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I have an existing site that I want to update to 3.5 now, because I want to see if my plugins and themes work in it.

I don't want to wait for the full release (when I'll be able to automatically update), and I don't mind that 3.5 is still in release candidate state.

I could just copy in all the files from 3.5, but I'm afraid that there might be some database changes too.

I don't want to set up a separate test site. This is a small site, and it won't be the end of the world if something goes wrong.

How can I update an existing site to a non-final version of Wordpress?

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Use the Beta Tester Plugin.

Be sure to set it to use bleeding edge nightlies, so that you get the pre-releases. Also: once a new major version is final-released, be sure to change the Plugin's settings back.

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I installed and activated the plugin, but I don't see any settings page for it. I also clicked "Check Again" in Dashboard > Updates, but got nothing. – fregter Nov 23 '12 at 19:46
Did you check the readme.txt file or the installation instructions? "Navigate to Tools ... Beta Testing to configure the plugin." – Chip Bennett Nov 23 '12 at 19:56
Of course I have. Would've been pretty stupid of me not to. But like I said, I don't see any settings page for it. There's nothing under the Tools menu. See here. – fregter Nov 23 '12 at 20:07
Really? It's there for me, at Dashboard -> Tools -> Beta Testing. – Chip Bennett Nov 23 '12 at 20:12
I'm running Wordpress version 3.4.2, and I see no Tools menu under Dashboard. I thought Tools meant the stand-alone Tools menu. Did you see my screenshot? – fregter Nov 23 '12 at 20:17

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