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How to Setup Windows 10 to your Windows 8 Desktop


Microsoft has just announced an upgraded version of Windows- Windows 10.

Well, there is no Windows 9, and there must be a good reason for that. You can try Windows 10 Technical Preview on your Windows 8 Desktop. It is also advisable to install this version of Windows on a virtual environment, or on a second device, as your files could be damaged or erased in case of unexpected computer crashes.

Getting started

The following are the system requirements for the installation of Windows 10 to your Windows 8 Desktop:

– A RAM of 1GB (32-bit) or 2GB (64-bit)

– A Microsoft DirectX 9 graphics device (with WDDM driver)

– A processor with a speed of 1GHz or faster

– A Microsoft account

– Your hard disk should have some free space- about 16 GB

– And of course, Internet access


As aforementioned, it is not advisable to install Windows 10 on a current, live Windows device. If you think you want to test the waters, then your system must be backed up, on external drives or in the cloud. You must also have a copy of Windows 8 that you can reinstall from, as you cannot downgrade from Windows 10 using the Windows 8 recovery partition. Alternatively, you can try installing it on a spare desktop, or a virtual machine.

Installing on your windows 8 desktop or spare desktop

— Download the Windows 10 Technical Preview.

— Burn it into a DVD or write it into a USB stick. Since it is in ISO format, you can also mount it onto your desktop and browse the disc contents. Find out whether your system is compatible. If it is not, use Rufus to create a bootable USB. Enable booting from the USB in the BIOS.

— When the disc is in the tray, or when ISO mounted, the installer autoruns.

— Agree to the license terms.

— Select your language of preference, date, and currency as well as keyboard language. Click ‘next’.

— Click ‘install now’ and wait for the Operating System (OS) to install. How fast the OS will install is highly dependent on the speed of your hard disk and DVD drive.

— Once OS installation is complete, choose between express settings and customize.

Using the virtual PC

If you opt for the virtual pc, you can log into the virtual PC using your windows account. For Windows 10, logging in using your usual account results in some changes being saved in the cloud. Some changes may also reflect on your Windows 8 Start Screen, for instance, the theme color.

The best way forward is to create a local account for the Windows 10 preview by selecting ‘create a new account’ then signing in without a Microsoft account. Alternatively, you can use a different Microsoft account. After setting up the account, Windows 10 will install apps, and then Windows 10 will start.

The best option for a virtual PC is Oracle’s Virtual Box. Ensure that you upgrade it before installation.

— Click restart and then ‘new’.

— Name the current OS, Windows 10. Select Windows 8 in the version dropdown. Specify whether the ISO is 32 or 64 bit. Accept the recommended settings until the virtual machine has been set up. Click start.

— The virtual machine will boot and ask where the ISO file is- on DVD or HDD. Installation begins.


All in all, you can choose whichever option works on your Windows 8 desktop. Remember to avoid damage and loss of files. You can then explore what could be Microsoft’s best version of Windows. Microsoft is yet to finalize on Windows 10, since it is set for release in 2015. Joining the Insider Program and giving your feedback might be a good idea, as it could help Microsoft improve on Windows 10.