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Should you install the Windows 10 Technical Preview on your phone?

Windows 10 preview for phones
Windows 10 preview for phones

A few points to consider before you go ahead and take the plunge

Now that we know when we're going to see the first Windows 10 Technical Preview for phones, there are definitely going to be a lot of people getting ready to try it out. The desktop previews have been well received, and there's nothing to suggest the phone previews won't be equally so.

But there are some things to consider before jumping in with both feet. Shiny new things are always exciting but perhaps more so than a computer, the smartphone in your pocket is something you rely upon every single day. So tread carefully and consider these points first.

It. Will. Be. Buggy.

Windows Insider

This is not the Preview for Developers program. Whereas that pushes out a product you'd consider mostly the finished article – though bugs are always possible – the Technical Preview will not. Not even close at this point. As such it's going to be buggy, things are going to be broken and in some cases you may not even be able to complete basic, essential tasks. That may sound extreme, but it's entirely possible with preview software.

And because it's not Windows Phone 8.1 and currently not a platform developers are building for, some of your favorite apps may not work as intended.

Think twice before using your main/only phone

All of the Windows Phones

Again, as with the desktop Technical Preview, if you only have one device to install it on think very carefully about whether you want to take the risk. We don't know yet how easy or difficult it's going to be to roll back to Windows Phone 8.1 should the need arise and we've got no idea how well it will perform across the different devices currently available.

Tied in with the first point, your phone may not be able to perform as the phone you want it to be. If you rely on it, is it worth risking with Windows 10?

If you've got a backup phone or an old handset that meets the requirements, this would always make a better option. You get to join in with all the fun and games without any risk to your main phone. There will probably be a method of rolling back to Windows Phone 8.1, but it'll get old fast if you're constantly doing it.

Do you want to be a good Windows Insider?

Windows Insider

Microsoft has already talked about how the feedback from the early Windows 10 for desktop Technical Previews has helped develop the platform. It's important to remember that this isn't just a public preview for people to download and have fun with. Microsoft needs your help. Microsoft needs you to feedback on all aspects of the OS. Through this the community will truly contribute to the future of the platform.

Being a good, responsible Windows Insider extends beyond that, though. Voicing opinions and providing feedback in the correct channels is important, as is respecting app developers. If WhatsApp suddenly stops working when you install Windows 10, don't go marching to the Store leaving a 1-star review and ranting about how crap it is. Developers haven't had time with Windows 10 yet, and even when they have, it's not an official platform until it launches in non-preview form. By all means provide feedback to app developers on bugs and issues, just make sure you follow Wheaton's Law in doing so.

We've got you covered whatever you decide

Fortunately for you, the Windows Central team will be all over Windows 10. So if you decide to hold off you'll not miss a trick. We'll be getting into all of the details on the site, as will the folks over in the forums. There'll be plenty of Windows 10 talk, so you're not going to miss anything.

And if you do go ahead and load it up, we'll be with you every step of the way. We're only at the beginning of the journey. There's going to be a lot to learn, and we'll be doing it together.

More: Windows Central forums

Originally published February 4, 2015

Richard Devine is an Editor at Windows Central. A former Project Manager and long-term tech addict, he joined Mobile Nations in 2011 and has been found on Android Central and iMore as well as Windows Central. Currently you'll find him covering all manner of PC hardware and gaming, and you can follow him on Twitter and Instagram.

682 Comments
  • No
  • I won't be either, but I'll gladly watch videos of others to see what's coming. =)
  • And now: No thanks
  • Will install it on my new 1520. I don't want to risk my important data on old 1520
  • I I Richard..!! All set to sail to help and shape win10 better than all
  • @RichardDevine first of all thanks for your articles. But for your kind info I must say that I don't think MS will put a crap OS via this Windows insider program. @joebelfiore is a brilliant guy and nobody thinks that he will do that mistake. By the way thanks for your advice. LOL. And for more I don't think Daniel will fully agree with your article. Mark also will not agree. I am pretty much sure.
  • There were significant bugs in the PC version, especially early on. What makes you think this version will be any different?
  • Yep, Build 9789 on the desktop worked flawlessly with NO bugs at all...
  • There were bugs, most times my pc doesnt shutdown. I ll have to try and try again until it shutsdown.
  • Well windows 10 work great on my laptop. No issues regarding shutdown etc
  • It's not that they wil put a 'crap OS'. It's that this is software in development so bug are inevitable (well, they aways are but even more so for projects in active development).   Some people just can't seem to grasp the concept and then they bash everything for no reason.
  • +1
  • I am pretty sure I remember Daniel saying something about how it will be a bit more buggy than preview for developers builds. I think It is supposed to be tested less than DP was comparatively before it is released.
  • belfirore is awesome and all. still, my sp3 with the recent public win10 release (with continuity, which i wanted to test) was completely borked, and it took me days to actually recover it to proper win8.1. borked as in: unusable. freezing within seconds after boot, etc. so yes, i'm scared of win10 right now, and without proper backup/restore first on the phone (not cloud backup. actual image backup), i won't touch the win10 preview.
  • That is sensible.  There will likely be a bunch of people who shouldn't install it but will and they will then be writing in the forums about how this doesn't work and how that is slow etc. and 'doesn't Microsoft test anything'... This will likely be pretty rough if Windows 10 desktop is anything to go by.  At first. Later on I'm sure it'll be worth more people jumping on board.  
  • The Windows Insider phone app should have multiple levels of warnings after warnings... Are you sure... No, really, are you sure?... No, you answered waaaay too quickly, this app is watching your eyes and we need to be certain you fully understand what you're getting yourself into... No, really... Okay, don't say we didn't warn you... Welcome to Bugville... BSoD... Your phone has rebooted from a bugcheck... Seriously, though, folks, buy yourselves a $30 Lumia 520 from Amazon to test it out before installing on your primary phone so you know what you're getting yourself into.
  • In case the Windows Phone Insider behave like that, it wouldnt be an app, it would be your second wife. So really, i dont want that much questions. Part wich says to buy other WP in that purpose, i cant agree more. As WP Insider, u should have one phone registred as developer device.  And by that, u have solved all your troubles.
  • No means yes and yes means yes...
  • This would be a good time to get one of those "free after rebate" Lumias from Cricket. ;-)
  • If only could actully use them on AT&T's network.
  • Piece of cake. They're unlocked. Verizon, on the other hand.....
  • Verizon on the other hand... what?
  • With any of the GSM carriers (ATT, TMO, Cricket...), given the right settings, you can get most any phone to work. On the CDMA carriers (Verizon, Sprint...) fugedaboudit. Not. Gonna. Happen.
  • Yes! XD
  • Should you install Windows 10 Mobile? Short answer: yes. Long answer: hell yeah
  • Absolutely yes, since it takes times too long. I'm sure Microsoft must've been well-prepared.
  • Ye sure what your speaking..??
  • Definitely they will.
  • why can't I find the Windows Insider app in the store? Can anyone post a link to the app. I have a 920 from ATT, but now I'm on T-Mo
  • http://www.windowsphone.com/s?appid=ed2b1421-6414-4544-bd8d-06d58ee402a5
  • Thank you
  • BIG BIG NO NO..!! Maybe in March but not now..!!
  • Puuuuusies
  • Lol
  • So even here Microsoft will be keeping a track on us,right? Just like the popular windows 10 key logger thing on pc(yeah I know its not exactly a key logger)..
  • If that's your concern then you should be off the grid totally there Captain Tinfoil
  • LOL
  • Its an Insider/Developer build... its meant for testing.
  • You know that's bullshit, right? It's not a key logger. What you sign up for is mandatory involvement in the same exact thing Windows has had for 20 years... The ANONYMOUS customer improvement feedback program. You also agree to give regular feedback on their forums.
  • You would hope so. The idea is for then to get test data from your phone to uncover issues people may experience when it goes live. If there not capturing all the data that might be needed to identify the fault, there not much point doing it.
  • I'll use my L800 with 7.8 to see if works! Lol...
  • Ha! I was thinking that also for my Quantum. That would be sweet if you can self-install to any device via PC USB, like the good old days!
  • Not on my daily driver (830), that's for sure. I made that decision when we first about the new Insider app in the store. But I have 5 developer devices that will be my guinea pigs.(Samsung Ativ SE and a few different Nokias)
  • Don't care!
  • Youtube is blocked here....so I'll get it
  • The only time I ever wanted unfinished software was until the cyan update, that was mostly because of the many missing features in the official update. I will never install any unfinished software post cyan because it isn't worth the risk. I'll wait...
  • 9926 on my PC working good, and I wait for phone.
  • Yes! I installed Win 10 on my everyday machine as dual boot. Wish we could have done same with phones.
  • judging by the timing of the article I think it might come today... Daniel is pretty clever when it comes to all these tricks . he will have it ready and will flood the website with articles when it releases
  • is this a good upgrade from 8.1?
  • I think I want to get a good, cheap WP as a guinea pig for 10. What would you recommend I get? And where? I don't need a network. I plan on using it WiFi only at home maybe cuz it'll be buggy. How does signing into MS account work on two different phones?! Can I only use one phone at a time?
  • Signing in on multiple phones is no problem. Even if you only have a SIM in your regular phone, the other(s) will get most everything but phone calls. Be careful if you have PoP3 email accounts as typically a download to a client removes the mail from the server. Surprisingly txt does look like it works across the devices. If you have SMS set to backup it is replicated to devices that are only on-line WiFi.
  • My Yahoo in Email on my phone's settings says outgoing SMTP and Incoming is IMAP. Do I need to check on PoP3 on computer? How do I know/find out if it's PoP3?
  • Neither of those is PoP3. One is Simple Mail Transport Protocol, the other is Internet Message Access Protocol. It is not unusual for a service to split in and out protocol types. Wikipedia has good explanations of all three with their Pro's and Con's. PoP is the original e-mail protocol, Post Office Protocol, and was largely patterned after real mail. A letter (email) is handed from post office (server) to post office (server), without anyone keeping a copy. At the end the letter is placed in your mailbox and the carrier is done with it. Generally, once it is in your mailbox (a single mailbox) it isn't available at the post office to be put in any other mailbox, and if you throw it away, you can't get it again. That isn't hard and fast but generally te way PoP works. The 3 is just a revision number. The other types depend more on the server holding all the mail, and you just have a client that can see what is on the server. That is nice because you can see it on a phone, and then go home and see it on the desktop, as long as you don't tell the server to throw it out (delete it) from the phone client. If you use a client, like Outlook, Outlook Express, Thunderbird, on your PC just look at the properties of the account in that application, to see how it is set up. It likely is not PoP, but could be. If you just access via a web browser, don't worry about it.
  • Good to know. What setting do I choose when I want everything on my primary phone, the same as my secondary phone, the same as my comp?
  • Not Pop3. Unfortunately you don't have a choice in many cases. With PoP though, you can often find a client that will let you set a retention time on the server. It is usually called leave mail on server, and typically you can set 1 day, 3 days, forever (until explicitly deleted). Often in the advanced settings somewhere. You just need to set it from one client, then the server knows. What that does is allow a desktop client to get the e-mail, then when the phone connects it will still be there and the phone can get it, and then the laptop, etc. until the timer runs out. I set mine to 3 days, that way if I don't connect with something over a weekend, it is likely still on the server to retrieve.   The bad part is you need to delete the e-mail off of every device it is downloaded to. The deletion doesn't sync. Just the way it is. You wind up doing a bit of mail management, but PoP3 was built when server storage was at a premium and nobody had more than one PC, so it worked fine.  Some online services cling to it largely because it does use less server storage.  That all make sense? I hope. Hotmail (Outlook.com), Exchange, GMail, IMAP/SMTP all do the multidevice sync thing. Really the master is on the server. What you do on any one client, like a phone, is really done to the server, and therefore reflected on every other client that attaches...with some delays because of when things sync, but it will settle out.
  • Don't be a weeny tot...put it on...and dance, dance, dance...
  • Yes!
  • If it has lock to 3g/4g setting,then m definitely gonna install it asap.Otherwise...... I will wait one or two days before installing it.
  • I really need this feature. Sometimes in my area are good 3g and my 1020 tends to get stuck in 2g.
  • + 1
  • They really have to highlight the part where its written that people give 1star if it does not support the new preview OS!
  • When is it coming?
  • Ask HULk
  • Lol
  • did you even read the article?
  • Winter you mean? Ask John Snow.
  • He knows nothing.
  • Didn't u hear Igrit say it for a 100 times? He knows nothing :D
  • In 3....2....1....
  • 0.75....0.5.....0.25....
  • 0.100....0.066.....0.033....
  • 1*10^-3........1*10^-5......1*10^-7.......
  • vera vela vetti illaya?
  • Vidra avanunga oru vetti mundam veena pona dhandam
  • February 30
  • Actually, I believe its the 32nd...
  • No its the 2nd Tuesday of next week. Trust me on this one
  • Ask jeeves.
  • Judging from denim debacle, I would say....
  • Ask chuck norris
  • Fuck you.
  • Have a old 820 waiting for the release
  • got an old 820 and my 635 might hold off on putting it on my main 920
  • Will install it on my 520 as I don't want to risk my important data on 1520
  • Will test on my old 620 before taking the plunge with my 730
  • Will install it on my 520 as I won't risk my 930
  • Will install it on my 930 as I won't risk my 435.
  • Will install it on my Toaster as i don't want to risk my important data on 630 & 1020.
  • But what if it breaks the Bagel-toasting function? Are you sure you're willing to take that risk? I'm not.
  • No need to worry ,Toaster is still under warranty .
  • Toaster running Windows 10 for toasters
  • Yep! Windows 10 for All Electronics Device
    #MsftDreamPlan
  • I was planning on using my fridge, so I can get rid of the custom Samsung made os on it.
  • hahahahahahahahaha Obi Wan BR!!
  • I don't think 520's going to get it
  • That's hilarious considering Microsoft have said many times including in the conference saying "ALL LUMIA PHONES will get windows 10" :)
  • Even my 900!?!?
  • L920. 1020 = stays on 8.1, hopefully update 1 comes soon.
  • At this point I'd say it's safe to activate the "good old" preview for developers to get that update regardless of your service provider.
  • Will test this on my old 920 for a week. If it proves reliable my 1520 will also jump in
  • HELL. NO.
  • My L520 is waiting
  • My body is ready.
  • What if your 520 won't get it??
  • Will purchase new Lumia 730 preferably
  • I don't think 520will get it today ...
  • OUI, YES, SI
  • Did you mean Oui, See, Ja?
  • No I mean OUI, YES, SI
  • I will install it becuase it's the main reason I paid the sub to be a "developer" in the first place.
  • You don't need to pay anything to join the Insider programme.
  • He has gone through the Developer app & more than likely paid for tools I remember seeing something like that on the PFD
  • plus, if you paid for dev preview, you did it wrong.
  • Developers used to have to pay money.
  • yes, we did. but by the time preview for devs rolled around, appstudio was out, which enrolled you free.
  • Plus It was only like £15, not a big deal. Appstudio came out shortly after but hey ho!
  • U don't need to be a developer to install it
  • Why did you need to pay your sub? :P
  • So he can develop apps and submit them on the store.
  • Lol its like they don't know how any of this works. Some of us do actually develops apps
  • Ppl actually do dat? O:
  • Thanks for the heads up on points I personally didn't consider specifically talking about how apps might behave after the update.
  • yeah that's really great they pointed that out. it's important that we understand our responsibility as early access users so we can provide the right kind of feedback. the first couple of days of using the tech preview on my pc I rarely used the feedback app, now I try to submit feedback at least once or twice a day. we can actually make a difference, as long as we don't act like tossers
  • Are you new to computers? This is true even with Gold releases.
  • At least with computers you have more flexibility in finding solutions and compatibilities.
  • Yeah, I personally have quite a few store apps that are not playing well with Windows 10 on my PC. The scaling and screen position doesn't behave and makes them impossible to use. One keeps trying to resize itself outside of a defined window area and you can't see all the app. Very annoying, and something app developers will have to work on. Of course, those are the apps that had some bugs that develpers refused to fix in the first place. Windows 10 makes the bugs more obvious. 
  • rhapdog.  Did you mention this to Microsoft with the insider feedback app?  You never know these issues may be caused by the OS not working correctly or as you stated badly coded apps or both.  It would be nice, if you haven't already, give the OS team a headsup with your issues.
  • Yep. Along with descriptions of exactly what was happening, names of offending apps, etc. That's the whole reason I wanted to be an insider... so I can help make it the best it can be. :)
  • No.
  • Yes
  • Well said!
  • Agreed. I don't know if its just me but I often end up touched by Richard's parting words.
    *wipes tears*
  • Indeed gautam. I choked too
  • And I thought it's out ! So I was screaming out loud and then opened it.... And you know what happened !
  • Ya screamed some more
  • Which "Letter" word did you use?
  • K.
    KKKKKKKKKKKK!
  • I saw '10 technical preview'... •.•
  • Reading is your friend...
  • This still isn't as bad as the article notification the other day that started "Lumia Icon Denim Release..." When you opened the app, the rest of the title said that it was teased for a February launch.
  • Ikr you end up screaming longer than you'd think lol
  • REEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE      
  • suming.....
  • Will the Windows Phone 8.1 Apps work in windows 10?
  • Ask Batman
  • Ahahah lol :D
  • I will ask aquaman . The best (coff coff) hero ever! \o
  • Yo momma batman
  • Read the 8th / 9th paragraph in the article slowly :).
  • whoa did you just ask someone to read? pick your battles ;)
  • Whoa, did you just not pick your battle?
  • Haha
  • There's an article?
  • What article?
  • Yes
  • Ask jesus
  • "Developers haven't had time with Windows 10 yet" This is absolutely important. Microsoft hasn't even released the dev tools and SDKs for Windows 10 to us yet. We aren't able to take advantage of anything that Windows 10 has to offer yet, and while most application SHOULD work... Software is very fickle and things might break with 10
  • Duuuuuhhhh
  • I agree, there are some incompatibilities on Windows 10 for PC too.
  • Yes..
  • I am wondering, I have a 1520 and I am yet to get Denim, will W10 work without the latest firmware? And why the heck have we not been updated in North America yet? I know I know.....
  • My suggestion for you is to not do it.
  • You want or not! Just head out!
  • Yes, they're independent
  • Blame it on AT&T... but when Apple rolls newer version out do they need approval from the President of Mars. .  
  • Going to put it on our unused 1020 before deciding if it goes on my daily driver (1520). I'm glad you hit on the 'It will be buggy' topic. I think some people who are in these 'preview programs' forget that we're testing this out for Microsoft to provide feedback on what we like, don't like, and what doesn't work. I actually enjoy testing stuff like this and wish MORE companies would do what MS is. Your best 'testers' are your target audience. There is a delicate balance though between what you give them in working states and what you don't. MS has been doing a great job so far at keeping that balance of feature and function.
  • I don't care...i want only windows 10 in my phone and that's all
  • Then please don't complain stuff is broken, because there will be plenty that is.
  • Alright! ;) but launch it asap
  • Launch when its stable and ready. Do not rush it...cause more than likely its going to be buggy and full of issues that needs testing
  • Complaint is also a feedback
  • Ya.. He is right :)
  • Absolutely not!
  • I backed up. I'm fine now
  • Oh and yeah I'll get it..
  • Rich you Scared me with a windows 10 post :O :P   BTW, i Will install this preview at my own Risk !!! So no Complaing only giving feedback !!!
  • They'll install it and complain that it's not perfect and give all the app devs hell for it and leave no feedback for Microsoft. Sound about right?
  • True
  • Yeah, there really should be qualifications for being on this program.
  • Like a NDA?
  • Like an IQ test
  • That sounds about right for the 2015 WP userbase; Richard is living in a 2011 WP7 fantasy world if he thinks otherwise.  The only people who read and digested his article are those who don't need it.
  • I'll definitely be waiting for some early feedback, then.
  • Just don't use BitEncryption
  • I don't care what bugs I get let just bring on the 10 :-)
  • Everyone says that, until it actually doesn't work.
  • bro even fid the phone freezes? still u wil tale the risk to download.
  • Yeah bro, let's go surfing and eat some 'za.  Your white sunglass are so radical bro.
  • LOL
  • Good article! Would like to try it but unfortunately only have one phone. I guess I'll wait a week and see feedback from forums before I install it.
  • +1
  • +2
  • +1020
  • 786
    A sensible comment. Wait a week or so and that will help you with the decision better.
  • I'm going to take the plunge and give it a shot. If I can help shape Windows 10 by helping report bugs and giving feedback and suggestions then I certainly will as I want this to succeed!!
  • Great approach to have :)
  • Bazingaaah!
  • Nope..
  • Thanks , and we are waiting to get IT ... LOL
  • we should get one we are so addicted to developer preview.
  • For my main phone, I'm worried about possible battery drain. I'll install it on my old spare Lumia 820.
  • Cant be any worse than mine. 8 hours between charges.
  • If it's an old device might be time to move on.
  • Battery drain is the least of the worries. Most likely it won't start for some people, crash frequently for others and have some or all of the call / messaging features broken. People probably shouldn't install this on their main phone for a while under any circumstances
  • Nah, bug list from internal testing already stated that battery drain wad an issue. But main features of phone use is working fine i.e. phone calling and messaging is working. Most baked in OS functions working. No word on full app catalogue being able to work, but most should. This is the same OS but with new UI, UX, settings and new APIs, its not a kernel change like 7 was going to 8, and 6 was going to 7...
  • I thought it was released when I saw this article, lol. Nice article though, and yes, I'll be installing it when it's released. Being a beta tester runs in my veins.
  • I'm a sucker for wanting things early, even if it's buggy as hell. This will be on my daily 1520 by hook or by crook. :-)
  • The system requirements are 1540 or better.
  • ...and running Windows 11 or higher.
  • Great article!
    Unfortunately bats have better reading comprehension than some....
  • Ikr...
  • Really well written :)
  • Hell Yeahhhh !!!!
  • Bring it on I am ready.. I will switch to black and white phone for a few days if it annoys me too much ;)
  • I'll risk my primary phone for it..
    Bring it on..!
  • Might use my old, cracked screen, 920 to take a gander at the new os.
  • I will because I love to tinker with this kind of stuff.
  • the question IS : does your phone will get it?? Posted via Nokia Lumia 920
  • They probably know, but they have NDAs
  • Bingo
  • U don't think that my Nokia Lumia 620 will handle it but i will install it :D
  • Mee too here
  • Definitely yes
  • bring it on!!! my 920 is waiting for it
  • mmmmmm,,,i will wait for your feedback about W10 preview build to see my favorite apps if suddenly stop working,,,, thanx windowscentral
  • Richard, gotta mispronunciation at the last couple of paragraphs
    the word going is spelled gong.
  • Rofl, hello pot I'm kettle
  • Nope. No more previews, betas, alphas or anything even remotely similar to those. Good article tough.
  • I'm still stuck on the use of "Wheaton's Law" :'D
  • Exactly why I wish I could have picked up the Blu phone from Target for this...
  • Plan to load to my secondary 1520 and leave my One M8 alone because I doubt it will play nice with HTC out of the box
  • We should have a list of people who say yes, no, etc. and keep track of the complainers later. See how well turns out... Public shame to anyone who says they don't care they just want it and then later complains about it. :) I will install on my 1520 first and my 635. Once it reaches a stable point, I'll expand to 1020 and 930 but keep the option to flash back to 8.1 on 930 if needed.
  • I'm gonna install it on my old windows phone Posted via the Windows Central App for Android
  • I plan on doing so. As soon as it becomes available I will be installing on this 1520.
  • You brave soul
  • Note: Please read Microsoft's Windows Insider terms and conditions fully before clicking "I accept" button. Even though I want Windows 10 asap, I'd decided not to join for now.
  • I only ever read terms and conditions when someone says to me, "have you seen the terms and conditions of (insert company/service). Crazy!"
  • Whoa, there! You can't actually expect most people to read, can you? (I always do, but I always feel like I'm all alone when I'm reading.)
  • Want to but will probably wait to see how it is going for others.
  • Definitely I will install tech preview on phone like I do with my (business) laptop on which I performs upgrade from 8.1. I would like to emphasis that Microsoft backup procedure are best in the world, especially in case of phone, just return to factory state and sign in, everything is back. In mean time while restoring main phone SIM card it will be in 520 for receiving/dialing call action. So simple that people cannot believe.
  • I don't think you understand how factory reset works. If you upgrade to the Win10 preview, a reset won't take you back to 8.1. The tech preview overwrites the recovery sector so a reset will only take you back to a clean install of 10. Or did I misinterpret you?
  • Yeah you are right
  • What is difference, after you perform factory reset or maybe be enough soft reset, again you have phone operation as you should. All other action, beside receiving/dialing action is pure playing with device, meaning that you have toy in hand.
  • If there's a non functioning feature in the tech preview, like a GPS bug, a hard reset will not fix that. To not deal with that bug, you'd have to completely rollback to 8.1 and a hard reset will not do that.
  • Agree, but I am assuming that MS will not release tech preview without proper drivers that sensors work initially. Of course, it can happen some issue or bug in day to day use, important not by our fault, but let is hope that MS will releasing patches or new tech preview much faster then now.
  • Yeaaaaaaaaaah...!
  • Will install it after seeing the reviews first.....or most probably I think I just will
  • With windowscentral posting these kind articles, i feel like it is coming soon. As in really soon. :)
  • We have no idea. But it's coming, so why not get ahead of it. Who's gonna read something like this after they just installed it and wrecked their phone?!
  • Good Point. Thanks for the article!
  • Yup.. Same feeling
  • I think they did something like this when Dev Preview for 8.1 was about to be available. There were sudden influx of posts about 8.1 and then bam!
  • I'll have to see
  • No at all
  • Is Windows 10 going to have folders on the start screen? None of the screen shots I've seen show any. I hope it will as I don't want to go back to scrolling through a twenty page start screen again. :(
  • If you sharply observed the demo by joe belfiore it indeed has!
  • Thank you. I didn't see the presentation. Good to know though.
  • If anyone going to do it, my opinion is that you guys wait for two weeks after the release, by waiting you will get details about the bugs,tips from windows central team :)
  • Thank you......for such a helpful article.
  • After hearing that it will be buggy and few apps will work on it i will not install it. But in future may be i install it, if my Nokia Lumia 625 is going to support it
  • Your Lumia 625 will support Windows 10.
  • Hey what about mine Lumia 620. Is it gonna support Windows 10.
  • Yes.
  • Them system requirements though
  • No idea
  • i will on my ativ se but not my main driver, M8........i mean its not like any updates for the ativ are coming anytime soon
  • Same here. Play on the ATIV S, work on the M8.
  • My only question is and nobody will know right now....   I will be able to update from  TechPrev to W10 without rolling back to 8.1?  
  • On phones, most likely. On laptops/desktops, maybe.
  • Yes to both, actually. They've already addressed that publicly.
  • I have heard brief mentions, but have yet to see actual confirmation.
  • The preview of course buggy but worth a try...
  • can't wait for windows 11!
  • Yeah..hahaha
  • Woppaaa!!
  • I want it now! My thoughts are.. If it makes my phone less usable, more time to enjoy the physical world and more reason to get the new flagship when its released. If it works well, then hells yeah!
  • Agreed
  • Don't put headlines like that man. Get people excited for nothing thinking its already out.
  • Reading things properly usually helps. I mean, where in the headline does any of it actually say "it's out?"
  • Lol. No where at all. But I may be be wrong on this, but I recall a similar article for the desktop preview AFTER the release. Thought I may have somehow missed the "it's out!" article.
  • Not really his fault :) I've been refreshing WC like crazy for the past 2 days :P And this article really made my heart skip a beat. haha.
  • Lol i also thought it was live :)
  • Nobody will listen to this article. Everyone will leave 1 star ratings just as they did with WP8.1 when that wasn't even officially released.
  • Then we can make people understand
  • You can't make everyone understand. "When in India?"
  • Thanks for this article :)
  • Yes
  • Maybe not
  • If it turns out to be completely horrible, it is possible to roll back to 8.1 with the recovery tool, right?
  • Yes offcourse you can roll back to 8.1. But the way could be same or different.
  • Better use NCS with a manually downloaded firmware for your product code or any other you like. (search the web for the fixed NCS which gives you access to downloading firmwares in Online mode or use navifirm+ but this one is paid.)
  • Correct, recovery tool gets you back to supported release path.
  • I'd like an answer to that as well. I'm pretty sure you should be able to, but I've never used the recovery tool, much less tried it with Win10. I may wait for someone to confirm that in the forums before I jump. If you can roll back to 8.1 with the recovery tool, then I'm down for it.
  • Of course! My Wm-Wp life was always buggy :D
  • Yup. I'll be installing it on the 930.
    At least that crappy excuse of a phone will serve some purpose other than just playing Xbox games . Posted via the Windows Central App for Android
  • Nokia Lumia 930 is great!
  • I share your dislike. Mainly because my early loaner burned my hand it got that hot. So happy with the 830. But W10 isn't going anywhere near that.
  • But DJCBS's dislike stems from him hating Windows Phone and has zip to do with the device.
  • Speaking of what you don't know often leads you to make a fool of yourself, SammyD97. My dislike of the 930 stems from the fact that I'm now in my 3rd unit. The phone is plagued with hardware and software defects. Here's a list of all the ones I had on the three units I've had: - Excessive overheating - Screen lifting on the upper left corner - Misalidged headphone jack and camera - Purple tint across the screen - flickering screen - Lack of proper clear blacks with the screen more in a 50 shades of grey sort of pallete. - Inconsistent camera button (often one click would take two photos) - God awful viewfinder quality and the darker it is, the worse it gets - Horrible low light imaging capabilities
  • Wow... I have none of those issues with mine... I brought 5 in total for 4 others and myself, and they can't say a bad thing about them either.... I wonder if your handset provider accidentally left a box of 930's in the rain or got a bad batch or something? Either way... That sucks!
  • Nop. They all came directly from Microsoft. And these are very common problems apparently, as I was told by Microsoft that they've had to replace a considerable bunch of them already because of these issues. I wish you to never face any of these issues. Specially things like the lifting screen because that one doesn't show up immediately. It takes time and derives from poor quality glue that ends up losing its effect because of the overheating of the phone.
  • Damn... Unlucky... Well, at least they are replacing them for you, could be worse I guess... ;)
  • It's not like they have much choice... European law forces them to replace defective units at no cost during the first 2 years since purchase =P
  • Well I'm not afraid of bugs. And just come right for me, bugs~
  • I have a spare 920 which I primarily use on my couch for smartglass use and to control my dreambox. Windows 10 will be on it. Fo sho.
  • No...i will wait for bomb to explode.
  • Of course, I'm in
    First Windows 10, now Windows 10 for WP!
  • I hope WP10 doesn't suck as bad. Not meaning buggy etc., meant as in it sucks to the core design especially tablet mode. Hello 1999.
  • I'll be installing it on my 1020 for the time being just to see how it goes and give some constructive feedback.
    You know there will still be those people that expect it to be a finished product and will leave those 1* star app reviews.
    Too much stupid around to contend with.
  • Bring it on!
  • I'm worry about system requirements in windows insider app, maybe we can't get it for devices with 512mb ram
  • No. On 530 it said eligible.
  • And 535 too
  • And 630 too
  • Would like to know if minimum firmware requirements are necessary ... As it seems my carrier is still weeks off releasing Denim :(
  • Of course. Next question.
  • I'll install it, I've got a laptop for study matters and surfing the web and a Nokia C6-01 where I can use WhatsApp or Facebook.
  • I'm willing to the the risks
  • Its head first into the deep end for me. Installing it on my daily driver.
  • Would love to try Windows 10 on my secondary 920. However, my primary 920 have been unable to use the 4G network here in Indonesia since I updated it to 8.1 DP without the Denim firmware. If the 920 with Windows 10 will be able to use the 4G network, it would be my primary device then.
    Looking forward. Full speed ahead.
  • Nope
  • My only l525 waiting for it. Yes! I am ready to take risk.
  • Got me three (3) Lumia 1520's, a 1320, a 1020... Of course I will! I love BETA testing! :)
  • iam in..........all hail microsoft
  • Thanks to windows central... I can wait and see if the technical preview has any cons or not... So my device wont face any major problems
  • It's very possible that this release could be as polished as the Preview for Developers and it might not be. The point is, we don't know. So best to reserve judgment until we do know just how polished or unpolished it is.
  • One of my concerns is that denim has not been made available for my Nokia 1520. I am worried that updating before I get it will cause me issues getting it when released.
  • Same concern with me here on mt Verizon Icon.
  • Great post!
  • No
  • Gettin' my 930 in a few days (couldn't wait for a W10 phone to come in autumn ;) ), so my 920's ready for the fun... Just bring it on!!!! :) (P.S.: ...And if the main things are working well on the 920, u can bet on it, my 930'll get the same love... ;) )
  • Nice article... I'll take a back seat on this since I only have a main device. I will be waiting for the first official device with W10. Hope TMO picks up one of these devices....
  • Please when its release make a video of the whatsapp app and see if its functioning well, other than that its ok:P . And tell us please if the lumia camera is fully functional as on denim, the update that i yet didnt get:P ohh and BTW!!! Lumia 1520:$
  • Anyone has a clue if firmware updates will still come down after you install the insider preview. Lumia Icon user here still waiting for Denim to arrive from VZ. Hoping that if I do decide to install the insider preview it wont mess up my ability to get Denim or any other upcoming firmware.
  • OSand Firmware operations are totally separate functions. No reason Windows 10 would stop or interfere with Denim. Particularly since Windows 10 is probably optimized for Denim.
  • Nooooooo
  • This would be a good time to get one of those "free after rebates" phones from Cricket... ;-)
  • thanks for your useful guidance,,, plz inform about performance of some major and daily use apps like WhatsApp fb, candy crush and internet explorer or uc browser after release of tp w10. this will make our mind to update our mobile or not.
  • My Lumia 1020 is on the way back from a repair at the moment, I will hopefully have it back this week and will put Windows 10 onto it as soon as the preview is available. I'm really looking forward to build, to find out more about the tooling and what new stuff we can as developers with Windows 10 across different devices - Hopefully that will include access to all registered developers to build Universal Apps for Xbox after build.
  • FIrst off what a tease/mislead with that thumbnail image making it look like the preview was available now. Second I know I will be testing it out to see if the Lumia 920 can hold up still and what the next flagship phone may be able to offer.
  • Why? We've used that image several times already. Not my fault if you didn't look at it properly!
  • Yesterday I did a hard-reset on my old Lumia 720 to install Windows 10 Tech Preview (when available), obviously I won't install it on my brand new Lumia 830! :D
  • I really want to do this, but I'll be waiting at least a day once it comes out to read the articles WIndows Central posts and see if there are any big issues.
  • I will first wait and see if there is anything mind blowing that I can't wait to try out. By later in the day (that it's released) I'll have a good idea on if I'll take the plunge or not. As a software dev both Desktop and Windows Phone, I understand what it means to be beta and even alpha testing stuff. I'd like my feedback to count, so I'll probably do it, but if I have to roll back, I have to roll back.
  • Going to wait a day or two after release to make sure it is not totally broken, but after that I will absolutely jump in with my 920! Been running win10 on my laptop and desktop with minimal issue and if the phone version is of similar quality then I should not have many issues. I mostly use my phone for voice and text, and then basic smart features like music/podcasts, web browsing, and taking pics. Don't think I will miss any of the 3rd party apps so it should go well.
  • I'm gonna install it on my one and only phone - Lumia 525. I hate being patient all along my life.
  • My L535 is waiting Posted via the Windows Central App for Android
  • I'll make sure to do a full image restore, or get a backup phone (possibly a 735) before diving in. That way if the 920 goes Pete tong (and it inevitably will given my luck with technology) I'm covered.
  • Testing it on my laptop for daily use, but for my Phone I will wait until peeps say that it's safe enough to risk
  • Yes! That too with my regular device L620, bring it on!!
  • Just done a hard rest in anticipation of w10 but still unsure if im going to install on my 930
  • I agree with you stating to not give a one star for an app that doesn't work with W10.
  • I only have my 920...
    "Bring in R Kelly and tell him to stay away from my eyes"!!!
    Can't wait!!!
  • I'll dig out the ole Lumia 620. It's survived everything else, so we'll see what it does with Windows 10. Not gonna risk my 925.
  • Yes!... It will be faster!....lol
  • With the results I've seen with 8.1 being an Icon user without Denim I'm going to pass.
  • In case of Lumias, reflashing with NCS and Not Nokia software recovery tool will take you back to any firmware you want if you have it downloaded. I am pretty sure this will work the same after updating to 10. There is no reason not to as when you reflash with NCS you start with manual product selection and with the phone OFF. Flashing will rewrite everything on the memory. So keep a nice copy of your current ROM version and the NCS installed for any case.
  • Excellent article. Take note everyone. Especially the moaning about developers. Last thing we wanna do is scare them away.
  • I'll patiently wait few days until someone installs it on 1020 and gives overall positive feedback.. Until then sorry but don't count me in...
  • Going to install it on my old 928. Use it while I'm at my tv.
  • I'm planing to install it on my Lumia 620 and if it works quite well then I will probably install It on my main Lumia
  • I will install it wen I know it's safe.
  • Gonna try it on my old 925, not shiny new One
  • Well said, good article.  My wife has just recylcled a L820 for a L735, nooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo! get the 820 back, I need to put 10 on it.
  • Good article, Richard. Hopefully this clears things up and is a reality check for some people. Personally I hope to try it on my backup Lumia 520 (assuming it supports it).
  • I am gonna install it on my Lumia 620..... Lets see what happens.
  • A big YES... but after 3 or 4 builds... Coz the bugs of basic features (if will be there any) will get resolved.
  • Seems like Richard has already been using W10 for phone, i guess...!!!
  • I'm curious if they remove more hubs...I actually love the ROOMS and would hate to see that go...
  • I'm almost tempted to go and buy something cheap and second hand just to try it... but it's certainly not going on my 930 until Windows 10 is ready. Although Windows 10 Technical Preview has been working brilliantly for me on my laptop, it's dual-booting with Windows 7 so there's not much risk of everything crapping out and leaving me with a brick, like there is with a phone.
  • I'll install on my l920.. Cant make it any worse.
  • I will try to install it on an Android phone.
    I won't risk my windows phone.
  • Richard if you have a spare phone then Kindly send it to me! You just fine tuned my excitement!
  • Thanks W central, was a bit confused but now u guys have solved it.....
  • I have everything backed up. Bring it on MS! I'll put it on my L535 dual sim and on my 1520 since I use both on and off
  • Will install on my L625...
  • Only if you can go back to stable 8.1. Otherwise maybe. I have very low expectations for W10 at this point.
  • hmmm! , to b on safe side......i would buy a gophone lumia 635 to used as a guinea pig!  not messing up my phone , ot like 8.1 preview issues.
  • I'll put it on my old disconnected Lumia 920 so I can play with it, but yeah, not going on my 830. Yet. By the way.... Where it's denim for the US? :(
  • You make feel that this windows phone 10 is something extraordinary but it's NOTHING it is nothing there is NOTHING new from the other mobile phones it's getting really boring are you kidding me
  • If it has a little trackpoint for cursor control, that alone would be a major innovation. While it is true that Android will probably still be more featurefull, Windows Phone 8.1 is soooooo far behind that any little bit is worthy of some excitement.
  • Unfortunately Verizon has forgotten about the Icon so now its no longer my main phone and can be my very expensive toy to try W10 on. 
  • But isn't that all obvious?
  • To some yes, but to the millions of general users no, thought that would be obvious!
  • Excellent read! Very important points covered as well. I think I will sit this one out after my fiasco with my ATIV SE.
  • The only way to revert back your 8.1 OS is, Download Nokia Software Recovery tool on your PC.
  • Should we uninstall the Preview for Developers app and unregister our phone before installing the Windows Insider build of Windows 10 Technical Preview for Phones; or does it matter at all?
  • As of now, be an insider. When the preview is launched, all the picture will be clear.
  • It mostly won't make a difference because Preview for Developers is for WP8.1 updates.. As of now technically it shouldn't affect Win10 devices
  • I'm unclear on this, could someone please clarify?
    I know I'll find out anyways once its out, but getting a little jittery from excitement!
    If I do install Win10, will it be an update or total fresh install, causing me to lose all my installs, requiring a fresh setup?
  • Hopefully it should not be. But its 10, so for obvious you'll loose your data!
  • Hoping for the best :)
  • You had to go and make me think rationally about installing this....man, I'm probably gonna have to think about stuff and prioritise :( :P
  • I know!
  • I will install it. I dont think ti will have many bugs since its more like windows 8.2 update. They just added some more features in it and made the universal app support for developers so it is easier to make windows 10pc,phone and in the future tv and maybe watch apps
  • I want it, and will be installing on my UK 930
  • I don't mind using Windows 10 TP on my Icon since we have no clue when Verizon will release it or even have plans to release it at all......
  • If I knew the update will destroy my phone , I DONT CARE
    I will download it no matter what the case is !
  • I keep a backup 920 for these reasons
  • I've got a 1020 as my main phone, but i recently bought a 535 (79€, i couldn't say no) just for windows 10 testing
  • After reading the title, for a moment i thought it was released and decide to leave work to start the installation on my L1320. after i read the article the total hype went down...
  • Not sure... What is the best in Windows 10 for phone?
  • Hell yes on my main phone
  • same here, and then realize it doesn't work too well eventhough i knew it wouldn't
  • Last paragraph of the article... *happy tears*
  • A month ago, I was all "hey, Windows 10, next big thing, let's prove it all cost". Now, after trying on my PC, I'm seriously taking the position of advising everyone who tries it, to stick to Windows 8 or 7. It's insane how much it makes your machine work, it overheats it, it screw the RAM no matter if you have a million GB RAM (I had 8, and I tried on another PC with 4GB, it was worst), and it doesn't matter if you're running Intel i3 or i5 or i321984787, it will overwork as hell. So I will definetilly think twice before I use Windows 10 for phones, specially on devices with 512 MB Ram. Windows 10 it's like iOS 8: full of colors, animations, blah, blah blah, but no improvements on devices's performance. Let's hope Microsoft do something to make it more light, but I seriously doubt it, specially considerating all of the "special" functions and animations it has.
  • Had no issues on my PC works flawlessly
  • i tried it on my surface pro with 4gb ram, and i didn't have any issues that would prevent me from doing stuff i need, but it is a bit unstable sometimes
  • Has anyone noticed that on the top carousel of wc, the link to this article has a line that says "THE $64000 QUESTION" ? Is it a hint like 6 + 4 = 10 Feb or something else? When it comes out i'll be cautious. I will read first 5 comments before losing my patience and installing it on my daily driver L920
  • No, that's an old saying, game show related.
  • Ah, thought so, i was sure it's something else. Thanks for the info. We all get paranoid when excited about releases like such, i'll just take a break now
  • That's what I would love: Windows 10
    February 10
  • Hell yea. I have a 920 collecting dust.
  • Bring it on, I'm ready to test drive and give feed back.
  • If available for my model, I'll definitely take the plunge. My 635 is not my main phone so the bugs won't bother my daily activities.
  • My spare Lumia 720 is waiting for this :)
  • I have a HTC One M8 Windows Phone I'm not using I will probably put this on for testing. Leave my 1520 for a a later time if the M8 survives it.
  • Believe me use the 1520 because of any thing goes wrong use can revert back to your previous is using Nokia software tool.
  • Good, timely article giving sound advice. Thanks.
  • Note : - I hereby declare that I shall install Windows 10 Technical Preview on my only phone, 820. I and I alone shall be responsible for my actions and no one else.
  • m going to install it anyway... just push it Microsoft!!!
  • Bugs is what i like the most xD
  • no...i do what i want ..i install in my main and only device...withoutthinking once
  • It is worth noting that of you have a Lumia, it is actually rather straightforward to revert back to factory. If you have an HTC or Samsung, you will be stuck with your decision forever.
  • I will install on my main phone, I like living in the bleeding edge. Also have the latest build on my only laptop (I don't use it for work though). It's actually fun for me trying to solve all the issues :S. I do have an old 520 that I lent to a friend; I could take it back if the need arises haha.
  • Then your freind is gonna cry
  • Thanks for the warning. That insider preview will not go anywhere near my M8. I'll wait for an official update, even if it's in the fall. I'm a patient man and my phone works great already.
  • I bought Lumia 535 for this purpose, to play with Windows 10 in it. I don't want to risk my Lumia 930 with preview OS.
  • Will install it on my ATIV S. To hell with all my data and settings. Clean install would be great, so i think factory reset is on it's way after WP10 install ;)
  • Question? Does anyone know if Target still has the BLU Windows Phones for sale?
  • They sold out of those 10 min after the article launched. They have full price ones I think.
  • Oh ok cool thanks.. Well I probably won't download it then..lol
  • I still have my old 920. The battery won't hold a charge, but at least I can try it on that. If it works ok on that I can try it on my daily device the 1520
  • I read the title and was excited, people normally don't ask if your going to install until its available...
  • I was thinking: If Wp already was a successful and had a big market share OS, I'm sure that W10 can be install on the old but still capable Nokia N900... Even in my beloved N9.
  • I just can't wait to see what are the new things in Windows 10 for phone...
  • Yes
  • "It could be in a couple of days, it could be on February 28, or any time in between".. well, at least we don't have to wait until the very end of the month, since it will be launched before Feb 31th. That's good news!!!
  • For now BIG NO give us full OS
  • I'd rather pass and wait for it to mature
  • I just hope that if I do this, they offer an easy upgrade path to the official version when it's released. The Cyan debacle was infuriating. First they said you'd be able to go straight from the Dev version to the official version, then they backpeddled and said you couldn't (so I restored my 1520 to factory and sold it), then they suddenly "fixed" the issue and you could, but by then I had already dumped my 1520. The whole reason I don't do developer previews of Windows on my computer is because I don't want to wipe/start over. It would be nice if they could make it so we don't have to with this version on the phone.
  • I will try it... But only if it's easy to roll back to WP8.1 if not... Oh well I shall wait for the final version
  • I will do it. L920
  • I have an old nl925 to try it on
  • i dont care if its buggy... wil you rollout the preview by today tself microsoft.. then i wil happy to  use buggy os :D i hope not buggy as emulator wp 8.1 'testing version "sdk
  • How do you get the Windows Insider app? I cannot see it in the store
  • rolloout the first preview build by today microsoft dont disappoint your fans  we are dreaming , going crazy :/ ... rollout minor upates for adressing bugs later 
  • How do you download it?
  • I'm gonna try Windows 10 whatever may happen to my phone I don't care because I am not able to install Windows 10 on my Samsung RV411 laptop.
  • I might switch back to my 925 to give it a try. But not willing to put it on my 1520 early on.
  • However Microsoft is going to announce two windows 10 phones in MWC(march 1st week).. It means the OS is ready.. So i don't think it will be a buggier thing which Microsoft is going to release...(acer too will announce windows 10 phones in mwc)
  • They dont need windows 10 for phones in hand to make a new phone,because all the WP8 and WP 8.1 phones can run Windows 10.. So they just need to make a phone that supports WP8/8.1 and can be upgraded to Windows 10 device... It's true that windows 10 for phones are not anywhere near completion... Hard to digest ( waiting since december for the phone version of W10) but the truth..
  • Please add APP LOCKER microsft and add mp3 send via watsapp... Facebook calling , call recorder , ... Please
  • I have a 930 as a main phone and a 535 for emergencies... I'll install w10 on the 535 and if is good enough I will install even on the 930
  • Quite an informative article, thanks for this! I understand that the insider program is different from the developer preview (I initially tought that they're just changing the name, and probably format, of the program). Does that mean that there will be a developer preview for Windows 10 possibly when the technical preview polishes up a little? Is the developer preview program still active for Windows 10 or will it die off and be replaced by the technical preview program?
  • Thank God.... February has only 28 days....3 days less to wait
  • Keep me posted and maybe, depending on how it goes. I really dont wanna have to buy and set up another phone..#painintheass
  • If it's anything like WIndows 10 for PC then there will be bugs, crashes, lag, missing functionality and whole lot of frustration, so if you or your device isn't up for it then just stick with your current software. Should be fun.
  • thank you for this. I can see all the comments in the ask for help forums now, hopefully this will stop a few of them.
  • Thanks for this man! People need to realize what a preview is. This puts things into perspective. My Ativ S agrees with you on the bugs and usability part. Posted via the Windows Central App for Android
  • I was going to on my 925.. But it got bricked yesterday. I'll repair it but I decided to invest on a 930 and I'm keeping this one clean.
  • not the 2 or 3 first build to lets the first batch of bug passe... only have one device...
  • Great stuff. Will load it on my small 520 and spare my 1520 for the final release.
  • My 930 won't... But my 630 might.. ^^
  • off course you should not. but you will anyway because at this point windows phone is so niche, only the most hardcore fans still care. so yeah, install it because you may as well. If you haven't left the platform so far, chances are you never will so MS can do no wrong at this point.
  • Sure I will.
  • Yup
  • i'll put it on my L928 and after 2 weeks or so i'll most likely put it on my Icon. I love updates too much to resist. besides, my icon hasn't even put on the denim.
  • I didn't experience a single bug with the 8.1 Dev Preview. Just saying.
  • If you can restore phone via the Nokia Restore tool if things go t!ts up then I'm putting it on my main phone, a Lumia 830. Otherwise, I will put it on my girlfriends phone.
  • Anyone know if your phone needs to have a SIM card installed to install the Win10 TP?  I have an extra 920 laying around
  • I think it's strange to release these preview versions, since anyone can get in the program, months before release it would be... like some people won't be able to resist and will install it and then don't give feedback but complain about it. if it will be buggy, as it will be, it should keep more like a closed beta the first months until it becomes stable. if people don't help, kick them from the program, if people want to help make sure they are selected.   But anyway, all I can wait is people with bricked phones complaining. because Microsoft made this public but then it's like "but you shouldn't install it since it's prerelease software"
  • NO! I'm leaving it all to you guys. Uninstalling that app now. Now... where it's my Denim?
  • What are the min. requirements to install the Technical Preview on Phone? Can't find from the Insider website..
  • I hate the sort of idiotic fanboys who install beta software then give developers low scores because their apps don't work with incomplete unreleased os software.
  • I got old 1020, so I would install this!! At least, try to
  • Excellent article Richard, I've been thinking about this for a while now ... So far I'm leaning towards waiting a few days and read about it before I decide.
  • I'm going to hold off until its actually working. I got about 10 mins into win 10 preview before deciding it was too broken.
  • I think I'll install it
  • I don't care abt bugs at all..i just want windows 10 for my NL920.;)
  • Now I'm glad I have not been able to sell my lumia 920.
  • We have a family backup Lumia in case one of our phones breaks before our contract is up...seriously thinking that phone might "disappear" this month...lol
  • Great! Thanks for this article!
  • If you have only one phone don't install wp10 at its release. Wait for a few days. Read other user experiences and if you see there's not enough bug then go ahead and install it. Or else wait for the final release and drool over the wp10 pics everyday...
  • I'm perfectly content with sticking with 8.1. Maybe though, just maybe, I'll update my 810 to Windows 10 if it's possible.
  • I have an HTC one M8 and a Lumia 925. So I'll leave my HTC one M8 untouched
  • I will install it on my HTC 8S that I am currently using because I am going to get a new phone in June and I really find this phone annoying as well.
  • So if you like to whine, don't install. If you like to test and help improve and can live without working parts of your phone for more than 5 minutes, install and help
  • I wish I had another Lumia. I don't want to risk it with my 920. I won't be installing straight away as soon as it becomes available, maybe a month or two later. When most bugs (if any) must have been discovered and fixed with corresponding updates. @Arghya Karforma, you might be right about Joe Belfiore, but then, there is no knowing with these things.
  • I'll wait for some days after the first release and look after the reviews than install r not to install will be easier to decide...
  • Why not. Only use my phone for .. Nothing l1520
  • Will Lumia 720 get Windows 10?????
  • All WP 8 will get W10. but I am skipping insider as WP is my primary and only phone at the moment, but I will be devouring all your reviews :) I am running W10 on my laptop though.
  • I'll install it and I don't care if my phone becomes buggy or whatever. Get over here windows 10.
  • Seeing my 1020 already screwed up... I got nothing to lose on this. I've had terrible performance since November on my beloved 1020. I might just have to roll-back and admit defeat...
  • My 925 is ready so bring it on! But my 1520 will wait for a while longer.
  • Even with bugs, I'll still install it. I'm due for an upgrade anyways. So if anything goes wrong. I won't have to buy a phone full price. Thank god!
  • Will the Lumia 720 be able to run Windows 10? I know the answer will mostly be no but still to double check.
  • My 928 needs to retire and I'd be willing to put windows 10 for phones on it if it can run it.
  • I like being on the bleeding edge of betas to test new things its a thrill
  • Doesn't that look like Material Design? Maybe Microsoft is too confused or not confident about themselves.
  • No doubt definitely yes...
  • Don't see the point in trialing it on a phone I don't intend on using as my daily driver... How can you give thorough feedback on a device that you only play with? In saying that, I always carry 2 daily drivers and a spare if something goes wrong... Have already backed up everything, and ill be diving in head first with my 930! If all goes well... My 925 will be joining in on the fun shortly after, Can't wait! :D
  • At what point will app designers start to optimize and push out apps that will play well with Windows 10?
  • Do we think it will be possible to get in on the once it is more stable, like the current pre4dev programme?
  • Absolutely yes. That is the reason I bought a spare phone.
  • .. I am with you..
  • My 730's soul is ready ;)
  • This is why I love Windows Central
  • Dear Windows Central, appreciate with you guys do a short video of Windows 10 on mobile
  • I will wait for a couple of days, if forums suggest that the bugs are not so critical, will take the plunge on my 1520. Needless to say, will read whateve I can get my hands on and watch the shit out of them videos !
  • I will install it on my L822, providing it will install.  Based on my experience with the Win 10 Technical Preview and its buggines on machines that I don't rely on, I sure wouldn't want to put it on my daily driver Icon.
  • What cheap phone should I get to try it out on and from where? Gunna use it WiFi only. Also how does signing into MS account work if I have 2 phones? Do I need to switch between em?
  • I don mind about these bugs... Am very interested and thrilled to install Windows 10... Yeah... I will definitely install... I will show to all my Windows phone friends...
  • Think I should wait until things settle down
  • Get my Denim fiirst
  • I'll definitely install it on my 720.
  • Not going to try it. Only developer's preview is worth it.
  • Think I might wait a few days after it comes out... Maybe a week or two. Then I can see peoples reactions and if it turns out the phone will have to many bugs right now, I'll just wait it out some more. No rush :)
  • Sadly phones don't have enough internal storage for dual boot... wish they did though :) would be cool :)
  • \Thanks for saving me. **takes phone and uninstalling the app**
  • I will as I have three Windows Phone
  • I'll likely pass on installing it day 1. I'll read the forums for a while, keep an eye on the bugs and issues and once (or if) it becomes stable enough to use daily I'll make the upgrade.
  • Very nicely said. Totally to the point. We should be responsible insiders. I'm sure all of us will respond in the same successful way that the Windows for desktop has been receiving.
    I'm thinking of trying out W10 in my old 920 which I don't use anymore while my 1020, being the primary phone, will still be in Cyan( no denim till date, no worries). Posted via the Windows Central App for Android
  • Nice article!
  • I'm going to install on my 1520. This phone has a wifi bug that almost has me ready to buy a new phone, so adding more bugs isn't going to matter.
  • Great articlel! I think if everyone reads it like I did and follows the advice, it should be a lot of fun. It's a shame, we all know that won't happen... There will be bitching and moaning but that's life!
  • This remember me that I can't open Calendar and Music from my WP 8.1, Lumia 730. That's ridiculous
  • Worst case scenario, you can always flash back to 8.1, no ?
  • Double YES
  • I m also say BIG BIG NO to windows phone 10 TP.... When come full version of windows 10.. Then I install it. Now for WP10 TP, I don't want any bugs in my phone. So Big no no no.....
  • Definitely... Bring it on MS
  • Lol, the question :XD
  • Very good article.
  • I don't think i will, mostly because of what they said IT.WILL.BE.BUGGY and as much as i would love to have the Preview of Windows 10 .. i rather not.
  • just got the windows 10 preview installed on my dummy 920. First screenshot https://onedrive.live.com/redir?resid=83CA1024B97852FD!125524&authkey=!ANahWmzJrsluxlw&ithint=folder%2cpng   Haven't got chance to play much. But looking good so far with improved layout for Photos and Settings and AppList as well.
  • Great! This is a good "think first things", for myself, I'm hoping to not fall in desperation and install the Preview in my 625, wich is my only phone :(
  • What's the d/f b/w windows insider and preview for dev ?
  • Will be updating as soon as I can get my hands on the bits.
  • Yes, definitly. Netflix is already broken on my 830 and as long as I can make phone calls and send/receive SMS, it's ok for me. Oh and I forgot to mention that my 830 randomly restart each day for whatever reason.. Or no reason at all...
  • Unless you're on Dev Preview, you shouldn't have restarting issues. That sh*t aint normal. I think I'm going on a year of owning the Lumia 520....Best.Nokia.Phone.Ever for me and I've had plenty of them starting with a fantastic looking device in the E71 all the way up to 920. But alas, every single one of them had that problem or problems like it. This 520 has probably restarted like 3 times maybe in almost a year. My suggestion..return it and get another one if you can.
  • Just like always, I keep track on windows central... Anyways nice article though it seems more as a preparation for minimizing ignorant comments...
  • Thank you Richard for informing the community and set the correct expectation
  • I love beta testing and providing feedback. It's really nice watching an app/platform develop and mature. Can't wait for the Windows 10 preview for mobile Posted via the Windows Central App
  • Ok, I think I will be following WC news during the W10 journey. But, since I know they have plenty of devices to test W10 and most of those devices are Lumias, I will kindly suggest if you still have the Samsung ATIV S (i8750 I think it was) to test the W10 on that devices, we the owners of this magnificent device will be very grateful :) Thank you! :)
  • I'm definitely putting it on my backup 635.
  • I'm going to load it on my lumia 1020. It might be slow, but I definitely want the opportunity to give feedback. As you mentioned they've been listening well for the desktop TP and if they have an open ear, I want them to hear me. I've been using the TP on my main desktop at work since day one (scary I know) but so far, mostly smooth sailing. I'm likely going to buy whatever flagship is coming out later this year anyway so I feel like I don't have much to lose. There was only 1 show stopping bugs so far. There was a crazy text rendering issue (but they hot fixed that on day 2 if you were onthe slow ring anyway). I experienced the black screen issue but if you just hit enter or space bar it brought up the log in sceen.  being able to print from certain programs. Other then that it's been very reliable.
  • I will, if rollback will be easy enough.
  • Probably put it on my 520 to dabble with. Would love to have it on my 1520, but not sure I wanna risk my baby.
  • Thanks for the article! I won't be running the preview on my M8 as it's the only device I have, but I look forward to reading all about it here!
  • As soon as it is available it will be on my 920. That is my secondary phone.
  • In my opinion it's not bad if some people will use windows 10 on their main device. As long as they don't complain about broken software and so on it's good in finding more bugs since they would use the device daily. I'll sacrifice my main L920 and will provide good feedback to microsoft :)
  • I am, since my Xperia Z2 is my daily driver. AT&T thankfully unlocked my 1020 last week so I'm all good to go as a T-Mobile subscriber. 
  • Hmmmm?
  • I will be getting the Tech Preview on my daily driver 920.  I can live with the bugs and such.  I feel like the best way to help out testing the OS is to use it in everyday use/situations. 
  • Will install it on my 830 and keep my 930 on 8.1
  • I too will pass it for now... Quite like my 8.1.
  • It's sad that this article even had to be written....... Posted via the Windows Phone Central App for Android
  • I'm in. I'm that crazy.
  • It would be cool to be able to have dual boot options on phones with enough storage. I have a 1520 with a 64GB SD card in it and I want to be able to boot from that to play with Win 10 for phones and then reboot into 8.1 when I need to.
  • I have two 1520s and 2 920s ill try one of each to start but I'll have it all once I see no issues with basics
  • Don't think I'll be doing it on my Lumia 930, maybe, if it can, I'll put it on a Lumia 520 I have (for Audible playback)
  • I'll wait a month before I make any decision. I only have the one phone so I won't risk it. * sigh* I miss my old 521...D:
  • I promise there will still be shitloads of idiots downloading and complaining.
  • My second phone is my Windows phone so no worries!
  • I have a back up both my Lumia 920 & 1020, so will try it on one
  • Yes.. definitely... Posted via the Windows Central App for Android
  • I'll try it on my Smith Corona...
  • So all the current apps will be compatible with windows 10....?
  • A Nokia C6-01 or a Lumia 900 is not smarter than a Lumia 925 or a Lumia 930, so why a smart feature like the native or network 3G video call is missing when I decided to switch from my 3 years old C6-01 to the elegant Lumia 925. Actually Skype or Oovoo or else are smart ways to video call a contact living in another country or in case of network congestion et cetera, but, it's not really smart to leave a special app running (increased power consumption indeed), in order to receive a video call from your wife at the store for your advice about her new "dress to be" or from your mother living next city. Smarter phones are designed to make us live smarter, aren't they?
    But it's not what I felt when I "upgraded" to the "smarter", eye-catching Lumia 925. I was planning to grab the powerful Lumia 930 in the coming months, but as things are sounding, it seems that there is no hope for the integrated video call feature (3G-324M) in the coming Lumias and windows phone OS. I'm feeling more and more that Microsoft is working for a specific market in the same way Apple is doing instead of working for worldwide reputation and love in the way Nokia was doing, and that if Microsoft didn't acquire Nokia's phone division, we would have better and smarter Lumia phone with that Zeiss optics lens and that WP OS that I've felt in love with. An android user never complained about missing features, why is it the case for us, Windows phone users? Microsoft even "removed" or forgot the so praised "notification center" that was available in the old Symbian before advertising it as a new feature in the 8.1. Until now I cannot read the lyrics while playing a music file on my 925 as I used to with the old C6-01 (Symbian). If Microsoft continues on this path, Google and Android will always be a world leader in smartphone, and the once giant which was CONNECTING PEOPLE in all the possible ways will never be forgotten. Certainly, Microsoft,a hundred comments and feature suggestions coming from a few parts of the world cannot make you change your strategies and financial projections, but if it's not going to interfere with your financial projections, PLEASE, restore the native (3G-324M...) video call feature. I'm an old Nokia's fan (now Lumia's fan) always converting friends to Windows and WP OS, now left with no words to convince.
  • My cracked screen 920 can get it while my 1020 stays on 8.1.1
  • Only if I could dual-boot. I am tempted to get a cheap Lumia 5XX, though... always handy for friends and relatives when they visit (and want to keep their number active, but also have local number to cut roaming costs). Maybe with that.
  • I have a spare lumia 525. It has a gif of ram so hoping it qualifies for the preview. Otherwise I have a 530 and a 925. I would rather not have to use my 925 though as it is a main phone. I have been testing 10 on my laptop. This last build has been very unstable unlike previous builds but that is the risk. I have a Toshiba Encore 2 10.1 inch tablet running 8.1 so I can afford to trial on my laptop. I have been trialling OS upgrades since XP 64bit and was the winner of the Windows 7 competition fir a tshirt and RTM Windows 7 on disc. I was also a Windows 7 party host. So this doesn't scare me. On the contrary, I get excited. I cannot wait for windows 10 on my mobile. I love the new OS and it has so much potential. Posted via the Windows Central App for Android
  • My biggest fear is whatsapp i fear it might not work on Windows 10
  • Whatsapp might not work
  • Will be doing it on my old L920
  • Yes
  • Not on my new 730. I will probably hold out until an official release.
  • More so than a pc? How can a Phone be more important than a PC?
  • Does Installation of preview OS make microsoft warrenty laps????
  • is the windows insder app out in the store??? so far i can only find the developers preview one
  • I might... at this point I'm looking for an excuse to upgrade from my Nokia L810. 
  • Windows 10 TP for my PC runs well mostly. Hopefully its the same for Windows 10
  • In Nokia 630 when can I get denim update???
  • Hi
  • If you're asking yourself if you should install it then you SHOULD NOT, seriously, is that easy.
  • Lol
  • I'm trying it. Fuck it. Especially with the rollback feature. Backing up my phone first.
  • I'm gonna wait it out for a few days to see what the bugs are.
  • I don't care about bug,lag or even it ruin my phone but for the love to windows 10. I will update. Oh yeaaaaaaaaaaaa
  • Am going in
  • Will it be possible to submit feedback without having the tech preview installed? There are some things i'd like to suggest but I don't want to jump into the preview yet.
  • I have 520 for this
  • Some time ago u had the same article
  • See the line at the bottom of the post? Since it's kinda relevant today we bumped it back.
  • WHERE CAN I DOWNLOAD THE WINDOWS INSIDER APP
  • Yes, time to live life on the edge my brethren.
  • Anybody knows about that video
  • Might try it on my old 920, it's not got a sim its now WiFi only. I don't think I'll ever put it on my 930, don't want to lose my current home screen and transparent tiles.
  • Come on give it a trail
  • Well, it would be better if we don't get excited. What if our phones are not supported for the first build..!! :(
  • I don't know. I have a 1520. On one hand I have a bluetooth that doesnt work right with my 1520 and windows 10 might let it be usable again on the other I realyl want the denim update.  I might just do it and then rollback when denim comes out for my phone.
  • I'm gonna wait a week before I decide it. I only have one phone, so it a big decision to make. I hope a lot of 1520 owners give us feedback
  • Nothing is gonna stop me now
  • Btw where is Daniel ?
  • Yep totally different
  • I don't care much... All I want for my 1520 right now is dungeon hunter5
  • Can I wait to download it?
  • No.
  • Does anyone know if "rooms" are removed in the preview?
  • Who shouldn't?
  • When is the video coming?
  • I definitely will. Gabe said that its running smoothly on the 635. And I have one.
  • Anyone has a spare phone for me to try this ?
  • No more waits...
  • Take a pass for now. Much as I would like to see it, too early in the game. I will wait for the first Developers preview to jump in, as I only have one Windows phone.
  • I'm going to put it on my 920 now that I have a 930.
  • Thought about it, still gonna install it on my L920.
  • At what time releasing man?
  • I'm gonna go for it on my 930 and if I don't like it I'll just reset
  • I don't careeeee! Hell yeahhh I'm all in! (a moment of excitement :p)
  • What time it is releasing?
  • Wtf****k !!!
    I'm gonna 2 take Risk !
    #10 :-)
  • definitely gonna install it on my only phone, if someone wants to reach me they can try on my windows 10 phone or call to my work :'D, no but seriously, i'm gonna install it just to try, and if i can't call or anything i'll just get back to official 8.1.1
  • All those people who hate the new menus/search at the top of the W10 preview pictures better sign up and provide some feedback.
  • Times up
  • I will because if we don't how will they know what needs changing - you can't be afraid. Also this will help me decide if I want to stick around or go back to either Apple or Android
  • Gotta love reposts
  • As much as I like Microsoft's approach to feedback this time around, I seriously can't see this going well for them. The general reaction people have had to some aspects of the preview on PC is a good example of that. I suppose no matter what the complaining will follow, and people will install this, get frustrated that 'feature x doesn't work/is broken, Microsoft iS tEH SuX0rs' and then abuse Microsoft for making them download the preview and breaking their phones.
  • I really apreciate this article. I know it has been said before, but I wanted to make sure this is not the same as previous previews. There is no way I will put this on my main phone right now. However, I do have some backup phones I will install on one. I am just curious how it will behave on the different phones. I have a 521, 635, 1020, and 1520. The 1520 will not get it. The 1020 I might, only because the other two have 512 MB and not 1GB. 
  • I will install it no matter what you say in your messed up article.
  • Well, I have 3 phones... All of 2 of which I swap the sim to use for day to day (1520) and unsafe environments (635)... I will put windows 10 on the 3 phone (920) and test it for a while... then move up to the 635 and finally 1520 in no specific time frame. No need to cripple myself for technology. I am happy to test the software and even more happy to voice my opinion for the greater good.
  • Maybe not, still getting "no builds"
  • The lie lama
  • I'd only install it if you have a secondary Windows Phone lying around, not your daily driver. That's what I'll be doing once my nee daily driver (a 930) arrives next week.
  • Yes yes yes!!! I'll install it as soon it's available!! Along I'll be able to do calls and WhatsApp, I'll work for me!
  • Depending in how the rollback to wp8.1 is then yes ill check it out
  • I'm ready
  • I will definitely install it on my 1520, my primary phone is a nexus 6.
  • I am gonna install Windows 10 preview for my Lumia for sure
  • And we have 2 options: Insider Slow and Insider Fast
  • Chuck norris running w10 for phone iphone 6
  • No 1520, No 1020; No 930; No 928 at this list...http://windows.microsoft.com/es-es/windows/preview-supported-phones
  • And Who told you these Richard? You sounds very sure as if you are the main person in bringing W10 for phones.. ;)
  • Only Lumia 630, 730 and 830
  • Since I need a reason to buy a new phone: Yes!
  • My Lumia 920 is ready for it. Of course that's not my main phone.
  • Man, wish I had a backup just to try it out.
  • I feel even more enthusiastic then the time 8.1 came.. Lol can't sleep.. It's 2331HRS here.. How much more time.. I guess 1316 that's 1:16 pm there so it might be 11:46 India..
  • Maybe at 1:16?
  • So now the insider page is saying no high end phones are supported for release? No 1520, no icon?
  • Lumia 1020 not listed...... ;)
  • List of phones now live no 1520 1020 930 920
  • Emphasis on It. Will. Be. Buggy.
  • Hmmm think I will hold of a bit yet. See how they all go
  • Not today..
  • Not today
  • I bought a 635 for $49 a few months ago that I haven't even opened yet. Now I have a reason to!
  • Only the 630, 635, 636, 638, 730, 830 are supported so far. Don't get your hopes up so far.
  • I'll wait patiently and just read experts' hand on experience!
  • How can you recommended install it in an old handset, if they're not eligible for that..? Doh..
  • It's also important to understand that this release will only be available for those using Lumia 630, Lumia 635, Lumia 636, Lumia 638, Lumia 730, and the Lumia 830 that have at least 8 GB of storage and Windows Phone 8.1 was already installed.
  • With windows 10 for phone I'm going to sit back and stick with windows central reporting. I currently just love windows 8.1 on my lumia 1520. It's very good on its own. I'm in no rush to wanted the latest and greatest update. Somehow I think things will turn all right with windows 10 for phone.   I'm more worried about windows 10 technical preview for desktop and tablet. It currently needs more attention and feedback, especially on the tablet side. I don't think windows 10 tablet experience and use is good now for tablets and surface pro's.
  • No. Never. Wait and watch. And go for perfect one.
  • Never.
  • Should I? Maybe Could I? No...
  • Good reminder for us all. :)
  • Not unless you have spare phone. Too many people install beta, alpha and technical previews, then moan about bugs!!
  • What's happening
  • Make Windows 10 for Lumia 520!
  • You should not, for one very big reason, when and where is lumia Denim in all regions?
  • No way
  • 1520 is not supported??
  • No
  • i installed windows 10 on my phone, to my surprise it had some of the features as described in the official video by Joe, but it didn't have latest office and mail client the same old previous, otherwise its awesome.
  • When will I get Technical Preview for Lumia 525?
  • YES YES. I trust MSFT.
  • its make my phone slow
  • Ok, I did it and I probably shouldn't have done it! So, now I have rolled back to windows phone 8.1 from windows phone 10 on a Nokia 930. Now the problem is: How do I get my tile setup back, how do I get my gmail accounts back in outlook, how do I get my cameraroll photos back, etc. How can I make find my phone even find my phone to put it all back? Where do you start? OneDrive, windows phone on PC, Microsoft Account (we can't find your phone right now???). This is really the shit that Apple never has, not that I'm going back... Please, anyone have an idea?
  • I have a Lumia 920 and a 620 with the Technical Preview installed. Works great on 920. The 620...a bit laggy. Whatsapp so far on the 620 doesn't work.