OS giant Microsoft introduced whole new installment of their renowned Windows lineup, which boasts a bunch of surprises hidden under the hood. When it comes to name too, Microsoft amazed everyone by rebranding this new version as Windows 10 instead of Windows 9, as they consider the whole new enhancements as a giant significant leap. It was officially unveiled on September 30 and within 24 hours, Microsoft made its Technical Preview available to the geeks.
Microsoft reminds that this technical Preview is only an early build of real Windows 10 which is expected to hit the market in mid 2015. You should try it out if and only if you:
- Want to have a sneak peek of the software, which is still under development and share your valuable opinion and suggestions about it.
- Don’t mind upcoming UI facelifts or tons of updates to the software.
- Have good mastery on data backup, hard drive formatting, troubleshooting problems, installing new operating system or reverting to old one without assistance.
- Know how to handle ISO files well.
- Are not installing this Technical Preview on your everyday PC.
As a bottom line to those previous bullet points, Microsoft had added one more humorous piece of advice for those eager to try its new OS: “We're not kidding about the expert thing. So if you think BIOS is a new plant-based fuel, Tech Preview may not be right for you.”
As usual, this Tech preview will also contain a number of bugs (Tech preview is made available for their identification) which may cause unexpected system crashes, automatic data deletion, support issues with softwares including antivirus and trouble with certain network connections. If the basic troubleshooting steps fails and your PC is running from problems to problems, let Microsoft examine it. Keep in mind; you should not use your private PC if privacy is your major concern. Read their privacy statement for more information.
Finally, check whether your computer meets the minimum required configuration:
- Processor: 1 GHz or higher clock speed
- RAM : 1 Gig for 32 bit or 2 Gig for 64 bit
- HDD: 16 GB free for OS installation
- Graphics card: DirectX 9 compatible device powered by WDDM driver
- Valid Microsoft account and internet connectivity
How to download and install Windows 10 Technical Preview
Proceed further if and only if you have thoroughly followed the above given piece of info.
- Join (sign up) Windows Insider Program
- Ensure that your PC achieve minimum system requirements
- Click on the correct download link – Windows 10 Technical preview x86 or Windows 10 technical preview x64 to download ISO file (More info click here). X86 is for 32 bit and x64 is for 64 bit.
- Note down the Windows 10 product key provided on the site
- When download finish, transfer ISO to DVD or USB using this tool!
- Trigger the ‘setup.exe’ file from USB or DVD (whatever you chosen) and follow the installer instructions as prompted
Here is a short list of items that you won’t have to reinstall on beta upgrade
Why should you download this beta version?
Beta testers of previous versions have got significant discounts on further Windows alpha version release. If you try out W10 TP, you may get the same benefit. But we do not guarantee that. Even though price of alpha W10 is yet to be known, rumors say that it will be very cheaper or even free. Anyway, take the Technical Preview as a lottery!
Windows is renowned for unveiling highly stable beta softwares and therefore, you can expect the same in W10 too. If you are lucky, you can have the cutting edge technology hands-on, months before its market appearance. Betas are usually given 8 to 12 months of license period and you won’t have to pay for the alpha before it expires.
It is nice to have a sneak peek on the cutting edge technology months before its release. Even novices can own it if they proceed through steps carefully. In my opinion, this new Windows OS is a nice build! Try Windows 10 and post your valuable opinions as comments below!
Disclaimer: Above given steps are provided by Microsoft in their official site. In case your system encounters troubles, we won’t be responsible for them. Add your queries on Windows Technical Preview Forum for troubleshooting assistance!