Installing Windows 10 Technical Preview

Microsoft recently announced Windows 10 to much fanfare and then opened up the Technical Preview to the general public to take the new operating system for a spin.  This is great news for geeks like me that are always looking for a shiny new toy to play with.  In this article, I’ll explain how you can get a copy of the preview for yourself.  I’m also including a companion video to walk you through the installation process using Oracle’s VM VirtualBox.

Before we get started, make sure you have the minimum system requirements on your computer.

  • Processor: 1 gigahertz (GHz) or faster

  • RAM: 1 gigabyte (GB) (32-bit) or 2 GB (64-bit)

  • Free hard disk space: 16 GB

  • Graphics card: Microsoft DirectX 9 graphics device with WDDM driver

  • A Microsoft account and Internet access

It’s also worth noting that not all hardware will function properly (or have an appropriate driver) with the Technical Preview.  Additionally, the system will likely have bugs and show stopping issues, so I do not recommend installing it on your primary computer as your primary operating system.  This is why I recommend installing it inside VirtualBox.

The first thing you’ll need to do is actually get the Windows 10 Technical Preview ISO image from Microsoft.  You can obtain the ISO elsewhere, but since it’s free from Microsoft, why not just get it from them directly?

In order to download the preview, you will need to enroll in the Windows Insider Program.  After you’ve enrolled, you can then choose to either download a small executable file which will install Windows 10 over top of your current operating system (probably not a good idea).  Or, you can choose to download an ISO image, which is what you are going to need if you plan to follow the video tutorial.

While the ISO is downloading, you’ll want to head on over and get Oracle VM VirtualBox.  You are actually going to want the latest test version of VirtualBox as I have found that version 4.3.16 has problems launching the virtual machine.

You can get version 4.3.17 by going here:

Once you’ve downloaded the Windows 10 Technical Preview ISO and have VirtualBox 4.3.17 installed, you can watch the video guide below for installation instructions.

It’s worth pointing out that if you accidentally downloaded the Windows 10 installer executable and ran it, you can run the following command from a command prompt to remove the KB from your machine to prevent it from being downloaded and installed.

wusa.exe /uninstall /kb:2990214

Now I’m going to go ahead and spend some time tinkering with the preview, expect an article sometime next week with my thoughts.


The Associates Press tech geek, web bastard and general jackass.

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