How to install Windows 10 Technical Preview Build Easily without disturbing your current Windows

Windows 10 Installation on Virtual Machine

If you are here then you might be already aware that Windows 10 technical preview version is available for free download and activation without spending a penny. So how to go about it? In this article my focus is on how to install Windows 10 without disturbing your current version of Windows, which means we are going to install Windows 10 on a virtual machine, therefore no need to create a partition or a dual boot or thing like that.

Minimum Requirements

Before proceeding to download, you need to know before hand whether your system configuration is capable of handling Windows 10 on a virtual machine. Here are the minimum requirements for good performance of Windows 10:

  • Windows 7/Vista/8/8.1 installed
  • Processor: 1 GHz or faster
  • RAM: 1GB (32-bit) or 2 GB (64-bit)
  • Free hard disk space: 16 GB
  • Graphics card: Microsoft DirectX 9 graphics device with WDDM driver
  • Microsoft account : If you don’t have one, you can get one for free. Signup Link
  • Internet access

Get VMware Player

VMware Player is available for free download for personal use. VMware Player creates a virtual partition within your current Windows over which you can install Windows 10. In simple words VMware Player creates a mini-computer within Windows so that you can install any operating system for testing and review purposes.

Download VMware Player Free

Get Windows 10 Technical Preview Build

Microsoft has periodically released Windows 10 technical preview builds under Windows Insider program for feedback and review purpose, you can download it for free.

Download Windows 10 Technical Preview Build ISO

The above link downloads 32-Bit US English version. For other regions head-over to Microsoft download page.

Windows 10 Preview Build Product Key

Product key: NKJFK-GPHP7-G8C3J-P6JXR-HQRJR

Directions

1) Install VMware Player.

2) Launch VMware Player and then click Create a New Virtual Machine.

VMware Player

VMware Player

3) Click Browse and then select the Windows 10 Technical Preview ISO file that you downloaded earlier. The latest version of VMware Player automatically detects Windows 10. Click Next.

New Virtual Machine - VMware Player

New Virtual Machine – VMware Player

4) Name the Virtual Machine, say Windows 10 Technical Preview. Click Next.


Virtual Machine Name

Virtual Machine Name

5) VMware Player sets the maximum disk size for the virtual machine by default to 60GB, if you have a smaller hard disk you can reduce it. Choose Store virtual disk as a single file for better performance and then click Next.

Disk Capacity

Disk Capacity

6) By default settings, VMware Player sets memory limit as 1GB, but if you have plenty of RAM on your computer, click Customize Hardware and move the slider to increase it, say 2GB.

RAM Size

RAM Size

7) Click Finish and wait for the installation process to finish.

Installation Process

Installation Process

8) Choose language, time format, and keyboard type as per your needs and click Next.

Windows 10 Installation

Windows 10 Installation

9) Click Install and follow the on-screen instructions. Select Custom:Install Windows only (advanced) when you get the below screen.

Windows 10 Setup

Windows 10 Setup

10) Click Next and sit back and enjoy a cup of coffee; it’s going to take some time.

Windows Setup

Windows Setup

11) You will have to sign-in with your Microsoft account in the process.For Windows 8.1 users, I recommend to create a new Microsoft account if you are just test riding Windows 10, because your OneDrive content gets synced with your new Windows 10 and may be confusing on what content is from which desktop.

Microsoft Account Sign in

Microsoft Account Sign in

12) In a couple of minutes time Windows 10 should welcome you! Enjoy.

Windows 10 Preview Build Desktop

Windows 10 Preview Build Desktop

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Kiran Kumar

Hi there! Kiran Kumar is an Engineer by profession, and loves blogging primarily on Microsoft Windows operating system and also enjoys reviewing software and products. Currently, he is exploring Windows 10 and you will see a lot of articles on know-how about it. When he is not writing for TWP, he enjoys time with his Family, listens to lot of music, enjoys Biking, and occasionally plays racing games on Xbox One.