“Windows 10 will be our most comprehensive platform ever,” says Microsoft’s Executive Vice President of Operating Systems – Terry Myerson.
How to Install the Windows 10 Technical Preview
Before You Install
1.Intially,you must Back up your data .
2.You won’t be able to use your recovery partition to downgrade.If you have a recovery partition on your system, it will no longer be able to restore your computer to the version of Windows you had before.
3.You will need a external recovery media to undo the upgrade. As you might expect since you don’t have a recovery partition, you’ll need a disc or USB drive with Windows 8 (or older) on it to get back to the way things were if you don’t like or can’t use Windows 10.
As Microsoft mentions multiple times, this is pre-release software and is expected to have many bugs and probably crash-prone. It’s not advisable that you install this on your work machine or anything you need daily use out of. We’ll show you how to install it on a spare PC, or—if you don’t have one.Seems like VirtualBox
has an important role to play here.
What You’ll Need
This time around, Microsoft has created the Windows Insider Program to allow users to test out the new hotness.You’ll need to agree to a special terms and condition,which likely mostly consists of “don’t blame us if this breaks your stuff” in addition to the usual bombast. In addition to downloading the update,the Insider Program will be how you provide feedback and get help from the community.
Once you’re enrolled in the program, you’ll need them probably:
1.A DVD or USB drive large enough to hold a 4GB ISO file.
2.One of the Windows 10 ISO files
3.A spare computer to install it on (Microsoft does not recommend using your daily driver), or VirtualBox installed on your main machine.
As soon as you’re enrolled in the Insider Program, you’ll be directed to download one of several ISO files. At present,four languages are supported (English, English UK, Chinese Simplified, and Portugese Brazil), in both 32- and 64-bit configurations. Grab the version that matches your needs and let the download on it’s way.The downloads range from 3-4GB, depending on the speed of your internet.
FIRST OPTION: Install the Windows Technical Preview on Your PC
Once you have all the stuff you require, follow these steps:
1.Copy the ISO to a disk or USB drive. You can use a tool like ImgBurn to unzip the contents, though if you’re installing on a device that’s already running Windows, the OS should be able to mount the ISO itself.
2.Insert the disk or USB drive in the computer that needs Windows 10 installed in it.
3.If you have an older copy of Windows installed on that machine,start it up and double-click setup.exe from the installation media.Or else,boot up your PC from the installation disc to start installation.
4.Follow the wizard to install Windows on your machine.
Microsoft’s wizard will walk you through the rest of the installation process. If you want to do a clean install,please choose to “Keep Nothing” during the wizard.
SECOND OPTION: Install the Windows Technical Preview in VirtualBox
If you don’t have a spare machine to try out the Technical Preview, we recommend installing it in VirtualBox. That way, you can try it out, see what’s new, and play around without overwriting your main system.
1.Download and install the latest version of VirtualBox, and run it.
2.Click the “New” button in the main window for creating a new virtual machine.
3.Give your operating system a name (like “Windows 10 Technical Preview”) and choose Windows 8.1 from the list (as there is no Windows 10 option on VirtualBox ).
4.Follow the VirtualBox wizard to set up your virtual machine.
5.When it finishes,you should see your new machine in the left-hand sidebar and Click on it and select the Settings button along the top of the VirtualBox window.
6.Then move to Storage in the left sidebar,and next to “Controller: IDE” and click the Add CD button.
7.Select “Choose Disk” and helm to your downloaded Windows 10 ISO.
8.Click OK and Press Start to start up your new virtual machine and go through the Windows 10 installation process.
Please Note that this is pre-release software, so install at your own risk!!
If you aren’t interested in risking your machine, we’ll be perusing over the new OS and let you know what other cool stuff Windows 10 has in store in the next couple days.