New Windows 10 Technical Preview now available for download

Following last week's Windows 10 announcements, Microsoft has made an updated version of its Windows 10 Technical Preview available to download.

Following last week's Windows 10 announcements, Microsoft has made an updated version of its Windows 10 Technical Preview available to download.

The latest Windows 10 build includes the new Start menu, a revamped Windows Store, new apps for Maps and Photos and the official Xbox app. Also included is Continuum, a feature that is designed to make switching between a 2-in-1's tablet and notebook modes a more seamless experience. Cortana is technically available as part of the build, but Australian users will have to set their location to the United States to use her.

Project Spartan, Microsoft's next generation browser, will be added to the Technical Preview in a later build.

The Windows 10 Technical Preview should work on any computer running Windows 8.1. Any computer already running a previous build of the Windows 10 Technical Preview can be updated to the latest version.

The following should be noted before installing the Windows 10 Technical Preview:

  • Trying a preview build can be risky, and could result in data loss. As such, it shouldn't be installed on a primary computer, and any important files should be backed up in advance.
  • Users wanting to return to a previous version of Windows after installing the Technical Preview will have to reinstall it from the recovery or installation media that came with their PC.
  • Installing the Technical Preview will likely render the recovery partition of a PC unusable.

Both 32-bit and 64-bit versions of the Windows 10 Technical Preview can be downloaded here.

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