How to enroll in the Skip Ahead for early testing of Windows 10 version 1909

You can now enroll your device to start testing the next version of Windows 10 (the one after the April 2019 Update).

Windows 10 version 1909 (19H2) Skip Ahead
Windows 10 version 1909 (19H2) Skip Ahead

Microsoft is now opening up once again the Skip Ahead option to allow enthusiasts and developers to get early start with the 19H2 development for the next feature update of Windows 10 (version 1909). 

The company says that there’s a limited number of sits and once filled the option will be closed. If you’re interested, the time is now to enroll your non-primary machine to this branch of the Windows Insider Program.

In this guide, you’ll learn the steps to skip ahead to the next release of Windows 10.

How to enroll in Skip Ahead to test Windows 10 19H2 builds

To enroll your device to the Skip Ahead ring using the Settings app, use these steps:

  1. Open Settings.

  2. Click on Update & Security.

  3. Click on Windows Insider Program.

  4. Under the “Pick your Insider settings” section, click your current option.

    Windows Insider Program settings starting 19H1
    Windows Insider Program settings starting 19H1
  5. Select the Skip Ahead option.

    Enroll PC to in the Skip Ahead ring
    Enroll PC to in the Skip Ahead ring

Once you completed the steps, soon your device will be moved to the PRERELEASE branch for the next version of Windows 10 (version 1909), which is expected to roll out sometime in October 2019.

Initially, builds available in the PRERELEASE and RELEASE will look almost identical, but eventually the build number will jump ahead and things will diverge.

As a reminder, builds available in this branch are not stable, and it’s meant for testers who like to be the first to find issues, provide suggestions, and ideas to help shape the future of Windows.

After the new version of Windows 10  releases to everyone, the “skip ahead” option will go away, and the Fast ring will go back to receiving builds from the PRERELEASE branch just like before.

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Mauro Huculak is a Windows expert and the Editor-in-Chief who started Pureinfotech in 2010 as an independent online publication. He is also been a Windows Central contributor for nearly a decade. Mauro has over 12 years of experience writing comprehensive guides and creating professional videos about Windows, software, and related technologies, including Android and Linux. Before becoming a technology writer, he was an IT administrator for seven years. In total, Mauro has over 20 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.