In the last year the Microsoft Store has had fire sales on a few different Windows 10 tablets.
I have had the opportunity to get my hands on two of those offerings – the NuVision TM800W610L (8 inch) and the NuVision TM101W610L Solo 10 Draw (10 inch) – both had their pros and cons – but can be very good second screens for when you are sitting on the couch watching television. The Solo 10 Draw even came with its own active pen so you could use the inking features of Windows 10 with it instead of your finger.
One of the greatest limitations of these inexpensive Windows 10 tablets is the storage space – each of these had just 32GB of drive space for the operating system, files, and apps. That storage limitation becomes quite the challenge when it is time to upgrade the device to the next feature update for Windows 10. In my experience it is hit or miss whether or not the update will install through Windows Update on these devices and that includes when you have freed up the maximum space possible on the system drive.
So for the last few months these two tablets have just been sitting on a shelf waiting for me to dive into the slow process of updating them to the latest Windows 10 feature update – in this case the Fall Creators Update – and yesterday was the day I decided to tackle the process. I am happy to report, as I shared on social media, that I now have both of these devices up and running the Fall Creators Update. I was asked by a few people about the process and so that is what I am going use this blog post for – documenting for posterity the easiest way to upgrade these tablets. This is what works for these two NuVision tablets running Windows 10 and will likely also work on other Windows 10 tablets from NuVision however, any number of things could cause your experience to be different. However, if the tablet is in an outdated state then it certainly will not hurt to give this a shot to see what happens.
So let’s get started by talking about what you need before you begin:
- Fully charge the tablet to 100%. These tablets only have the one Micro-USB port for power and data so the full charge should be more than enough to get through this process.
- Wired keyboard and wired mouse. There is no way to wirelessly connect these devices to the device during the restoral/reinstall process so dig these out of those boxes and storage drawers.
- A Micro-USB to USB Type A dongle.
- A small unpowered or powered USB hub with at least three ports – one each for the keyboard, mouse, and a USB flash drive. You will connect this hub to the tablet using the dongle mentioned in Step 3.
- Two USB flash drives. One of these will contain the operating system that will be created using the Media Creation Tool. That flash drive will be bootable after using the MCT. When prompted be sure the MCT is matching the right architecture (32 or 64 bit) for your tablet. The second USB flash drive will contain drivers for your model of the tablet. NuVision has a support page that contains download links to the drivers for each of their tablets – just make sure you grab the set of drivers that matches your devices model number. These files are RAR compressed files so you will need to extract them and store them on the second USB flash drive for later use.
You should now be ready to proceed with the clean install process.
- Take your fully charged tablet and be sure it is powered down. Connect the dongle from Step 3 above to the tablet’s Micro-USB port. Attach your USB hub to that dongle and then plug in the wired keyboard, mouse, and the USB flash drive that you created using the MCT in Step 5 above. Have the second USB flash drive with the tablet drivers nearby as it will be used later.
- With everything attached power up the tablet and when the NuVision logo appears on the screen press the DELETE key on the keyboard to enter the devices BIOS.
- You need to set the USB drive that was created using the MCT as the primary boot device and then save that configuration and exit the BIOS setup utility. The tablet will restart and the install process should then begin. It will obviously look familiar just on a smaller screen scale compared to your laptop or desktop systems.
- I used the Custom installation option and removed all of the devices partitions to create one single pool of storage space. Although sometimes the wired mouse you have plugged in will work during the install process, if it doesn’t then break out your keyboard skills for navigating the dialog boxes using the Tab, Enter, and ALT keys for various commands through this process.
- Once the installation files have been copied and prepared the device will restart to continue the setup process. Again – you might have mouse input at this point but if not just use your keyboard to get around the interface. You will not have any connectivity since the Wi-Fi hardware will not work without the drivers so you will create an offline account initially when installing Windows 10 but you can go back to that later and add convert it to a Microsoft Account once you have connectivity once again.
- Once the installation process is complete you will find yourself in front of the familiar Hi – we are getting things ready for you cycling screens before you are dropped on the desktop. Now you will need to grab that second USB flash drive that contains all of the uncompressed tablet drivers. Go ahead and remove the USB flash drive that had the Windows 10 installation files on it and plug in this second flash drive with the drivers.
- Open the Device Manager now and look for all the bangs. Those are the unrecognized hardware elements on the tablet marked with a yellow exclamation point. There will be quite a few and now what you need to do is select them one at a time and choose Update Driver from the right-click context menu. Select to look in under How do you want to search for drivers? select Browse my computer for driver software and then select the flash drive containing the drivers. No need to drill down into sub-directories because Windows will search sub-directories by default. Click Next and the drivers for that hardware device will be found and installed. Continue this process until all of the hardware items have drivers installed.
- I noticed with both the 8 and 10 inch NuVision tablets that I had to install the Wi-Fi drivers using the setup program that is with them in the drivers folder – which will be on the flash drive. That will either be in the Wi-Fi folder or possibly in one named RTLWlanxxxxx – find that folder and execute the setup.exe to install the Wi-Fi hardware drivers. It is possible that once you do this other hardware elements may be identified as needing drivers so just repeat the process described in Step 7 to continue updating those elements. If you run into a piece of hardware and the drivers refuse to install you can choose to search for those drivers online once you have Wi-Fi connectivity.
- At this point you should have a clean Device Manager with no bangs and ready to use the system. Unplug everything from the devices Micro-USB port and plug back into power so the device can charge while you continue the Windows customization process in the OS.
At this point you should head into Windows Settings>Accounts and turn your local account into a Microsoft Account which will take you through the process of adding a PIN to your account.
The next step would be to go to Windows Update and install any pending updates. Once that is complete head into the Microsoft Store and download any outstanding app updates.
At this point I have found a restart helps to trigger the syncing of my settings from other Windows 10 devices and then you can wrap things up by completing your own personalization’s to the OS and UI.
Congratulations – at this point your great deal Windows 10 tablet from NuVision should be up and running.
If you have any questions about this process or need any clarification just comment below and I will respond. By placing those questions in the comments rather than social media, it means others who might have similar questions will see the answers as well.
Enjoy and thanks for reading!