I have had such good luck upgrading some of my collection of small form factor tablets that I decided to take on another one today. The HP Stream 7 was my next target for Windows 10 Version 1803.

Yesterday it was the NuVision TM800W610L (8 inch) and the TM101W610L Solo Draw (10 inch) tablets. They were both running Windows 10 Version 1709 from last fall and all the subsequent cumulative updates that are released. The Windows 10 April 2018 Update was pushed out to seekers so I went seeking it from Windows Update and started the install. It took about 2 1/2 hours but both tablets are happily, albeit slowly, running Windows 10 Version 1803. They are even supporting Timeline data being synched across my device ecosystem.

So today I decided to attempt an upgrade on one of my trouble maker tablets – the HP Stream 7. This one has been sitting unused for quite a while – ever since I was using it for test builds as a Windows Insider. In fact, the main reason it was not being used was because an installed build expired and I could not access the system.

I knew a clean install was necessary but it also wasn’t an urgent issue either. Well today, I dug out my wired USB mouse, keyboard, and created an installation flash drive using the Media Creation Tool that had the Windows 10 April 2018 Update on it. For the HP Stream 7 it had to be the 32 bit version of Windows. By default, the Media Creation Tool will match the architecture of the device the drive is being built on. In my case that was a 64 bit system. The HP Stream 7 requires 32 bit so just be sure to make that change before building out the install media.

While that was in progress I went to HP’s support website and downloaded the drivers for the HP Stream 7.

Now there are different models of the HP Stream 7, I have the 5709 one, so make sure you are on the support page for that version. Otherwise you could have some difficulties with the drivers matching the hardware.

Download all of the drivers from that page and save them in a folder called something like HP Stream 7 Drivers. Do not expand them – just save them in their downloaded executable file state.

Tip: HP uses cryptic numbers for their software downloads so as you grab each one of these rename it to match what driver it contains such as graphics, sensors, wireless, Bluetooth, etc.

By now your install drive that is being created by the Media Creation Tool should be ready. If not let it finish up and when it is done – leave the flash drive plugged in.

Copy the folder of drivers that you downloaded and renamed earlier to the flash drive with the installation files on it. You will use those later after the operating system is installed.

Now after you have completely charged the HP Stream 7 you will need that wired mouse, keyboard, USB flash drive with the Windows 10 install files on it, a small unpowered USB hub like they give out as swag at some trade shows, and a USB Type A to MicroUSB OTG cable.

Plug the OTG cable into the hub and plug that into the HP Stream 7. Next plug in the mouse, keyboard and USB drive into the small hub. Everything is now wired up and ready to begin.

On the HP Stream 7 (Model 5709) you access the boot menu by pressing and holding the Volume Down key and then the Power key. Hold them both until you see the screen come on and then let go. You will see the Startup Menu and the option you want to select is F9 Boot Drive Options. On the next screen you will see a couple of options and one of them should match your USB flash drive. The other two on my HP Stream 7 were listed as OS Boot Manager and Boot from UEFI File.

After that selection is made the system will begin the clean install process on the device. This process goes much like any other system you have ever clean installed Windows 10. Using the wired mouse and keyboard make your choices along the way and eventually your system will reboot and begin the Out of Box Experience (OOBE) to set the system up. Once you are all done then you will be at the Lock Screen and be able to log in with the credentials you provided during the OOBE.

Again – if you have ever reset or clean installed a Windows 10 device – this process is very familiar.

Once you are logged into the system it is time to install your drivers. Remember they are stored on the same USB flash drive that is already plugged in from installing Windows 10.

Since they are executables no need for separate extractions. Just select the file to begin the install process.

I installed the HP Stream 7 drivers in this order:

  • Touch
  • Audio
  • Graphics
  • Sensors

Wireless and Bluetooth were working with out of the box drivers in Windows 10 so I did not install them separately.

I also had a firmware and BIOS update which I then installed in that order.

At this point it is time to update Microsoft Store apps, install the ones you like to use, and set the system up for daily use. My recommendation is to consider this a consumption only system. I will say it was easy to use Near Share with this device to other machines running the Windows 10 April 2018 Update so that makes sharing easy.

Look – this little tablet is not a powerhouse. Just look at these specs:

  • Intel Atom CPU Z3735G (1.33GHz)
  • 1 GB RAM
  • 32 GB Storage

That is not going to run photo editing apps, etc. but it will do web browsing, social media, and similar low end activities.

So set your expectations appropriately and enjoy having a little handheld consumption device to use as a second screen on the couch when watching TV or sitting on the back porch!

Enjoy – now I am off to find my next small form factor tablet victim – errr – opportunity for an upgrade!

HP Stream 7 – Windows 10 April 2018 Update Install Images


  1. Martin Bostock

    Thank you so much for that Richard you have saved my Stream 7 – so clogged with update debris and the kids stuff that it could no longer update itself and was in a sulky death spiral! Mine’s an early 5700na and it is now running fine and as fast as something with such short legs can be expected to run!

    The Windows 10 Home version is 1607

    • Richard Hay

      That is great to hear – decent little device and worth having as a second screen.

  2. Gerald McMullon

    1809 installed from 1709 without any of the issues I had with 1803. But it did soon end up running very slow. I tried to re-install and several methods failed. I eventually booted from USB stick (volume down then press power on button to get boot menu). So six hours later I have a faster systems with far more space. Whether it will slow down in a day or two I don’t know. Might even be a useable tablet again.

    • Richard Hay

      Great update – thanks for sharing the experience.

  3. Tim

    The HP Stream 7 and Windows 10 Update 1803 just don’t seem to work together (coming from 1709). Just for kicks, I tried Insider build 17723 and it installed via the normal Windows Update process. It’s preview software, so there are some hiccups, but it installed and it functions. So don’t give up on your HP Stream 7!!

    • Richard Hay

      Interesting – I did a clean install on the HP Stream 7 of Windows 10 1803 and it went smooth enough. Will be looking to see how it handles the Redstone 5 update when it is released later this year.

      • Tim

        Yes, you can, and did, update to 1803 via clean install, but the HP Stream 7 can’t seem to handle 1803 via Windows Update nor via the Media Creation Tool (upgrade an existing installation). Since build 17723 fixes 1803’s update problem(s), it should mean that the HP Stream 7 will be able to update to the upcoming Redstone 5 release via the normal Windows Update process.

        • Richard Hay

          That will be good news then.

  4. Arthur Leet

    windows 10 sin llegar al creators me va muy bien muy rápida la tablet stream 7 pero al pasar al creadores va muy burra muy lenta con esta nueva versión ira mejor?

    • Richard Hay

      It seems somewhat better to me but it is an old device with limited memory and slow processor.

  5. EvylRat

    Perfect. Helped me. My 5701 stream 7 had begun the update loop of death. Can’t disable it yet it won’t install so a fresh start was my only option. Using a USB powered hub did the trick for me though. Also update the WiFi drivers on the 5701, the device failed every time I booted had to disable and re-enable

  6. Michael

    Does it run any slower (or faster) than it did on Windows 10 1709? I am wondering if I should do the same, and it won’t let me do an in-place upgrade. Right now my Stream 7 on Windows 1709 is slow but tolerable, and I don’t think I could tolerate any further slowdown. Thanks.

    • Richard Hay

      It seems just fine to me. Not sure about faster or slower compared to 1709 though.


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