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Installing Windows 10 on a super cheap tablet: Learn from my mistakes

Linx 7

Over the past few months, I have been playing with Windows 10 in many flavours and builds. From 10049 to the current RTM one, which is 10512 (at the time of writing), from Windows for desktop to Windows on phones, and overall the journey has been a fairly easy one. Until now that is.

It may well be that I was unlucky with the hardware, as trying to install the OS on a popular, entry-level, Windows 8 tablet, the Linx 7, proved to be an ordeal to say the least.

To Microsoft's credit, they had always suggested that Windows 10 Technical Preview was not ready for tablets or indeed for touch but even upgrading to the final version of Windows 10 couldn't bring back touch for me.

A note of caution before proceeding: I strongly urge you NOT to carry out this test on any sort of expensive gear. I bricked a tablet trying to install Windows 10 and I shan't be liable for any accident that might happen to other people's hardware – you have been warned!

Pictured below is the actual setup I used:

The Linx 7 tablet and a flurry of accessories

The Linx 7 tablet and a flurry of accessories

A final note – you might want to catch up on my previous adventures: You don't need a crazy powerful PC to run Windows 10 - here's the proof; This is what I learned installing Windows 10 Mobile on a £25/$40 smartphone; and Want to install Windows 10? Check what I learnt first.

Desire Athow

Managing Editor, TechRadar Pro

Désiré has been musing and writing about technology during a career spanning four decades. He dabbled in website building and web hosting when DHTML and frames were en vogue and started writing about the impact of technology on society just before the start of the Y2K hysteria at the turn of the last millennium. Then followed a weekly tech column in a local business magazine in Mauritius, a late night tech radio programme called Clicplus and a freelancing gig at the now-defunct, Theinquirer, with the legendary Mike Magee as mentor. Following an eight-year stint at ITProPortal.com where he discovered the joys of global techfests, Désiré now heads up TechRadar Pro. He has an affinity for anything hardware and staunchly refuses to stop writing reviews of obscure products or cover niche B2B software-as-a-service providers.