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Windows 10 Tech Preview simply won’t run
Conrad Heinzel is one of several readers who ran into problems following the Windows 10 Technical Preview (Win10 Preview) setup steps in the Oct. 16 Top Story, “How to safely test-drive Win10 — step by step.”
- “Dear Fred: I’ve been working on this for almost a week, and I still can’t get it to work.
“I’m using a Win7 x64 PC with 8GB of RAM and an AMD Phenom II X6 1055T processor. The setup checks out fine with Microsoft’s and AMD’s hardware virtualization–support utilities.
“No matter what I do, I get the following error message:
Your PC needs to restart. Please hold down the power button.
“I’ve researched [this] online and tried every solution I could find. As far as I can tell, all settings are correct. Uninstall and reinstall didn’t help! “
Although the steps I outlined usually work, there are many variables that can cause problems.