So given yesterday's release of the Windows 8 Developer Preview, I wanted to see how the new multi-touch based version of Windows would work on the ExoPC.
Steps to Install
These steps are for installing Windows 8 on the ExoPC slate, but you could likely use these steps for other Windows 7 slates as well.
- Download the Windows 8 Developer Preview with Developer Tools for 64-bit (x64). The ExoPC has at least a 32 GB SSD drive, so you can go for the larger ISO (4.8 GB). You'll have about 14 GB of disk space left after the install.
- Find an 8 GB or bigger USB Flash Drive. A 4 GB won't be big enough if you are choosing to install the larger ISO with the developer tools.
- Following the basic steps outlined here, make the USB Drive bootable and copy the contents of the Windows 8 ISO to the USB drive. When you get to Step 7 (using BOOTSECT), you will need to run BOOTSECT from a 64-bit install of Windows 7, since we downloaded the 64-bit version of Windows 8.
- Now that you have a bootable USB drive with Windows 8, we can go to the ExoPC slate and plug it in. Reboot the slate and enter the BIOS by tapping on the "Setup" button on the
- Inside the BIOS, we need to set the boot device to the USB key. Go to the "Save and Exit" menu and select the USB key under Boot Override. Then Save and Exit.
- That's it! You should now see the Windows 8 Setup screen, and you can progress through as usual to setup Windows.
Windows 8 touch performance on the ExoPC feels great compared to how it was under Windows 7. The on-screen keyboard and web browsing are fantastic when compared to the old Windows 7 install on the salte. The start-up time from cold boot is about 15 seconds (much better than it was under Windows 7). My next task is to port some of my Silverlight apps to this new platform, so I'll post some of my experiences on that in the future.