After a long wait, Windows 10 Technical Preview is finally out and is ready for all the PC enthusiasts to download and test. This release isn’r close to the actual completion but will give you an early taste of what Windows 10 will look and work like. Windows 10 Technical Preview is released using the Windows Insider program and requires you to have a Microsoft account. This Windows Insider program gives every user a chance to discuss and provide feedback on any flaws, features and other relevant things with Microsoft tech engineers.
Also keep in mind that the Windows 10 Tech Preview is a bleeding edge release and is not intended for beginners. Being a very early release, things may go wrong causing program corruption and data loss. So don’t ever try to install it on your productive machine. It is recommended that you try Windows 10 Tech preview by installing it virtually using VMware or VirtualBox.
That being said, below are the minimum system requirements to install Windows 10 Technical preview.
- Processor: 1 gigahertz (GHz) or faster with support for NX, PAE, and SSE2.
- RAM: 1 GB for 32-bit or 2 GB for 64-bit.
- Hard disk space: 16 GB.
- Graphics card: Microsoft DirectX 9 graphics device with WDDM driver.
- Internet access and a Microsoft account.
Download Windows 10 Tech Preview
To download Windows 10 Technical preview, join theWindows Insider program. Once you join, you will be taken to the downloads page. Here scroll down and click on the link “Get the ISO files.” Now select and download one of the several ISO image files according to your preferred language and system (64-bit or 32-bit).
Alternatively, use the below Microsoft download links to download Windows 10 Tech preview ISO files directly.
- Windows 10 Technical Preview – English (32-bit) (2.9GB ISO)
- Windows 10 Technical Preview – English (64-bit) (3.8GB ISO)
Install Windows 10 Tech Preview
As said before, don’t try to install this early release on a physical machine. This is because, according to Microsoft, some functions and hardware configurations of “some processors” may be blocked when you install Windows 10 Tech preview. It is always best to use virtualization software like VMware or VirtualBox to test out new OS.
Note: For this tutorial, we will be using Virtualbox.
To install Windows 10 Tech preview in VirtualBox, create a new virtual machine with at least 2GB memory, 20GB hard disk space and the OS version as Windows 8/ 8.1. Now attach the ISO image that you just downloaded and start the virtual machine.
Once you start the virtual machine, you will be greeted with the typical Windows installation screen. Just select the language, time, keyboard and click on the “Next” button.
Click the “Install Now” button to start the installation procedure.
Read and agree to the terms and conditions; click the “Next” button.
Here you can either select the “Upgrade” or “Custom” installation options. Since this is a fresh install, I’m selecting the “Custom” option.
At this point, you can pick where you want to install Windows 10 Tech preview. Select the partition and click on the “Next” button. Once you click on the “Next” button, Windows will start to install the Windows 10 Tech preview.
After completing the installation, Windows will reboot automatically and you will be able to configure settings. Just click on the “Express settings” button to continue. You can always change those settings after the installation.
Here in this screen, sign in with your Microsoft account and click on the “Next” button. At this point, you might want to verify yourself for security reasons.
If you want to use the OneDrive with the new installation, just click on the “Next” button. Otherwise, click the link “Turn Off these OneDrive Settings.”
Once you have done that, Windows will automatically install and configure all the required apps and settings. Just sit back and wait for a few minutes for this to complete.
Once it is done, you will be greeted with the all-new Windows 10 desktop with redesigned start menu.
That’s all there is to do; you have successfully installed Windows 10 Tech preview on a virtual machine. Personally, I have tested Windows 10 Tech preview in VMware, VirtualBox and on my old laptop and didn’t face any problems. So give it a try and play around to find out what’s new in Windows 10.
Hopefully that helps, and do share your first impressions on the Windows 10 Tech preview.