I am currently running 8.1. I'd like to try out Windows 10 and if I like it upgrade. If not, I'll keep running as I am.

I've never used a virtual machine before: can Window 10 be used from a virtual machine as a "sandbox", and if so how?

  • The only problem you will face is getting your hands on a .ISO after July 29th. The worst case you wait until they restart the Insider Preview program and install that. Windows 10 will install without a license key, and its being reported, there won't be restrictions your installation just won't be activated.. – Ramhound Jul 23 '15 at 10:52
  • Fortunately is before July 29! :-) Where do I get the .ISO? (I do have a Windows 10 invitation. Is that worth feces?) – greenber Jul 23 '15 at 12:48
  • Microsoft pulled the Insider Preview .ISO last week. You won't be able to activate new Windows 10 machines until July 29th. There won't be a way to activate previous builds of the insider Preview, only builds released after July 29th, can be activated. You can install Windows 8.1 within a virtual machine, upgrade that installation on July 29th, that is the best solution. Microsoft distributes free trial Windows 8.1 virtual machines compatible with Hyper-V, VirtualBox, and VMWare – Ramhound Jul 23 '15 at 12:54
  • Thank you. And now I get to do the thing I hate the most: wait. – greenber Jul 24 '15 at 2:47

You've already "tagged" your question with a perfectly suitable answer... read up on how to use VirtualBox... it'll do exactly what you want...

You can get a 90-day evaluation of Windows 10 Enterprise from Microsoft.

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