As a test of things to come with the release of the final version of Windows 10, Microsoft has released a software package of almost 3 GB that updates computers running Windows 7 or Windows 8 systems to the latest test version of the Insider program, especifically Windows 10 Pro Technical Preview (build 9926, January 2015)
The best thing about it is that the version is available on Windows Update, so it makes it easy for users who have so far stayed away from the trial versions. However, you have to remember that this is a version intended for testing and not for production environments, that’s why we recommend testing it on a second computer that you don’t really use much. Or install it on a virtual machine, as we did with the first Windows 10 Technical Preview, as it’s something that we will do again, so we can post an analysis throughout the week. Let’s go step by step:
– To obtain this Windows 10 Pro Technical Preview in Windows Update you need to install a small update that you can download from Microsoft official site. Click on the "Start upgrade now" button and install the downloaded application.
– Restart the computer and you will have the update available on Windows Update as you will see in the screenshot.
– The update may take some time especially, because currently Microsoft servers are under heavy stress and because WU tries to use the minimum system resources. But from what we have read, it works pretty well, respecting user data and applications from both Windows 7 and Windows 8.
If you dare, you know, you can tell us. Soon we will test us too and we will post an analysis of the most relevant aspects, considering that not all the new features (such as Cortana) will be still available and they will be released in the upcoming months or directly in the final version.
* Just remember to upgrade from a non-productive computer that you don’t mind spoiling…. This is software intended only for beta testing and it can crash or prevent the operation of any of your installed applications.