Do you want to safely test Windows 10 Technical Preview without replacing your current system? In this case, the easiest way is to use the virtual machine. This time we will show you how to install Windows 10 Technical Preview on a virtual machine created with VMWare Player.
VMWare Player is a free version of the popular VMWare workstation for creating and managing virtual machines. VMWare Player can be used for free for personal use, which makes it an excellent program for installing Windows 10 to test the new version of Microsoft.
In this guide, we deal with VMWare, but if you prefer the VirtualBox program, you can see what the Windows 10 installation process looks like in the following guide.
VMWare Configuration for Windows 10 Tech Preview
1. Of course, at the very beginning, we need to download the VMWare program and install it on the system and download the ISO image from Windows 10.
Installing VMWare is simple and comes down to clicking on the “Next” button. After installation, we will run the program — a window will appear with license activation. We choose to use the program for free and enter your email address, then click “Continue” and “Done.”
2. The main window of VMWare Player will appear on the screen. We start by creating a new virtual machine to install the system. To do this, click “Create a new virtual machine.”
In a new window, we have to choose where to install the system – from a physical disk (such as a disk) or an ISO image on a disk. We select “Installer Disk Image File (iso),” then click “Browse” and select the file with the downloaded Windows ISO 10 image. We’ll notice that below the ISO file checkbox is the message that VMWare Player found under the Windows 10 64-bit file. Click Next to continue.
3. In the next step, we need to name our virtual machine and then specify the location where the files will be stored.
Both fields should be filled in automatically to quickly proceed to the next step with the “Next” button. However, if we don’t have enough space on drive C, we can choose another location where the virtual machine files will be stored.
4. The next step concerns the configuration of the virtual hard disk. We choose how much size we want to allocate to the disk from the virtual machine and also decide whether we want to save it as a single file on the disk or whether it can be split into several small files. I recommend that you save the disk as a single file. That is, check the box “Store the virtual disk as one file.”
As for the virtual hard disk size, VMWare will automatically suggest the correct amount. If we don’t have a lot of free disk space, we can reduce the size of the disk, but we should not exceed the 20 GB barrier. Then click “Next” and “Done.”
Install Windows 10 Preview on VMWare
Once configured, our virtual machine should start automatically. If it doesn’t, just select it from the list and launch it using the green “Play” button on the top toolbar.
A virtual machine window opens, and the windows 10 installer loads. A message may appear on the screen stating that VMWare Tools for Windows 2000 and later is available, activating additional virtual machine features. We click “Download and Install” and then wait for the package to download and install.
We may also notice that a yellow bar is displayed at the bottom of the window with an “I’m done installing” button. For now, we’re not touching it — we’ll only use it when the system is fully installed.
1. Windows 10 is now installed exactly as if we installed it outside the virtual machine. Click “Next,” select “Install Now.” And we accept the Rules.
2. When the screen selecting the installation type is displayed, select “Custom: only install Windows.”
3. A list of disks on which we can install the system will be displayed. Of course, in our case, only the virtual disks that we created earlier are shown here.
The virtual disk should appear as an unallocated space. We mark them in the list and click “Next.” The Windows installation will start, after which the machine will be restarted several times during the installation until we finally go to the Windows 10 desktop and test all the new features.