The first idea was interesting, but putting Windows 10 inside this Compute Stick was a HUGE mistake. It may take a month or two, but once Windows launches a large automatic update, the stick doesn't have enough buffer storage to complete the installation and locks up. After that, you're done. Can't revert back to the previous system and, in my case, resetting Windows caused the installation screens to run in a loop, never storing the configuration data I had just entered. I re-entered country, keyboard layout, etc. a half-dozen times and gave up.
The product is nicely packaged, an Intel product as slick as any, BUT with Windows 10, it's sending a boy out there to do a man's job. Wait for a future version which, if we are lucky, will either include a slightly less memory-hogging Windows upgrade procedure AND/OR more hardware memory on board, enough for Windows updates to complete properly.
Now the fun part. I got around the problem by installing Ian Morrison's adjusted Ubuntu package on it, after repartitioning the stick's storage memory and -- lo and behold, it now runs like a charm. In the US, you can buy a Linux version of this stick, but since it only has half the memory that the Windows version has (but still runs fine), I now have a turbocharged Linux model, without Microsoft nonsense to deal with, proving that life is indeed great.
If you don't care about voiding your warranty in the process, this is the best road, for sure. Have fun. Nice product, on Linux. ;-)
I seriously doubt it's legal to void the warranty when Linux is installed.
You're probably right, but you know how it is... We click "I accept" under the 50 pages of legal fluff they throw at us, same as everyone else, and then we find out later we've unknowingly "agreed" to sell our mother, give away the house and quit our job. I agree with you, but who'll fight for us?
Yeah, sure. The legal stuff would need to be about whether such a term in the contract is binding. And it would possibly take a lot of money for lawyers. But on the other hand companies don't want negative backlash about something like this, so they might just give in if you try.
Thankfully, the device is still humming along very nicely, after almost a year in place. I used it to install a remotely-maintainable display in a client's waiting room. Browser runs at startup, connects to a site with different images, etc. I change these occasionally. Pretty nifty. :-)
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