Pro tip: How to install Windows 10 Technical Preview in VirtualBox

Do you want to take a closer look at the Windows 10 Technical Preview, but you don’t want to disrupt your current computing environment with what is essentially an incomplete and potentially unstable operating system? If, so you’re in luck, because you can do so quite easily and without any fear by installing the Windows 10 Technical Preview in an Oracle VM VirtualBox virtual machine. In this article, I’ll show you how.

Get the Technical Preview

To get the Windows 10 Technical Preview, which is available as an ISO file, all you need is a Microsoft Account and an internet connection. To get started, go to the Windows Technical Preview site and read through the information. When you’re ready, click the Get Started button, sign in with your Microsoft Account to join the Windows Insider Program, and then follow the steps to go to the download page (Figure A). Next, download the appropriate ISO file to your hard disk.

 

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Updated: October 13, 2014 — 5:53 pm

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