Windows 10 is here and probably every Windows-oriented user would at least like to try it out on any desired machine that is ready for upgrade. While Microsoft offered a convenient way of doing so throuhg “Get Windows” application, it gets forever to get in the line for an update or it just breaks and you can’t automatically upgrade through Windows Upgrade because of “Something happened”. Probably the biggest technical challenge ist to upgrade from low-end, Windows 8.1 with Bing tablet. However, Microsoft gave as another way to do so and I’m gonna show you that installing Windows 10 on 16GB tablet is not that difficult to proceed.
– Windows 8.1 with Bing tablet with 16GB of space (that is ~4GB for user) and OTG support
– Windows 7/8/8.1/10 device with at least 10GB of free disk space
– microSD card with at least 16GB of space (minimal space on card required: 10GB)
– USB flash drive with at least 3.3GB free space (4GB should be fine, I’ve used 8GB one)
– OTG adapter (microUSB – USB)
Before proceeding make sure through “Get Windows” near your system clock that your device meets Windows 10 requirements before proceeding!
Quick look on tablet setup
OTG support and OTG cable
We need it so that our tablet supports using external devices through its microUSB port. As it’s the only way to use external drive for Windows 10 media it’a must. Most of Win8 tablets, even the lower end support it so no worries.
MicroSD 16GB card
You’d thing that’s huge comparing to device itself that probably has like ~11-12GB of space with only 3-4GB for user use. That’s actually why we need so much space – installation requires around 9GB for decompressing installation files and preparing installation from Windows 10 media.
Windows 7/8/8.1/10 device
As 16GB tablet lacks space for installing windows 10 on it, we need another device to download and prepare Windows 10 media on.
Preparing Windows 10 media
Downloading Windows 10 image
If you haven’t installed Windows 10 yourselves anywhere, you might be not familiar with tool Microsoft provided called “Media Creation Tool”.
You can download it from here: http://www.microsoft.com/pl-pl/software-download/windows10
What’s different for installing windows 10 on 16GB tablet is that we will use second option called Create installation media for another PC.
Then, our preffered options should be:
English (United States), Windows 10 Home, 32-bit
Please note, that from Windows 8 you can download any language later on so don’t worry and choose US English as it lacks compatibility issues. If your device had other language as default, it would be on Windows 10 start anyway and US English will be the one to be additionally added once more.
Now, Media Creation Tool will guide you with the process.
As we’re lacking space on such low-end device, software will ask as for some other drive when it can store temp files and Windows Restore files. For that let’s choose our microSD card from dropdown list:
After doing so, Media Creation Tool will ask for drive to store Windows 10 media.
Let’s choose our USB drive connected to our PC. Then, we can start preparing the media drive. It will take some time to download and prepare media so take your time.
And finally: Installing Windows 10 on your 16GB tablet
When Windows 10 media is ready, browse to the USB flash drive on your tablet and run setup.exe.
Before installing charge your device to 100% and read every warning that installation process will notify on before proceeding!
You might also need to change your language setting if setup will tell you that “Something went wrong”.
You can do so by going to Control Panel -> Region -> Administrative -> Language for Non-Unicode Programs and choosing English(United States).
Using Copy Settings (the same tab as the previous option) for everyone else for the installation time.
After installation – Windows 10 experience
My first impressions on Windows 10 on 16GB tablet were both good and bad.
I already knew the OS and found the Tablet Mode a blessing. Multitasking is much easier and notification center is a lifesaver. However, Microsoft Edge seems to be unprepared for touch-only users as it lacks UI customization for tablets.
Also – after Windows 10 installation Menu Start animations were not smooth, thing were going slower than on Windows 8.1 with Bing and my screen backlight would refuse to completely turn off after clicking On/Off on the tablet (it would go black but would also keep backlight of the screen on). But – what put me in awe – after installing all of the modules and updates (what OS have done for me in 10 minutes after first launch) it all went back to being smooth as before and all of the other issues disappeared.
You might also think of cleaning up C:\$Windows.~BT folder as it won’t be useful for you anymore but still takes a lot of space on tablet, depending how much OS managed to download Win10 media on its own before you manually upgraded.