A friend of mine lent me a Ctl. 2Go PC SL10 Tablet to test Windows 8 on. I have had this machine for so long that I decided to install the Windows 8 RTM on it and give it back to him this way to say thank you. Now this can and can not be a straight forward install so let me explain and walk you through how to get the most out of Windows 8 on this device. For this install I am doing a clean install of Windows 8 Professional 32-bit, keeping nothing, but you could do an upgrade from Windows 7 keeping your settings, files, and installed programs. I installed Windows 8 from a DVD in an external DVD drive connected to the tablet through USB.
If you contact Ctl they will tell you that Windows 8 is not supported on this device, and well yeah they are kind of right but honestly a little hard work and Windows 8 can run well on this machine. Now I had issues booting from the Windows 8 Release Preview DVD but I did not have any issues booting off of the Windows 8 RTM DVD so I did that and deleted the partitions of the hard drive except the restore partition and that could come in handy if my friend ever wants to go back to Windows 7. If you can not boot off of the DVD (the machine will start to load then the screen will go black and the machine gets unresponsive) simply run setup from within Windows 7 from the DVD.
If you try to run setup within Windows 7 and you get an error that the Processor is not supported please read Fix for The Processor is Not Supported. It explains a way around this in more detail. Basically, there is something about this Atom processor that is not enabled and you can not enable it in the Bios and Windows freaks out but you can go around the check. Please note if you get the machine to boot off of DVD then you don’t have to worry about this.
Once Windows 8 was installed I checked the Device Manager to find no missing drivers. Job done right? Nope! First, connect to the internet and download three drivers from the Ctl FTP site. These drivers will help with some functionality of the device. You want to download the Notebook Manager, 3G, and the Touchscreen drivers. Extract them and run the Notebook Manager and 3G installers. This will add the Gear touch key function on the right of the screen back and 3G support for your device if it came with it. Then download the current Graphic Card driver from Intel. Now extract and install the Touchscreen drivers from Ctl as they seem to work better on this machine, making the touch more precise and responsive. If you want to be able to use the full-screen Metro apps check out Fix for the Screen Resolution is Too Low… it explains how to get them working and will be easy since you already loaded the Intel driver. After this I would run Windows Update and after the machine restarts keep checking and installing updates until they are all installed. In the future do not install any updated drivers for the graphic card through Windows Update as they may break the Fix to allow Metro apps.
Now if you find that after all this that the screen does not auto rotate you can check to see if it is enabled. Remember the Notebook Manager we installed earlier well to get to it hit the Gear touch button on the right side of the screen (looks like two gears) then click on the Advanced tab and make sure Auto Rotate Screen is checked. Also, go to the Control Panel (swipe in from the right side of the screen in the Desktop, tap Settings and then Control Panel) then open Intel GMA Driver for Mobile, and then Click on Display Settings, and make sure Enable Rotation is checked. This should allow Rotation on your machine.
The performance of this tablet is actually not too bad considering its Netbook underpinnings. It is not going to be a great gaming machine or great for edition video but for day-to-day computer use it is great. This machine will not run Hyper-V 3.0 though. I ran PassMark Performance Test and this unit got a 245 and the Windows Experience Index is below.
Windows 8 makes this a fun tablet once you have done the Fix to get the Metro apps working. I have to admit I enjoy the thing and have thought about trying to find one on EBay. Putting a solid state hard drive in this machine would be the perfect upgrade. If you have one of these tablets I think you owe it to yourself to try the upgrade, I know there are lots of steps and hoops but the reward is great. If you would like to check out my video on using Windows 8 on a Tablet or other Touch Screen Device.