[Fix] New Insider Preview Builds of Windows 10 Not Showing on Windows Update

Many people are testing free Insider Preview builds of Windows 10 in their computers to help Microsoft in improving Windows 10 operating system. The Insider Preview build can be downloaded and installed from following link:

New Build of Windows 10 Insider Preview for PC Available for Download

These preview builds are regularly upgraded to new builds via Windows Update but several users who are using Windows 10 Insider Preview build have reported problems while downloading the new builds. They can't see new preview builds in Windows Update. Windows Update shows that your device is up to date and no new updates are available even if they are using an older build of Windows 10.

If you are also facing this problem and Windows 10 new builds are not appearing on Windows Update in your computer, following steps will help you in fixing the issue and downloading the RTM build without any problem:

METHOD 1: Connect Your MSA (Microsoft Account) in Windows 10

We told you earlier that Microsoft has made connecting your MSA mandatory to receive future builds of Windows 10. If you do not connect MSA in Windows 10, you'll not receive future Preview builds of Windows 10.

Read more: Windows Insiders to Get Windows 10 for Free

So chances are you have not connected your registered Microsoft Account in Windows 10 yet, that's why you are not receiving Windows 10 build 10240.

You can connect MSA using following steps:

1. Open Settings app from Start Menu. Alternatively, you can press WIN+I keys together to open Settings directly.

2. Now click on "Update and security" item present in Settings app.

3. Once you open Windows Update section, click on Advanced options link.

PS: Alternatively, You can also directly launch the advanced options page of Windows Update settings using "ms-settings:windowsupdate-options" command in RUN dialog box as mentioned here.

4. Scroll down a little and if you see "Get Started" or "Fix Me" or similar button in Get Insider Builds section, click on it.


5. It'll ask you to sign in using your Microsoft Account which you used to register into Windows Insider program. Provide your Microsoft Account email ID and password and it'll connect your MSA account in Windows 10.

6. Now again check for updates and new preview builds should appear now without any problem.


Related: Understanding Windows 10 Insider Preview Branches, Rings and Release Channels

METHOD 2: Fix Windows 10 Flight Settings in Registry Editor

If newer Insider Preview builds still don't appear on Windows Update, chances are that Windows 10 flight settings present in Registry are corrupted. You can fix the settings using following steps:

1. Type regedit in RUN or Start search box and press Enter. It'll open Registry Editor.

2. Now go to following key:


3. In right-side pane, make sure the values of BranchName and UserPreferredBranchName strings are as following:

(if you are using recently released build 10586 but facing problems in downloading newer Insider Preview build)

(if you are using RTM build 10240 but facing problems in downloading new Insider Preview builds)

(if you are using an older preview build and want to download Windows 10 RTM build 10240)


4. Also make sure values of EnablePreviewBuilds and ThresholdOptedin DWORDs are set to 1. If their values are different, double-click on them and change their values to 1

5. After changing values, restart your computer and then again check for updates in Windows Update. Now Windows 10 new preview build should appear for download.

METHOD 3: Another Registry Editor Method to Fix the Problem

If the problem still persists, try following steps:

1. Type regedit in RUN or Start search box and press Enter. It'll open Registry Editor.

2. Now go to following key:


3. In right-side pane, delete following DWORDs:

  • ErrorState
  • LastHR
  • PilotInfoRing


4. Close Registry Editor and restart your computer and then again check for updates in Windows Update. Now Windows 10 new preview build should appear for download.


If you previously had a new Windows 10 preview build installed in your computer and then you reverted back to an older build, you'll lose access to the new build and it'll no longer be offered as an upgrade option. If you want to install that build again, deleting that build number from the list at HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\WindowsSelfHost\Applicability\RecoveredFrom key in Registry Editor will restore the ability to upgrade. Thanks to our reader "thedicemaster" for this info...

Also Check:

How to Leave Windows Insider Program in Windows 10?

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  • This doesn't work for me. I'm stuck at 10162, Windows update shows no updates available, but the Windows account is set up and the registry is correct...any other ideas?

  • If i am already using Windows 10 insider preview 10240, do i need to update to final release of 29 July?
    Is there any difference or bugs fix in Final Release?

  • VG

    ^^ No. Same builds.

    Wait for some time until Microsoft releases new ISO files for Insiders.

  • I am also stuck at 10162. My MSA is connected and Windows 10 Flight Settings in Registry Editor are correct. Is there anything that I should try?

  • I am also stuck at 10162. My MSA is connected and Windows 10 Flight Settings in Registry Editor are correct. Is there anything that I should try? Wrote 30th July 2015 from Canada.

  • VG

    You guys should wait for a few days until Microsoft start releasing new builds.

  • It kicked in on August 1st and installed RTM. Don't know what triggered it, perhaps MS just getting around to minor tweaks in the roll out process?

    After it triggered, it looked like it wasn't installing correctly, but the trick was to hit the "Restart Now" button (or whatever it was called...not looking at it currently) at the bottom of the Update window. Manually restarting didn't seem to trigger the installation correctly (found that out after 3-4 manual restarts and some frustrated cursing).

  • if you've previously had a build installed and then reverted to a previous build you lose access to that build, it will no longer be offered as an upgrade option.

    deleting the number for that build from the list at HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\WindowsSelfHost\Applicability\RecoveredFrom seems to restore the ability to upgrade.

  • Whenever I tried the registry option, it automatically resets BranchName and UserPreferredBranchName back to th2_release. Any ideas?

  • I have the same issue as Jim Smith.

    I upgraded through all the insider builds all the way to 10240 but now it's not showing as an insider preview build and although the advanced options under windows update show I am set to receive insider builds in the fast ring, my system isn't finding and updating to 10525.

    Any ideas?

  • Build 10532 failed to appear on 2 of my 4 machines, despite the fact all the above was done and/or verified. On the machine that did work, I created an ISO so the other 2 can be upgraded.

  • Ugh... I'm stuck with build 10162 and I have the "Not Activated" bug that they said they fixed. Fully updated and no new updates or builds show up.

  • It's 2 of October and I still have 10162, and now it says that my version is too old which is really annoying.

  • i am currently using the 10162 build. I have tried the REGEDIT thing and it only seems to revert back into th2_release. I'm not getting any new updates and i keep getting a message that says my build is out of date and keeps restarting my computer. any ideas on how to fix this?

  • I'm stuck on build 10525. No updates available. :(

  • Following this...
    "thedicemaker....... if you've previously had a build installed and then reverted to a previous build you lose access to that build, it will no longer be offered as an upgrade option.

    deleting the number for that build from the list at HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\WindowsSelfHost\Applicability\RecoveredFrom seems to restore the ability to upgrade."

    Worked instantly for me. On build 10547 now updating to 10565...
    Thank you

  • Having a bunch of VMs on 10525 and latest insider build does not show up. Went through all the tricks mentioned above, no change. Seems as that grabbing the ISO is the only way to go because Windows Update on Win 10 appears to be chronically broken.

  • Stuck with 10240 ... BranchName and UserPreferredBranchName strings already set to th2_release... I have installed Windows 10 a week ago... I need the new build to insert my windows 7 serial to activate windows 10. Please help thx !

  • VG

    ^^ You can download it manually and then upgrade:


  • Hi,

    I am at build 10240 but still not receiving latest 10586. My windows 10 is over a month already and I never checked defer upgrades ever. I tried the regedit thing mentioned but when I check mine


    The only contents are FlightingOwnerGUID
    no BranchName entry or whatsoever. Can you advise how to get it or why I am not getting it when I check updates?

  • VG

    ^^ You can direct download the ISO file which will be the best option for you:


  • I can't seem to force the update past build 10240. When I change the registry values for BranchName and UserPreferredBranchName to "th2_release" from "rs1_release" and reboot, it still gives me no option to update in Windows update and reopening the registry editor shows that the value for both strings has reverted back to "rs1_release."

    I was using 10240 when I first opted into the insider program, and while I did some cumulative updates it still has yet to download any major updates for Windows. It's been around three to four days and there has been no change.

    If I download the ISO, I assume I have to do a complete install of Windows 10 over my current build instead of just an update? I'll have to see if I can find a blank DVD to burn the ISO to...

    Thanks for this article, it seems to have helped quite a few, even if it didn't help me.

  • I have a dual OS
    Both were on build 10586
    In my test version I was not able to get build 11082
    I did all the things in this Tutorial
    They were all oke
    So I decided to install the copy of Insider build 10565 which I saved
    now I run this build 10565
    It says:
    Windows 10 Home Insider Preview
    Evaluation Copy Build 10565
    Registry settings as mentioned in article are oke
    I don't get new Insider Build
    Tried it 100 times
    Any Idea Suggestions

  • I'm stuck at 10586...
    My dad had connected his MSA to my PC, but no RS1 build.

  • HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\WindowsSelfHost\Applicability set enable preview builds to 1 fix's 10586.36 fix me bug or not able to get started. after set to 1 select fix me and sing in

  • Hey Folks,

    I've had the same issue, when checking my registry
    i noticed that both:
    EnablePreviewBuilds & ThresholdOptedin were set to 0x00000000

    so i edited both of them to 1
    and presto it asked me to sign back in and boom! there was a new update....

  • I tried the regedit solution and got it fixed. One thing though. Everything I did was kind of the opposite of what was mentioned here. Also needed to reboot after having made changes to and fiddle around a bit. I didn't solve it by the way mentioned here, but it did help me along the way. I'm the type of guy who goes left when everybody goes right, but always end up in the same place as everybody else ;-) So follow the above instructions but mess about with the values. Do remember what the original value was, should you run into trouble. I pasted the original value on the clipboard.

  • in windows update settings ---> advanced every single option is greyed out,and the brunch option says "The selected branch is not set to get insider builds

  • Was stuck at 10586. Regedit suggestion worked for me. Well written. Thanks.

  • Thanks for the help. I was unable to get from Build 11102 to Build 14257. After adding the missing ThresholdOptedin=1 DWORD, I restarted the Windows Update service rather than rebooting, and updates began downloading again.

  • Hi

    I have 2 machines that have stopped updating @ 10586.
    I have tried everything I can find. Still nothing.
    Does anyone have an other ideas?


  • I was unable to get from Build 14251 to Build 14257.
    I found on HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\WindowsSelfHost\Applicability two keys about stop time and start time for updates (sorry, I forgot exact names). Removing these keys the down load of Build 14257 started immediatly.

  • I am stuck at build 10586 and nothing helped me.. I did everything here and nothing...

  • I navigated to the above-cited "selfhost applicability" key, and I changed the value for the "ErrorState" value, from a 6, to a 0...

    Now, Insider is fully functional once again

  • Same problem. Stuck at build 10586.
    Done and redone all the steps.
    Registry settings are all ok.
    Removed the keys for "SuspensionStartTime" and "SuspensionEndTime". Nothing can make it download the new builds...

  • I FINALLY realized why I'm not getting the Insider builds. The way Microsoft handles this is such a pathetic joke that has cost me days of research and debugging, and I wish they would generally shape up on their error handling and -messaging, so they wouldn't leave people guessing in some false attempt to protect users from having details.

    Anyway. I have signed up for Insider builds and gone through all the steps above in an attempt to get anything.. But no luck, no updates would ever appear for me, even though the UI tells me I'm all set up to receive builds.

    I then suddenly remembered that my Surface device was originally bought in Denmark. Everything is English on my machine, and under language preferences, Language packs include English as "Windows Display Language". I cannot find ANYWHERE in Settings or System Properties that would indicate anything other than I have an English Windows installed.

    Then I came across a site that encouraged me to run "[CultureInfo]::InstalledUICulture" in PowerShell. And guess what that revealed.. ?

    LCID Name DisplayName
    ---- ---- -----------
    1030 da-DK Danish (Denmark)

    I can only assume that this is the actual reason why no updates are listed or downloaded, and why I am also unable to upgrade using the ISO.

    It's totally fair that Insider builds are restricted to a small number of languages. It is totally unacceptable that the signup/update procedure doesn't take this in to account at all! Sigh.


  • @Thomas with danish InstalledUICulture;
    I have the same problem, and the same value, but tried to change it in regedit.
    It seems to have changed succesfully, and the command "[CultureInfo]::InstalledUICulture" now also says
    LCID Name DisplayName
    ---- ---- -----------
    1033 en-US English (United States)

    instead of da-DK.

    But nope, no difference in the missing update problem.

  • This is an alternate fix told by MS on Answers forum:
    Navigate to:
    HKEY_Current_User > Software > Microsoft > WindowsSelfHost > Applicability and
    Delete the following registry entries: "Error State", "PilotInfoRing", and "LastHR"
    Builds would start appearing after sometime.

  • bro i'm using Windows 10 Insider Preview Build 14332 can't update to the latest already try given option but i cant,give me the fix VG reply me asap....

  • Hi, Cant update to 14342. I am on the slow ring, MS account linked, checked the 'Applicability' key and shows the following...

    EnablePreviewBuilds.... 1
    FlightingOwnerSID.....xxxxxxxxxxx(long S-1-5 etc)

    Please help, this is so frustrating. Can't MS provide some kind of error reporting when this situation occurs. MS relies on this feedback yet dont provide foolproof update methods, it's embarassing.


  • Thanks, the HKEY_Current_User > Software > Microsoft > WindowsSelfHost > Applicability deletion of entries: "Error State", "PilotInfoRing", and "LastHR" were what my 10586 build needed to move forward with the slow ring to 14342.

    The second most frustrating thing is that there's no central page that just lists something like builds available by region, edition, release type, and frequency, with a link to each build's main release notes to denote fixes, new features, and known issues. Reading a blog with a bunch of stuff mixed in about philanthropy, hardware, movie and music content, mobile release and desktop releases is not particularly organized. blogs.windows.com/windowsexperience/

  • Don't have those keys at all...

    I support people locally here that use the Insider builds and I can't get my machine to update to the latest! I dont want to re-install, too much work, not enough time to resetup all my software.

    Ah well - wait for the anniversary build and hope that gets forced.



    {(FIX FOR ME)}

    METHOD 2: Fix Windows 10 Flight Settings in Registry Editor

    After the implementation of the required reboot reform has been to the fullest

  • Thanks thedicemaster. I actually was trying to figure out all day how to restore the latest update after reverting. Your suggestion worked perfectly!

  • I have win 10 64 problem for updata win 14352 help me

  • Hey. A while ago, I had this problem, and messing around with the registries worked. Now, on build 14366 and with 14371 released, I am unable to get builds and unable to fix it. I tried using the 2nd method listed on this site, and I noticed that ThresholdOptedin and UserPreferredBranchName weren't there. Also, EnableP...Builds was set to 2, and BranchName was set to external. After adding the two missing keys and fixing all the other keys set to something other than they should be, upon restarting the keys reverted back to before and I am not getting the latest builds. Here's what the whole Applicability set is at:

    BranchName: external
    EnableP....Builds: 2
    FlightingOw...: 04...
    FlightingOw...SID: S-1-5
    IsBuildFlight...: 1
    IsConfigExp...: 1
    IsConfigSett...: 1
    IsRetailOS: 0
    Ring: WIF
    RingBackup: WIF
    RingId: 0x0...a (10)
    TestFlags: 0
    ThresholdOptedin (added): 1
    UserPref...: rs1_release
    UseSettings...: 1

    I have also applied the method 3 fix with no avail.

    Thanks in advance!


  • After a try method 2 and i change the value to BranchName and UserPreferredBranchName, after i restart the value are stil not change and the branchname value is external. I have build 14361.

  • the value of EnablePreviewBuilds is 2 even if i change in 1 after restart it's rechange in 2

  • @Alin_CM - I have the same problem. I've upgraded my machine (mobo + proc + memory) and after that I'm not able to get the insider preview updates. I've installed 14366 from ISO - but still no change in getting later updates.

  • This needs updated as non of the fixes work or the guy that post this don't read his Comments

  • wtf thanks dude , editing registry fixed my issue .

  • This needs updating for latest versions (14971) as the registry information is not correct. When advising a change to the registry it is important that accurate values are used as it is an area that cannot be altered by guesswork, too dangerous.

  • My PC SHOWS that a new version (15019) is available, but the download bar never moves forward........

    Any suggestions??

  • If Hyper-V is turned on in "Turn Windows features on or off", turn it off and try again.

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