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How to create a Windows 10 virtual machine to test the Insider program beta

22 mayo, 2021

One of the best things about this new Microsoft and its Windows 10, is perhaps the Insider program. If you like the idea of try everything before the others, and fiddling with an operating system in development giving your feedback to the company, because it comes to you like a glove.

Now, becoming an Insider also means that you are going to turn your computer into a guinea pig, and that although you enjoy the new and improved before, you also earn the bugs and possible disasters that involve using unstable software. So, if you don’t have an extra computer that can afford that luxury, an excellent idea is create a virtual machine with Windows 10 and join it to the beta tester program.

This guarantees you an isolated and completely disposable environment where anything can happen without your main system suffering. And, you have a front row seat to everything new that Microsoft implements in Windows 10 before it hits stable releases.

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Requirements

You don’t need much to create a virtual machine, but it is important that you consider some minimum hardware requirements: Windows 10 requires a minimum of 1-2 GB of RAM and between 16 and 20 GB of disk storage depending on whether you choose to install the 32-bit or 64-bit version.

Now, when creating the virtual machine, the ideal would be that you will allocate a minimum of 2 GB of RAM and 32 GB of space for the virtual hard disk. With this in mind keep in mind that your computer must have at least double those resources available, or the performance of everything will go to hell.

To create the virtual machine you can use VMWare Workstation, or a free and extremely easy-to-use alternative like VirtualBox. The latter is the one we have chosen to explain the steps.

Download Windows 10

And of course, you will need a Windows 10 image. You can download one from the official Microsoft website. You just have to click on “Download the tool now” to download the program that will download the ISO to your computer.

Windows Installation Program

Run the MediaCreationTool and choose the option “Create installation media (USB flash drive, DVD or ISO file) for another PC” and press “Next”.

Iso file

When it comes time to choose the medium to use, check the “ISO File” option. Then Select Language, Architecture and edit. Later you will be asked to choose a folder to save the Windows 10 image. Select the one you prefer and then just wait for the tool to do its job.

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Create a virtual machine with Windows 10

Download and install VirtualBox on your computer and run the program. Click on the “New” button to start creating your virtual machine.

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Give your virtual machine a name and choose the type and version of the operating system. Make sure to specifically mark the 64-bit or 32-bit version that matches the ISO file that you downloaded from Microsoft’s website. Then click on “Next”.

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The next is choose the amount of RAM that your virtual machine will have available. For Windows 10 64-bit the recommended is 2 GB or 2048 MB. In the graph you can see all the available on your PC, and when you get close to red, it means that you are allocating too much.

Memory Size

Now you must create a virtual hard drive. The recommended size is 32GB. If you had an existing virtual hard disk file, you could use it. If you don’t create a virtual hard drive, you won’t be able to install Windows.

Virtual Hard Drive

The next is decide if you want the hard drive to be a fixed size or dynamically reserved. What you choose here will depend on how much space you have on your hard drive, basically if you choose the fixed size, you will lose all that space at once, if you choose dynamic, only what the system fills will be used.

Virtual Hard Drive Size

Then you will have to choose the location and size of the virtual hard disk and you are ready to boot your virtual machine for the first time. Remember that the recommended is at least 20 GB, and if you choose a dynamic one, that number of GB you choose will represent the maximum size.

File Location And Size

Now that the virtual machine is ready, you must tell it where the Windows 10 installation disk is in order to install the operating system. Select your virtual machine from the list on the left and click Setting.

Installation Disc

Navigate to option Storage and look to the right, under the options Attributes the * Optical Drive **. There click on the CD-shaped icon to select a disk drive. Navigate to the folder where you have the Windows 10 ISO file, and select it.

Now you can save and close the configuration and click on Start to boot your virtual machine. Once Windows setup starts, just follow the voice assistant instructions and wait for the process to finish.

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Don’t worry about the Windows license Well, as a member of the Insider program you will not need it, and in any case, if you use your Microsoft account associated with a Windows 10 license, it will also automatically recognize you.

Join the Insider program

Now that you have Windows 10 installed in your virtual machine, you just need to join the Microsoft beta program. Ideally, to avoid errors, is that you first update the system. Open Windows Settings (Windows key + I), choose Update and security and find and install the updates.

Join The Insider Program

To be an Insider you just need to go back to Update and security, then Windows Insider Program and press the button “Begin“. You will need to enter your Microsoft account details to associate it with the program.

Insider Update Frequency

Choose how often you want to receive previews. “Anticipated“joins you to the fast development ring, and” Postponed “to the slow. If you want to try everything before anyone else, choose” Early “.

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Swallow your warning that the Insider program is not for the faint hearted. Commit and restart the virtual machine. When you return, check for updates and install what is necessary. This may take some time depending on the size of the latest Insider build.

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