I finally received the ‘Reserve Windows 10’ icon on my Toshiba Encore Mini last week, which I promptly went and ‘reserved’ my copy. A day after general availability, I checked the icon and the resulting app that opened told me my Mini was compatible and there were no issues. Of course, it only has 16GB of storage, of which 289 MB was available, I was a bit dubious. So, upon finding out that one could download the Media Creation Tool, create an ISO file and install from that.
So, I proceeded to clear off some space so I could download the file-I did not know how much space I would need. I got just over a gigabyte free and downloaded the tool. Of course, it did not work. I tried to specify the SD card, which was 32GB and clear. No go.
Persuing the ‘net for an ISO, which I thought Microsoft had on its site, but no longer do, I found an article on Softpedia that details how to download the ESD file and create an ISO from that. This ESD file is a compressed file image, very much like an ISO. We want an ISO because it can be mounted like a hard drive.
After getting the ISO and putting on the SD card, I mounted it as a drive on the Toshiba and began the installation process. Unfortunately, I cannot say how long it took because I went to bed. Upon checking it the next day, however, I was pleasantly surprised to find that it had installed and the only things left were the usual user setup and download of the applications and remaining drivers.
You knew there was a but, right?
There was the issue of drive space, the primary drive was zero bytes free. Damn.
So…I fire up Explorer and began to poke around. I discover the Windows.OLD directory was there. SIX GIGS worth. Now, you cannot simply right click and delete. The Trusted Installer owns the Windows directory that is in .OLD and that’s where the space was used. Since you do not have rights to this directory, you must give them to yourself. You must have Administrator privileges. First thing to do is right click on the Windows directory (Make sure it is in the Windows.old directory) and select PROPERTIES. Click Security. Click ADVANCED. Click CHANGE OWNER. Click ADVANCED, then FIND NOW. Look for your user account name and select it. Click OK, OK. Click Apply. It should then make you the owner of the directory and sub directories. It may take a few minutes. Once done, dismiss all of the dialog boxes. From Explorer, click DELETE in the ribbon or right click and delete. IF that does not get all files and directories, you may have to repeat the process for those directories. It took me about fourty five minutes to get them all. For some reason, some sub directories and files also require you to take ownership even if you ‘own’ the others.
After all of this, I ended up with just over 4GB of space left, enough to install the OFFICE Mobile Suite, which is free for screens under 10.7 inches. I was also able to install a few games from the store and still had space free, around 3GB.
I didn’t think I’d be able to upgrade this thing, in fact, Paul Thurrot claimed to have broken his out of frustration.
The end result is a fairly responsive and, now, usable 7 inch tablet that is running Windows 10 pretty smoothly…in 1GB of RAM. Oh, and Bluetooth appears to be working, something that was not happening with Windows 8.1.
Turns out that my piece of junk, cheapo tablet isn’t such a piece of junk after all. And, Word works just fine. How about that?