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.
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.
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.
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
1) Install VMware Player.
2) Launch VMware Player and then click Create a New Virtual Machine.
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.
4) Name the Virtual Machine, say Windows 10 Technical Preview. Click Next.
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.
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.
7) Click Finish and wait for the installation process to finish.
8) Choose language, time format, and keyboard type as per your needs and click Next.
9) Click Install and follow the on-screen instructions. Select Custom:Install Windows only (advanced) when you get the below screen.
10) Click Next and sit back and enjoy a cup of coffee; it’s going to take some time.
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.
12) In a couple of minutes time Windows 10 should welcome you! Enjoy.
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