How To Bypass Skip Ahead is now closed Windows Insider Program


Earlier this summer, Microsoft made a decision to split the Windows Insider build into multiple branches. This is a common practice in software development when one branch is reserved for an upcoming release and another branch will diverge and continue development for future releases. Windows 10 team did this so they can get ready for the Fall Creators update for Windows. Since most of the features that will be introduced in the Fall Creators Update were already shipped in the preview build months ahead. As the team is getting ready for the next major release after the Fall Creators Update they created a separate branch. Microsoft calls it “Skip ahead to the next Windows release“, this will be the channel Microsoft to release the greatest and latest Windows 10 Insider Preview. If you have not opted in “Skip ahead” to receive build updates you might be too late and will find yourself unable to enroll in this branch.

How To Fix Not Able to Select Skip ahead to the next Windows Release

Go to Settings > Update & SecurityWindows Insider Program select “Skip ahead to the next Windows release” If you are unable to select this, it means you have missed the boat to enroll to the next major release’s preview. While this behavior is by design, there is a way around this restriction.

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Your Windows Insider Program content settings have been reverted. We did this because you selected Skip Ahead, but Skip Ahead is now closed. You’ll continue to receive updates as usual.

Open Registry as Administrator and navigate to the following path.


Make sure the UIContentType is set to “Skip” and UIRing is set to “WIF”

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Next, navigate to the path below and make sure the “ContentType” is set to “Skip”


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Now go to Settings again, under “Update & Security” > Windows Update you should be able to see latest Windows 10 Insider Preview is now pending to be downloaded and installed.

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That’s how to fix the problem of any older Windows 10 Insider Preview builds not being able to receive the latest Windows 10 build due to the “Skip Ahead” option that is now closed by Microsoft.


  1. For 17618 it also works perfectly. No reboot after editing the Registry is necessary. THANKS!!! I’ll bookmark this page for future reference.

  2. Beautiful!! Thanks so much! I’ve been trying to get into this for months and I’ve been an Insider since before it was even an official program. It’s annoying how restricted the Skip Ahead ring is.

  3. Doesn’t work for me.
    I’m on build 17115.rs4_release.180302-1642
    All registry entries are already the same as those you change, but I still can’t choose Skip Aheard, and in my branch I get an error message when trying to get updates:
    You’re not up tp date
    but refusing to download updates

  4. Welp mine just shows this:

    Your device is set to a custom configuration.
    Content: Active Developement from Windows
    Branch: external
    Ring: slow

    But i hope that the newest build will come.


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