The Redmond faithful predominantly labeled Windows 8 a flop. The Modern UI, live tiles, and the absence of some pet features (read “Start menu”) triggered Windows 8 to be labelled ahead of its time at best, and a complete failure at worst. With Windows 10, however, it was widely assumed before its unveiling that MS will fix everything that was wrong with Windows 8 and enhance everything users loved in Windows 7. Ever since Windows 10 was unveiled back in September, the feedback from the tech world has been generally positive. As is often the case with such releases, Microsoft offered users to get a taste of Windows 10 before its official release in late 2015. If you are a bit adventurous, and can’t wait to get acquainted with Cortana before most other people, you can install the Windows 10 Technical Preview on your computer or Virtual Machine.
Before you get your hopes up and plan on switching to using Windows 10 Technical Preview as your default OS, it might be better to take a step back and think about the change more thoroughly. The release is just a preview, and will expire soon. In addition to this, the build is unstable for now, and you are likely to encounter a lot of bugs.
The safest way to install Windows 10 Technical Preview is to use an external HDD, or USB stick, which has 4GB of storage space. This media will be used to save the ISO file of the Preview. As is the case with all such processes, you should back up all your data to a safe place before proceeding, even though there have not been any reports of significant problems in this regard so far.
- 1 GHz Processor
- 1 GB RAM
- 16 GB Disk Space
- Microsoft DirectX 9 graphics device with WDDM driver
To install Windows 10 Technical Preview on your machine, follow the below steps.
- Microsoft has streamlined the whole Windows 10 experience for users through Windows Insider, so you will need to visit its webpage to commence. You will be asked to sign in with your Outlook account, which is required to proceed.
- Windows 10 offers 2 previews; PC and Phone. Right now, we are discussing the installation on PC so please choose the option on the left of the welcome screen.
- Download the Windows 10 TP ISO file from the Insider page, linked at the end of this post. There are separate versions available for 32-bit and 64-bit machines, so choose accordingly.
- Once the download is complete, save the ISO file on a USB stick or on a DVD.
- Connect the media with your machine and run the “setup.exe” file.
- Following all steps correctly to this point should launch the installation wizard after step 5. The onscreen instructions are quite simple, and you mostly have to hit the “Next” button once the terms and conditions have been agreed to.
It goes without saying, that you should install Windows 10 TP on a spare computer, since there are a lot of factors that prevent it from becoming your default OS as things stand. For one thing, the whole point of offering users a Technical Preview is that Microsoft wants to gather data from its users to iron out all the bugs that are present in Windows 10 at this point in time. Apart from privacy concerns, a lot of devices and software are not going to be compatible with Windows 10 until its full release.
Have fun making Cortana your new best friend!