How to get the Windows Virtual Desktop – Remote Desktop client for Windows – Insider version

Just like with the rapid development of Windows Virtual Desktop itself, the Remote Desktop client for Windows also get at least an update every month. Microsoft keeps a good record of what’s new with every new version, you can find here. Beside a 32-bit and a 64-bit version, you also have the Public and an Insider version. The Insider version is intent for testing upcoming features before they are released to the Public version.

It is very easy to get the Insider version on your Windows device, just close the Remote Desktop client (if you have it open) and run the following command in an elevated command or PowerShell prompt:

reg add "HKLM\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\MSRDC\Policies" /v ReleaseRing /t REG_SZ /d insider /f

This will add the following Registry key:

Now, when you open the Remote Desktop client again, you will see that the title of the application is changed to “Remote Desktop (insider) and that a new version is available.

Click Update to the latest version of Remote Desktop to update your Remote Desktop client to the latest Insider release.

1 comment

  • Great article!
    When the client is installed in user-context, where is the setting to go insider for those installations?
    The registry path would be HKEY_CURRENT_USER\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\MSRDC, but there is no \Policies\ key, and adding it does not work. Any ideas?

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