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Now Win 7 users can get it through Windows Updates (if they want to)

 

http://www.winbeta.org/news/microsoft-delivering-windows-10-windows-update-windows-7-users

I can't wait for the kids to sign up for the Preview and get Win10 through Automatic Updates.

I'm sure Mum & Dad are going to love a beta operating system on their main PC !

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You do it first and let me know how it is. :ph34r:

 

My sentiments exactly. After the Great Windows Update Debacle of August 12, 2014, which only involved one or two Security Updates, I can only imagine the resulting carnage and tales of woe when people try to update the entire operating system using Windows Update. :(

 

I think anyone who is interested in taking Windows 10 for a test drive would be much better off doing a clean installation using the readily available .iso file. That's what I did. ;)

 

So far I like it. I like it much better than Windows 8/8.1. It's more akin to Windows 7. There is one bug so far that I find annoying. No matter what I do, the time is always off by +4 hours when I first boot the system. I've tried synching the clock to all the available internet servers, setting it manually, and it refuses to hold the setting. I guess I'm permanently stuck on "Redmond time".

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By "iso" I imagine that means you download the file and then burn that file onto a DVD, and then install it from the DVD.....I think... :huh:

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By "iso" I imagine that means you download the file and then burn that file onto a DVD, and then install it from the DVD.....I think... :huh:

 

Correct. Here is the link to the .iso files that available so far: http://windows.microsoft.com/en-us/windows/preview-iso

 

Note the SHA-1 hashes are listed for each individual file and the activation key is located at the top of the list.

 

You have two choices of what to do with the .iso: either burn it to DVD (using slowest possible speed) or use Rufus to create a bootable USB flash drive. You can download Rufus here: http://rufus.akeo.ie/ Also note that you will need a 4GB USB flash drive at the minimum if you decide to use that option.

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I've been playing with it in a VM, it's pretty smooth even virtualized, I'm quite impressed.

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Correct. Here is the link to the .iso files that available so far: http://windows.microsoft.com/en-us/windows/preview-iso

 

Note the SHA-1 hashes are listed for each individual file and the activation key is located at the top of the list.

 

You have two choices of what to do with the .iso: either burn it to DVD (using slowest possible speed) or use Rufus to create a bootable USB flash drive. You can download Rufus here: http://rufus.akeo.ie/ Also note that you will need a 4GB USB flash drive at the minimum if you decide to use that option.

So I can download it to my 8GB USB thingy. Provided that I have Rufus installed. Will Rufus tell me what to do or will I be stranded? Will you be there to hold my hand? :lol:

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So I can download it to my 8GB USB thingy. Provided that I have Rufus installed. Will Rufus tell me what to do or will I be stranded? Will you be there to hold my hand? :lol:

 

It looks like you've never used Rufus before, so here's a rundown of what you need to do.

 

1.) Download the Windows 10 Technical Preview from the link I've already posted. While you're patiently waiting for this to complete, write down the SHA-1 hash and the Windows Activation Key. You'll need both later on. 

 

2.) Then perform a SHA-1 checksum to make sure you didn't lose any pieces during the download. If you don't already have a utility to do this, you can download and install HashMyFiles from Nirsoft's website: http://www.nirsoft.net/utils/hash_my_files.html

Note: There's a 32 bit version and a 64 bit version available.  

 

3.) Now download Rufus from the link I've already posted. You do not have to install Rufus, you only need to double-click on it to make it run.

 

4.) Plug in your 8GB USB flash drive and format it to NTFS. Rufus will reformat it again before installing the .iso, but I always like to do this first just to check that the flash drive has no problems being formatted.

 

5.) Now run Rufus. In the first tab, "Device", you should see the USB flash drive already displayed there. If it's not, then eject it, unplug it, and plug it back in. Now comes the only tricky part about using Rufus, and it depends on the machine you are using for installation.  

 

In the second tab, "Partition Scheme and Target System Type", you can leave it set to the first choice, "MBR partition scheme for BIOS and UEFI Computers", if the machine you are using to install Windows 10 has a BIOS that uses MBR boot and it's hard drive has a MBR partition table. Then in the third tab, "File System", select "NTFS" and use the default for "Cluster Size". 

 

However, if your machine uses UEFI boot and it's hard drive has a GPT partition table, then you should select the third choice, "GPT partition scheme for UEFI Computer". Then in the third tab, "File System", select "FAT32" and use the default for "Cluster Size". This is because UEFI machines using disks that have a GPT partition table cannot boot from the MBR area of the disk, they must use a separate FAT32 boot partition to boot from. This applies to USB flash drives as well, they must be formatted FAT32. 

 

(Don't even ask me about the second choice, "MBR partition scheme for UEFI computer": I've never used it and can only assume it's for a UEFI machine that has it's BIOS set to use Legacy/CSM boot. Possibly. Maybe. Can't say for sure.  :unsure: ) 

 

Now go down and click the small disk icon that appears just to the right of the tab marked "ISO Image". Then navigate your way to the Downloads folder and double-click on the Windows 10 .iso file. You'll see "JM1_CCSA_X64FRE_EN-US_DV9" appear in the box marked "New volume label". Now you're set to go and can click the "Start" button. In about 10 minutes or so, your USB flash drive will be ready for action.  

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There is one bug so far that I find annoying. No matter what I do, the time is always off by +4 hours when I first boot the system. I've tried synching the clock to all the available internet servers, setting it manually, and it refuses to hold the setting. I guess I'm permanently stuck on "Redmond time".

 

Have you tried changing time zones a couple times. With 8/8.1 the install preset it based off my bios. In 10 I was placed on Pacific time and would revert back after I tried to changed it to Eastern. What worked for me was Central > OK, then reopened it switched to Eastern. So far it's been keeping it.

 

 

 

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Hello Coffee4Joe - Thank you for the tip. I set my time zone to EST right after the installation and never changed it. I played around with everything else except that. Maybe that's the key. I'll give it a try the next time I boot it up. Thanks again.

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Windows 10 working great here.

 

Window 10P that is.

 

Dennis please use the Roman numerals for those who don't speak it

 

XP.

 

Good one Dennis :)

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Build 9860 was released yesterday, It was around 2 - 2.3gb

http://blogs.windows.com/bloggingwindows/2014/10/21/were-rolling-out-our-first-new-build-to-the-windows-insider-program/

New stuff include:

  • Action Center for Windows PCs
  • Move apps easily from one monitor to another.
  • Animation for switching desktops.

 

And a more thorough write up of whats in 9860
http://winsupersite.com/windows-10/quick-look-windows-technical-preview-build-9860

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Hello @ Coffee4Joe - I finally figured out what the problem was with the clock. It has less to do with Windows and more to do with the fact I'm dual booting between Windows and Linux Mint on the same system. It seems Windows prefers to set the clock according to local time, while Linux Mint uses UTC time. So the solution is to either configure Windows to use UTC, or configure Linux to use local time, the latter being the easier solution of the two. Here's a link that I found describing everything: http://askubuntu.com/questions/169376/clock-time-is-off-on-dual-boot

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Windows rewards Win10 beta testers....

 

Don't get too excited. Actually, don’t get excited at all. To say thanks for taking the trouble to download a multi-gigabyte image, going to the hassle of setting up a virtual machine or installing a new operating system on a spare computer, for providing feedback on the embryonic Windows 10 Technical Preview, Microsoft has a gift for members of the Windows Insider Program. Three wallpapers.

 

http://betanews.com/2014/11/07/microsoft-thanks-windows-10-preview-testers-with-three-very-little-surprises/

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:lol:

 

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It does beg the question why does betanews react with such incredulty that Microsoft is offering free wallpapers for people who opted into a power-user program? Were they expecting more? Should they expect anything? Is the gift not being able to (alpha?) beta test the next Windows OS?

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the bottom of the blog article
 

 

Our lawyers want me to remind you that these desktop images contain the intellectual property of Microsoft. They are offered for download solely for your own personal use under the Microsoft Terms of Use and General Microsoft Trademark Guidelines. Any other use, including redistribution, alteration, or commercial use, of the desktop images is prohibited.

 

Is a van of Redmond knee crackers going to be at my house for taking the "We're Open" wallpaper and making it dark blue? :ph34r:

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the bottom of the blog article

 

 

Is a van of Redmond knee crackers going to be at my house for taking the "We're Open" wallpaper and making it dark blue? :ph34r:

probably just a copy/paste TOS like every other company these days ;)

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