As the age of technology proceeds further, the communication between devices becomes more of a necessity rather than a luxury. The most important part of this communication process is the operating system running in the device. There are a lot of operating systems available right now like Android, macOS, and Windows. Most of the computers (desktops or laptops) are based on Windows OS right now. Therefore, Windows has developed a new version of Windows 10 (Called Windows 10x) for smartphones and portable handheld devices.
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What is Windows 10x?
This OS is majorly focused on foldable displays. As a foldable display provides twice as much productivity for the user, Microsoft wants to enhance this feature with Windows 10x.
As this operating system is designed for hardware which is comparatively weaker than a desktop or a laptop, Microsoft has removed many legacy applications and services from Windows 10x. This has brought down Windows 10 to a very minimalistic version of itself which is faster and more suited for handheld devices.
What Is Windows 10x Emulator?
The Windows 10x operating system has not been released publicly yet. But, the developer team of Windows 10x has released an emulator for this operating system called “Windows 10x emulator”. This emulator is offered to various renowned developers for testing and development purposes. But, even a regular user can download this and get a quick review of what Windows 10x is going to be like.
This emulator displays identical properties of the WIndows 10x. This includes a lot of new and exciting features such as the modified start menu, redesigned taskbar and so many changes made in the usual interface. If you wish to run this Windows 10x emulator on your Windows device, make sure your device fulfills the requirements of this emulator.
Requirements of Windows 10x emulator
Here is the list of requirements for Windows 10x emulator:
- Operating system: Windows 10 (build 1955 or higher)
- Microsoft Hyper-V enabled for emulation.
- Processor: Only Intel Quad-Core processors (i5 or higher recommended)
- RAM: More than 8GB usable
- Storage: Equal to emulator size (20 to 25 GB available)
- GPU: Any decent GPU with DX11 support.
Right now, This emulator only supports intel processors. So, if you are running on a Ryzen CPU, you have to wait for the official announcement for Ryzen support.
If your system meets the above requirement, you can download and install the Windows 10x emulator by following the steps provided in this article.
How To Download & Install Windows 10X Emulator On Windows 10?
Before installing this emulator on your system, make sure that your Windows 10 build version is 1955 or higher and you have enabled the virtualization from the UEFI settings.
To get the Windows 10x update from Microsoft, you have to enable the Windows Insider Program on your system. By enabling this feature, you are basically signing up for beta testing of Windows 10.
To enable Windows 10 Insider program, follow these steps:
- Press “Windows key+I” to open Windows 10 settings.
- Now, click on the “Update and Security” option.
- After that, click on the “Windows Insider Program” option from the left pane.
- Now, you will be redirected to the Windows Insider page. If you haven’t already opted for the program before, you will get the option to opt for it right away. Click on the “Get Started” button to start the “Windows Insider Program”.
- Now, Windows will prompt you to select an existing account or create a new link with the Windows Insider Program.
- Select your preferred account and click on the “Continue” button to proceed further.
- In the next window, Windows will ask you to personalize your Windows Insider settings. Select the “Fast” option from the list. This option will grant you the latest beta updates from Microsoft as soon as it’s released for your feedback.
- Now, click on the “Confirm” button.
- Once you have read the information and agree to the terms mentioned in the agreement, click “Confirm”.
- Now, Windows will prompt you to restart the system again for changes to take effect.
- Once your system has rebooted, head over the windows settings again.
- Click on the “Update and Security” option.
- Now, select the “Windows update” option from the left pane. You will be redirected to the Windows update window.
- Now, click on the “Check for updates” button.
- Windows will search for new updates for your system. As you have opted for the “Windows Insider Program”, you receive the beta update available for the program.
- The update will now download in your system. Wait patiently until the download is finished.
- Once the update is downloaded, click on the “Restart Now” button.
Now, you must check whether you have Microsoft Hyper-V support on your system. To verify that, follow the steps given below:
- Open the start menu by clicking on the windows logo on the desktop.
- Search “CMD” in the search bar.
- The command prompt will turn up on the result section.
- Right-click on the “Command Prompt” and select “Run as administrator”.
- This will launch the command prompt with administrative privileges.
- Now, copy the command given below:
- Once you have copied the command, head over to the command prompt and press right-click to paste the command. Press “Enter” to execute the command.
- Now, the command prompt will display the system information.
- Scroll down until you see the “Hyper-V Requirements section. If it says “Yes”, It means your system supports Hyper-V.
How to enable Hyper-V?
To enable Hyper-V in your system, follow the steps given below:
- Open Windows settings by pressing “Windows Key+I”.
- Now, click on the “Apps” option.
- You will see a “Related settings” section in the right pane of the window. Under that section, click on the “Programs and Features” option.
- Now, you can see all the programs installed in your system. Click on the “Turn Windows features On or Off” option.
- Here, find the folder named “Hyper-V” and check the box.
- Click on the “Ok” button to save the settings.
- Restart your system.
- Hyper-V support is now active in your system.
How To Install Microsoft Windows 10x emulator?
To install the Microsoft 10x emulator on your system, follow the steps given below:
- Open the “Microsoft Store” on your system.
- Search “Microsoft Emulator” on the Windows store.
- Select the application from the result as shown in the image below.
- Click on the “Get” button to download the emulator.
- This will install the Microsoft emulator on your system. You can now flash any Windows image to imitate that OS in the emulator.
- Now, head over to the Microsoft store again and search “Windows 10x emulator image”.
- Select the image file as shown in the image below.
- Click on the “Get” button to download the image file.
- This will download the official image file on your system.
How To Run Windows 10x Emulator?
Here’s how to start the emulator:
- Open the start menu.
- Search “Microsoft Emulator” in the search bar.
- Click on the app to open the Microsoft emulator.
- Once the emulator is started, you will see the “Start” option. Click on it to run the emulator.
- This will launch the Windows 10x emulator and you can enjoy and test the new features right away!