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How to Safely Test Windows 10 Technical Preview

The release of Windows 10 Technical Preview is coming up, it could happen in late September or early October. During a special briefing on September 30, Microsoft is expected to reveal and discuss the next version of Windows in San Francisco; hopefully then we’ll know for sure if we have to wait any longer.

However, no matter when we get the first parts, we will have to prepare to safely test this new operating system. For starters, Windows Technical Preview is a preview, which means that it is not a finished product, it may be stable enough to run on your PC, but there will be many errors and many things that may not work properly.

Also, Microsoft will not include all the functions in the preview, some changes like the new Start menu, modern windows applications and other features should come to the preview. However, the company plans to release express updates to continue improving the operating system and adding more features at least twice a month, and Microsoft may add an easy way to update to the latest version without having to completely reinstall the system. Operational.

With all these details in mind, here are some tips to consider to safely test Windows Tech Preview:

Using a primary machine

Before downloading the bits, consider NOT installing Windows Threshold on your main device, as I said, the operating system is still in progress and things may not work as you want, errors, crashes and other problems are expected.

If you decide to install Windows 10 Preview on your main machine, for God’s sake, do a full backup first. Don’t know how to do this? Don’t worry you’re covered, check out the how-to guide above to create a full backup of your system.

What’s more Microsoft will not offer a way to get back to Windows 8.x from Windows Technical Preview. As a full backup is the best thing you can do to protect your system and your data, when you decide it’s time to go back to Windows 8.1, just plug in your external hard drive and restore from backup, 20 minutes later you’ll be done. back in business.

SEE ALSO: Windows Technical Preview Rollback Will Not Be Supported

Using a spare PC

Do you have a spare computer? Excellent! This is the safest way to test Preview. First, make sure nothing of interest is stored on the replacement PC, then download the Microsoft Windows Technical Preview ISO and install it.

Using virtualization

If you don’t have a spare computer and don’t want to risk your main PC, the best thing to do is run a virtual machine. There are a lot of software that you can use, but the most popular way to go is to use the free software available. VirtualBox or you can also choose VMware Workstation, this is a paid product, but it offers a trial version. Since the next version of Windows is an enhancement to Windows 8 and not a rewritten operating system from scratch, these how-to guides above can help you set up your own Windows Technical Preview virtual machine in VirtualBox or VMWare Workstation.

SEE ALSO: How to Install Windows 10 Technical Preview in a Virtual Machine

Using the dual boot option

Finally, there is one last option, the dual boot setup. If you do not want to use your main machine, you do not have a spare computer, and you are not comfortable testing Windows 10 display in a virtual machine due to the fact that this method does not allow the operation of the system to take full advantage of the hardware. available on your system. You can try the dual boot approach to run Windows 10 and Windows 8.1 or any other version of Windows on the same machine.

Now that you have five different ways to test Windows 10 Tech Preview safely, the question is which one will you use? Have another way to test a pre-release version of an operating system? Share the information in the comments below.

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Update: This article has been updated to reflect the new name of Windows 10.