The Skip Ahead option (Go to the next version of Windows) allows Windows Insider members to go directly to the Pre-release builds of the next major Windows 10 update.
The Windows 10 Insider Program allows users of various levels to participate in the development of new versions of Windows 10. You can choose the type of pre-builds and how often they are updated on your device.
Release Preview and Late Access
The final version of Windows 10 November 2019 Update (19H2) became available on the Release Preview channel and by subscription to Visual Studio (MSDN). Microsoft is preparing to transfer insiders on the Late Access channel to the assembly of Windows 10 20H1, the spring update of 2020 features.
At the same time, the 20H1 update, which is currently available on the Early Access channel, by switching to the vb_release branch, is in the final stages of development. This means that test builds will become more stable and less adventurous.
As a result, they may be of less interest to some participants in the preliminary assessment program, who are accustomed to difficulties and want to take the most full part in the development of new versions of Windows.
Just for such enthusiasts, Microsoft offers the Skip Ahead option, which allows you to move on to testing the next release of Windows 10.
According to Zack Bowden, editor-in-chief of the Windows Central portal, after November 10, the Skip Ahead channel should start assembling Windows 10 20H2, the fall 2020 feature update, also known under the code name “Manganese”.
Microsoft usually pre-opens a time-limited registration in Skip Ahead through the Options menu, but you can also switch to this update channel at any time using the registry settings.
Configuring Skip Ahead through Windows 10 Settings
The Skip Ahead option allows Windows Insider members to go directly to the Pre-release builds of the next major Windows 10 20H2 update, which is slated for launch in the fall of 2020.
Go to Settings > Update and Security > Windows Insider Program, and for the Specify Participant Insider Options option, select the type of preliminary builds – Skip Ahead.
Thus, insiders who choose the Skip Ahead option will begin to receive new builds before anyone else. Naturally, you need to keep in mind that the assembly is likely to be quite unfinished with a large number of errors and a partial loss of functionality.
Please note that the Skip Ahead option will be available temporarily. The number of insiders with Skip Ahead may be limited, because Microsoft still needs to test the 2020 spring update.
Setting up Skip Ahead through the registry
To switch to testing the RS_PRERELEASE (20H2) branch, make changes to the registry or use Notepad to create and run a .reg file with the following contents:
[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\WindowsSelfHost\UI\Selection] "UIContentType"="Skip" "UIRing"="WIF" [HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\WindowsSelfHost\Applicability] "ContentType"="Skip" "Ring"="WIF"
How to stop receiving Insider Preview builds
To stop receiving new test builds on your PC, go to Settings > Update and Security > Windows Insider and turn on Stop receiving builds.
If you stop receiving Insider Preview assemblies on the Skip Ahead channel during the development cycle, you will need to restore the PC to the current production assembly – for this, use the Media Creation Tool to install a stable version or the following instructions to download and install Insider Preview assemblies, available on Early or Late access channels.