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How to Install the Windows 10 Anniversary Update Preview

Microsoft isn't ready to give every user access to the Windows 10 Anniversary Update, but you can preview the upcoming version, currently labeled as Build 14316, if you're excited to test its new features. Due out in final form this summer, the Anniversary Update includes new features include Windows Hello logins for Web sites, intelligent hand-writing recognition and a smarter Cortana that find your phone or send directions to it.

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In order to preview the new features of the Windows 10 Anniversary edition, you'll have to join the Windows Insider program and set your computer up to receive the latest builds. Just keep in mind that this is considered beta-level software and there could be a few bugs.

How to Get The Latest Build of Windows 10

1. Navigate to https://insider.windows.com and click Get Started.

2. Sign into your Microsoft Account. If you don't have one, you can create one with our instructions.

3. Check the box next to the program agreement, check a box that specifies your area of interest and click OK.

4. Click the Start button.

5. Select Settings.

6. Click Update & security.

7. Click Advanced options.

8. Click Get started.

9. Click Sign in.

10. Select Microsoft account.

11. Enter your email address and password, and click Sign in.

12. Click "Sign in to just this app instead."

13. Click Get started.

15. Click Confirm.

16. Click Restart now.

17. After your system has booted, click the Start button.

18. Select Settings.

19. Click Update & security.

20. Click Advanced options.

21. Drag the slider to the right end where it will say Fast.

22. Click the back arrow. You will now see system updates download. 

23. Click Details to see which updates are downloading. If you don't see build 14316, wait for all of the current updates to be downloaded and check this window again to see if Windows is installing the Anniversary Build preview.

After graduating from Bard College a B.A. in Literature, Henry T. Casey worked in publishing and product development at Rizzoli and The Metropolitan Museum of Art, respectively. Henry joined Tom's Guide and LAPTOP having written for The Content Strategist, Tech Radar and Patek Philippe International Magazine. He divides his free time between going to live concerts, listening to too many podcasts, and mastering his cold brew coffee process. Content rules everything around him.