Microsoft Seeks to Make Amends With Early Windows 10 Preview
FIRST LOOK: Microsoft's next operating system looks like it's building on the best parts of Windows 7 and Windows 8.1, and it contains attributes of both, but deep down inside it's something new.Microsoft, clearly stung by the rejection of Windows 8 by enterprise users and eager to repair the damage, has taken the step of releasing the next version of its Windows operating system very early. The idea is to allow users at all levels, but especially enterprise IT users and managers, a chance to try out the new OS well in advance. This way they can be ready when it's released. The good news is that the software, which is available in two forms, Pro and Enterprise, is free to download to anyone who wants to use it. But Microsoft wants to make one thing very clear: The Windows 10 Preview is just that--a preview. The code is in a very early form, it's not feature-complete and there are things that don't work. Getting the Professional version of Windows 10 is pretty simple. Just go to the Windows Website and there it is. Getting Windows 10 Enterprise is just as easy and there's a link on the Windows 10 opening page. In both cases you'll need to join the Windows Insider program, which basically asks for your Microsoft ID and a few other contact-related questions.
Once you've joined, you'll go to a download page where you select your processor type and language and then download the .iso file. You'll need to copy that to a DVD or a USB memory stick. You can upgrade Windows 8.1 by inserting the disk or USB drive with the code into the computer and when it's recognized, click on "Setup."