Get started button greyed out – Cannot get Windows Insider Preview Builds

Windows Insider Program allows you to test unreleased Windows 10 versions. It is a formal process, and the option to register for Insider program is baked into the system. That said if you are unable to register because the Get started button greyed out, then here is what you need to do to enable it.

Get started button greyed out

Get started button greyed out – Windows Insider Builds

The Get Started button is usually greyed out when the Telemetry is not enabled. Telemetry or Diagnostic feature allows Microsoft to collect data from Windows, i.e., diagnostic data.

  1. Enable Full Diagnostic Data
  2. Enable Telemetry data via a registry
  3. Use Group Policy to enable Telemetry

Windows users need to enable this feature in full to enable the Get started button.

1] Enable Full Diagnostic Data

Enable Full Diagnostic Data in Windows 10

To enable Full telemetry, go to Settings > Privacy > Diagnostics & feedback> Diagnostic data. Choose Full as the option.

It is vital for insiders for its complete evaluation of the current system, and help Microsoft to understand the error, and resolve them before the final release.

2] Enable Telemetry Data via Registry

Enable Full Diagnostic Telemetry

If you like editing via the registry, then it’s easy as well. It is useful when you want to remotely enable this feature on a computer connected on a local network. You can even export the registry key, and then install it on multiple computers.

Open Registry Editor, and navigate to-

HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\Software\Policies\Microsoft\Windows\DataCollection

Right-click DataCollection, click New and then click DWORD (32-bit) Value.

Name it as  AllowTelemetry, and then press ENTER.

Double-click AllowTelemetry, set the value as 3, and then click OK.

Repeat the same for:

HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Policies\Microsoft\Windows\DataCollection

You will have to restart the computer to see the changes.

3] Group Policy to enable Telemetry

To set telemetry data to level 3, i.e., full diagnostics, we can also use Group Policy Editor.

Type gpedit.msc in the Run prompt, and hit enter to launch group policy editor.

From the Group Policy Management Console, go to-

Computer Configuration > Administrative Templates > Windows Components > Data Collection and Preview Builds.

Double-click Allow Telemetry. In the Options box, configure the level as 3, and then click OK.

Once you set the diagnostic data or telemetry data as full, the button will no more be greyed out.

Related read: Your Microsoft account requires attention to get Insider Preview builds.

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Anand Khanse is the Admin of TheWindowsClub.com, a 10-year Microsoft MVP Awardee in Windows (2006-16) & a Windows Insider MVP. Please read the entire post & the comments first, create a System Restore Point before making any changes to your system & be careful about any 3rd-party offers while installing freeware.