Microsoft wants real users to help them create the best possible version of Windows 10. This is why they created the Windows 10 Insider program. It’s the ultimate beta testing program where you get to be one of the first to try out the newest features.
How It Works
The Windows 10 Insider program allows you to install and review Windows 10 Insider Preview builds. These are beta releases with new or changed features. All you need is a valid license of Windows 10 and a Microsoft account.
If you own a business, you can also join and use your business’s credentials to help shape Windows 10 for business.
Microsoft knows that it’s difficult to create a universal operating system. This is why they need Insiders that all use Windows differently. From creatives to grandparents just wanting to Skype with their grandchildren, every one needs different types of features. This program helps Microsoft see those different needs in action and develop better features to support everyone.
Every member gets an exclusive Feedback Hub to send in feedback. If you’ve ever wished you could make Windows better, now is your chance.
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Becoming a Windows 10 Insider
It’s surprisingly easy to become a Windows 10 Insider. You’ll need a Microsoft account to get started. If you don’t have one, it only takes a few minutes to create one for free. Odds are, you probably created one to use with Windows 10 or another Microsoft service, such as Office, OneDrive, or Skype.
Register your personal Microsoft account with the Windows 10 Insider program. It’s as easy as logging in and setting your preferences.
The next step is to enroll your computer. You’ll only be able to enroll if you have Windows 10 installed. Microsoft recommends having the latest final release updates installed before proceeding.
Go to Start > Settings > Update & Security > Windows Insider Program. Only PC admins see this option. Click Get Started and enter your Microsoft account details. Choose which area of content you want to preview.
Read over the terms and privacy notice and click Next to continue. Exit all open programs and save all your files and click Restart Now. This enrolls your computer.
Once your computer restarts, go back to the Windows Insider Program area within Settings and choose your Insider level. Fast gives you updates quicker, but they may be less stable. Slow means you get updates slower, but there may be fewer bugs. Finally, Release Preview is the most stable, but you’ll receive fewer updates.
Your computer will then update to the latest Preview Build release based upon your settings.
Benefits and Considerations
One of the most obvious benefits is getting to see what Microsoft has in store for future releases of Windows 10 before most other users. You also get to help shape how the final release looks and functions, which may be drastically different than the beta updates.
However, there are a few things to consider. These beta releases aren’t always stable and may cause your computer to act weird or crash. Report any issues immediately in the Feedback Hub in your Start menu. You should also keep your files backed up to avoid losing anything.
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Contribution by Crystal Crowder
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