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The Windows 10 Technical Preview (TP) contains several Linux-inspired features How To Get The Best Features Of Mac, Linux & Co On Windows How To Get The Best Features Of Mac, Linux & Co On Windows Operating system envy: You admire certain Mac and Linux features, while using Windows. What if Windows was a canvas and you could add all the neat gimmicks you like? Here's how. Read More , including workspaces (multiple virtual desktops), windows spread (task view), and a Ubuntu style search. Microsoft took good ideas Want Windows 10 Features? Buy A Mac Today! Want Windows 10 Features? Buy A Mac Today! Windows 10 reintroduces real desktop search, includes multiple desktops and adds a start menu with live tile "widgets" – so why should you buy a Mac instead? Read More from multiple sources, including user feedback Want New Windows Features? Share Your Ideas With Microsoft & Vote Want New Windows Features? Share Your Ideas With Microsoft & Vote Microsoft wants to know what you would like Windows to look like! Propose and review Windows features to shape the next version of Windows. Read More , and turned them into what appears to be an attractive and stable operating system. The Windows 10 TP Windows 10 In Pictures - A Guided Tour Of The Technical Preview Windows 10 In Pictures - A Guided Tour Of The Technical Preview The Windows 10 Technical Preview is now available to everyone. Some bugs aside, it does look promising. We'll guide you through the new Windows one screenshot at a time. Read More  has been downloaded over 1 million times and feedback has been surprisingly positive.

Do you occasionally need Windows or have you been thinking about switching? Being in the preview state, Windows 10 isn’t ready to be your main OS, yet. Nevertheless, you can give the TP a free test run. Here is how to install it on a virtual machine or dual boot it with Ubuntu.

Windows 10 TP System Requirements

The Windows 10 TP system requirements are modest:

  • Processor: 1 GHz or faster
  • RAM: 1 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

Microsoft has launched the Windows Insider Program, which allows users to download Windows 10 and provide feedback. To sign up, you need a Microsoft account 5 Security Tips To Consider When Using a Microsoft Account 5 Security Tips To Consider When Using a Microsoft Account You can't use much of the new Windows 8 user interface without a Microsoft account. The account you for logging into into your computer is now an online account. This raises security concerns. Read More . After you have signed in, accept the Terms of Use and the Privacy Statements for Windows Technical Preview to become an Insider.

Windows Insider

Since it’s not possible to upgrade from Linux to Windows 10, you need to download the ISO files. Make sure you download the Windows version matching your hardware, as the 32-bit Windows 10 TP won’t run on 64-bit hardware.


Download Windows 10

Install Windows 10 TP As A Virtual Machine

For this article, I’m using Ubuntu 14.04, installed on a HP Compaq nw8440 mobile workstation. The CPU is a Centrino Duo 64-bit.

Prepare Your BIOS

Before you set up Windows 10, reboot your computer, enter the BIOS How To Enter The BIOS On Your Computer How To Enter The BIOS On Your Computer Inside the BIOS you can change basic computer settings, like the boot order. The exact key you need to strike depends on your hardware. We have compiled a list of strategies & keys to enter... Read More , and make sure Virtualization Technology is enabled; per default, it’s disabled. Depending on your BIOS, you will find this setting under Advanced BIOS Features, CPU Settings, or another category. I found it under System Configuration and Device Options. Just poke around until you spot it.

BIOS Virtualization Technology

Install VirtualBox & Set Up Virtual Machine

Back in Ubuntu, head to your Software Center 5 Great Tips For The Ubuntu Software Center [Linux] 5 Great Tips For The Ubuntu Software Center [Linux] Read More to find and install VirtualBox (our unofficial VirtualBox user guide How To Use VirtualBox: User's Guide How To Use VirtualBox: User's Guide Learn to use VirtualBox. Get virtual computers up and running inside your computer, without having to buy any new hardware. Read More ). When you open VirtualBox, click New, give your virtual machine a name, the Type is Microsoft Windows and under Version choose Other Windows 32-bit or 64-bit, depending on what you’re intending to run.

VirtualBox Create Virtual Machine

From here you can go with default settings. If you can, allocate more than 1GB RAM. The virtual hard disk can be dynamically allocated, although dedicated space appears to result in better performance. After creating the virtual hard disk, I also went into Settings and under Display increased the Video Memory.

VirtualBox Settings Overview

When you’re done, launch your virtual machine What Is a Virtual Machine? What Is a Virtual Machine? Virtual machines allow you to run other operating systems within your current operating system, but why does that matter? What are the pros and cons? Read More by clicking Start. When you do this for the first time, you need to pick the ISO you want to install.

Error During Windows 10 TP Installation

At this point I’ve run into a “Your PC needs to restart.” error, which fortunately is easy to fix. Power off the virtual machine, open Terminal 4 Ways to Teach Yourself Terminal Commands in Linux 4 Ways to Teach Yourself Terminal Commands in Linux If you want to become a true Linux master, having some terminal knowledge is a good idea. Here methods you can use to start teaching yourself. Read More , and type the following command, with vmname being the name you gave your virtual machine, and minding the upper / lower case spelling:
VBoxManage setextradata "vmname" VBoxInternal/CPUM/CMPXCHG16B 1
VirtualBox Your PC Needs To Restart Error

Click Enter, restart your virtual machine, and you should now be able to proceed with installing Windows 10 inside VirtualBox. When you see the screenshot below, you’re almost there, although the setup may take a long time.

VirtualBox Windows Setup

Dual Boot Windows 10 TP On A Linux Machine

Everyone will tell you that it’s easier to install Windows first and then set up a dual boot with Linux. That’s true and we have shown you how to set up a Windows 8 & Ubuntu dual boot Tired Of Windows 8? How To Dual Boot Windows & Ubuntu Tired Of Windows 8? How To Dual Boot Windows & Ubuntu If you discover that Windows 8 isn't quite your cup of tea, and you have no feasible path to downgrade, it may be a good idea to dual boot with Linux to have an alternative... Read More that way before. Today, I’ll briefly take you through the hoops of installing Windows next to an existing Ubuntu installation. This can be a long and complicated process. Fortunately, the Ubuntu documentation is very thorough.

Attention: Installing Windows will overwrite the Ubuntu boot manager (GRUB). We provide resources on how to restore it (and I’ve successfully done it myself), but we highly recommend that you make a backup of your data, in case things go wrong. You should also back up the master boot record.

Create An Ubuntu LiveUSB

To install Windows 10 TP, you need separate drive space. If you don’t already have a spare partition, create one now. Since this can go wrong, we recommend that you first prepare a backup of your data.

To create the Ubuntu LiveUSB, we recommend following the instructions on the official Ubuntu documentation.

Create An NTFS Partition

Boot into the Ubuntu LiveUSB, which contains GParted, a tool to repartition your drive. Open GParted via the Software Center and create a minimum of 16GB of unallocated space. Right-click the unallocated space, select New, be sure to select NTFS as File system, and click Add. When you’re done, click the green checkmark to Apply All Operations.


If you have a spare partition, use GParted to format it to NTFS. Because all data stored on the partition will be erased, you should first back it up.

Create A Bootable Windows 10 TP USB

In addition to a large enough USB stick (4GB+), you need UNetbootin, a utility that will help you create a bootable USB flash drive. Install UNetbootin via your Ubuntu Software Center, open the tool, set the Windows 10 TP ISO file as Diskimage, pick USB Drive as Type, set the target Drive, and click OK.


Use the bootable USB to install Windows 10, which should be straight forward. You might have to enter the BIOS (see link above) to enable booting from a USB disk and/or change the boot order.

Recover Ubuntu After Installing Windows

When you now boot your computer, you’ll notice that it can only boot into Windows. That’s because the master boot record was overwritten. The easiest way to restore it is using Boot-Repair.

Boot into your Ubuntu LiveUSB and follow the instructions on how to install Boot-Repair in Ubuntu, as well as using the tool to restore GRUB. Boot-Repair will not only let you boot into Ubuntu again, it will also give you a dual boot menu.


Looking For Another Way To Try Windows 10 TP?

Christian has outlined how to install Windows 10 TP 3 Easy Ways To Install Windows 10 Technical Preview 3 Easy Ways To Install Windows 10 Technical Preview You can try Windows 10 Technical Preview for free and help Microsoft polish its new flagship operating system. Before you install it, make sure you choose the best method for your needs. Read More on a spare PC, on a virtual machine inside Windows, and on a virtual hard disk. You can also upgrade to Windows 10 from an old Windows 7 or Windows 8 computer. Whatever you do, don’t make Windows 10 TP your main operating system Why The Windows 10 Technical Preview Should Not Be Your Main OS Why The Windows 10 Technical Preview Should Not Be Your Main OS If you think Windows 10 is a keylogger, you know nothing about the purpose of a Technical Preview. That's OK because we're here to explain. Read More , yet.

Windows 10 TP

Running Linux & Windows Side By Side

Running Windows 10 TP as a virtual machine can give you a good impression of its visuals and features, but it will never match the performance of an independent installation. Setting up Windows to run next to Linux, on the other hand, can be a tedious process. Kudos to you if you’ve done it!

Have you tried the Technical Preview? Is there anything that Microsoft could do to make you switch to Windows 8 In 10 Desktop Computers Runs Windows And So Should You 8 In 10 Desktop Computers Runs Windows And So Should You Getting a new computer? One devil urges you to buy a Mac or Chromebook, while the other insists you try Linux. And here's me explaining why you should stick with a Windows device. Read More  as your main operating system? What is your impression of Windows 10, so far?

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