Are you ready to try out the new windows operating system “Windows 10”? Here is a step-by-step instructions, though it’s just like installing every other version of Windows.
If you have already installed the earlier preview version of Windows 10 but want to try Cortana and all the new stuff in the January build immediately, open PC Settings > Update and recovery > Preview builds in Windows 10 and click the Check Now button.
However, before you go further take note that:
Unexpected PC crashes could damage or even delete your files, so you should back up everything. Some printers and other hardware might not work, and some software might not install or work correctly, including antivirus or security programs. You might also have trouble connecting to home or corporate networks. Also, if your PC runs into problems, Microsoft will likely examine your system files. If the privacy of your system files is a concern, consider using a different PC. For more info, read full privacy statement.
The point here is make sure you backup your data securely to an external storage or cloud after agreeing to the risk involved. I also advise you consider installing Windows 10 on a test computer or a virtual machine and not on your primary PC.
It’s also worth noting that the Windows 10 Technical Preview is limited to PC and Windows tablets with x86 processors—there’s no version for Windows RT tablets and their ARM processors available, as Windows RT tablets won’t be receiving Windows 10. If you’re unsure which version of Windows your tablet is running, right-click on the “This PC” icon in File Explorer and select Properties. Your Windows edition information will be at the top of the window that appears.
Windows 10 Hardware Requirements
- Processor : 1GHz or faster with support for PAE, NX, and SSE2
- RAM : 1GB (32-bit) or 2GB (64-bit)
- Hard disk space : 16GB
- Graphics card : Microsoft DirectX 9 graphics device with WDDM driver
Additional notes: You’ll also need a Microsoft account and Internet access. And if you want to access the Windows Store or use Windows Apps, your monitor’s resolution will need to be at least 1024×768. The Windows 10 Technical Preview is available in English, Chinese Simplified, and Brazilian Portuguese.
Installing the Windows 10 Technical Preview
- Step 1: Join the Windows Insider program and download the Windows 10 ISO image
- Step 2: If you are installing on a regular PC, Burn it to an optical disk or create a bootable USB flash drive. Otherwise, just attach the ISO image using the virtual machine software of your choice.
- Step 3: Install it mostly by clicking the Next button (as usual).
Here are all of the installation steps, even though you could do just fine remembering the “Next” word.
When you first boot the computer you’ll be greeted with a screen like this one:
After clicking Next you’ll be taken to the Install now button screen. Which obviously you should click.
At this point you can choose whether you want to upgrade Windows or install a new custom install.
Here you pick where to install Windows 10. You might need to delete or create a partition, but if you are using a virtual machine, you can just click Next.
Install. . . . . . . . . . .
Once the PC reboots again, you’ll be able to select the settings like whether Windows Updates are enabled (they aren’t allowed to be disabled in the preview). We’d recommend using the express settings.
Now you can sign into your Microsoft account. We’d recommend using a Microsoft account because otherwise you won’t be able to use half of the new features.
If you’ve setup your account properly you’ll probably be asked to verify it in the middle. Then you’ll be asked how to setup the PC. You could choose to copy all your settings from another computer if you want.
Want to use OneDrive? It’s nicely integrated into Windows, you can go ahead and do that here.
And now a colorful screen that tells us things are happening.
And finally, we are good-to-go at the desktop!
Now click that Start button everyone is talking about – and get going. 🙂