Windows 10 – Downloads You Want, Links You Need, and Useful Resources

Windows 10 – Downloads You Want, Links You Need, and Useful Resources

Thanks to a bandwidth soaking Internet tsunami today, Windows 10 is now among us. I have it loaded up on my original Surface Pro and its running surprisingly well (so far). From install kick-off to logging in, the process took less than 15 minutes. It took longer to download the 4GB of installation media and shove it to a thumb drive than it took to install Windows 10, thanks to all of you soaking my bandwidth after catching the download links as soon as they went live.

But, no matter. My first impressions of Windows 10 are favorable. There are a few quirks and I'll be providing feedback like a good beta tester. The quirks, so far, are merely changes how Windows 10 operates in certain instances over Windows 8.1. I'm not sure yet if the changes are good, but I'll have to work with it a lot more to tell.

For anyone deciding to take the Windows 10 Technical Preview plunge, today or in the future, there's a growing list of resources you'll want to keep handy. These are resources I'm keeping handy for myself, so I thought they might be valuable to all of you. I'll keep updating the list as more resources are made available.

Here you go…

First Steps

Join the Windows Insider Program (required to get the Windows 10 download): http://insider.windows.com

The main Windows 10 Preview site

General Technical Preview

The Windows 10 Technical Preview download site (non-Enterprise)

Windows Technical Preview Forum (non-Enterprise)

Product Key: NKJFK-GPHP7-G8C3J-P6JXR-HQRJR

Expiration Date: April 15, 2015

Technical Preview for Enterprise

Windows 10 Technical Preview for Enterprise (in the new Microsoft TechNet Evaluation Center)

Windows Technical Preview for Enterprise forum

Windows 10 Technical Preview for Enterprise system requirements

Administrative tools access: Windows key + X

Product key: PBHCJ-Q2NYD-2PX34-T2TD6-233PK

Expiration Date: April 15, 2015

Additional Resources

Sign up for the Windows IT Pro Insider Newsletter

Windows for IT Pros Blog

Windows 10 Technical Preview Guide (PDF download)

Windows Technical Preview Install Guide: The Basics

Complete Guide to the Windows Technical Preview

 

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