​Change to the ‘Fast Ring’ for more frequent Windows 10 updates

>>​Change to the ‘Fast Ring’ for more frequent Windows 10 updates

​Change to the ‘Fast Ring’ for more frequent Windows 10 updates

The Windows 10 Start menu. Microsoft

Have you taken the plunge and updated your computer to Windows 10 Technical Preview yet? It’s fun living on the bleeding edge of technology, isn’t it? What if I told you, you’re actually a step behind some fellow Windows 10 testers?

It turns out, there’s actually two different upgrade paths for preview builds. The default setting is what Microsoft calls “Slow Ring,” with another setting called “Fast Ring.” The latter receives new builds earlier than the first, meaning the chances of bugs and issues are greater. But the payoff is you get to test out new features before everyone else, provide feedback and help fix problems. The Slow Ring receives updates after issues identified in the Fast Ring have been fixed.

You can change between the two update rings with just a few clicks, here’s how:

Windows 10 Settings app. Screenshot by Jason Cipriani/CNET
  • Launch the Settings app and click on the Update & recovery thumbnail.
Screenshot by Jason Cipriani/CNET
  • Make sure Windows Update is selected on the left-side of the window, then click on Advanced Options on the right.
Which will it be? The Slow or Fast Ring? Screenshot by Jason Cipriani/CNET
  • At the bottom of the screen will be a dropdown menu with “Slow” highlighted. Click on the arrow, and select Fast to switch rings.

I’ve been on the fast ring since Build 9926 was released and have yet to see a new build, but it’s only been a few days. If at any time you decide you want to switch back to the slow ring, just repeat the steps outlined above.

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Jason Cipriani has been covering mobile technology news for over five years. His work spans from CNET How To and software review sections to WIRED’s Gadget Lab and Fortune.com.
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2017-03-27T15:47:55+00:00January 30th, 2015|