Windows 10: Use Win10 as main OS ??

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  1. Posts : 96
    Windows 10 Pro 64bit build 14393
       30 Mar 2015 #131

    BunnyJ said: View Post
    I think for most users testing Win10TP is best to use a VM of some kind. Why?? I just think it's easier to test and evaluate a new OS and still have a stable one to fall back on for daily use. That's why I run Win8.1.1 as my primary and I test Win10TP in a VM.(VMWare)..
    But can someone do a real testing in VMs ? I mean, I think real testing needs real hardware too and VMs are only for...optical testing perhaps ?
    Am I right ? (I'm not sure).
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  2.    30 Mar 2015 #132

    NickTh said: View Post
    But can someone do a real testing in VMs ? I mean, I think real testing needs real hardware too and VMs are only for...optical testing perhaps ?
    Am I right ? (I'm not sure).
    I think it's close enough and the befits I think out weigh any short comings testing. I use Win8.1.1 as my primary and Win10 in a VM.. My testing with Win10 is just about done and all I want to see is Spartan, so using a VM for me is the way to go. In addition I ran Win10 as a primary OS for months so I know it will work fine on my PC.

    For me the bottom line is having a sable OS for daily use and to be able to play with Win10 every now and then. And when the RTM comes out I'll upgrade to Win10,, or just purchase the DVD.

    Jeff
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  3. Posts : 4,333
    Win 10 Pro x64
       30 Mar 2015 #133

    NickTh said: View Post
    But can someone do a real testing in VMs ? I mean, I think real testing needs real hardware too and VMs are only for...optical testing perhaps ?
    Am I right ? (I'm not sure).
    You are right.
    The most you can do with Virtual testing is to learn how to use the new interface and look for bugs.
    The bigger problem with new OS is compatibility with your existing hardware and software. You may be able to install Win 10 on a virtual machine without hiccups. Try installing that on a physical machine and see if your existing drivers/hardware will all work.



    Complaining about bugs is one thing. But making the OS work on your PC is another. Some people cannot even get past the installation stage.

    EDIT

    At this early stage, you should already know how to get past those hurdles. If you only use VM now and then get the DVD installer when it's released, you will be surprised and left behind if you don't already know how to go about those hardware issues.
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  4.    30 Mar 2015 #134

    badrobot said: View Post
    You are right.
    The most you can do with Virtual testing is to learn how to use the new interface and look for bugs.
    The bigger problem with new OS is compatibility with your existing hardware and software. You may be able to install Win 10 on a virtual machine without hiccups. Try installing that on a physical machine and see if your existing drivers/hardware will all work.



    Complaining about bugs is one thing. But making the OS work on your PC is another. Some people cannot even get past the installation stage.
    I agree.. doing both is important to make sure WIn10 will work properly on any PC and with the upgrade process from any previous version of Win10 is a critical test. So far for me the upgrade from WIn8.1.1 went fine.
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  5. Posts : 8,298
    Windows 10 Professional
       30 Mar 2015 #135

    W10TP is enough of a resource hog in itself, don't really care to have a VM using up more!
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  6.    30 Mar 2015 #136

    What about gaming?


    What about gaming? I just finished loading up latest build into a virtual machine and it looks really promising. Anyone know how well it handles games?

    Also, anyone know how licensing will be handled? Meaning, if I load 10 on my 8.1 machine, will I be able to keep it. Microsoft has offered a free upgrade to those of us using windows 8.1 etc., but what if I was running 8.1 but am now running 10? Will I have to downgrade back to 8 in 4 months in order to upgrade to 10 for free?
    Last edited by musiclover7; 30 Mar 2015 at 14:37.
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  7.    30 Mar 2015 #137

    Edwin said: View Post
    W10TP is enough of a resource hog in itself, don't really care to have a VM using up more!
    It depends what you want to do and what kind of disk you use. I run many systems in virtual (Windows and Linux) and I never have an resource problems. Sometimes I run 2 or 3 virtual systems at the same time. But I don't play any games - that would be a waste of my time.
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  8.    30 Mar 2015 #138

    Back in October, or whenever it was the Dev preview became available on the Windows Insider Program, I installed it as my only operating system.
    Everything was fine for a couple of months, then it refused to boot. After me trying some diagnostics, I had a dead mobo, and a dead GPU, on my hands.
    Now up and running again, and have been running W7 HP for the last few months.
    However, I heard about the new build 10014, so I installed it via Windows Update. Everything running smoothly so far.
    So. I'm back running W10 as my sole OS, despite the disaster last time.
    Am I stupid?
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  9.    30 Mar 2015 #139

    musiclover7 said: View Post
    What about gaming? I just finished loading up latest build into a virtual machine and it looks really promising. Anyone know how well it handles games?

    Also, anyone know how licensing will be handled? Meaning, if I load 10 on my 8.1 machine, will I be able to keep it. Microsoft has offered a free upgrade to those of us using windows 8.1 etc., but what if I was running 8.1 but am now running 10? Will I have to downgrade back to 8 in 4 months in order to upgrade to 10 for free?
    Consensus of opinion is that Previews will be upgradable to RTM - if licencing stays as per current editions, your Windows 8 key will give permanent activation.
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  10.    30 Mar 2015 #140

    Anyone try gaming yet in windows 10?
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