TABLE OF CONTENTS
- What Operating Systems are Supported?
- What's different about a clean Windows 10 install to this device?
- Can I install 64-Bit Windows?
- What drivers are required?
- Can I PXE Boot the Device? Also known as Network Stack or LAN Remote Boot
- Is Secure Boot Enabled?
- Will the system switch back on automatically after a power loss event?
- Can I use WoL (Wake on LAN)?
- Can I upgrade the hardware?
What Operating Systems are Supported?
Technically we only support Windows 10 32-bit on these devices. However, we do not restrict this, so you're welcome to change the OS yourself.
We have limited experience with Linux based operating systems, so we are unable to provide technical assistance with any Linux based issue. However, we have done some very basic testing with the following operating versions:
debian-10.0.0-amd64-netinst / debian-10.0.0-amd64-i386-netinst
*Some units require Realtek Firmware files: BT / WiFi in firmware folder on the USB for install | installs 64-bit Debian
elementaryos-5.0-stable.20181016 / linuxmint-19.2-cinnamon-64bit / lubuntu-19.04-desktop-amd64 / ubuntu-19.04-desktop-amd64 / ubuntu-18.04.2-desktop-amd64 / Zorin-OS-15-Core-64-bit-r1
*using 32-bit uefi boot efi | installs 64-bit with 32-bit UEFI bootloader
Verified Not Working:
debian-10.0.0-i386-netinst / Fedora-Workstation-Live-x86_64-30-1.2 / linuxmint-19.2-cinnamon-32bit / OpenELEC-Generic.x86_64-8.0.4.img / ubuntu-16.04.6-desktop-i386 / ubuntu-16.04.6-server-i386 / ubuntu-16.04.6-server-amd64 / ubuntu-18.04.3-live-server-amd64 / ubuntu-19.04-live-server-amd64 / Zorin-OS-12.4-Core-32 / Zorin-OS-12.4-Lite-32
*'not working' symptoms include: the USB showing up as 'bootable' but when selected the system went to a black screen for a second or two and then just ignored the USB and continued to load Windows instead; install appearing to work but unable to boot into OS; booting to GRUB loader but no further.
What's different about a clean Windows 10 install to this device?
This assumes you're familiar with the 'clean' install process for Windows 10. It also assumes that the system is not in a state where you can 'reset' Windows.
You need to create a Windows 10 USB using the Media Creation Tool from Microsoft. During the creation it will ask what sort of Windows USB you'd like to create (i.e. 64-bit or 32-bit or Both) - choose Both! This will make the USB UEFI bootable but once it boots you can select to install 32-bit Windows.
Can I install 64-Bit Windows?
No, and you probably wouldn't want to. 64-bit Windows uses almost double the amount of RAM just idling, so the 2GB in this model would be saturated just loading Windows which would lead to a very poor user experience.
What drivers are required?
This stated with Windows v1709 (same applies to v1803 and v1809):
Technically none are 'required' for functionality in Windows 10. The system should work on a 'clean' install of Windows 10 once all Windows Updates are completed.
Any driver 'warnings' in Device Manager are just 'labels' that are missing from the devices and it will not negatively affect the functionality of the system.
At the point of writing, there are a few missing ones which can be downloaded here.
An exception to this rule is the models with 'Broadcom' WiFi modules which have some strange driver issues with builds of Windows from 1803 onwards. Please contact us if you have one of these models and require further driver assistance.
Can I PXE Boot the Device? Also known as Network Stack or LAN Remote Boot
Yes you can UEFI PXE boot (i.e. Network Stack is available in the UEFI BIOS with both IPv4 and IPv6 support)
We have validated that this will boot to a 32-Bit UEFI Image stored on a WDS Server via PXE.
Is Secure Boot Enabled?
This will be Enabled out of the factory and there is no option to Disable it in the UEFI BIOS.
Will the system switch back on automatically after a power loss event?
No, but this can be Enabled in the UEFI BIOS.
Can I use WoL (Wake on LAN)?
No, this isn't an option on this model.
Can I upgrade the hardware?
No, it's not designed to be upgraded and the components are soldered.