Monday, February 02, 2015

Windows 10 install from USB to Dell Latitude 10 Tablet

Dell Latitude 10 Tablet, identified as ST2 Late-2012 by Dell, really sucks. It's shipped with very first Win 8.0 build and after two years of updates it's barely usable with Win 8.1 + all available updates and fixes. I wanted to give Windows 10 try on it as already being worst tablet ever it can hardly get any worse, right?

Reinstalling Win 8.1 goes exactly like Win 10 so below applies to both.


Unsurprisingly none of instructions available work with this tablet. Dell decided that it would be good idea to have 32-bit x86 Atom PC with UEFI and disable legacy MBR boot support. Which means install media must be FAT32 formatted for UEFI while all tools and instructions, even Dell's own, result in non-bootable NTFS formatted media or FAT32 media with MBR boot.
  • First thing to do is update BIOS to A09 or newer while old OS install is still functioning. Just like every other Dell device only after 2-3 years on market BIOS reaches state it should've been the day first units were shipped
  • Download 32-bit Windows 10 Technical Preview ISO
  • Download Rufus to create bootable USB stick
  • Create bootable USB stick using Rufus
    • Create UEFI only partitions
    • Use FAT32 filesystem
    • no extended label or icon files
  • Connect USB stick, keyboard and mouse via hub to tablet
  • Hammer F12 on boot, go to BIOS and restore factory defaults
  • Reboot, stab F12 again ruthlessly and select boot from USB
  • Select Customized install so it won't try to upgrade existing Win 8
  • After Windows install fails with error 0xE0000100, don't click OK yet
  • Press Shift+F10 to open command prompt
  • Run DISKPART and type following commands: "SELECT DISK 0" and then "CLEAN", this will wipe internal SSD
  • Now close command prompt and click OK on error message, Windows setup resumes from beginning
  • Install Windows as usual starting with empty disk without Dell spyware and recovery junk, you also get back that 16GB of precious SSD capacity Dell stole form you with their factory setup
  • After first boot PC is missing all essential drivers, including all network devices
  • Install first Intel Chipset drivers, reboot, then WLAN/bluetooth and rest except WWAN (3G)
  • For 3G run EXE provided by Dell and select Extract drivers instead of installing them
    • Go to folder you extracted files
    • Open properties of SETUP.EXE and SETUP_MUP.EXE
    • On compatibility tab set operating system to Windows 8
    • Run SETUP.EXE as administrator and follow instructions
  • Finally check Windows Update for any available updates


33 comments:

  1. Thank you for saving me hours of work! I was stuck with my USB worked on my laptop but not on the lati10 - it would have taken a while to narrow it down to the USB have to be FAT32. Thank you

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  2. How is this working out for you? Better than 8.1. Mine is terribly slow and annoying

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    1. hi marcel sorry for bringing up this thread again .am facing the same problem , i would like to know how u made your bootable usb cause mine doesnt work with the latitude 10 ste 2 even tho i followed the instructions step by step

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    2. Disable Secure Boot option from BIOS first then boot through bootable usb of windows x86 bit.

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  3. Did you notice any graphical issues? For instance, in landscape mode the store doesn't show any text for the items next to the icons, and Edge (I'm running build 10162) doesn't show the tabs at the top and other things are missing. I noticed the drivers are 9.14.3.1168, there are newer drivers such as 9.14.3.1177, but they won't install. It says they aren't compatible with this version of Windows. My Dell Venue 8 Pro runs Windows 10 a ton better, has no graphical issues but also has newer Intel HD Graphics.

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  4. I found a way to install 9.14.3.1177, didn't help. I also found that I have the same exact issue on my Samsung 500T, which is also a z2760 Atom based tablet. The drivers are for Windows 8.1 for the video. Seems to work ok when using the "Microsoft Display Adapter" but once I install the 8.1 video drivers, either 9.14.3.1177 or 9.14.3.1168, the problem happens. Edge tabs are missing, store doesn't load right (in landscape mode at least). Works real well on my Dell Venue 8 Pro though, based on z3740D Atom. And I didn't have to install Windows 8.1 video drivers on the Venue 8 Pro, Windows 10 had drivers. So this kind of makes me think Microsoft isn't going to be supporting any of these older tablets with Atom chips older than the z3700 series. Besides, these older tablets run really poorly compared to this Dell Venue 8 Pro. So for now I would NOT suggest people use Windows 10 on z2700 series Atom based tablets.

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  5. Please remove "Microsoft Display Adapter" first, then install "Intel Chipset Driver". So you can find the "Intel(R) Graphics Media Accelerator" driver installed in device manager and also see window open smoothly.

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  6. I've followed the directions given, but cannot get the boot menu to see the USB key as an option to choose. The Latitude-10 is running BIOS A09. I've used a 32-bit ISO of Windows 8.1 to create the USB key. The only part that I found questionable was the step in creating the USB key where the instructions above say "Create UEFI only partitions" but that options in RUFUS are "MBR partition scheme for UEFI" or "GPT partition scheme for UEFI". Which options is the right one?

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    1. I am running BIOS A09 as well. I found that if you press and hold the "volume up" button, while turning the device on with the "power" button, the BIOS boot menu will show so you can select the USB alternate boot device. You still need to have a USB keyboard to navigate the Win installation screens. I used Rufus with 'MBR partition scheme for UEFI" in building my USB key.

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    2. GPT partition scheme for UEFI because moslty UEFI based system works on GPT partition only. and Legacy Mode Works on MBR partition .

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  7. What about Win10 final build, are you going to try?

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  8. Hi,
    I have had no problems to clean install Win 8.1 Pro x32, on my Latitude 10 - ST2, downloaded to an USB-drive from http://windows.microsoft.com/en-US/windows-8/create-reset-refresh-media It boots nicley & installs as it should.
    The UEFI BIOS product key activates the Win 8.1 Pro after first reboot.

    But when upgrading to Windows 10 through Windows Update it fails. The download goes well. But the upgrade fails in a BSOD dpc_watchdog_violation . When restarting it reverts to Windows 8.1 again.

    Anyone having a idea of where the problem can be? Some driver that are incompatible with Win10?

    Br/Fredrik

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  9. I just completed loading the retail version of Win 10 Pro. These instructions were invaluable! The only thing I would add is that with the final build the initial install does NOT "fail", so you do not have to use DISKPART. After the chipset, then WLAN driver installs, doing a windows update found the rest of the drivers with the exceptions of the Intel Atom Processor z2760 SPI Controller and Serial UART.

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  10. I did a new try. Uninstalled these in Programs and Featues.
    widcomm bluetooth
    dell wireless hspa
    broadcom location sensor
    broadcom 802.11 network adapter

    Then the upgrade worked like a charm. Win10 got activated directly when the 802.11 driver was installed & internet connecten was established. The new Product key saved with ShowKeyPlus.

    Installed the broadcom 802.11 network adapter and broadcom location sensor afterwards, but skipped the other two.


    Now a clean Win10Pro install is on the agenda. Win10 is now downloadning to USB-drive from here https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/software-download/windows10

    Br/Fredrik

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  11. Excellent article - we had a number of these devices still boxed as we could never get them to work as our clients requested but they run superbly on Windows 10 Professional... thank you so much!

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    1. I also was able to update to windows 10 0ro , but the tablet freezes every other restart, Also, when it doesn't freeze, the sound works at first but then, when I try to use the sound again, it doesn't work. I try then to reset the speakers to no avail. After a restart, I get bsod, which I think is caused by an incompatibility of the integrated sound card driver. Does anyone has any idea on how to fix this?

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  12. Just installed with the new download tool, nothing special required anymore. I didn't even upgrade BIOS.

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    1. What is the name of the new download tool you are referring.

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  13. Using advices from article and coments ucsesfull was installed Windows 10 on my Latitude 10 ST2 and its working fine.
    Thanks for all.

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  14. did upgrade from win8 to win10, all went well except . . . bluetooth - not compatible with win10. anyone get this fixed? all others are working

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  15. Drivers for Motion CL900 work with Windows 10. CL900 is basically the same machine as Dell Latitude ST

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  16. use the windows 8 media to install windows 8.0. then upgrade to 10.

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  17. use the windows 8 media to install windows 8.0. then upgrade to 10.

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  18. hello i have upgraded fined apart from the 3g driver it installs but i cant get it to work with a card in tablet.

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  19. So I got really excited when I heard about Remix OS http://www.jide.com/en/remixos-for-pc
    And decided to install it on this tab which was lying in scrap for 2 years now. After an hour of trouble I landed here and found out that the processor is 32-bit WTF! Again time to put in scrap box.

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    1. RemixOS beta version released yesterday support both 32 and 64 bit on description. I haven't tried.

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  20. Thank you mate :)

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  21. Has anyone managed to get the integrated cameras working following Windows 10 upgrade? I have successfully upgraded from 8 to 10 but now my camera won't work.

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  22. My camera works.

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  23. woow how many people solving problems... this means that maybe for me too there will be a solution with my DELL ST 42 with windows 10 pro. suddenly the gprs connection is no more available i connection slide even if at drivers leve it seems everything ok. at the beginning of windows10 installation it worked I had only sometime to disable and enable again the wLAN swiths or some stuff in connection... but now the GPRS connection is disappeared.. any issue on this? in any case thanks a lot...

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  24. Anyone got the gfx accelleration working? Intel GMA600 on ST1?

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  25. Anyone managed to get the sound working with Windows 10 installed? The drivers are showing as installed but no sound coming out.

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  26. I have given up after having win10 on it for about 6 mos now. I restore it back to w8 and upgraded to 8.1. I partitioned the small hd (18gb) and am now trying to install ANDROID on it. I have no luck on the partition so next step will be "BOOTING ANDROID FROM USB DRIVE" (hint - must be a usb3 device)

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