Windows 10 is set to be a far-out operating system. As we attempt to come to grips with what’s new on the platform, there are more than enough reasons as to why we think you, of all the people, should consider installing the technical review.
For starters, installing the OS on your main PC is not an idea we would espouse; not now, since Microsoft has only released it as a preview and may therefore not guarantee stability. Instead, we suggest you install it in a spare machine just to wrap your head around it prior its official release.
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Before you take the preview for a spin, it’s important to note that you have quite a few options. For one, if you have an old PC that you occasionally use, you could have the OS installed from a flash drive. But the best option would be to run it inside “VirtualBox,” a virtual machine that you can run in your system without affecting it in any way, save for borrowing a little space on the hard drive.
Installing the OS
Step one: Install VirtualBox
There are several virtual machines that you can run instead of VirtualBox, but there many reasons we believe VirtualBox stands out from the pool. Made by Oracle, it can support Windows, Linux, and Mac.
To install VirtualBox, first head to <a href=“https://www.virtualbox.org/wiki/Downloads”>VirtualBox Download Page </a> to download the virtual machine depending on your operating system. Once done, you can double click the package to install VirtualBox.
A pop-up prompting you for authentication will show up. Just click on “continue” on the main app window to let it run.
For installation type screen, you can choose to install the app for all users or for a specific directory. Whichever option you choose, just click on install to end the process after filling in your password. Ta-da! Your virtual box is fully installed.
Step 2: Installing Windows on VirtualBox
Before you embark on anything, head to <a href=”http://windows.microsoft.com/en-us/windows/preview”>Microsoft’s Insider Program</a> to sign up. Once done, you can visit <a href=”http://windows.microsoft.com/en-us/windows/preview-iso”>ISO downloads page</a> to download the ISO depending on your language.
Now open the application and select “new.” Here, you’ll be prompted to come up with a name for the machine, as well as choose the type of your Microsoft Windows. But since VirtualBox doesn’t feature a version for Windows 10, you can choose Windows 8 32-bit or 64-bit, depending on the version of the Windows 10 you downloaded. Click on “continue” once done.
Next, you’ll be asked to allocate the memory size. 2 GB is the default setting, but you can adjust it to any amount depending on the amount of disk space you have. We recommend you allocate 2 GB since we’re dealing with a whole OS here.
After that, you’ll be asked to partition your machine virtually. 25 GB is the default size, even though you can still change it to any size. You can select “create a virtual hard drive” and then “continue” once done.
For the hard drive type, just select “VirtualBox Disk Image” before you press “continue.” Now you have to choose whether the drive is to be created dynamically or be allocated a fixed size. If you’re stuck on what to choose, just choose “a fixed size” before pressing “create.”
At this point you’re free to power up you Windows 10 VM, but remember to specify its path to the ISO file you downloaded.
Configuring windows 10
As you virtual machine boots up, Windows logo will appear at some point, after which you’ll have to go through the wizard to sign into your Microsoft account. Hurrah! You now have a beta version of the eagerly awaited Windows 10 in your system.