How to Install Windows 10 Technical Preview on a Mac

By all accounts, the release of Windows 10 sometime in 2015 promises to be a radical revamp and a big advance over the much-maligned Windows 8 – so much so that Microsoft decided to jump right past the obvious name choice of Windows 9.

If you’re like many other Mac users, you sometimes need to work in Windows. You can easily have the best of both worlds on your computer with Parallels. This virtualization software allows you to run Windows and OS X simultaneously. You can install a free “Technical Preview” version of Windows 10 on your Mac right now to see the shape of things to come.

Parallels leverages virtualization to emulate hardware. And in Coherence view mode it will run Windows applications seamlessly on your Mac so that they look just like native Mac apps.

You can download a free 14-day trial version of Parallels 10 to see how you like it. A full subscription is a bit on the pricey side, but well worth it if you regularly use Windows but love your Mac.

Once you’ve got Parallels, here’s how you can install Windows 10 on your Mac.

Parallels Wizard window showing New Virtual Machine setup

Step 1. Create a Virtual Machine

In the Parallels Wizard, click the Windows 10 Technical Preview button to begin the creation of your virtual machine (VM). A virtual machine is a virtual operating system that allows you to run multiple operating systems at the same time, such as Windows and Mac OS X.

Step 2. Wizard

Click Continue to progress through the Wizard.

Windows 10 Technical Preview window

Step 3. Choose the Edition

Choose the correct edition you are using. In this example, we will choose English.

Install Windows 10 window

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Step 4. Select the Name and Location

Enter the Name and Location of your VM. You can accept the defaults. When done, click Download.

Windows 10 Name and Location window

Step 5. Grab a Cup or Two of Coffee

It may take up to 30 minutes to download your VM, depending on the speed of your machine.

Window showing download of Windows 10 in progress

Step 6. The Windows Start Menu Is Back

With Windows 10, Microsoft reintroduces the Start menu—a vast improvement.

Windows 10 Start menu

Step 7. Enter Coherence Mode for a Seamless Experience

From the Parallels menu bar, select View > Enter Coherence. This allows Parallels to have the VM interact directly with the OS X operating system.

OS X Yosemite desktop screen with windows open

Now that you’ve installed the Windows 10 Technical Preview, take it for a spin and let us know what you think!


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