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How to Test Windows 10X on Windows 10 on PC?

2020 is certainly year of the foldable Phones where as Motorola Razr and Samsung Z flip are already in the market and the surface dual screen will be on Holiday of 2020. The Surface Neo and Surface Duo have a new operating system called Windows 10x, it is basically designed for Fordable phones. Microsoft announced their dual screen foldable phones “Surface Duo” and “surface neo” in October 2019, which is pretty much awesome.

Windows 10X is unique compared to Windows 10

The windows 10x is way more cooler compare to the current windows 10. The old windows task bar is available but with adjustments. The apps are located in the middle of the task bar and now task bar can be drawn on the tablet mode and the mobile mode. The way application are adjusted on the screen looks progressively like what you’d see on a conventional tablet or mobile than the Windows. Indeed, even applications can be moved from one screen to the next screen.

Wonder Bar is the next cool feature when the keyboard is attached to the surface Neo. Basically the wonder bar contains a set of emojis, GIfs and more.

Photo Source PCMAG: Wonder Bar

Smart view is pretty much like the Windows task, but since Surface neo has a dual screen the interface has a new snip in which is called connected apps. Basically it share one window with both screens, half will be on the left screen and the other half will be on the second screen. The other view option is called focused screen, basically it opens apps in their own screen without covering both screens.

Photo Source: PCMAG: Connected View

Windows 10s was a failure because of it’s read only restrictions but the 10s certainly effected the developers of Microsoft. How, I will explain in a bit. The Windows 10s was read only where you can download apps only from Microsoft apps store, The Microsoft Store wasn’t so good as its expected that’s why it became a failure. And the big change with the Windows 10X is that it will be read only, as long as it is trusted you can download it, install it from a USB, a CD or whatever staffs are their. So, basically it is more secure then ever.

Since Microsoft is relaying on the assigned and trusted apps there is no need for anti malware, I am referring to the Windows Defender. But what about the Win32 bit applications, won’t they work.

Windows 10X will support the Win32 Bit applications but according to the Windows latest it won’t have the quality it used to had in Windows 10. Basically, this method gotten from the virtualization technique. How let me explain it.

Every app has it’s own container which is certainly to protect the operating system from malware. And the Win32 bit applications will be contained inside another container sort of like the legacy container. Think of a house which contains several rooms for every person, and inside the room a new house exists which is the Win32 bit container. It is like a container inside a container. This is where the virtualization comes, the Win32 container is fundamentally a virtual machine with higher, integration, lower latency and with more access to 32 bit apps then the Windows 10x.

Windows 10X update will last 90 seconds.

Andrew Clinick (Microsoft Partner group program manager) said; There will be two versions of the Windows 10s, one will be running in the foreground and the other one will be downloading in the background. When the updates are downloaded in the background a shut down would do the trick to apply the changes.

Yet it is not been final just as we are getting more news on the surface neo, just like this.

The windows latest recently unleashed a post, that the surface neo may come with a gaming controller. According to patent application, Microsoft’s Surface Neo could turn into an extreme gaming and profitability in any time. Microsoft Mentioned a set of surface neo which can come with input device containing the TRACKBACK or the game controller.

Windows 10X Emulator Requirements:

The Microsoft Emulator available for everyone on windows 10, but the the Windows 10X Emulator a specific requirements.

Hardware Requirements:

  • Processor: Currently the users with Intel processors can test the Windows 10X on their PC, it means AMD enthusiasts should wait.
  • RAM: 8 GB of RAM
  • Core: 4
  • Threads: 8
  • Graphic: Discrete video card with Direct x11 or later

Software Requirements:

  • Except Windows 10 Home, the other editions of windows 10 can support Windows 10X Emulator
  • Enable Hyper-V and its components

Steps to Test Windows 10X on Windows 10

Step 1. Install Latest Windows 10 Preview

The windows insider program offers a preview version of the Windows before entering for everyone. Basically those who are using the preview version, they are developers, so if you want to convert you actual Windows to a Windows insider. take a full backup of your system. The reason is clear enough, which is the unsuitability of the Windows. Unsuitability can cause file lose which is pretty bad for the user.

How to switch Windows 10 to Windows 10 insider program? [Not Recommended]

The Windows Central has not spotted but guided their reader to take a backup before accessing the insider program. So, I will write the same steps and screenshot are from Windows Central.

  1. Open Windows Settings with a Keyboard Shortcut. (Windows + I)
  2. Access update & Security.
  3. Open Windows Insider Program.
  4. Choose Get started.
Photo source: Windows Central. Enable Inside Program

Link your insider account with the operating system, if you do not have a Microsoft account, create one then click here and create an insider account.

Photo source: Windows Central: Link Windows to insider account

Windows Insider offers three types of insider settings, slow, fast and release preview.

  • Slow: Microsoft Recommends to use the slow insider settings which are less risky, and it is.
  • Fast: This settings will be provided quickly for you but this option it risky.
  • Release Preview: It is better compared to other insider settings. you will be inside the insider program but you will get the quality updates of next inside windows 10 preview.

It depends on you to choose the option but the Windows Central choose the fast insider settings.

Photo source: Windows Central: Choose Fast Insider Settings

Now confirm the fast insider settings.

Photo Source: Windows Central> Confirm the insider settings

Also confirm this step too.

Photo source: Windows Central

Test Windows 10X without switching to Windows Insider program [Recommended]

There is no need to convert Windows 10 to Windows insider preview, instead download the windows 10 insider preview ISO file. Just create a Windows insider account and click here, then download it’s ISO. After logging, confirm the Windows 10 edition (Home, Enterprise, Pro or education), Language and version (32 bit or 64 bit).

Choose Windows 10 edition and Language

After downloading the ISO file, create a bootable USB of the Windows 10 insider preview> perform a clean installation on other PC or simply dual boot.

Step 2. Check The Windows 10 version

If you are already running the Windows 10 preview, you have to check out the version compatible with Windows 10X. There are multiple methods to check the version of the Windows 10 you are running on your computer. I will guide you with all the methods but the version of Windows 10 must be 19500 or later version.

Check Windows build version
  1. Method number 1: Open Windows Settings using the Windows + I > go to the system> about and check the PC specifications.
  2. Method number 2: Open the Run dialog box using the Windows + R> now type their dxdiag.
  3. Method number 3: Open start menu and search for winver.

Windows 10 Home is not compatible to test the Windows 10X, the reason is well known. The Microsoft emulator which is about to run the Windows 10X uses the Hyper-V, and by default the hyper-v is not supported in Windows Home edition.

Step 3. Download Microsoft Emulator From Windows Store

The word “Emulator” is mostly used for testing the cellphone operating system in Windows. Inside Apple it is called simulator. The point gets here that the emulators are located inside the developing programs like Visual Studio and Android Studio. And Now Microsoft has released a separate app which connects with the hyper-V to integrate with the Windows 10X.

If you couldn’t find the app inside the Microsoft Store click here ,it will take you to App inside the Microsoft store.

Download Microsoft Emulator

Step 4. Enable Hyper-V and components using the Windows Feature

Like the checking the windows version there are also several methods to access the Windows Feature. The fastest method is to type appwiz.cpl in run dialog box. Appwiz.cpl will open Programs and feature> on the left pane click Turn Windows Feature on or off.

Turn Windows Feature on or off

Find the following features and check their boxes.

  • Hyper-V
  • Virtual Machine Platform
  • Windows Hypervisor Platform

Click Okay, and wait until your system gives a reboot option to apply changes.

Test Windows 10X on Windows 10
Reboot System

 

Step 4. Download Windows 10X Image Emulator From Windows Store

The Windows 10x Emulator image is an addon for the Microsoft Emulator. It is almost 5 GB and once it is downloaded it will be added to the Microsoft Emulator.

Test Windows 10X on Windows 10
Download Windows 10X Emulator

 

Step 5. Test the Windows 10X in Windows 10

Once the Windows 10X Emulator is downloaded click on it, it will be launched in the Windows Emulator. To change the settings> choose Edit and if you want to start with Emulator with the default settings, click start.

Windows 10X Emulator Ready to test

For the first time starting the Windows 10X Emulator do not have the administration permission. So, choose retry to add it to the add it to the security group.

Test Windows 10X on Windows 10
Emulator Remission

And finally have a look at the Windows 10X running on Windows 10 using the Microsoft Emulator.

Test Windows 10X on Windows 10
Windows 10X on Windows 10

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