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The Windows 10 Technical Preview 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 was released earlier this month. Following positive reviews, a handful of users upgraded their main Windows 7 or 8 operating system to Windows 10. When reports emerged about Windows 10 Technical Preview recording their every keystroke, naive users were shocked. If you understand what a Technical Preview is, this hardly comes as a surprise.

Based on the Windows 10 Technical Preview, let us explain how you should use early versions of any software What Does "Beta Software" Really Mean? What Does "Beta Software" Really Mean? What does it mean for a project to be in beta and should you care? Read More and why making it your main solution is a bad idea.

What Is A Technical Preview?

The Windows 10 Technical Preview (TP) is an evaluation copy for enterprise users Will Windows 10 Make Productive People Even More Productive? Will Windows 10 Make Productive People Even More Productive? It's official, the new Windows will be a perfect 10. Why Windows 10? Because Windows 7 8 (ate) 9. And here is what you will find inside the Technical Preview. Read More . Basically, it’s an early test version. Businesses are given the chance to try it out, see how it fits into their routines and provide Microsoft with feedback. Ideally, Microsoft will integrate the collected data into a final product that meets the needs of its customers.

We do not recommend that you install this preview if you are not an IT professional or not professionally managing corporate PCs or devices. We also do not recommend that you install this preview on your primary home or business PC.
Source: TechNet Evaluation Center

So what is it about the Technical Preview that makes it unsuitable to replace your main operating system or for private use?

It Will Contain Bugs

Early versions of a software tend to be immature. Apart from being error-prone, the software might be insecure or cause your computer to crash.

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Windows 10 TP contains several bugs. Some users reported it takes a long time to start up, others noticed that the new Continuum feature doesn’t work flawlessly all the time, and apparently some modern apps fail to function properly. The video above highlights a number of other issues that might be due to the hardware being used. For a test version, that’s normal!

It Won’t Support All Hardware & Software

Windows TP was designed with modern hardware in mind and comes preloaded with a limited number of drivers. Remember that it’s an evaluation copy for enterprise users. They are using Windows 10 TP to examine compatibility with their existing setup and to make requests to Microsoft for changes. As a result, Windows 10 will go through a number of changes before its final release in mid-late 2015. A Developer Preview of Windows 10, based on which new software and hardware drivers will be developed, is expected to be available for Microsoft’s Build conference in April 2015.

Once the final version of Windows 10 is released, it will contain a wider selection of hardware drivers. Likewise, software will be updated to work with the new OS and make use of its novel features. Meanwhile, Windows 8 drivers and software should work fine on Windows 10 TP.

If you do decide to try Windows 10 TP and run into issues, whether it’s with hardware, software, or Windows 10 TP in general, browse the Windows 10 TP section on Microsoft’s Community Forum. Narrow down on a specific topic, search the entire forum, or post your own question.

Microsoft Community Forum

Its Use Will Be Closely Monitored

Days after the Windows TP became available, Microsoft got into hot water for the amount of information it’s collecting from users of the evaluation copy. But as Lifehacker’s Whitson Gordon writes, the whole Windows 10 keylogger story is blown out of proportion.

First, the Privacy Statement makes it perfectly clear what kind of information is being collected, how it’s collected, and what it’s used for.

When you acquire, install and use the Program, Microsoft collects information about you, your devices, applications and networks, and your use of those devices, applications and networks. Examples of data we collect include your name, email address, preferences and interests; browsing, search and file history; phone call and SMS data; device configuration and sensor data; and application usage.
Source: Privacy Statements for Windows Technical Preview

Second, to develop a reliable product that meets the needs of their users, Microsoft must observe how their operating system is being used. This is why the preview is being distributed freely in the first place.

This is what Microsoft had to say on the matter:

With Windows 10, we’re kicking off the largest ever open collaborative development effort that will change the way we build and deliver Windows. Users who join the Windows Insider Program and opt-in to the Windows 10 Technical Preview are choosing to provide data and feedback that will help shape the best Windows experience for our customers.
Source: betanews

Note that this is a special privacy statement for Microsoft’s technical previews which does not apply to the final release. Although how Microsoft is potentially being forced to violate its privacy statements by governments is a whole different story. It’s best to assume that nothing is private anymore Your Interest in Privacy Will Ensure You're Targeted By The NSA Your Interest in Privacy Will Ensure You're Targeted By The NSA Read More .

The Trial Will Expire

Another reason why you shouldn’t get too comfortable with using Windows 10 Technical Preview as your main OS, is that the preview build will expire on April 15, 2015.

Windows 10 Trial Expiry

While Windows 10 is rumored be a free upgrade for Windows 8 users What Can You Expect From Windows 9? Threshold Rumors Summarized What Can You Expect From Windows 9? Threshold Rumors Summarized In a few weeks, Microsoft will release its first official preview of Windows 9, code-named Threshold. Let's see whether this new Windows incarnation could meet your needs. Read More and possibly cheap for everyone else, you will still have to re-install your operating system. That said, if you’re using a Microsoft account How To Recover A Hacked Microsoft Account & Prevent Future Hacks How To Recover A Hacked Microsoft Account & Prevent Future Hacks Microsoft accounts are used for OneDrive file storage, Outlook.com emails, Skype conversations, and even signing into Windows 8. You'll want to get that Microsoft account back if it's ever hacked. Here is how. Read More , you will probably be able to carry over your personal settings and apps from a preview build to the final release candidate, just as Windows 8 users were able to carry over settings and apps into Windows 10 TP.

How To Use The Technical Preview Properly

If you’re still interested in trying Windows 10 TP, below are some pointers for how to best do that.

Install It On Secondary Hardware Or As A Virtual Machine

Windows 10 TP installs as an upgrade to Windows 7 or Windows 8. You can also install it from a USB drive. We recommend installing it on a secondary computer or as a dual boot with your current main operating system. If you don’t have a spare computer and don’t want to set up a dual boot, you can install Windows 10 TP within a 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 on your current computer. We recommend VMware Player.

Provide Feedback

While Microsoft does monitor how you use the OS, any feedback you provide will still be evaluated and might have an impact on the final release. To give feedback, boot into Windows 10, open the Start menu 2015!? No Way Microsoft! How to Get Your Windows 8.1 Start Menu Now 2015!? No Way Microsoft! How to Get Your Windows 8.1 Start Menu Now Windows 8 won't get a native Start Menu after all. But why wait on Microsoft? Here's how you can help yourself with third party tools like Classic Shell or Start8 and other workarounds. Read More and click the Windows Feedback tile in the top right.

Windows Feedback

In the window that opens, click the recent application or area you would like to give feedback on. You will be shown previous feedback and can simply click a Me too! button in case someone already reported what you wanted to add.

Send Windows Feedback

How Are You Trying The Windows 10 Technical Preview?

The Technical Preview allows you to get a sneak peek at what’s coming and you can play around with a new toy. Do keep in mind that it’s a trial version that doesn’t satisfy the same quality and security standards you’d expect from the release candidate. Instead of making it your main operating system, treat it like an unfinished product and help Microsoft polish it.

By the way, in case you’re not running Windows 10 TP, you can suggest Windows features and vote on submissions on Microsoft’s Windows Feature Suggestions page or the Windows 10 Technical Preview Forum mentioned above.

What are you looking for in the Technical Preview? How did you install it and how are you evaluating it?

  1. Mike
    July 31, 2016 at 1:51 am

    Why didn't Microsoft go and just buy their software from APPLE and name it Windows 10?
    I just dumped my iMac for a new Acer lo0aded with Win 10. What a piece of crap. I could have kept my Mac OS X and kept $500 plus many additional expenses to get this stupid program running properly. Microshit really outdo themselves this time. Their WIN 7 was twice the program then WIN 10. Only stupid people praise this new piece of sh.t, but then, what have we today anyway?

  2. Joshua Alwin
    August 6, 2015 at 11:11 am

    Good Evening,Tina

    Well,I Made Windows Tp The Main Os T.T .Is There Any Way To Upgrade It To Windows 10 Pro One.I Tried Installing it But It Comes Up With An Error And Restores The Previous Version Of Windows ( The Tp One ).
    Please Leave An Answer.
    Thank You. :)

    • Tina Sieber
      August 6, 2015 at 5:21 pm

      Joshua,

      When you say Windows TP, you mean the Technical Preview?

      How are you trying to upgrade to Windows 10 Pro?

  3. Richard
    May 12, 2015 at 6:27 am

    Good morning Tina

    Have you installed build 10114? This has more start menu options and tweaks

    I cannot find the download source yet.

    • Tina
      May 12, 2015 at 7:18 am

      I install builds when they once they are issued to the fast update ring.

  4. Richard
    May 6, 2015 at 10:50 am

    I think it was due to the upgrade too, I let nature take its course on the upgrade, as each build/update came in it done what it needed to.

    I have no issues with the start items in the menus, perhaps a couple of reboots could be the answer?!

    Have you used Spartan? I have, it needs more search options, and home page settings, most important a Home button, I cannot see how to get back to the home page I started on??????

    Knock on Wood :p)

  5. Richard
    May 6, 2015 at 8:01 am

    I am on build 10074
    Under settings I have chosen fast updates, on the last update, reboot required, I had a dark grey screen with mouse cursor, that was it. It took three more reboots to resolve it? Then the apps were missing from the start button, anyone else had this issue?

    All is fine now, so was it updates?

    NOTE: That's the first glitch for win 10 on my laptop :p)

    • Tina
      May 6, 2015 at 8:13 am

      Could have been the upgrade process, sure. Did you upgrade from the previous build or did you go through several build upgrades at once?

      I didn't experience issues while upgrading or right after, but since then, some things like the Start and search (Cortana) menus have been acting up. Might have to reboot to solve those. Didn't notice any apps missing, but then I do almost everything in the browser. :)

      Windows 10 has been pretty stable for me, too. *knock on wood*

  6. Faith Tosin
    April 30, 2015 at 5:52 pm

    And Windows 10 technical preview didn't expire on April 15, 2015 . .....just saying

    • Richard
      May 6, 2015 at 8:05 am

      I don't think it will expire Faith.

      The builds will keep updating, and eventually once all the testing is complete Win 10 will be stable, and the free upgrade is yours to keep.

      That's what I read, ......Just saying ;p)

    • Tina
      May 6, 2015 at 8:10 am

      Microsoft was careful about answering question about whether or not the Technical Preview will expire like previous previews (Windows 8 and earlier) did. They said they are *trying* to make it possible for TP users to directly upgrade to the final version, without having to install from scratch.

  7. Richard
    April 27, 2015 at 2:22 pm

    How strange that the power button moved, I thought you may be the under cover Boss working for Microsoft, he he.
    I thought of you, as soon as the power button moved! :p)

    Do you know of any other software changes for win 10?

    Now to find a working icon pack

  8. Richard
    April 26, 2015 at 10:05 pm

    Tina

    I mentioned above, the power shut down was to far away from the start button, Today after installing updates, the power button is just above the start button, Happy Days!

    A few other visual changes too, nice!

    • Tina
      April 27, 2015 at 11:26 am

      Yes, I noticed that and thought of you. I like the recent changes to the Start Menu a lot. Looks like Microsoft does listen after all! :)

  9. Richard
    April 23, 2015 at 11:29 am

    Hello Tina

    Okay, I followed the Link for the icon pack, I choose retro icon pack, an hour as passed and still no pack, Reason for this is, the file is a EX_ File (.ex_), will not open with Apps on win-rar, I have been looking for a free converter, which has been elusive, downloaded Fileview Pro, Trial, it also downloaded speed up my computer and other unwanted software, most people would not know what to do with this, and click agree to everything so that it works. Google home page as been replaced by mysearch (add on) So, I will start by getting rid of the unwanted web sites and programs, re-scan for any other unwanted software. Try for yourself and download/install the retro icon pack, let me know how you get on :p)

    • Tina
      April 24, 2015 at 9:44 am

      Hey Richard,

      Sorry that downloading a tool for extracting the RAR archive caused you such issues! You could have used 7-Zip to unpack the RAR archive.

      It's unfortunate that the file extension is messed up. You can manually rename it from .ex_ to .exe and the installer will work. Simple fix and the icon pack works wonderfully.

      You might want to look into our malware removal guide for fixing the issues caused by that nasty trial software. Also this article by Aaron on steps to take after discovering malware has some great pointers.

  10. Richard
    April 22, 2015 at 8:59 pm

    Hello Tina

    Are icon sets available now? not the ones you right click each folder and choose one under the properties TAB?
    One other thing, search the web and windows on the TASK BAR, it does not search Windows, it searches the web only, so no point in that, or have I missed something here?

    • Tina
      April 23, 2015 at 10:09 am

      Richard,

      If you search, you'll be able to find icon sets and transformation packs for Windows 10. Here's an icon set called Tango.

      The Taskbar search in Windows 10 searches the local computer, OneDrive, and the net. It's like the "Everything" search option on Windows 8.1. Although right now I can't get it to display web results.

  11. Richard
    April 22, 2015 at 1:58 pm

    Virtually bug free Tina, all of my software and hardware is compatible.
    I was a win 7 user, and must admit I like win 10 better, although some elements I don't like, mainly visual ones. The folders in documents, and new created folders looks tacky, its not a nice looking yellow, I don't really like the start button, left click (Apps) right click commands/folders, run command. Shut down/restart is to far away from the start button, sometimes it closes, then you have to do it again to shut down, I think there is a better looking start up, login screen on the horizon?

    That's it!
    Richard

    • Tina
      April 22, 2015 at 2:06 pm

      Good to hear you're having such a positive experience with Windows 10.

      The UI design elements probably won't change that much, but you can change them yourself with icon sets etc. MakeUseOf will dive into options for Windows 10, although they are pretty similar to Windows 7 and 8.1.

      I actually love the login screen; at least the visuals.
      The Start Menu could indeed be better, I find it very limited.

  12. Joe Joe
    April 19, 2015 at 10:55 am

    First I just want to say, good review. Not bad knowing what you're going into. I just installed Win10TP and really like it so far.. though I'm not a hater of 8.1 either. Windows 8+ has allowed them to build there OS across multiple devices and keep everything you care about in sync. Windows 8+ has significant performance increases over anything prior to it not to mention how it handles newer hardware better. And Windows 10 will only (hopefully) continue to stack onto that. But.. on to the part that is actually important here.

    My first impression.. all the software and programs I use are up and running great. I play lots of games and everything seems to be going pretty smooth so far. I will be running it as my primary OS simply because A. I'm not really doing anything that I care if MS sees, B. I'm not opposed to doing another clean install at launch (whether it's back to 8.1 or to 10) and C. How else do you provide accurate OS details if you do some of the alternatives mentioned above, virutalOS, etc. Secondary partition, I can see that as long as you boot and use it as much as possible, install your apps and push it. Not helpful to the release otherwise. If you don't, then don't complain at launch about stuff that doesn't work. :P

  13. tanmay hembram
    April 12, 2015 at 4:43 am

    windows explorer hangs quickly

  14. Brian Moore
    April 10, 2015 at 3:53 am

    Microsoft has made it clear that you WILL be able to directly upgrade the tech-preview to the full release version. Even though the tech preview has and expiration date it will not lock-down and is upgradable.

  15. Chris
    April 3, 2015 at 2:49 am

    maybe having an option in windows 10 to have a home network monitoring system in it. eg, main computer gets data or other input send from other computers using the wi fi or network its attached to or other computers can send internal mail easier. I mini intranet built in for dummies would be very useful!

  16. name
    March 19, 2015 at 7:08 pm

    Dummies.............Windows 10 is the tenth edition of the operating system !!!!!

    • Brian Moore
      April 10, 2015 at 4:03 am

      Your the dummy.. They skipped #9. If they didn't skip #9 then you are still a dummy because by your own standards of what you said that means the number of the part of the name of their OS is the edition number. That would mean that they skipped something along the way such as Windows 6 or 7 or whatever because the last one they released was windows 8 and 8.1. Show me where Windows 9 is.. Or better yet.. How about you just google Windows 9 for a RECENT article and see that Microsoft themself said they are skipping the Windows9 name. That means that windows 10 is NOT the 10th edition but simply a part of the name. You cannot say that because of the 8.1 then 8.1 was actually 9. Because again, your own standards makes it the name 7, 10, the edition and the name.. Also, if that be the case then remember that there was a Windows 98, then a windows 98 SE (second edition) there was windows 3.0 , 3.1, and 3.11.. Even if you ignore side edition like Windows NT and Windows2000 that came out for professionals only and only consider home/small office editions, windows is far beyond the windows TENTH edtion. What is so sad is when someone calls someone a dummy for something they've asked or said and the one calling the other a dummy is WRONG.. This makes that person not only the dummy instead but a total, absolute, funny STUPID moron. Always remember, *ignorance and arrogance* are two sides of the SAME coin. P.S. Before you show even more ignorance and troll me over my grammar, English is not my native language. But anyway. I love it when someone makes an absolute fool and dummy out of themself for the every thing they were saying to someone else. It magnifies just how much of a dummy they appear by 100x.

  17. Mariyan
    March 13, 2015 at 9:09 pm

    Windows 8 and 10 are nothing..
    many options are not avaible for the users.
    Why?
    Because Save boot isn't avaible
    -Menu is the same as windows 7
    -We can change everything as windows 8 and 10 but with the current w7
    Images on my w7 http://prntscr.com/6ge9a9
    *Program as change button, options as "change taskbar color" are more useful and w8 and 10 are 0 against w7
    -Apps are not so good, I dont see nothing interesting
    -I can make w7 much better than the new versions
    -My computer works more faster than w8
    -WINDOWS 8 AND 10 ARE AS WINDOWS 7 BUT WITHOUT THE USEFUL FUNCTION
    *I'm expert

  18. Jim
    March 13, 2015 at 3:31 am

    "Companies are — by US law — required to integrate backdoors for the NSA and give them access to private data."

    That's NOT true.

    • Tina
      March 13, 2015 at 9:56 am

      You're right, I have to take this back. Companies are definitely heavily enticed or armed into complying, though. Also, we don't know what the secret courts are doing. There is a reason why some programs were removed from the market, although being quite popular.

      It appears that the NSA is seeking to create a legal framework for accessing anyone's data. This is what NSA director Mike Rogers said:
      “‘Backdoor’ is not the context I would use, because when I hear the phrase ‘backdoor’ I think: ‘Well this is kind of shady, why wouldn’t you want to go in the front door, be very public?’” Rogers said. “We can create a legal framework for how we do this.”

  19. Bob
    February 23, 2015 at 7:28 pm

    I tried Windows 10 technical preview and did a system benchmark which said it was Windows 8.xxx. It wasn't bad but still had that horrid awe of Windows 8 about it.

    @ Tina Sieber

    You say 'increased security'
    The spying revelations hitting the news on a weekly basis (MS also mentioned)
    are saying exactly the opposite, which has me very concerned.

    • Tina Sieber
      February 26, 2015 at 8:07 am

      In the article I wrote this about the TP: "Do keep in mind that it’s a trial version that doesn’t satisfy the same quality and security standards you’d expect from the release candidate."

      Spying violates privacy, not necessarily security, depending on who the spy is.

      When I speak of increased security, I'm referring to computers running older operating systems, like Windows XP with unpatched public vulnerabilities that are being exploited by and spreading malware. Getting as many systems as possible upgraded to a supported version of Windows and to have as many users as possible on one version of Windows that is easy to administer, will collectively increase security.

      Companies are -- by US law authorities -- required heavily enticed to integrate backdoors for the NSA and give them access to private data. That is a whole different story. And it doesn't matter which version of Windows or another US-based OS you use, they're all subject to the law this procedure. Only Linux / flavors may be an exception (for being independent and tough to pressure).

  20. Cy Cooper
    February 23, 2015 at 5:55 pm

    I have it installed on my laptop (that i rarely used anyways) for testing purposes so far it seems ok. I just wish i could make the live tiles disappear. Also since the latest build was released i cant get the start menu to launch.

  21. Rob
    February 22, 2015 at 11:21 am

    just partitioned my hd to install windows 10. been wanting to try it for months. first thing I said when I sat the task bar was "it looks just like windows 7" lol.

  22. Micky Ryan
    February 22, 2015 at 2:20 am

    i think they are basically giving 10 to everyone who can run it because after that it will make there lives so much easier and they can stop supporting all previous operating systems .

  23. Micky Ryan
    February 22, 2015 at 2:18 am

    I have used the Preview since it became available and only had 2 programs that didn't work 7 taskbar tweaker and some optimizer for network that came with new mother board. I have ran games, production software, and movies, and web editing software with no glitches. my only complaint is when they sticky the multiple instances of a program together because I would prefer to move them around on the taskbar like I used to .

    • Tina Sieber
      February 22, 2015 at 8:18 pm

      I briefly looked into whether it's possible to move open windows from the same program (or program session) separately, but couldn't find anything. I'm sure it's possible via the registry. Do let me know in case you come across a solution!

      And yes, they are giving Windows 10 away for free to get people off of old operating systems and increase security. Not the only reason, but certainly an important one.

  24. mohit aggarwal
    February 19, 2015 at 1:58 am

    Can we upgrade our technical preview of win10 into full version of win10

    • Tina Sieber
      February 20, 2015 at 9:14 am

      Microsoft said they're intending to make it possible. My guess is that you might have to prove that you own a copy of a Windows that's eligible for the free upgrade (Windows 7, 8, 8.1; including OEM).

  25. Louis Chussereault
    February 4, 2015 at 6:50 am

    I am very sad I had to restore to Windows 8.1 after trying to activate the sound card of my Windows Tablet. The sound card is a very common Realtek sound driver...from ASUS.

    When it was working it was great, after the update of my sound card it just lopped constantly in a restart then problem then restart infinite loop !

  26. desert rat
    February 1, 2015 at 12:00 am

    I just installed win 10 - beta build 9926, x86. can install PaintShop Pro X3, but PaintShop Pro X3 will NOT launch (run). it bombs out, message says that it has a problem but cannot identify it.

    • Tina
      February 2, 2015 at 1:13 pm

      So PaintShop Pro X3 installs successfully and then doesn't launch when you try to run it? Did you run the compatibility troubleshooter? Have you tried to uninstall, reboot, and install again?

  27. Kieran
    January 29, 2015 at 5:38 pm

    So for example, When this does expire. What do I do then?
    Would I have to install an OS from a Disc or ISO again?
    Because currently I haven't got a version of Windows I can use to reinstall...

    • Tina
      January 30, 2015 at 12:33 pm

      Kieran, Microsoft said it will most likely be possible to upgrade to the final release from the preview.

    • Kieran
      January 30, 2015 at 1:19 pm

      Tina, yet I will be having to pay for the final release yes?
      Which is fair but if I couldn't afford it at the time.. Id be stuck without an OS or a pirated version of vista.. And I don't ever want to be using that again..

    • Tina
      January 30, 2015 at 1:29 pm

      Do you have Windows 7 or 8? If yes, you won't have to pay. If no, there might be an issue.

    • Kieran
      January 30, 2015 at 3:41 pm

      So Id get the final version of windows 10.. For free. If I use the beta now and update my windows 7 PC?

    • Tina
      January 30, 2015 at 4:23 pm

      Yes, that's what Microsoft said a couple of days ago. You just have to upgrade from Windows 7 within the first year of the final Windows 10 release (later this year).

      How they will handle Windows Insiders who never upgraded from an old Windows version but instead installed Windows 10 as a dual boot, I don't know. Maybe they'll let them have the final release for free as a reward or you'll have to provide a W7 / 8 serial number. That's speculation though.

  28. Ken Marshall
    January 29, 2015 at 5:17 pm

    Tina, I use Windows 8.1 the most right now.
    I due recoveries and clean outs, I now use windows 8.1 for most computers, if there older computers, windows 8.1 seems take less resources and works better.
    Ken the computer hobbyist

  29. Mohamed
    January 29, 2015 at 3:51 am

    Anyone knows the release date of the final version of Windows 10 TP ?

    • Tina
      January 29, 2015 at 11:25 am

      No definite date has been announced, yet. They estimate Windows 10 will be released in late summer, early fall this year.

      Note that TP stands for Technical Preview. The first technical preview was released in October last year and the consumer previews are being rolled out now.

  30. Kenneth
    January 26, 2015 at 8:26 am

    Very useful information. Keep up your good work! :)

  31. Brandon R.
    January 18, 2015 at 4:06 pm

    I've been using W10 as my main OS for two months, my opinion:

    1. Has NEVER crashed. There are some bugs with metro apps, but I don't use metro apps much. :)

    2. I trust Microsoft isn't going to give out or use my personal sensitive data for anything.

    • Tina
      January 19, 2015 at 1:54 pm

      Same experience here, Brandon. I have been using Windows 10 as my main OS since October. I barely use modern apps, either. You don't have to trust Microsoft more than any other company on the data front, the terms of service are clear.

      The thing with a technical preview is, every new Build could cause unforeseen failures and some users had severe issues with new Builds, to the point that they had to reinstall the OS. While most people will have experiences similar to yours and mine, I can not recommend anyone to make Windows 10 their main OS until it's been fully tested and the final version has been released.

  32. David
    December 15, 2014 at 1:31 am

    Unequivocally the worst tech video in the history of humanking, past, present and future.

  33. radu
    December 10, 2014 at 3:16 am

    what about those that got a license number for the technical preview? will that also expire by april 2015?

    • Tina
      December 10, 2014 at 9:46 pm

      Everyone got a license number for the TP, no? The good news is, Microsoft hinted to the possibility that an upgrade might be possible.

    • Raghuvarya
      March 22, 2015 at 1:48 pm

      Totally a free upgrade! Even for the pirated ones! But the pirated versions will have a watermark "Not genuine", whereas the genuine one doesn't and your licence extends as usuasl :)

  34. Mohamed
    December 8, 2014 at 10:42 am

    before i have no problem but after the last update there is many bugs in explorer and it's hangs
    before i recommend to my friends but now the situation is different
    if any one know how i can fix this problem please help
    Thank You

  35. Emily
    December 6, 2014 at 10:54 am

    Microsoft All Old and New Operating systems are good to use, But If you want to use your OS as a commercial level, It is just Windows 7 Professional 32/64bit Full Version OS with license, Which I also used at my office laptop. It will safe anytime without any risk to lost my data after get corruption, Because it has been updating direct with Microsoft server. All you need is to get Microsoft genuine software and its license activation code from: odosta.com/microsoft-windows-7-genuine-product-key-sticker/ ODosta Store
    I also got it, Which is working well from last year.

  36. Edward Gentile
    December 4, 2014 at 6:38 am

    can I buy my existing win 10 ?

    • Tina
      December 4, 2014 at 9:38 am

      I don't know whether that will be possible, Edward. It's a technical preview and it will expire. It might be possible to upgrade and keep all or at least some of your settings, but I haven't heard anything about it so far.

  37. Fred
    December 1, 2014 at 10:21 pm

    I'm a tinkerer. I've been playing with computers since DOS 2.1 and a little before. I have an older Asus laptop and my recovery partition wouldn't work with my new hybrid drive. So I installed 7 Home Premium from a Digital River download. I hadn't yet installed all my software and along came the Win 10 Tech Preview. I figured I had nothing to loose and have another couple backup laptop that have 7 installed. I also have a desktop system with 8.1 that I bought as an early adopter and got a killer price on, $39 if I recall correctly. I really like Win 7. It's very stable and seems to run everything. The UI is simple and easy, and is similar to what was started with 95. 8 took some real getting used to. 8.1 was a little better, but the lack of a start menu was disappointing. I could work with it and knew I would have to learn it as a lot of people I know would be needing help with it. My first 2 attempts with 8 failed due to video card issues. I finally got as combination that it liked and it worked. As everyone has noted the Metro interface is really designed for tablets and phones. So now I have 10 installed and I like it. It's been less than a week for me, but if the final release is anything close to the tech preview I'll be quite happy. I'm looking forward to see what the retail pricing will be.

  38. Brandon Bowers
    November 21, 2014 at 5:22 pm

    Even though I normally do not use a preview or beta versions as a main OS, I had to do so in this case. Windows 8.0 updates will not work/install. I wonder if this is deliberate on Microsoft part due to Windows 8.1 and Windows 10. As of November 21, 2014, all the software I use are running as it should. I have run/activate certain software so they will run in the start up (system tray), but other than that, I have had no major issues (knock on virtual wood). This makes me wonder if others are having issues are due to a legacy computer (which is hard to really upgrade one's computer every 5 to 7 years)?

  39. Bill Callahan
    November 6, 2014 at 7:09 pm

    Windows 7 Worked Well on my Laptop. Then I updated to Windows 8 and it was Problem after Problem!!! So I updated to Windows 10 and No Problems Yet? All Apps that I had before Run better as well as the Overall Experience. Only had to Re-Install my Sound Card Driver. If only there would be an Upgrade to Permanent Use without the Expiration?

  40. Ken Marshall
    November 6, 2014 at 4:31 pm

    I use mostly windows 7 for important work, and windows 8.1 for learning and teaching..
    I'm The Computer Hobbyist, been in computers since 1983, my main work started in 1960 age 12 in the TV, consumer home repair , I owned my own TV shop in 1993 to 2010.

    I repair, clean, do compete recover and updates on desktop and loptop computers from my house...

  41. Gary Dime Jr.
    October 25, 2014 at 4:20 pm

    Good article. Using 10 since it's availability as main OS. Was aware of the risks involved but took a chance. Had some issues previously with licensing, 8 to 8.1 and the OEM deal. I have experienced the following issues thus far: 1. Attempted to add Avast Security the same day received several updates via MS. Total reinstall of OS. (not a good day) 2. MS update errors failed. 3. Licensing issues from the "Store." All in all I am pleasantly surprised to find 10 with few issues. After 8 and 8.1 criticism via media, end users, business etc. I expected MS to offer a product that wouldn't fail immediately. So far so good. Yet I am well aware that the night is young...

    • Tina
      October 25, 2014 at 4:47 pm

      Thanks for sharing, Gary!

      I've also been using it as a main OS, mainly to get familiar with it. Triple booting with Windows 7 and 8.1. The latter is kinda slow on this computer, while Windows 10 is super smooth (identical hardware, mind you). No issues whatsoever so far. Not using Avast though and haven't been using the Store much, yet.

  42. Javier
    October 25, 2014 at 10:31 am

    We need Linux distros start doing this so we can finally get ride of Micro$oft once and for all. I mean, one can dream, right?

    • Tina
      October 25, 2014 at 4:44 pm

      Start doing what?

    • Bird Bolt
      January 6, 2015 at 4:01 am

      lol. this is about windows, not linux. personally, i think linux looks very crappy. I like windows' performance wayyyy better

    • stranger
      May 13, 2015 at 1:48 pm

      @Bird Bolt: I agree the focus is on windows here. the rest you say is crap.
      "windows' performance", what is that supposed to mean?

  43. dxman46
    October 21, 2014 at 3:29 pm

    Windows 10 TP : Bring the Start Menu , i am happy , they copy virtual Desktop Feature from Linux. it is stable but i am sure it will be very slow sooner or later like windows 8 and buggy as well. i still experience issues with drivers in windows 8. A driver fail to load and Windows 8 will forget to boot.

    • Tina
      November 6, 2014 at 11:19 am

      I sure hope Windows 10 will maintain its performance while adding more features for consumers. We'll see.

  44. michael
    October 15, 2014 at 7:29 pm

    Win10? You mean Vista v4. It's the same Kernel, it's just had a few things put back that were removed in Vista v3 and Vista v3.1.
    A little "Microsoft Fluff" was added to make the brain dead think their getting something.
    The article states "there are/may be bugs"... are you not familiar with any previous Win OS's? There are and will always be bugs in every OS.
    As for Win10 phoning home, doesn't happen on my 2 machines. Can you say "Thank You COMODO" and a little bit of Forensic common sense.

  45. Ken Marshall
    October 15, 2014 at 7:12 pm

    I have installed all 3 OS (windows 7, 8.1, and 10) on my computer using different partitions.
    I can use the best of all three OS.
    I haven't had a lot of time for windows 10 yet.

    Ken

    • Tina
      November 6, 2014 at 11:20 am

      Ken, which OS do you find yourself using most nowadays?

    • nick d
      January 29, 2015 at 8:13 am

      I quadra-boot :)
      7, 8.1, 10, and Linux :D

  46. mr
    October 15, 2014 at 5:59 pm

    if msft had better marketing skill they would set up trial Win10 PCs in stores with persons to get comments. they would learn much and avoid mistakes.

    • Mr Tech
      November 4, 2014 at 5:40 pm

      You won't be finding Windows 10 in stores until official release, Manufacturers still have machines to sell with Windows 8 software on there, if customers felt there was something new so close they wouldn't buy the existing hardware which will currently have 3-4 new range changes in Win 8 before we start seeing a Windows 10 transition, so, unless it is officially confirmed that the Win 10 update will be free for Win 8 owners you'll undoubtedly find store colleagues wilfully ignorant or vague around the issue.

    • Tina
      November 6, 2014 at 11:21 am

      Yes, Microsoft could set up trial stations in their own stores. Might be an idea for when the Consumer Preview is out.

  47. John Marks, Microsoft Partner
    October 15, 2014 at 4:28 am

    I own a system repair business and I refurbish used laptops(mostly) for resale. I have loaded the tp10 on a couple of them to see how it runs on older equipment. I also loaded it on my primary laptop on a hard drive that I can switch out for my main os, which is win 7. I have worked on several win 8 machines and I wasn't impressed with it so I didn't make the switch. So far, I am impressed with 10. It seems to have taken the best parts of 7 and 8x and married them together. I have found a few issues and have used the feedback app as Microsoft requested. I agree with you that no one should replace their main os with any early release as it can cause many problems that the average user will not be able to spot. But then, that means more business for me.......

    • Tina
      November 6, 2014 at 11:22 am

      John, what are your favorite and least favorite features / aspects of Windows 10 so far?

  48. nalk
    October 14, 2014 at 11:46 pm

    I forgot to mention the one thing I absolute hate about 10 and I dont know if this behaviour is the same on Win 8, as I have never entered the Win 8 store:

    I installed Win 10 on an old laptop without using my Microsoft ID i.e. my hotmail user name and password. (yes, you can do that) I chose a log on name and password at random, as I have done up and until Windows 7.

    Then I went into the store and installed an app using my Microsoft ID i.e. my hotmail address and my hotmail password. That is some what ok, I guess. Not smart having to use the same credentials at two places, from a security standpoint but, hey...

    BUT, and here is the thing I really hate:

    The log on name and password on my computer was changed to my Microsoft ID, my original username and password on my log on screen was changed, making it the third place I now have to use the same credentials. And furthermore my hotmail address/one drive username is now plastered on to my screen every time I turn on my computer.

    I know the "sync fad" is all the rage these days, but I like compartmentalization. I dont find that fad very cool. I never even sync my phone or other gadgets as a precautionary measure. Having to use the same password all over Windows including my computer quite frankly scares me. Even if I know that the log on password can be erased in mere minutes.
    It still leaves the system totally open if only one synced gadget is lost.

    P.S. I meant "frequent" not "frewuent" in my earlier comment.

  49. Anonymous
    October 14, 2014 at 7:25 pm

    What if I look up pronz everyday

    • Tina
      November 6, 2014 at 11:22 am

      Nobody cares.

    • Bird Bolt
      January 6, 2015 at 3:55 am

      looooool. funny. You're worried MS will come after you for streaming adult content on their OS?? hahahahah.

  50. nalk
    October 14, 2014 at 7:56 am

    Try unlocking your taskbar and pull it to double width, so it shows clock, date and day. Lock it and reboot.

    Mine went back to normal width. :)

    I use the "show me the map" in Network and sharing quite a bit. I haven´t been able to find it in 10 yet.

    Still I like it a bit more than 8. The start button is nicely done. The control panel and other "supporter areas" cannot be reached "just like that", which makes "user interference" less frewuent, I guess.

  51. Ajay R
    October 13, 2014 at 5:51 pm

    I've been using Windows 10 TP as my primary OS since it came out and I can confirm it is stable. Although there are apps that aren't fully compatible yet which could deter you from switching for a few more months. For example Google Chrome has a few issues in terms of lagging between switching tabs etc. However this may be a way that Windows 10 has been managing tasks. Windows 10 is indeed faster in benchmarks on certain areas, however it seems that is because of how it manages running applications. I prefer Windows 8.1 when it comes to this area but it may very well improve in the final version. However the usability of Windows 10 is better and the start bar is perfect. I've pinned all the apps I use on the metro and I'm loving it. The cons however is that after running the OS nonstop for a few days, it starts to get a little buggy due to all the apps that aren't fully compatible that are being ran so I don't blame the OS for that. Overall it's a very good OS so far and I can't wait to see the final product!

    • Tina
      October 13, 2014 at 6:17 pm

      I love hearing about user experience with Windows 10. Thanks for sharing your insights, Ajay! Let's hope they will iron out the few kinks for the final release.

  52. Tom
    October 12, 2014 at 4:53 pm

    Normally I would fully agree with most of this however I think windows 10 is a little different. The only new features are basically built on top of windows 8.1. In other words, all hardware support that was in Windows 8.1 is in Windows 10. Also, if you revert back to the start screen in Windows 10, there really arent any bugs since it is really windows 8.1. Even if you look through most of the files and the registery etc., it is essentially Windows 8.1 with a few added features. The only part that I dont like is about the tracking however Microsoft has already released a statement as to what is collected and what it is used for. I really dont think Windows 10 users would have anything to worry about right now as using it for there primary PC. The only realy features are the start menu, windowed apps and virtual desktops. If any are that buggy than just turn them off. Other than those features it is basically windows 8.1.

    • Tina
      October 13, 2014 at 9:54 am

      That's true. Still, Windows 10 TP will expire. Also, upgrading will render your computer's recovery partition useless, meaning you won't be able to downgrade to your old OS without installation media.

  53. Dave
    October 12, 2014 at 9:30 am

    What happened to Windows 9??

    • Tina
      October 13, 2014 at 9:50 am

      Microsoft felt the name was not unique enough and might cause issues, due to the existence of Windows 95 and 98, i.e. Windows 9X.

    • jon
      October 15, 2014 at 10:32 pm

      I have seen evidence of some testing win9, though of course that may be before MS changed its mind... :/
      google for it, lots of stuff.... :)

      But it could be just like win97... :P

    • Cowtung
      November 4, 2014 at 8:40 pm

      Some older programs actually dumbly check for "9" in the windows version name string and would be broken by incorrectly detecting the "9" if they called it "Windows 9". And also the Win9x thing is everywhere. Imagine all the places that say "runs on Windows 9x" or "Windows 9x not supported" which would have to all be changed to "Windows 95/98". Also, those OS's are so old most people using computers today might not even know that Windows 98 is a distant precursor to Windows 9. So while it seems like a dumb marketing gimmick, I think there are valid practical reasons to skip Windows 9.

    • TheChairman
      November 22, 2014 at 2:41 pm

      The dirty truth is: Windows "8.1" IS, in fact, Windows 9. This is evident with the kernel version being bumped from NT 6.2 to 6.3. Win 10 will be NT 6.4

      Which lead me to another point: every version since Win NT 3.1 is based upon the NT kernel. All MS does is tweak the kernel, and then slap a 'new' GUI over the top with a few 'features'. This is why --when you actually -read- the KB notes for each 'hotfix' or patch-- the hotfixes usually apply across the board from Windows 2000/XP to Windows 8.1 They're all based on the NT core.

  54. Joel Lee
    October 11, 2014 at 4:44 pm

    It's sad that so many people rush into using alpha/beta/preview software expecting a complete and polished user experience. Nice writeup, Tina!

    • Tina
      October 11, 2014 at 4:59 pm

      Maybe it also reflects how frustrated they are with what they have right now.

      I would love to see how many people with Windows 7 upgraded to Windows 10 TP, compared to users of Windows 8. The overall numbers are probably very small, but I bet more Windows 8 users upgraded, than Windows 7 users.

    • sinni800
      January 26, 2015 at 12:02 pm

      On the other hand, game companies release software with worse quality (bugs, etc) as final!

    • Michael
      February 2, 2015 at 3:56 pm

      Im using windows 10 TP and im loving it right now upgrade from 7 because something went wrong with it and i have be using 10 since and have no problems with it at all

  55. cptpicard
    October 10, 2014 at 7:31 pm

    Great article. Thank you. I installed W10TP as a dual boot on a Windows 7 PC, purely for trying it out. I installed a few applications on it, and overall I like it. Much better experience, in my humble opinion, than Windows 8.

  56. Jason
    October 10, 2014 at 6:35 pm

    Well, windows 8 had licensing issues on my machine from day 1. Soooo...

    I dove in and use it as main OS on my primary machine. No crazy, disruptive issues I see.

    It's as if windows 7 and windows 8 have made some sex and this is the end result. That's my overall take on the system UI.

    • Tina
      October 13, 2014 at 9:48 am

      Yes, it looks like the TP is very stable and has very few bugs.

      Still, the fact that it will expire and your use is monitored make it an less than ideal main operating system. On the other hand, if you're just using your OS to browse or work online, it's good enough.

    • Carl
      October 14, 2014 at 5:39 pm

      "Made some sex" lol

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