Battling to Join Insider Preview?

categories: [ Uncategorized ] tags: [ Microsoft Account ] [ Windows Insider Program ]
created: 20 Jun 2017 @ 21:59 modified: 20 Jun 2017 @ 21:59

Today I tried to join one of my machines to the insider preview. Most people if they get issues would probably take it as a sign that putting the broken bits on their machine was a bad idea and the universe has saved them…I need my broken bits fix Smile.

The problem was…

Well it all started out like normal, I went to the Windows Insider Program tab and clicked on Get started

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Generally this just works but this time I received a message that said "You need an account registered in the  Windows Insider Program to get Insider Preview builds. Register this account, or switch to one that is already registered.

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I tried to click on the switch account but for some reason that did nothing, maybe it's supposed to be a button or something? I checked my accounts and my regular MSA was in my accounts which is how it's always worked before

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The fix is to…

My fix involved a little Bing search which landed me on this page where I found a little reg file that would opt you back into the insider program builds

Basically just save that to your machine somewhere, right click on the file and select merge

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You'll probably be asked if you sure you want to do this, click Yes

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You then get a success (hopefully Smile)

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If you navigate back to your windows insiders program tab (change away and back again if you never left it)

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You will see that the account windows has selected is probably not the MSA you usually use for Windows Insider Program. Click on the account and then click on Change

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Select your regular MSA from the account list

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Windows now says that the config needs some fixing so go ahead and click Fix me

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Finally click Confirm to allow the change

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After a standard reboot you are ready to receive your insider builds Open-mouthed smile

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Conclusion

This probably wasn't all necessary as I'm assuming that it's a random coincidence that I couldn't click the switch account link (I did "turn it off and on again") but failing that link being clickable you now have a solution to still get your insider builds now.