Windows 10: Dual boot Windows 10 Pro and Windows 10 insider.
Thanks again : ) I guess I will be going ahead with this. Will let you guys know how it went!
On the Windows 10 Insider Preview ISO download page, there are five options, Insider Preview, Insider Preview for Enterprise, Education and Chinese Single Language. Since I am currently on Win 10 Pro, do I choose the first option?
It would be just the first one. That will get you an outdated insider preview edition to start with, which will then upgrade to the latest insider preview when you join the fast ring. Unfortunately, there is no ISO file available for the latest insider edition from Microsoft, which I just got on the fast ring early this morning.
You can not legally use the same license to dual boot.
1 license = 1 installed OS.
That does not apply if the second OS is the insider preview. First, there is no requirement in the insider program terms to have a license for a released version of Windows first. Second:
Program Agreement - Windows Insider Program
The license for the released version of Windows allows for only 1 install of Windows - but the insider copy of Windows would be subject to it's own license.
4.1 Microsoft may provide you with software (including any fonts, icons, images, or sound files included with the software, and also including updates, supplements, and upgrades) through or as a part of the Program Services (collectively “Software”). Software includes Windows apps which are apps developed by Microsoft that provide functionality such as mail, calendar, contacts, and news that are included with and are a part of Windows. You may install and test any number of copies of the Software on your devices as detailed in section 4 until the Software’s expiration date.
Termination of use or access to the Program Services, or the termination of this Agreement, terminates your right to possess or use any such Software. Upon termination, follow the termination instructions in section 10.
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An easier option may be to just install the exact same consumer version your running now. It will activate with the digital entitlement on the activation server. Then just go into settings and click the accept insider builds option. After that it will upgrade to an insider build. It you want the latest set it to fast ring.
Insider Builds - Start or Stop Receiving in Windows 10
I've been doing it since Win 10 went final. What kind of weird things are supposed to be happening?
Didn't that change after Win 10 went final? I know in the beginning one didn't need a qualifying OS to install and activate the Insider Build.
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Yes, once the official consumer build was released they changed the rules for the Insider Preview. It now falls under the same rules as the free upgrade. As far as I know though, if you have a digital entitlement for Windows 10 for that device, it can also be used to activate the Insider Preview. You could argue that your running two operating systems under the same license, but IMHO, if your only ever running one of them at any one time, what's the big deal? And even if you did the upgrade a second time to activate the preview, its still the same digital entitlement? Unless one is Home and one is Pro?
Also, as far as I know activation (digital entitlement) is tied to the device, not your Microsoft ID. Syncing shouldn't be an issue except that it will auto change things on you. You can pick and chose what's synced though.
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Before you install Windows Insider Preview
For the latest system requirements, check out the Windows 10 Specifications page.
To be eligible for the Windows 10 Upgrade Offer, you must be using a qualified, genuine Windows 7 or Windows 8.1 device. This can include a device you already own. Some hardware/software requirements apply and feature availability may vary by device and market. Devices must be connected to the Internet and have Windows Update enabled. Windows 7 SP1 and Windows 8.1 Update required. Windows 10 is automatically updated. Additional requirements may apply over time for updates. For details, see How to upgrade to Windows 10.
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