Just a few days ago Microsoft announce that the new iteration of their next operating system codename Threshold will be known as Windows 10, skipping 9 altogether and now you can have it installed on your machine.
All you need to do to get your hand on this new OS is by heading over to preview.windows.com and sign up for the new Windows Insider program. There, you will get your chance to help mold the very future of Windows. The preview is in ISO format so you can just load it up via virtual machine or install it on a usb stick. I would suggest NOT to install it as your daily driver as this is a very early build. Even Microsoft strongly emphasizes:
“The Program Services include experimental and early prerelease software. This means that you may experience occasional crashes and in rare cases data loss. To recover, you may have to reinstall your applications, the operating system, or re-flash your device. Using the Program Services on some devices may impact your warranty (check with your device provider). By participating, you agree to frequently backup your data.”
These are Windows 10’s other hardware requirements:
- Processor : 1GHz or faster with support for PAE, NX, and SSE2
- RAM : 1GB (32-bit) or 2GB (64-bit)
- Hard disk space : 16GB
- Graphics card : Microsoft DirectX 9 graphics device with WDDM driver
Some additional notes: You’ll also need a Microsoft account and Internet access. You will need at least 1024×768 resolution monitor if you want to access the Windows Store or use Windows Apps. The Windows 10 Technical Preview is available in English, Chinese Simplified, and Brazilian Portuguese.
The product key you need to install and activate Windows 10: NKJFK-GPHP7-G8C3J-P6JXR-HQRJR
For those who want to directly download the Windows 10 Preview ISO, below are their direct download links, together with the SHA-1 checksum for the files. Note that the download size is in decimal (1000), and not binary (1024).
Windows 10 Professional
English 64-bit (x64): WindowsTechnicalPreview-x64-EN-US.iso (4.10 GB) EB75A3D3C0F621F175B75DC65DB036D0E00EAC43
English 32-bit (x86): WindowsTechnicalPreview-x86-EN-US.iso (3.16 GB) 73AC23AD89489855F33CA224F196327740057E2E
English (United Kingdom) 64-bit (x64): WindowsTechnicalPreview-x64-EN-GB.iso (4.08 GB) 17C6CD7224D13DB61B93A4A9D38202E3A0019378
English (United Kingdom) 32-bit (x86): WindowsTechnicalPreview-x86-EN-GB.iso (3.17 GB) BFF496678A09255738BFBFA14903295D55478C33
Chinese (Simplified) 64-bit (x64): WindowsTechnicalPreview-x64-ZH-CN.iso (4.26 GB) 135E3193571C5AF9FBF36D24D07B2BE7EE49B2E8
Chinese (Simplified) 32-bit (x86): WindowsTechnicalPreview-x86-ZH-CN.iso (3.28 GB) 3EE3A2033BE666BA55AFED3FCF6BB52A7C15C7CC
Portuguese (Brazil) 64-bit (x64): WindowsTechnicalPreview-x64-PT-BR.iso (4.05 GB) 3DA91BB9EA7316F670C0A132D940FC1D58BAB296
Portuguese (Brazil) 32-bit (x86): WindowsTechnicalPreview-x86-PT-BR.iso (3.13 GB) 611FE8F94906EFE75F64D197913344AC040DF644
Windows 10 Enterprise
English 64-bit (x64): 9841.0.140912-1613.FBL_RELEASE_CLIENTENTERPRISE_VOL_X64FRE_EN-US.ISO
The installed Windows 10 Preview has the build version of 6.4.9841.0.140912-1613, but should be updated pretty soon. The Technical Preview version of Windows 10 expires on April 15, 2015, giving you about half a year free usage.
For step by step on how to install, check out Lifehacker’s guide here: http://lifehacker.com/windows-10-technical-preview-now-available-for-download-1641212531 or you can refer to my old post here http://www.astronyu.com/how-to-install-windows-8-using-virtualbox.html (similar installation process on virtualbox)