On the 30th of September 2014 Microsoft’s CEO Satya Nadella has announced the release of the technical preview of Microsoft’s flagship Windows 10, only few reporters were invited to the event and the event targeted Microsoft’s core customers which are the enterprise users. Windows 10 is the successor of Windows 8 which was introduced three years ago.
Windows 8 was introduced to the market and it had a very low adoption rate by both the individual users and enterprises. Many hated Window 8 and few loved it and it was a mess; Windows 10 comes to put everything back to its right track.
Windows 10 technical preview comes jam packed with features that are new to any Windows user and will greatly enhance the experience of any Windows user. This post will present a step by step guide on how to download and install the technical preview of windows 10, but before we start it’s worth noting that this release of Windows is still in its infancy (technical preview) it’s not even beta so you might face some hiccups and problems and you shouldn’t install it on a production/main machine.
You can upgrade from your current release of Windows to Windows 10 technical preview, you can alseo install it as a fresh copy, or even dual boot it with another operating system or even another release of Windows. This post will present how to upgrade your current release to Windows 10 technical preview and how to install a fresh copy of Window dual booting/virtualization won’t be covered here.
First Methods – Upgrade to Windows 10
Step One: First visit Microsoft’s website (https://insider.windows.com/) and sign up for the insider program using your outlook account.
Step Two: After finishing the signing process; you’ll receive an email with the installer link and you’ve to download the installer to the machine you want to upgrade to Windows 10 technical preview.
Step Three: Start the installer and it’ll automatically download and upgrade your Windows release to Windows 10 technical preview; you can still use your computer during the upgrade.
Second Method – Fresh Installation of Windows 10
Step One: First, down your free copy Windows 10 below.
x64 version: Download
x86 version: Download
Step Two: You’ll have to create a bootable DVD/USB from that downloaded iso using Window 7 USB/DVD tool that you can download from here. Install the tool after downloading it.
Step Three: After the installation, at first open, the tool you’ll be prompted by a window to browse to your downloaded iso file, so just browse to it, then click on the “Next” tab.
Step Four: Then you’ll have to select the type of bootable media you want to create; either a DVD or a USB stick. In this tutorial we’ll be using a USB stick.
Step Five: You’ll be prompted by a new window to format your USB stick just confirm and proceed.
Step Six: Finally, the copying process will start and after finishing you’ll be prompted by a message informing you with that.
After the process is complete, just restart your computer and boot from the USB/DVD and follow the on screen instructions to install Windows 10.