Here is how you can download and install the next version of Windows 10 before it releases to the public. Microsoft now allows members of its Windows Insider Program to skip ahead and early test the upcoming Windows 10 release. This feature allows users to get an early taste of all the new features and improvements that the Redmond based company has in the works. Continue reading to know how you can enable this feature from settings and configure it on the computer.
The new “Skip ahead” is now available for testers on the Windows 10 Insider Fast Ring. Through the new “Skip ahead” users can join the development of the next version of Windows 10, codenamed Redstone.
Previously, a new version of the next release was pushed to beta testing channels only after the finalization of all aspects regarding the preview build. Microsoft has decided to change this policy as it allows Windows Previous Builds insiders to skip ahead.
Follow the steps below to learn how to access, enable and configure the settings linked to skipping ahead to the next release of the Windows 10 operating system.
Skip Windows 10 Release to Get the Next Version
Before starting, please note that this facility is accessible with devices enrolled in the Fast ring of the Windows 10 Insider Program. If yours is not, make sure to register it to the Insider Program otherwise you won’t see the feature in Settings. Here are the steps:
- Go to Settings.
- Click on Update & Security.
- Then, click Windows Insider Program.
- Now, under “What kind of content would like to receive?” click on the drop-down menu and select Skip ahead to the next Windows release option.
Once you have completed all the steps, it will take you to the RS_PRERELEASE branch for the next Windows 10 Redstone version release.
All the builds that are part of the RS4_RELEASE and RS_PRERELEASE branch have nearly identical features, but with the RS_RELEASE branch apps installed through the Windows Store receive regular updates. Microsoft warns that to revert to the regular Fast ring builds, you will have to reinstall Windows 10 so bear that in mind before going ahead.
Another caveat that builds in this branch are far from stable. It is aimed at testers who like to be the first to identify issues and provide appropriate actions to help take Windows development to the next stage.
If you want to persist with your current settings, you will continue getting the same builds of Windows 10 19H1 as every other member in the Fast rings of RS4_RELEASE branch.
Note: After the new version of Windows 10, the option to “skip ahead” will no longer be available on the Fast ring which will go back to the previous build release schedule as in RS_PRERELEASE.