How to run Windows 10 on a Virtual Machine

Here’s a guide for you if you’re looking to try out Windows 10 without changing your current OS (Operating system). It works by launching it in a program instead.

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Windows 10 releases later this month, here’s how you can test it out on a virtual machine – an artificial machine that runs inside a program – so that it doesn’t effect your current OS.

1. Go to Microsoft’s WIndows 10 Technical Preview page and select the download link appropriate to you.

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2. Go to VirtualBox and choose the download for your OS.

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3. Run the VirtualBox installation wizard and install it.

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4. Open VirtualBox and click new.

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5. Input the type of OS you’re using and what you’d like your virtual machine to be called.

 

6. Under hard drive select Create a virtual hard drive now.

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7. Select VitualBox Disk Image.

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8. Allocate the amount of space you want it to take up, for a simple Windows 10 test, 25GBs is enough.

 

9. With the virtual hard drive created, go to settings then storage and click the circular Controller: IDE under storage tree.

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10. Select Choose disk and open the Windows 10 technical preview you previously downloaded, click ok.

 

11. Select Start and your Windows 10 virtual machine will launch.

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12. When asked ‘Which type of installation do you want?’ choose ‘Custom’.

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Now let it install and you’ll be taken to the Windows 10 home screen.

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