Installing Windows 8 CP on HP Slate 500 part 1
I have been running the Windows 8 Developers Preview on my HP Slate 500 since November (see my blog post on it here and here). I have been very happy with it during the last couple of months and it has been very stable to my surprise. Since then I have been anticipating the follow up or update of Windows 8.
Yesterday I was following the #Windows8 twitter feed and the live blog of the event seeing photos of the event held at the Mobile World Congress 2012 event in Barcelona. I am very curious why they choose that event and even more surprised that there was no live streaming of the event. A big fat failure for Microsoft on that one.
Well it is officially released. Time to get cracking…
1. Download the Windows 8 Consumer Preview 32-bit here (2.5GB)
*Note: Be sure to grab the Product Key from the download page. Key is required for installation.
2. Create a bootable USB Stick. Download Windows 7 USB/DVD download tool here. This allows you to create a bootable USB stick with the downloaded iso file. This makes the process so easy. Click, click, walk away and boom, you have a bootable Windows 8 USB drive. I used a 8 GB USB stick that you can get for $10 at Walmart. Note: A 4 GB will work for both 32-bit and 64-bit.
1. Plug USB into HP Slate 500. I have my Slate in the docking station so I have additional USB slots for my USB Mouse and Keyboard.
2. Power on the Slate.
3. Click “-“ to get into the Start Menu.
4. Click “-“ and select Boot Device and click the Home Button to select.
5. Click “-“ and select USB Stick and click the Home Button to select.
6. Go through the usual installation options. I selected fresh Install (not an upgrade) and left all the other partition intact (SYSTEM and HP_TOOLS), I just installed over the primary partition.
This is the lock screen.
This is the main screen.
In my next post I will go through getting drivers installed and configured.