Microsoft has made available to users the ability to download a preview version free of charge from the recently announced Windows 10. Through the web, Windows Insider Program may enroll to have instant access to a self-installable ISO image of the operating system and a key associated product, traditionally can install both cleanly or on an earlier version Virtualize with programs like VirtualBox.
Once we access the page and we we record in the test program, you can download the image in multiple languages (English, Chinese and Portuguese time) in both 32 and 64 bits. If you had a previous version of Windows, we run the setup.exe file on disk directly from the browser. Otherwise, we will have to boot with the disk inserted after having copied burning software style ImgBurn or using a USB drive using Windows USB DVD Download Tool,a process explained in post after the jump.
If you intend to run on an earlier version, the installation wizard will allow us to import our user preferences, but be clear that the installation is irreversible, so to return to the previous operating system will have to do a hard reset of the unit in question and use a recovery disk from any version of Windows.
If we use VirtualBox, the process is almost as if virtualizáramos an earlier version . In fact, the wizard will mark the virtualization option in version 8.1 for Windows 32 or 64 bit depending on need. Leaving the default data for the virtual machine should all work perfectly. A practical effects, and after performing the test, we say that reserving 1GB of RAM and a 20GB hard drive is more than enough to use it fluently even on midrange computers.
When you first start the machine we suggest introducing a bootable disk to install the operating system; that is where we will select the ISO we have previously downloaded. Still, there may be errors during the installation process, so it is highly recommended to burn the image to a physical disk or flash drive through the process linked above.
The installation process in both cases is the same. At one point he asked us if we want to preserve data or perform a clean installation. The process is surprisingly quick , and the steps are virtually identical to installing Windows 8, asking us for info on the keyboard language or time zone, our partner for Microsoft to import our basic configuration preferences account.
Technical Preview version is fully functional and can test all the features already mentioned yesterday, as the return of the start menu, the new exchange system tasks or the integration of Metro traditional desktop applications