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How to install the Windows 10 Technical Preview: Everything you need to know

Brad Chacos | Oct. 2, 2014
Are you ready to walk on the wild side? Windows 10 is on the horizon, and even though it’s still roughly three-quarters of a year away from completion, Microsoft’s giving IT Pros and PC enthusiasts an early taste of what’s to come with the Windows 10 Technical Preview.

I'll try downloading the 64-bit version again later and let you know how it goes.

In a hard drive partition

Running operating systems in virtual machines also sacrifices some performance, especially if you dont have extra CPU cores or much RAM to dedicate to the task. If you want to experience the Windows 10 Technical Preview natively, you can create a new partition on your hard drive and install the preview there. (Its best if youre able to do this on a secondary PC, just to be safe.)

PCWorlds guide to installing Windows 8 on a new partition can walk you through the processthe same basic steps apply to the Windows 10 Technical Preview, and Windows 8 handles hard drive partitioning the same way Windows 7 did. Note that Windows 8 includes native tools for burning a bootable ISO to a DVD, howeversimply right-click on the Windows 10 ISO file and select Burn disc image.

There you have it. Enjoy the sweet, sweet desktop improvements and let Microsofts team know if you hit any rough spots. You'll find a feedback tool baked right into the Windows 10 Technical Preview. Thats why you joined the Windows Insider program after all. Right?

 

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