Hello Windows Insiders!
As part of our efforts to simplify the number of update paths we actively host within the Windows Insider Flight space, we will no longer allow older Windows 10 builds to directly update to newer preview builds.
By removing these other update paths, this helps us keep a simple and clean flighting architecture with less chance of errors during the update process.
Additionally, if you’re still on an older builds (14393 or older), then something is likely preventing your machine from taking a proper update and you’ll need to follow the update steps below!
For full details on affected build ranges, see the following:
Who: Windows Insiders in any ring
What: Direct updates via flighting will not be offered to devices on older Windows 10 builds (<=14393)
When: Beginning - February 9th, 2018
Why: Simplification of flight offerings and build storage overhead
If you have a PC (physical or virtual) that is on an older build as noted above, you will see one of two messages depending on which build is installed to your device:
Builds 10586 or below:
Users will see a message that says they are not registered for the program. Your Microsoft Account (MSA) is still registered, but you will need to follow the update instructions further below in this thread.
Builds greater than 10586 up to 14393:
Users will see a message saying that you will need to upgrade to a newer version of windows
Updating to a current build:
The easiest way to update to a current build is via the Media Creation Tool via the Microsoft Software Download page.
Full directions, including direct install as well as creating a USB-installable ISO can be found here:
Please read and review all details on the page to ensure you have a smooth update process to a newer build. Once you’ve updated your PC to a newer build (> 14393), you may return to Settings, select the desired Windows Insider ring and flight settings, and begin receiving newer preview builds once again.
If you have any questions along the way, please share below and we’ll help you get going once again.
Thank you as always for being a Windows Insider!