Prior to installation
- Backup your data first! Not that you had no excuse not anyway, but make sure to back up your data before upgrading if you have something that can not be recovered. Or even if it does not. Just do a backup.
- You will not be able to use the recovery partition to downgrade. If you have a recovery partition on the system, which will no longer be able to restore your computer to the Windows version you had before.
- Recovery will support external Rollback. As is expected, since it has a recovery partition, you need a floppy or USB with Windows 8 (or more) on it to go back to how things were, if you do not like or can not use Windows 10.
Microsoft As mentioned several times, this is a pre-release software and is expected to be very buggy and crash-prone probably. It is not recommended that you install this on your computer at work or anything that needs daily use. We will show you how to install it on a spare PC, or if you do not have one-on VirtualBox.
What you'll need
This time, Microsoft has created the Windows Insider Program to allow users to test the new itching. You will need to agree on a special status and conditions, which most probably is "do not blame us if it breaks things" in addition to the usual jargon. Besides 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, this is what you need:
- A DVD or USB is large enough to contain a 4GB ISO file.
- One of the ISO files of Windows 10
- A spare computer to install it (Microsoft does not recommend using their daily driver), or VirtualBox installed on your main machine.
As soon as you are enrolled in the Insider Program, you will be directed to download one of several ISO files. Currently, there are four supported languages (English, UK English, Simplified Chinese, Portuguese and Brazil), while configurations 32 and 64 bits. Grab the version that suits your needs and let the download do its job. Although you may want to grab a snack, as discharges ranging from 3-4GB depending.
Option One: Install the Technical Preview of Windows on your PC
Once you have everything you need, follow these steps:
- Copy the ISO to a disk or USB drive. You can use a tool like ImgBurn to decompress the content, even if you are installing on a device that is already running Windows, the operating system must be able to mount the ISO itself.
- Insert the disc or USB drive into the computer you want to install Windows 10.
- If you have a previous copy of Windows installed on that machine, start it up and double-click setup.exe from the installation disc. If you can not boot the PC from the installation disk to start the installation.
- Follow the wizard to install Windows on your machine.
Microsoft wizard will guide you through the rest of the installation process. If you want to do a clean install, be sure to choose "Hold Nothing" in the wizard.
Option Two: Install Windows Technical Preview in VirtualBox
If you do not have a spare machine to test the prior art, it is recommended to install it on VirtualBox. That way, you can try it, see what's new, and play without overwriting your main system.
- Download and install the latest version of VirtualBox, and star t up.
- Click the "New" button in the main window to create a new virtual machine.
- Give your operating system a name (like "Windows 10 Technical Preview") and choose from the list windows 8.1 (from VirtualBox does not have a choice of Windows 10 yet).
- Follow the wizard to configure your VirtualBox virtual machine. You can read more about configuring VirtualBox here, but the default settings should be fine.
- When finished, you should see your new machine on the left sidebar. Click on it and click the Settings button at the top of the VirtualBox window.
- Head of Storage in the left sidebar, and next to "IDE Controller", click the Add button CD.
- Select "Select Disk" and browse to your downloaded Windows 10 ISO.
- Click OK.
- Press Start to start the new virtual machine and go through the process of installing Windows.
Remember this is a pre-release software, so install at your own risk! If you are not interested in risking your machine, we will be poring over the new operating system to let you know what other interesting things about Windows 10 has in store for the next two days. Good luck!