This blog post will go over running Windows 10 Technical Preview within VMware Fusion 6. The Windows 10 Technical Preview was recently announced during the first week of October via pictures only. Recently Microsoft took it one step further and released the technical preview as a downloadable ISO for all to enjoy.
I never usually jump to being one of the first guys to install a new Microsoft OS, but for some reason I felt this one was worth a try. And of course because I’m installing it in a virtual machine I can control what it has access to and ultimately kill it off whatever I’m done with it, or it ticks me off. So far so good.
First Things First
Head on over to Microsoft’s Windows 10 Technical Preview download page and grab your ISO. It’s quite large so give it some time to download.
Once that part is out-of-the-way let’s start by making another virtual machine within Fusion. I chose the operating system Windows 8 (64-bit) build as Windows 10 is not an option yet within VMware Fusion 6. This way I figure I’m pretty close to a Windows 10 build in reality.
Configure the new virtual machine with all of the default settings and if you feel the need to change the amount of RAM do so now. I left mine at 2 GB just for this test. Once Windows starts installing on the VM you should be done in less than 15 minutes give or take.
Windows Setup and 1st Time Use
Once your installation is complete and you move on to the windows setup wizard you’ll see that it’s pretty similar to Windows 8. You will need a Verification Code that MS sends you during the 1st steps of the setup. Plus that in.
Microsoft wants you to login with your Outlook.com or Hotmail.com email address that also allows you to use what they call one of your favorite email clients, so your Yahoo or Gmail address will work.
I think this part should be optional as they’re trying to tie all of your cloud services” gather for easy access within Windows 10. I think they need to leave this alone and just go back to the original username set up. Once this OS is introduced into the enterprise I would not want my users using their personal Hotmail Gmail or Outlook.com accounts to synchronize with their work PCs. It does work with your corporate domain account so that’s a plus but then again you’re just adding more complexity by even asking that question set up, my opinion. A few days after my install I heard there is a way to bypass this altogether but I have yet to try that out.
First time set up will also ask you if you would like to join Microsoft’s one drive cloud storage system. Answer as you wish. I chose to “Turn off these OneDrive settings..“.
A few more clicks and Windows is on its way to configuring your system and bringing you to the Windows 10 desktop. As you have heard the Windows Start Button & Programs menu is back, thank you Jesus!
Right off the bat I think I enjoy the new interface that Windows 10 has. Again, the Start Menu is back and it feels more like an advanced version of Windows 7 and I like that. I don’t need to have a degree in “swipe left, swipe right” before I can manage the system. I just use the functions and the OS today that I have come to learn over the years of using Windows systems.
VMware Tools, Why Not
Running the installation of VMware tools within Windows 10 is the same as every other Windows operating system that is hosted on VMware fusion. Not much difference here. I just felt that I should do it to see if it even works or if there was any bugs or error messages that came to light. Nothing so far has looked out of the ordinary.
Like I mentioned earlier, I believe Windows 10 can be the next good replacement for Windows 7. I am a huge fan of Windows 7 and staying on Windows 7 as long as possible (sounds like the same thing that happened to me during the Windows XP Age lol). I haven’t loaded any software on this install of Windows 10 yet besides VMware tools so I plan to do that over the next couple of weeks and see how the system reacts to older software that I have laying around the house. I may even consider flipping it into a linked clone within my VMware View environment, why not, right?
Let me know what you think if you are using Windows 10 yet in your playground/labs or maybe running it ‘full time’ to give it a whirl. I would be happy to hear other use cases or fun things you have tried so far. Also tell me about any bugs or Easter Eggs you have come across in your testing.