THE FIRST THING to notice about the much-hyped Technical Preview of Microsoft's newest version of Windows is that it isn't called Windows 10. Nowhere at all will you find the words 'Windows 10'. Throughout, it is referred to as the 'Windows Technical Preview' (WTP).
This makes a lot of sense. After the disastrous legacy it has inherited from the much-maligned Windows 8, it's a good idea if no-one associates the name of a half-finished product with the brand name which, the company hopes, will lift it out of the doldrums. Of course, it could be that the build was compiled before the '10' moniker was finalised. But whether on purpose or by accident, looking at the rather humdrum changes so far, we're rather relieved.
If we can offer one piece of advice about the Technical Preview, though, it's listen to the warnings - do not attempt to install it on a machine that you value. It's stable, and so far it seems safe enough, but it is not an easy ride. Between download errors, corrupted downloads, BIOS settings, UEFI settings, making USB sticks bootable, crashing installations, CD drives that "burn too fast" - Microsoft's words - and finally installing successfully by doing a fresh install on a completely separate hard drive, the installation process took nine hours.
And we do this for a living and we have been for 14 years. This is not something that Aunty Maude can do between knitting, baking cakes and turning on the TV for that nice Alexander Armstrong.
This is for a spare computer, on a spare hard drive when you have a spare Sunday. If you do it on your main BYOD machine, you will waste days, time and probably lose customers, or even your job. There are people reading this and thinking: "They don't know what they're talking about. I am the king of computers. I'll do it in 45 minutes and make smug comments at the bottom of the article." Don't. Pride cometh before a fall. Power-users only.
And is it worth it? Well, no, not really.