As per reports, Microsoft will release the Windows 10X operating system later this year (2021). In simple words, Windows 10X is more polished and clean than the original Windows 10 OS. Meanwhile, in this guide, we are going to show you how to get or install Windows 10X on a Windows 10 PC or laptop.
Furthermore, Windows 10X is Microsoft’s latest operating system designed for dual-screen and foldable computers, but it also has certain improvements that might make it a compelling new choice for standard tablets and laptops.
What is Windows 10X?
Windows 10X is similar to Windows 10 in several respects, but it is completely based on programming from a universal Windows codebase known as Windows Core OS. (Windows 10 still includes code from Windows Core OS but incorporates its own special code.)
Windows 10X does not replace Windows 10, and it does not have all of the features found in Windows 10, including File Explorer, but it does include a vastly simplified version of the file manager. It has a simplified and more stripped-down design than Windows 10, and it can only run on hardware built for it, not on hardware that already runs Windows 10.
What Features to Expect?
The Start Menu will no longer have Live Tiles, which allowed for personalized reminders of new emails, software changes, and calendar appointments, and will only include a basic list of applications and recently accessed documents. Notification settings have been relocated to the Action Center. And File Explorer will be streamlined as well, resembling the sparse gui common to OneDrive users.
According to early users, the search feature, which is now integrated into the Star Menu, seems to be better than previous models. Local files are shown alongside data gathered from the Bing search engine in the results.
The Registry Editor, Group Policy Editor, Control Panel, Windows Run, and Task Manager have all been deleted. Legacy desktop applications will not work in Windows 10X. For the time being, both applications must be downloaded from the Microsoft Store. Desktop app support could be available later this year.
A modern useful gesture has been introduced. Users will quickly attach two applications side by side using the three-finger swipe and the snap-assist button. There is no need to manually put or resize the apps because it is finished automatically and immediately.
However, app displays in Windows 10X cannot be resized in any other way. Microsoft limits applications to large screen size only, assuming that the OS would be used on smaller devices that would not easily display small text on shrunken portions of screen real estate.
Windows 10X is not available for purchase separately. It will be pre-installed on new PCs designed especially for the new operating system. These computers are intended to be low-cost models aimed at educational or corporate applications.
Microsoft partners Dell and Lenovo are set to release the first versions of Windows 10X as early as this spring.
How to Get Windows 10X on a PC or Laptop
Here are the steps to run Windows 10X on a PC or laptop:
1: Enable Virtualization Technology
- Restart your computer and then press the BIOS key. The BIOS key may differ on laptops such as HP, Dell, Lenovo.
- In the BIOS settings, go to System Configuration simply enable Virtualization Technology.
2: Enable Hyper-V
In 2008, Microsoft Visual PC included Hyper-V as a built-in option for creating virtual machines. This method of operating system virtualization is dependable. It has a user-friendly gui and intuitive features for all customers.
Hyper-V can virtualize not only operating systems, but also hard discs, servers, external media drives, and other machines. It does not, however, support sound or graphics cards. It is only compatible with 64-bit Windows and is available in the Pro, Enterprise, and Education editions of Windows 10.
- Open Control Panel.
- Click on Uninstall a program option under the Programs menu.
- Click Turn Windows features on or off.
- Now, enable all the checkboxes under Hyper-V and click the OK.
3: Download the VHDX File
- Click here to download the file.
- Once the file is downloaded, extract the file.
4: Create a New Windows 10X Virtual Machine
- Launch Hyper-V Manager. To open Hyper-V, press the Start menu key and search for Hyper-V.
- Select the Action tab, select New >Virtual Machine.
- Click Next.
- Type a name for your virtual machine such as Windows 10X and then click Next.
- Select the Generation 2 option and click Next.
- Allocate the amount of RAM and click Next.
- Select Default Switch and click Next.
- Select Use an existing virtual hard disk and select Browse.
- Locate the Flash.vhdx file that you have downloaded earlier and click Open.
- At last, click Finish.
5: Start Windows 10X on Your PC or Laptop
- Right-click on the Windows 10X virtual machine and click Connect.
- Select Start.
- Here, you will see the Windows 10X logo.
- On the next screens, follow the on-screen instructions to complete the process.
- Finally, your Windows 10X is ready to use.
This is how you can install and use Windows 10X on a computer or laptop. When opposed to the original Windows 10, Windows 10X has a simpler and cleaner layout. Windows 10X is identical to Chrome OS in several ways.