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How to run Windows 10 Technical Preview on top of Yosemite for free

Windows 10 vs. OS X Yosemite

Mac users curious to see how Microsoft’s latest operating system update looks and feels like can run the Windows 10 Technical Preview on their OS X computers right now without purchasing additional software that lets them actually install Windows 10 on top of Yosemite, OS X Daily reveals.

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The procedure is rather simple, and involves creating a virtual machine on top of your Mac system, which will then run Windows 10 just like any other app. The process is easier than “configuring Boot Camp for a native Windows experience,” the publication says, and should offer a good enough preview to Microsoft’s upcoming operating system. Furthermore, you don’t have to be a Mac power user to actually be able to try out Windows 10 on a Mac, or any other Windows version that is.

In addition to downloading the free Windows 10 ISO from Microsoft, likely after signing up for the Insider program, you also have to download VirtualBox from Oracle, which is also available as a free download.

OS X Daily adds that you need at least 8GB of storage to install Windows 10, and a “reasonably speedy computer with sufficient RAM and CPU.”

The full guide that lets you install Windows 10 Technical Preview on Yosemite with help of VirtualBox is available at this link, complete with handy visuals to help you through every step of the way.

Chris Smith has been covering consumer electronics ever since the iPhone revolutionized the industry in 2008. When he’s not writing about the most recent tech news for BGR, he closely follows the events in Marvel’s Cinematic Universe and other blockbuster franchises. Outside of work, you’ll catch him streaming almost every new movie and TV show release as soon as it's available.