Excellent Idea, rockysusua!
CREATE SYSTEN IMAGE BEFORE INSTALLING 10.
It needs to be in bold. There's already some whom has torched their installs over a what was formerly known as a Developer Preview. Windows Technical Preview is not a consumer preview.
I wonder if there's a need to have yet another Windows 10 thread with a title that warns our users to make an image first.
You're probably right, no one will listen anyway. I've been down this road for what will be the last three Windows releases. Does no good, and getting myself worked up over nothing. I'm getting older, less healthy and why die of a heart attack over silly mess as this. If testers can't read before taking the plunge, it's their backsides. not mine.
My two Windows 10 Technical Preview installs are either dual boot or on a second PC with no other OS installed. The first was imaged, the latter was a PC acquired for less than $50 (after shipping), so with no OS on it, nothing to lose. Both runs great, so far, is shaping up to be everything that Windows 8 wasn't. Not that it was a totally bad OS, neither was Vista after a couple of SP's. Rather, it was public perception that killed Windows 8 from the (or before the) very start. Many minds were made up months before Windows 8 became reality & they were spreading the word, some by doctored YouTube videos.
Great to interact with you again.
@cat1092 ~ I really appreciate the way you drafted your post! It was so easy to follow and gave great insight. I'll never be a tester, however I really enjoy those of you that do! Your post was just great..thank you!
softeyes, it's really not hard. The main thing to do is follow basic safety practices, as outlined above. If you have a spare drive laying around, you can temporarily disconnect your main one, please make sure the system has been removed from wall socket, and then press the power button for 30 seconds to purge the extra power as that residual power can be lethal. Once this is done, install your spare drive to the computer (many has a second bay with power cable, a Data one may be needed).
Re-power & install the Preview, go ahead & update it & install a few of your favorite software choices. Repeat the procedure above & re-install the main drive. Note that if this is a Windows 8 or above OS pre-installed, extra steps will (or may) be necessary if Secure Boot is enabled. My instructions are based on a computer that was built to run Windows 7 or lower.
Once back into Windows 7, here's where the fun comes in. EasyBCD 2.2 is what I use to boot Linux OS's & Windows. This is 100% Free software for Home users. There is instruction on the site & this is the Genuine site for the software.
It's really easy.
cat1092: Don't you guys use Virtual Machines for this in some cases, or is it not possible.
pcpunk, the only times I run virtual machines are on Linux installs & when I do, it's a final test to determine if the real deal is for me or not. As pre-OS tester, I cannot get a real feel for the OS in a virtual environment. Though for the ultimate in safety, it can be tested in a VM, the tester will miss out on some of the features. Rather, as I explained to softeyes above, this is where a spare HDD or dual boot comes in (after imaging what we have first).
I'll go along with many in stating that VM's has a purpose in the IT industry. These has, along with newer versions of Windows, has allowed employers to have a single employee to do the work of 3 to 4 employees of the Windows 95-XP days & out government need to be looking at this valuable resource, to trim waste. No need to have 16 employees, making huge salaries & the costly perks that goes with the position (such as actually working only two out of every eight hours) doing many of these jobs, when 4 is all that's needed. If every governmental agency in the country took this approach, some localities may be able to balance the budget through employee savings alone.
Same with corporations of all types, problem is, the "buddy system" is in place & isn't going to be broken to save cash. They'll cut at the low-skilled labor level, forcing more physical work onto the backs of low wage employees. I see things differently, it needs to be a top-down approach, rather than a bottom up. Virtual computing platforms from the top down, is the answer for huge savings.
So I'm not going to call your plan a bad one, it may be perfect for many & is very much possible, as you've asked. It just isn't for me. I want my OS's to have the benefit of all of the computer's resources, something that no VM can do. Being that I don't have a payroll and cost savings isn't an issue for me, I plan to roll full steam ahead.
Speaking of which, lets begin. Can VirtualBox in the majority of computers run this quick?
1) Overall SSD Test. This is running the Windows 10 Technical preview, with custom drivers added, not what MS fed us, which left a few things in the Device Manager with question marks.
2) ASuperAntiSpyware "Quick Scan". On some machines this may, if the person is lucky, complete in 90 seconds, 2-3 minutes is typical. 15 seconds is in the elite class (of DDR3 era hardware).
3) Resource Usage. My PC's first birthday was today! It arrived by FedEx & I first booted it on 10/03/2013. But at this resource usage, I have to wonder, is my PC broken in yet? Is the Thermal Paste cured? Normally, it takes some revving up the resources to do that, have had 3 virus or Malware scanners going at once, plus several browser tabs open.
Am having a hard time getting either the CPU or RAM to bust the 35% mark, actually the CPU seldom sees 20%, the RAM gets used a little more. Every other computer that I've had has hit the 100% wall with CPU resources, with this one, can we compare it to the older Toyota's? They weren't considered "broken in" until after they cleared the first 100,000 miles. Looks like the i7-4770 is a cruiser.
Yet, that is not enough & my eyes are already setting on the future, chips with DDR4 RAM are out. As I was advising others just 3-4 months back, was telling, just wait a bit, the good stuff is going to be here & any cash spent on that technology (at those prices) would be a waste & no remote hope of recouping 25% of the cash invested. There will be tons of promos on all of this DDR3 hardware, to force it to move, and get consumers on what will be today's bandwagon. Look for deep discounts come Black Friday of this year if you're a bargain hunter, but if one's an enthusiast, ship this event, it's not for you, don't bother. On the other hand, the new hardware is released, DDR4 is here!
Moore's Law is about to take another step forward. Come another year, after Newegg & many of the other clearinghouses moves the hardware we're using at promo pricing & consumers are forced to purchase DDR4 based computers, we'll see it as as a favor. All of the above images will either be half of (resource usage), or will complete in half of the posted times (those who spends a bit of extra cash on enthusiast hardware).
When Windows 10 is released, it's going to be on modern hardware, not on that what most consumers are running today. The DDR3 era was a great run, but greater things lies ahead for those who waits, today is just not the time to even think of purchasing a new computer & in the case one does, there's lots of haggling room. Paying sticker price is very unwise, maybe 60-70% of the price, if the hardware is highly ranked. Lower end stuff will be $25 yard sale bargains next year, or in the spring of 2016.
Edited by cat1092, 03 October 2014 - 10:50 PM.