Windows Insider Program

The settings page for the Windows Insider Program

Windows Insider Program is a software testing program by Microsoft for Windows 10, Windows 11, and Windows Server. The user can opt in the program to test out new features and new versions of the operating system that were previously only accessible to developers. The first build that was released from the Insider Program was 9841. In addition, more builds are also released to other platforms and in different formats.

Channels[edit | edit source]

The Insider program allows users to pick the builds they want to receive by enrolling to a specific channel. The Insider infrastructure is also used for Microsoft's internal selfhosting effort, with internal channels receiving builds before the public channels or delayed compared to the public channels, however, they are not a formal part of the Insider program.

  • Dev (formerly Fast Ring): This is the first channel in the Insider program to receive builds from the current development cycle. Between 2017[1] and 2019 an option called Skip Ahead also existed, which allowed a limited number of users to receive builds from the next development cycle, while the rest received builds from the stabilization stage of the current cycle.
  • Beta (formerly Slow Ring): This channel receives builds of the next Windows 10 feature update. If both Dev and Beta channels track the same development cycle, the Beta channel gets the same builds after being tested in the Dev channel.
  • Release Preview: This channel receives new app and OS updates (including feature updates) prior to their general rollout to consumers. It is the youngest Insider channel, being introduced in 2016.[2]

Latest builds[edit | edit source]

Desktop and Server
Channel Current version Upgrade Download Feature Experience Pack
Dev Dev (Nickel) 22478.1012
Beta Windows 11 22000.282
Release Preview Windows 10, version 21H2 19044.1288
Windows 10 May 2021 Update 19043.1288
Server Windows Server 2022 N/A 22463.1000
Other platforms and development kits
Platform/kit Current version Build
Assessment and Deployment Kit (ADK) Windows 11 22000.1
Preinstallation Environment
Software Development Kit (SDK) 22000.120
Windows Driver Kit (WDK) 22000.100
Enterprise Windows Driver Kit (EWDK)
Hardware Lab Kit (HLK)
HoloLens Windows Holographic, version 21H1 20348.1432
Desktop App Converter Image Dev (Manganese) 19551.1001[note 1]
Windows 10 Team TBD 19100.1060
Windows 10 IoT Core Windows 10 October 2018 Update 17763.437[note 2]

Notes[edit | edit source]

  1. Additional builds available for download from the Windows Insider Download Center are 19546.1000, 19541.1000, and 19041.1.
  2. The latest available build for download from the Windows Insider Download Center is 17744.1001 from 24 August 2018.

References[edit | edit source]