You Can Download the Windows 10 Technical Preview Right Now

You Can Download the Windows 10 Technical Preview Right Now

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Curious about Microsoft's next OS? You can try it for yourself right now.

Windows 10 is not due for consumer/retail release until well into 2015, but that doesn't mean you can't get comfortable with the new operating system right now.

As promised during yesterday's Future of Windows presentation, the Windows 10 Technical Preview is now available as a free download. The process is simple, and only requires you to have some sort of Microsoft account (which you already have, if you use Xbox Live).

First you have to head over and sign up to be a part of the Windows Insider Program. This is where you need a Microsoft account (Xbox Live, Hotmail, Outlook.com, etc.). Once you're signed up, check out the System Requirements -- this shouldn't be much of a concern if your PC is already running Windows 7 or Windows 8/8.1. If it's all systems go, download the upgrade executable, which will in turn download an .iso for you to use. From here you can burn the .iso to a DVD, or make a USB install drive.

Before installing Windows 10, keep in mind that this will overwrite whatever OS you're currently running. Backups are encouraged. If you have the spare hardware, install Windows 10 on a separate hard drive, so you can switch back to your normal Windows environment if need be. This is an unfinished product, and will have its fair share of bugs and glitches, prone to frequent upgrades from Microsoft. In other words, this isn't an environment you want to do regular work or gaming in.

If you've installed the Technical Preview, drop your thoughts on the OS in the comments.

Source: Microsoft

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I think windows is getting confused on what 'updates' are vs. 'operating systems'. This is all just silly.

Lyvric:
I think windows is getting confused on what 'updates' are vs. 'operating systems'. This is all just silly.

It's merely a repeat of the Vista / win7 release cycle, where the first product innovates, and the second doesn't fuck it up.

And quite frankly, Microsoft can't afford a four year product cycle (xp) on a desktop OS, let alone mobile devices.

Wait a second...okay. 10? What happened to 9?! Has 9 even come out yet?

Captcha: run the gauntlet

Not until they add the Jester back in, Captcha.

"or if you have the spare hardware? Install Windows 10 on a separate hard drive, so you can switch back to your normal Windows environment if need be."

What?! The only place this belongs for now is in Virtual Machines, as far as consumers are concerned...

Dying_Jester:
Wait a second...okay. 10? What happened to 9?! Has 9 even come out yet?

Captcha: run the gauntlet

Not until they add the Jester back in, Captcha.

Nope! They renamed 9 to 10 because fuck logic.

Well I'm using it now and I guess I can't complain too much, the installation was easy and required pretty much no work on my part with no desktop clearing or moving files over (upgrading from 8), and I'm already finding the return of the Start Menu as being helpful. It seems to be fairly no-nonsense at this point, besides reinventing number order. I'll probably end up finding a real use for multiple desktops eventually, and that is also quite easy and fluid.

Or if you have a half-decent computer you can run it in a virtual machine without screwing up your current operating system or needing to swap hard drives

Dying_Jester:
Wait a second...okay. 10? What happened to 9?! Has 9 even come out yet?

Captcha: run the gauntlet

Not until they add the Jester back in, Captcha.

Because 7 8 9
yea someone beat me last time so here
On topic I think windows 9 is still coming out but as a free update only for windows 8 users. That adds just the cosmetic improvements to windows 8 but naming it windows 9 will allow them to distance it from windows 8 in the eyes of the average. Does that make any sense?

popa_qwerty:
Because 7 8 9

I was not expecting that. :v

I don't see why it has to replace your current OS; they made a free trial of 8 that ran in a window of Windows 7. I'm not going to all that trouble just to check it out for a couple of hours in case the full release is worth getting.

Between this an the X-Box One.
I am now convinced that Microsoft cannot count.

Lyvric:
I think windows is getting confused on what 'updates' are vs. 'operating systems'. This is all just silly.

they are not, just renaming the updates. in the code that programs use Vista is Windows NT6.0, is NT6.1, 8 is NT 6.2 and 8.1 is NT 6.3. they are all just large updates of Vista. grtanted, said updates have completely revamped the kernel which imo would grant new NT, but apperently microsoft thinks its not big enough of a change.

Dying_Jester:
Wait a second...okay. 10? What happened to 9?! Has 9 even come out yet?

Captcha: run the gauntlet

Not until they add the Jester back in, Captcha.

they announced they skip the 9 and go straight to 10 because the odd numbers are good and they dont want to be good.

Kenjitsuka:
"or if you have the spare hardware? Install Windows 10 on a separate hard drive, so you can switch back to your normal Windows environment if need be."

What?! The only place this belongs for now is in Virtual Machines, as far as consumers are concerned...

virtual machines have limitations to what testing can be done due to how they create virtual hardware to run it. best case is having a seperate machine for testing.

The only reason I can think of for this is that they scrapped 9 and restarted with 10 in development. I wouldn't be suprised if by the time 8 was released early builds/tests of 9 were already in order going down the 8 path but with all the feedback of how much people didn't like it they abandoned the idea and just created 10.

EDIT: Just creating a recovery drive for my Windows 8 laptop to test 10 on, I was planning on replacing 8 with 7 anyway so if it goes pear shape it gives me an incentive to hurry up lol.

IMHO they're just being very aware of the Windows Curse. By naming it 10, an even number, they're signaling their loyal costumers that their product is going to be, once again, horseshit.

too bad for whatever reason they decided to make it a dependency for hardware Data Execution Prevention, which i cant enable in my bios for some reason. i cant even fucking emulate it

Apparently the reason why they went with 10 instead of 9 is because some software has a check for Windows version that sets the program to Windows 95/98 mode if it detects the character 9 in the OS's name.

 

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