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This article will show you how to create a Virtual Machine in Hyper-V Manager to run the Windows 10 Technical Preview.


Before you create the Virtual Machine, we need to ensure that the Hyper-V is enabled.

Start by checking the BIOS, to verify if virtualization is enabled. For example on my Lenovo S440 I got this:

After this, open the Control Panel, open the Programs and Features, and then click on “Turn Windows features on or off”

And then check all items relative to Hyper-V

After this, you should restart your PC.

In some cases, if you turn off Hyper-V using power shell, you need to enable it again, by running the command shown below:

If you miss any of these steps, you will get an error like this



Prerequisites for Windows 10 Technical Preview

Minimum system specifications to install the Windows 10 Technical Preview
    • Microsoft account and internet access
    • 1 GHz or faster processor
    • 2 GB RAM for 64 Bit machine.
    • 16 GB of free hard disk space.
    • Microsoft DirectX 9 graphics card with WDDM driver

Learn more about the prerequisites and download the Windows 10 Technical Preview from


Now that the Hyper-V is on, we can use the Hyper-V Manager to create the Virtual Machine. Use Search to open it, as in the following image:

Then we will get this window:

Now let’s create the VM.

In this case, we will right-click on Lenovo to create a new virtual machine, as in the following image:

Then complete all the steps in the wizard:

Note: Here we can set the startup memory we want.

Set the connection type, in my case I have these options

Define the path to the iso file of the Windwos 10 Technical Preview (Download from

By clicking on finish, we will get this

In the right panel, click in Start and then in Connect, and you will see the following screen

After some settings you will have a screen to set your account. If you use your account that is used in Windows 8 or Windows 8.1 you will get following screen

Choosing the first option, to copy all definitions from the actual computer to the machine, at the end it will have all apps and settings from the “Lenovo-PC”.

Here is the final result:

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