6 Steps to Installing Windows 10 Technical Preview

Finally, Windows 10 has arrived! There is a beta preview that had been available a long while before the official release. Microsoft made it available only a few weeks ago. Here is a complete know-how guide for the technically challenged that will help install Windows 10 in a jiffy.

There are a couple of options available for installing Windows10 on your PC. You can either install it using a pen drive, but what can work out much better would be by running the Operating System through a virtual machine (or a sandbox), which will not affect your PC in any way (apart from using a portion of your hard drive for a while).

All credits to virtualization software that is available for free, one can run Windows 10 on your present system, and instantly remove it once you have viewed enough of it (or till the time the preview expires on its own – whatever happens first). The whole process is meant to take just about 30 minutes – it may take longer based on the computer’s speed. Here are the steps that you will go through:

  1. You can begin by downloading of the ISO file of the Windows 10 technical preview. You will be required to click through a set of ‘Join Now’ or ‘Get Started’ screens right till you come to the download page. You can then scroll down and pick your preference of version (64 bit or 32 bit) and language.
  2. Oracle VM Virtual Box can then be downloaded and installed. This free virtualization tool will make it possible for the running of Windows 10 within Windows version of whatever is already installed in your system.
  3. You then run the VirtualBox, and then click on the new icon. Type ‘Windows 10’ in the Create Virtual Machine dialog box and click on the version selector. Now pick Windows 8.1 (also match it to the ISO you have already downloaded 64-bit or 32-bit). Now click ‘Next’.
  4. VirtualBox will recommend a memory size; you can then go ahead and accept it until you have a particular reason for changing it. You can then pick ‘Create a virtual hard drive’ and pick Create. You can then Accept VirtualBox Disk Image (VDI) as the file type for the drive, now pick ‘Fixed Size’ for the virtual drive. Finally, click on ‘Create’ and wait for a bit till VirtualBox can build the virtual drive.
  5. As soon as the drive is ready, you can click on the ‘Start’ button located within the VirtualBox toolbar. You will then be able to see a box, which tells you to ‘Select start-up disk’. You can then click on a small file folder located right next to the drop-down box, then navigate to Windows 10 ISO file that you initially downloaded. Now click start.
  6. Now install Windows like you would otherwise do, but make sure to pick the option, “Custom: Install Windows only (advanced)” when it shows up. As normal, the setup process can take a few reboots even though just within the confines of this virtual machine.

And you are done – that’s all you need to learn how to install Windows 10.