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Postby Sparticate » July 9th, 2015, 9:14 am

Hi

I have been given the task of attempting to make a Linx 8 tablet work on our domain,

Obviously the windows 8.1 with buing that is installed will not join a domain,

We as a school are licensed for windows 7 pro, I have been playing with ideas but have so far been unable to replace the installed os with win 7.

Has anyone tried this before and any pointers?

Cheers,

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Re: Windows 7

Postby Dann » July 9th, 2015, 1:05 pm

Sparticate wrote:Hi

I have been given the task of attempting to make a Linx 8 tablet work on our domain,

Obviously the windows 8.1 with buing that is installed will not join a domain,

We as a school are licensed for windows 7 pro, I have been playing with ideas but have so far been unable to replace the installed os with win 7.

Has anyone tried this before and any pointers?

Cheers,

Rylan



You'll need to upgrade them to Windows 8.1 Pro, which you'd need a key to do..

The cheapest way to do this is using this seller on ebay which i've used previously:
http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Windows-8-1-P ... 5#viTabs_0

You'll then get as free upgrade to Windows 10 Pro later in the Month!
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Re: Windows 7

Postby nememo » July 9th, 2015, 6:12 pm

Windows 7 won't run on the Linx tablet...

This is down to the fact the Linx tablets SOLELY use EFI to boot, and you have no LEGACY option at all. The Linx tablets also have a 32-bit EFI environment - which limits them to a 32-bit Windows environment (Windows 32bit EFI loader will only load 32bit Windows). Unfortunately, the 32bit version of Windows 7 will not boot from EFI and is limited to a Legacy/BIOS boot.

As Dann has said, your only real option is to use Windows 8.1 Pro.
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Re: Windows 7

Postby Sparticate » July 10th, 2015, 8:09 am

Hi Guys

Thanks for the replies,

Am I right in thinking that the Linx 10 would support installig windows 7 as it sems to have a more standard BIOS?
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Re: Windows 7

Postby Dann » July 10th, 2015, 8:16 am

Sparticate wrote:Hi Guys

Thanks for the replies,

Am I right in thinking that the Linx 10 would support installig windows 7 as it sems to have a more standard BIOS?


Neither of them would work mate as they all use EFInyo boot
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Re: Windows 7

Postby Sparticate » July 10th, 2015, 8:54 am

Hi Dann, thanks for the reply, thats a bit of a pain!

The school are keen on tablets and mobile devices, unfortunately they are only licensed for win 7 and do not have the budget to get rm licensed cc4.4 with win 8 support etc!

Any tablet you guys can recommend that will take win 7?
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Re: Windows 7

Postby nememo » July 10th, 2015, 10:24 am

None of the cheap modern tablets are capable of running Windows 7. You'd have to look at more expensive pieces of kit (Surface Pro etc) which use EFI64 and surely that would negate the cost of not updating to 8.1 licenses (at about £500 a device).

You also have the conundrum that almost all the new tablets simply don't have the drivers available for windows 7 - so you'll never be able to use the hardware properly. And the fact that Windows 7 is pretty damned poor on tablets compared to 8.1 and 10.
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