Windows 10X is a new operating system specially designed for light devices. It is a compact version of Windows 10, which will only be available on new devices. Microsoft has designed it to compete with Chrome OS, which is pretty good for light devices such as notebooks and tablets.
Windows 10X is not officially released yet. However, an early version recently got leaked on a site. If you want to try your hands on it, you can install it on your Windows 10 PC using Hyper-V. To do that follow the instructions in the article.
How to Install Windows 10X on Windows 10?
Step 1- Download Windows 10X
The leaked version of Windows 10X is a virtual hard drive for Hyper-V. So if you want to try it, you have to download it first. Visit the link and download it. The size of the download is 2.15GB.
Once the file is downloaded, extract it using WinZip or WinRAR.
All this process is going to take a lot of time. If you just want to see Windows 10X, we have a Windows 10X preview video showing its features. You can check it out here.
Step 2- Install Hyper-V
Now you have to install Hyper-V. Press Windows plus R button to open the run dialog. Type OptionalFeatures.exe and press enter.
You will see the Turn Windows Features on or off dialog. Check the box of Hyper-V and click Ok.
It will take some time to complete the process.
Step 3- Create Windows 10X Virtual Machine
Click on the Start menu search bar and type Hyper-V Manager. Then open it.
Now you have to create a virtual machine. Click on New and choose Virtual Machine.
Specify the name of the virtual machine and click Next.
Now select Generation 2 and click Next.
Assign the memory for the machine. I suggest you use at least 3GB of memory so that Windows 10X works smoothly. Click Next.
Now select Default Switch so that Windows 10X could access the internet, which is necessary for its activation. Click Next.
Now here, choose the option of Use an existing virtual hard disk, then click on Browse.
Select the hard drive that you extracted from the downloaded file. Its name should be Flash and click Next.
Now Finish the process.
Step 4- Windows 10X First Boot
Right-click on the virtual machine and click Connect.
Here, click on Start.
The Windows 10X will start booting. For the first time run, it will take around 20-30 minutes to boot. You will see the black screen.
Right now, it is not working on the AMD GPU. If you have it, you have to disable the AMD GPU from the device manager. Only then it will work.
I face a lot of hurdles in starting it. It keeps displaying the black screen for more than 30 minutes. If you face the same problem, wait for 30 minutes, then click on the Action menu and choose Turn off.
Now start the virtual machine again. It should boot quickly this time.
Step 5- Set up Windows 10X
You will see an interesting animation with Windows 10X logo.
Now choose the region and click Yes.
Choose your Keyboard layout. Then click Yes.
You can Skip here.
Accept the Microsoft License Agreement.
Now select Set up for personal use and click Next.
Then enter your Microsoft Account Details. You won’t be able to access it without a Microsoft account.
Now create a PIN.
For some reason, PIN creation is not working for me. So I skipped it.
Click Next here.
Read and choose your Privacy settings, then click Accept.
That’s it. Windows 10X is ready for you to play.
If you want to close it, turning it off from the action menu could break the OS. So it is better to use the Save option.
Checkout Windows 10X full features and changes.