All about Installing Windows 10 Technical Preview
Microsoft has introduced the newest operating system, Windows 10, which is to be released later in 2015. Though it is available in the Technical Preview mode, Microsoft has allowed IT professionals and tech enthusiasts to try their hands on this product.
Things to know before installing Windows 10 Technical Preview
Before you start installing Windows 10 Technical Preview, there are things you should be aware of –
- Back Up data
- Don’t downgrade the Recovery Partition
- To undo upgrade, external recovery media is required
Since Windows 10 is still in the Technical Preview mode, it is probable that the new operating system may crash or be filled with bugs. Further, the pre-release software can collect data that you use in your personal computer and pass it on to the manufacturer for further improvement of the product. Hence it is advisable not to install it in your work machine or any other machine you use for storing sensitive data.
System Requirements for Installation
To ensure that the installation is successful, make sure that your machine meets the minimum system requirements as given below –
- Processor: PAE, NX and SSE2 supported 1 GHz processor or faster
- RAM: 1 GB (32-bit) or 2GB (64-bit)
- Hard Disk Space: 16 GB
- Graphics Card: WDDM driver enabled Microsoft DirectX9 graphics
A valid Microsoft account and active Internet connection will also be required to complete the installation process. For accessing the Windows Store or using Windows Apps, the monitor resolution should be at least 1024x768. The pre-released Windows version is available in four languages - English, English UK, Chinese Simplified and Portuguese Brazil.
Other Important Requirements
To test the new software, Microsoft has created the Windows Insider Program for which you will need to agree to certain terms and policies. After you have enrolled into the program, you will need:
- A USB drive or DVD with more than 4GB storage capacity.
- Windows 10 ISO files.
- A separate computer or VirtualBox installed on your machine.
There are two options to install the software, either on your computer or on a VirtualBox.
Installing Windows 10 Technical Preview
Once you are ready with all the needful as mentioned above, follow these steps:
- Firstly, install the ISO file on a USB drive or DVD.
- Install the drive or disk to the computer you want to setup the new operating system on.
- Double click on the setup.exe file to start the installation.
- Keep following the wizard that will open up.
The Microsoft wizard that will open up will guide you through the entire setup process. Choose the “keep nothing” option in the wizard if you want a clean install.
Installing Windows 10 Technical Preview in VirtualBox
With VirtualBox, you can try the new software and play around with it without overwriting the main system. If you don’t have VirtualBox here’s how you start:-
- Download and install the latest version of VirtualBox and then start it up.
- To create a new virtual machine click on the “New” button in the main window.
- Provide a name to your operating system and choose Windows 8.1 from the list.
- Keep following the VirtualBox wizard that pops up to set up a virtual machine.
- After it is done, you will be able to view your virtual machine on the left-hand sidebar. Click on it and then click on the ‘Setting’ button.
- Go to storage in the left sidebar then to “Controller: IDE”, then click the Add CD button.
- Select the “Choose Disk” and then navigate to the downloaded Windows 10 ISO file.
- Click OK.
- Press on the ‘Start’ button to start up your new virtual machine and then go on through the installation process of Windows 10.
There you go; you have installed the new version of Windows 10 Technical Preview on your system. Now you can check out all the improvements included in this program. Do not miss to let us know which one you liked the best. And, for any help to get you started on the above, do not miss to call us.