Oct 2017
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    How to Choose to Skip Ahead to Next Release for Windows 10 Insiders in Fast Ring

    information   Information
    Starting July 25th 2017, Windows Insiders in the Fast ring will see a new Skip ahead to the next Windows release drop-down in their Windows Insider Program Settings.

    Microsoft is now at the stage in the development cycle for the Windows 10 Fall Creators Update where they’re working hard to bash all the bugs and stabilize so it’s the best Windows 10 release yet for all customers. As they work to prepare the Windows 10 Fall Creators Update for the world, the engineering teams are beginning work on the next release of Windows 10 from the Development Branch. Windows Insiders in the Fast ring who choose to skip ahead will be given the opportunity to start trying out these builds in addition to receiving app updates again for many of the inbox apps in Windows 10 such as Photos, Skype, Groove, and Movies & TV.

    To stabilize the Windows 10 Fall Creators Update for release, Microsoft has “forked” the release into its own branch called RS3_RELEASE. Many Windows Insiders will recall Microsoft did the same thing for the Windows 10 Creators Update when they started flighting builds from the “RS2_RELEASE” branch. Going forward, Windows Insiders in the Fast ring will continue to get builds for the Windows 10 Fall Creators Update from this branch. However, Windows Insiders who choose to skip ahead will receive builds from the RS_PRERELEASE branch.

    To summarize:
    • Fast ring: Builds from RS3_RELEASE branch with no inbox app updates.
    • Fast ring + Skip Ahead: Builds from RS_PRERELEASE (RS4) with inbox app updates from the Store.

    Since this fork just occurred, the builds from the RS_PRERELEASE and RS3_RELEASE branches will be virtually identical. But at some point in the future, build numbers in the RS_PRERELEASE branch will jump ahead, engineering teams will start checking in new code, and things diverge. When this happens – you will not be able to leave Skip Ahead and go back to builds from the RS3_RELEASE branch without reinstalling Windows. Once the Windows 10 Fall Creators Update is released to the general public, this skip ahead option will go away and the Fast ring will be back to receiving builds from the RS_PRERELEASE branch for the next Windows 10 release and inbox app updates from the Store will be fully restored to all Windows Insiders in the Fast and Slow rings.

    For more details, see: Introducing Skip Ahead for Windows 10 Insiders in the Fast Ring

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    This tutorial will show you how to skip ahead from the RS3_RELEASE branch to the next RS_PRERELEASE branch (Redstone 4) for Windows 10 Insiders in the Fast ring.

    You must be signed in as an administrator that is a Windows Insider in the Fast ring to skip ahead.
    warning   Warning
    Before choosing to skip ahead – there are a few things to keep in mind: builds from RS_PRERELEASE will get less stable as teams start checking in new code. So just like Insider Preview builds usually are after a Windows 10 release, things will likely be a little rough. If this concerns you or makes you uncomfortable – don’t choose to skip ahead and simply wait for the Fast ring to transition back to RS_PRERELEASE down the road. Microsoft also needs to have Windows Insiders in the Fast ring helping them get the Windows 10 Fall Creators Update ready and giving them feedback on issues they are experiencing. So there will be a limit as to how many Windows Insiders can skip ahead. Once that limit is met, the UI on the flight settings page will notify Windows Insiders trying to choose to skip ahead that it’s been closed.
    Note   Note
    Skip Ahead is now full so if you try to join, it will let you know that in the Settings app. But don’t worry! Once the Windows 10 Fall Creators Update is released, Skip Ahead goes away and all Insiders in the Fast ring will get moved back to the RS_PRERELEASE branch for RS4.

    Source: Announcing Windows 10 Insider Preview Fast Build 16273 for PC Insider - Windows 10 Forums

    CONTENTS:
    • Option One: To Skip Ahead to the Next Windows Release from Settings
    • Option Two: To Skip Ahead to the Next Windows Release using a REG file





    Skip Ahead to Next Release for Windows 10 Insiders in Fast Ring OPTION ONE Skip Ahead to Next Release for Windows 10 Insiders in Fast Ring
    To Skip Ahead to the Next Windows Release from Settings

    1. Open Settings, and click/tap on the Update & recovery icon.

    2. Click/tap on Windows Insider Program on the left side, and select Active development of Windows (default) or Skip ahead to the next Windows release in the down-down under "What kind of content would you like to receive?". (see screenshots below)

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

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    Skip Ahead to Next Release for Windows 10 Insiders in Fast Ring OPTION TWO Skip Ahead to Next Release for Windows 10 Insiders in Fast Ring
    To Skip Ahead to the Next Windows Release using a REG file

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

    HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\WindowsSelfHost\UI\Selection

    UIContentType string value #1

    Active = Stay in active RS3_RELEASE branch (default)
    Skip = Skip ahead to RS_PRERELEASE branch

    UIRing string value #2

    WIF = Fast ring



    HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\WindowsSelfHost\Applicability

    ContentType string value #1

    Active = Stay in active RS3_RELEASE branch (default)
    Skip = Skip ahead to RS_PRERELEASE branch

    Ring string value #2

    WIF = Fast ring

    1. Do step 2 (active - default) or step 3 (skip ahead) below for what you would like to do.


     2. To Choose "Active development of Windows" RS3_RELEASE branch

    NOTE: This is the default setting.

    A) Click/tap on the Download button below to download the file below, and go to step 4 below.

    Active_development_of_Windows.reg

    download


     3. To Choose "Skip ahead to the next Windows release" RS_PRERELEASE branch

    A) Click/tap on the Download button below to download the file below, and go to step 4 below.

    Skip_ahead_to_the_next_Windows_release.reg

    download


    4. Save the .reg file to your desktop.

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

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

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


    That's it,
    Shawn

  1.    04 Aug 2017 #1
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    64-bit Windows 10 Pro build 17040

    Update: Skip Ahead is now closed.

    Last edited by Brink; 07 Aug 2017 at 07:46.
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  2.    31 Aug 2017 #2
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