Few days ago, I have received an email from Microsoft, stating that there is a Windows 10 Technical Review available for download.

You can also become a part of Microsoft Windows Insider program, you just have to visit this page and register:

Windows Insider Program

So far, I didn’t try any of Windows 10 test releases, but since this is a Technical Release, I decided to give it a try.

So, I logged to Windows Insider, and after reading a couple of pages, I came to this page where there are few options:

Windows Insider - Download Windows 10 Technical Preview

– You can start an upgrade of your current OS, or you can choose to download the ISO files, so you can test the preview first.

I have decided to download the ISO files.

You will be presented with language packs and also with a product key.

After the download of an ISO image file, I have provisioned a VM dedicated for this scenario.

VM dedicated for Windows 10

Next step is to mount the ISO image:

Mounting an ISO image

Checking that ISO image has been mounted:

ISO mounted

Next step is to save BIOS settings and after that, when the VM gets rebooted, ISO files are going to start loading.

ISO files loading

After this, we are getting to the first page, with basic info e.g. which language to choose for installation steps, what time zone, keyboard setup.

When you are done, click Next.

Welcome screen Windows 10

You’ll see something like this:

Setup is starting Windows 10

Next page is ‘License terms’ page. You can read if you want it. After you read the license terms, check the box “I accept the license terms” and click next:

License Terms Windows 10

Next page is about what type of the installation you would like to choose, upgrade or a custom installation:

Type of Installation Windows 10

For the purpose of this guide, I will choose a custom installation. I will work with Upgrade next time.

We are presented with the available partitions. For the purpose of this installation, I’ll use a dedicated partition (60GB in size):

Choose a partition for Windows 10 installation

You can choose to delete the current partition (in case you already have an OS installed on it), and then format the partition, but since I don’t have anything installed on it, I will just choose ‘Format’ and click Next.

Installation will start copying Windows files on that partition:

Installation starts for Windows 10

After some time, if everything is alright, you should see this page:

Finishing installation of Windows 10 Technical Preview

it will automatically reboot the VM, and after some loading time, you should see a setup page, where you can choose between Express settings (Windows 10 will use already predefined settings), and Customize, where you will be able to choose settings on your own.

Setup page Windows 10 Technical preview

Lets decide how we will setup our Windows 10 technical Review. Choose ‘Customize’

I am assuming that you are going to test Windows 10 technical Preview at home, or at work. if so, choose ‘Yes’, for “For Home and Work Networks”

Connecting to network

 

Now, you should see a lot of options of how to setup your machine, from automatically downloading of drivers, apps, sending back valuable info to Microsoft so they can improve Windows 10, whether apps can use your name and account photo, up to SmartScreen online services and “Do Not Track” requests.

Update and Privacy settings of Windows 10 Technical preview

When you are done with configuring, Windows 10 will check for connection in order to proceed further:

Windows 10 technical Preview checking connection

The next screen is dedicated to your user account. You should choose a user name, password, and a password hint of course.

Windows 10 create account

And I believe that is it. The next screen would be something like this:

Welcome screen Windows 10 technical preview

Desktop Windows 10

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