Enroll Windows 10 in the Beta Channel to get new features (2024)

Microsoft is not done with Windows 10 just yet as the company opens up the Beta Channel to test new features.

Windows 10 Beta Channel
Windows 10 Beta Channel / Image: Mauro Huculak
  • To enroll your PC in the Windows 10 Beta Channel, open Settings > Update & security > Windows Update > Windows Insider Program, click the “Get started” button, link your Microsoft account, and choose the “Beta Channel” option.

Microsoft suddenly reactivated the Beta Channel for Windows 10 22H2 to test upcoming new features, and in this guide, I will outline the steps to enroll your computer in the Windows Insider Channel.

Although support for Windows 10 is scheduled to end on October 14, 2025, the company has previously said that it was planning to take a different approach to continue updating the operating system. Soon after, we’ve seen a number of changes, including the integration of Copilot AI. However, it’s unclear what new features and improvements Insiders will receive this time, but whatever arrives in the Windows Insider Channel will not be a new version since the software giant has already said that the new changes will be part of version 22H2.

In this guide, I will explain the steps to enroll your computer in the Beta Channel and, if you’re already in the Release Preview Channel, outline the steps to switch channels without reinstallation.

Enroll PC in the Beta Channel for Windows 10

To enroll your computer running Windows 10 into the Beta Channel, use these steps:

  1. Open Settings on Windows 10.

  2. Click on Updates & security.

  3. Click on Windows Update.

  4. (Optional) Turn on the “Get the latest updates as soon as they’re available” toggle switch.

    Get the latest updates as soon as they're available

  5. Click on Windows Insider Program.

  6. Click the Get started button.

    Windows 10 insider program settings

  7. Click the “Link an account” option.

    Connect account to insider program

  8. Sign in with your Microsoft account.

  9. Choose the Beta Channel option.

  10. Click the Confirm button.

  11. Click the Restart button.

Once you complete the steps, as soon as a new preview of the operating system with new features is available, it will download automatically to your computer.

You can always check for new preview builds manually from Settings > Update & security > Windows Update and click the “Check for updates” button.

If you had a device previously enrolled in the Release Preview Channel, from Settings > Update & security > Windows Update > Windows Insider Program, under the “Pick your Insider settings” section, click on the current setting and choose the “Beta Channel.”

Change Windows 10 Insider channel
Change Windows 10 Insider channel / Image: Mauro Huculak

In the case that you plan to enroll your computer in the Beta Channel, Microsoft notes that this configuration won’t upgrade your computer automatically to Windows 11. However, if you pick the Dev or Canary Channel, then the device will be upgraded to Windows 11.

Although Microsoft wants users to upgrade to Windows 11, it also understands that some users will try to hold on to Windows 10 as long as possible, so the company describes this move as a way to give users the most value.

Also, remember that for the first time, Microsoft plans to offer a paid subscription to allow Windows 10 users to keep getting security updates for up to three years after the support official ends in 2025. The pricing of the subscription hasn’t been revealed, but for businesses, it will cost $61 per month per device, $122 during the second year, and $244 for the third year.

If you’re ready to make the leap, you can upgrade from Windows 10 to 11 right now in a number of ways, but only if your computer meets the minimum hardware requirements. However, if your computer doesn’t meet the minimum requirements, it’s still possible to upgrade unsupported hardware to Windows 11 in multiple ways.

About the author

Mauro Huculak is a Windows How-To Expert who started Pureinfotech in 2010 as an independent online publication. He has also been a Windows Central contributor for nearly a decade. Mauro has over 15 years of experience writing comprehensive guides and creating professional videos about Windows and software, including Android and Linux. Before becoming a technology writer, he was an IT administrator for seven years. In total, Mauro has over 21 years of combined experience in technology. Throughout his career, he achieved different professional certifications from Microsoft (MSCA), Cisco (CCNP), VMware (VCP), and CompTIA (A+ and Network+), and he has been recognized as a Microsoft MVP for many years. You can follow him on X (Twitter), YouTube, LinkedIn and About.me. Email him at [email protected].