Flighting is the process of running Windows Insider Preview Builds on your device. When you run these early versions of Windows and give Microsoft feedback, you can help Microsoft shape the future of Windows. Once you've registered for the Windows Insider Program, you can run Insider Preview builds on as many devices as you want, each in the channel of your choice.
Microsoft releases Insider Preview builds to you through channels, which are each designed to bring you a different experience based on the quality of Windows you need for your life and your device. When choosing a channel, you should keep in mind:
- How stable you need your device to be
- What level of issues you can handle on your device
- How early in development you'd like to see features and changes
- Whether or not you need Microsoft support
To make the most out of your Insider experience, folks should think of Dev and Beta Channels as parallel active development branches but previewing different things.
Microsoft will deliver updates to features and experiences in builds from the Dev and Beta Channels by releasing Feature, Web, and Online Service Experience Packs on top of these builds too.
Dev ChannelThe Dev Channel will be for long lead work from Microsoft engineers with features and experiences that may never get released as Microsoft tries out different concepts and get feedback. It is important to remember that the builds Microsoft releases to the Dev Channel should not be seen as matched to any specific release of Windows and the features included may change over time, be removed, or replaced in Insider builds or may never be released beyond Windows Insiders to general customers.
The Dev Channel is for highly technical users who love to be the first to see the latest features and updates for all things Windows. It will get builds that are earliest in a development cycle with the latest work-in-progress code from our engineers. These aren't always stable builds, and sometimes you will see issues that block key activities or require workarounds while flighting in this channel.
These builds aren't matched to a specific release, which means these may simply be the latest work-in-progress code from our engineers. New features and OS improvements in this channel will show up in future Windows releases when they're ready, and Microsoft may deliver them as full OS build updates or servicing releases. Your feedback here will help Microsoft engineers with major fixes and changes to the latest code.
Beta ChannelThe Beta Channel is for early adopters and IT professionals who want to see what's next or validate the latest Windows updates and features, but still need reliable updates that are validated by Microsoft.
As a part of the Beta Channel, you'll be seeing builds tied to a specific upcoming release, like Windows 11. Your feedback will be especially important here, since it will help Microsoft engineers make sure that key issues are fixed before major releases.
The Beta Channel will be previewing experiences that are closer to what Microsoft will ship to general customers. Because the Dev and Beta Channels represent parallel development paths from Microsoft engineers, there may be cases where features and experiences show up in the Beta Channel first.
Release Preview ChannelThe Release Preview Channel remains the best spot for previewing what’s coming to general customers soon.
In the Release Preview Channel, Insiders and IT professionals get the upcoming version of Windows before it's released to the world, with advanced quality updates and certain key features. These builds are also supported by Microsoft if you're in the Windows Insider Program for Business.
This tutorial will show you how to start getting Insider preview builds of Windows 11 on your Windows 11 PC.
You must be signed in as an administrator to start getting Insider preview builds.
Send optional diagnostic data is required to be turned on to join the Windows Insider Program to get preview builds of Windows 11.
Open Settings (Win+I).
Click/tap on Windows Update on the left side, and click/tap on Windows Insider Program on the right side. (see screenshot below)
Click/tap on Get started. (see screenshot below)
Click/tap on Line an account. (see screenshot below)
Select your Microsoft account registered for the Windows Insider Program, and click/tap on Continue. (see screenshot below)
If your Microsoft account is not listed, then you can click/tap on the Microsoft account option instead under Use a different account to add it.
Select the Dev Channel, Beta Channel, or Release Preview channel you want to get Insider preview builds for, and click/tap on Continue. (see screenshot below)
Click/tap on Continue. (see screenshot below)
When ready, click/tap on Restart now to restart the computer to apply. (see screenshot below)
When the computer has finished restarting, Check for updates button at Settings > Windows Update to download the latest Insider Preview build based on the channel you chose. Your device will update like it normally would with a Windows update.