Microsoft unveiled the Surface Neo in October 2019 at an exhibition, touting it as a two-screen showcase for a new desktop operating system, Windows 10X. Though the Neo has since been postponed, Windows 10X has developed into more than just a dual-screen OS: Its target is now to be a Chrome OS killer—or, at the very least, a competitive rival to Google’s school-focused operating system. So, if you want to test or use Windows 10X then stick till the end as you are going to learn how to install Windows 10X on a Windows 10 PC or laptop using Hyper-V Manager.
In the year 2021, Microsoft is nearing completion of the public rollout of Windows 10X. According to news, Windows 10X is OEM-ready and will be released later this year. So, if you’ve been waiting to check out the newest Windows 10X build, we’ve got some good news for you. Windows 10X’s near-final build has been leaked, and you can install it on your PC right now.
What is Windows 10X?
Windows 10X is a modern edition of Windows built from the ground up for new PCs, and it will start shipping in 2021. It’s built on top of Windows Core OS, a newly updated iteration of Windows that ditches legacy components and functionality in favor of improved user interfaces and improved security.
This means that everything has been restored with new technology, from the Windows Shell to the underlying OS. As a result, legacy Win32 programs are not supported by Windows 10X at launch. In 2021, Windows 10X PCs will be able to run Microsoft Edge, Universal Windows Platform, and mobile applications.
However, legacy Win32 app support will be introduced at a later date. When it is, Win32 programs can run in a protected container by default, which ensures that when they’re locked, they won’t impact device output or battery life. As a result, Windows 10X is a much more reliable and stable operating system, as legacy applications will no longer trigger bitrot.
Windows 10X Features:
- A new Start menu
- A new Taskbar
- A new Action Center
- A new set up experience
- The new File Explorer
- Improved Windows Update
- Secure by default
- Dynamic wallpapers
How to Install Windows 10X on a Laptop or PC
Here are the steps to install Windows 10x on a laptop or PC:
Enable Virtualization Technology and Hyper-V
- Reboot your PC and Press the BIOS key to open BIOS settings.
- Dell: F12
- HP: F9
- Lenovo: F12
- Toshiba: F12 or F2
- Acer: F12
- In the BIOS settings, simply enable Virtualization Technology or Intel VT-x.
- When your PC starts, press the Win key + R to open Run. Type
optionalfeatures.exeand click OK.
- Now, enable all the checkboxes under Hyper-V and click the OK. It will start installing the necessary packages and will ask you to restart the computer once the installation is done.
Download the VHDX File
- Click here to download the file.
- Once downloaded, extract the file.
Previously known as Windows Server Virtualization, Hyper-V is a virtualization technology developed by Microsoft. It’s a hypervisor for x86-64 systems that lets you build virtual machines. A Hyper-V cloud device may be set up to expose specific virtual machines to one or more networks.
- It helps you to virtualize the hardware.
- A cloud-based architecture is provided by Hyper-V.
- It supports a wide variety of Linux versions.
- It allows you to run several virtual machines at the same time.
The Hyper-V role can be enabled on these versions of Windows 10:
- Windows 10 Enterprise
- Windows 10 Pro
- Windows 10 Education
The Hyper-V role cannot be installed on:
- Windows 10 Home
- Windows 10 Mobile
- Windows 10 Mobile Enterprise
- Open Hyper-V Manager.
- Click on the Action tab, select New, and then Virtual Machine.
- Click Next.
- Give a name to your virtual machine like Windows 10X and click Next.
- Choose Generation 2 and click Next.
- Select an amount of RAM and click Next.
- Choose Default Switch for the Connection and click Next.
- Click on Use an existing virtual hard disk and select Browse.
- Now, find the file that you have downloaded earlier and click Open.
- At last, click Finish.
Run Windows 10X on Your PC or Laptop
- Right-click on the Windows 10X virtual machine and select Connect.
- Click on Start and Hyper-V will start the Windows 10X virtual machine directly from the VHDX file.
- Here, you will be greeted with a Windows 10X boot animation.
- Select your region and click Yes.
- Select the keyboard layout and click Yes. If you want to add a second keyboard layout, click Add layout. Otherwise, click Skip.
- Click Agree and Accept on the next pages.
- Select either Set up for personal use or Set up for an organization and click Next.
- Login to your Microsoft account and click Next. After that follow the on-screen instructions to complete the process.
- Finally, we have successfully installed Windows 10X on Windows 10 PC or laptop via Hyper-V. Here are some of the screenshots of Windows 10x.
That’s it. This is how you can install and use Windows 10X operating system on a PC or laptop. Windows 10X a simple and clean interface as compared to the original Windows 10. To some extend, Windows 10X is similar to Chrome OS.