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First time ever: Windows Insider Fast Ring ISO available for download

Microsoft released a new Windows Insider Fast Ring build 18272 about an hour ago. That’s no big deal, of itself: Insider builds are released several times a month. But this time, something really is different: in an unforeseen move, the Insider team also released an 18272 ISO at the same time.

Until today, Insider ISO images have followed a week or two after releasing a given build to the Slow ring. Rather, Fast Ring insiders who’ve needed an ISO to make a USB installer for clean or repair installs have been forced to use third-party solutions to build same. (In this same vein, see my tutorial on how to create an Insider ISO on TenForums.com). But today, for the first time ever, the Insider team released an ISO at the same time they released a new build. Thus, I could not believe my eyes when reading TenForums admin Brink’s post about it:

Screenshot form TenForums.com. Click to open enlarged in a new tab.

Download the build 18272 ISO from this URL: https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/software-download/windowsinsiderpreviewiso

By the way, if you are an Insider, the best place to discuss a new build is and remains TenForums.com. Join those forums and post about your findings and experiences with Build 18272, positive or negative, here: https://www.tenforums.com/windows-10-news/120814-new-windows-10-insider-preview-fast-skip-build-18272-19h1-oct-31-a.html

One hour after the release, I have already downloaded the official ISO and performed a clean install on a Hyper-V virtual machine. Not bad! It appears to be really stable, although I must admit I have not tested it on a physical machine. I will upgrade my devices from the ISO after posting this ;).

Will this be a new policy? I do not think so. I think that this is a one-time move from the Insider team, in an effort to further tone down discussion about version 1809 release issues. Of course, I might be wrong and we might get Fast Ring ISO images in the future much faster than we have gotten them in the past. Only time will tell. Stay tuned!

Join the Windows Insider program to get your ISO, then join TenForums.com to discuss your thoughts and experiences.



WSL (Windows Subsystem for Linux) users should not upgrade to Insider build 18272:



Author: Kari Finn

A former Windows Insider MVP, Kari started in computing in the mid 80’s writing code for VAX / VMS systems. Since then, he’s worked in a variety of IT positions. He specializes in Windows image capture, customization, repair and deployment as well as Hyper-V virtualization. Kari is a proud Team Member at number #1 Windows site TenForums.com.

2 Responses “First time ever: Windows Insider Fast Ring ISO available for download”

  1. CountMike
    October 31, 2018 at 19:45

    I’m trying to update the traditional way and make ISO, if it doesn’t succeed (probably will not and that’s why they released ISO).

  2. October 31, 2018 at 19:48

    I decided to completely forget Windows Update. Downloaded the ISO and will upgrade using it.

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