The first time I saw my friends Asus Eee Slate EP121, I wanted to install Windows 8 on this tablet. This 12.1-inch tablet seemed to be perfect for installing and testing Windows 8 and it is really easy to set up. I installed Windows 8 Professional 64-bit on this machine very easily but there are a few things you should know as with almost every Windows install.
First, you are going to want to update the BIOS before you install Windows 8. The updated BIOS will allow for the hotkeys to work properly and you can download that update from here for the current version. Please note that you need to do this before you upgrade to Windows 8, and to update the BIOS you are going to use the Asus Winflash utility installed on the tablet or you can download the Windows 7 version. If you try to install the Winflash utility after you update you will get an error that is only meant for Asus products.
After you get the BIOS update installed you are ready to install Windows 8. For me, I like to do clean installs which keep nothing and you get a fresh install of Windows, but you can do an upgrade from Windows 7 that will keep all your programs, files, and settings. I connected and external optical disc drive to install Windows but you could also use the electronic installer if you bought it online.
After the install is done there are a few missing drivers, and you are going to want to connect the machine to Windows Update as it will download drivers from there. Make sure to look at Optional Updates as there is an audio driver there that needs to be selected. Now even though there is a Bluetooth driver in Windows Update it is not the correct one, you will want to download the Bluetooth driver from Asus website. After you install this you have a clean Device Manager.
Installing Windows 8 on the Asus Eee Slate EP121 is a no brainer it just makes this a great system to use. This tablet is just as powerful as most laptops and I can not recommend this upgrade enough. Asus has done a great job support Windows 8 on this tablet. This tablet will also support Hyper-v 3.0. I think my friend is going to be very happy with the upgrade. You can see the Windows Experience Index below and the Passmark Performance Test this tablet gets a 686.2
If you have the Asus Eee Slate EP121 or are looking to buy a tablet you can install Windows 8 on I would highly suggest the upgrade. It makes for a powerful tablet that can’t be beaten. Also, I will be using this machine to make a video on how to use Windows 8 on a touch device so stay tuned. I also made a video using this tablet on how to use Windows 8 on a touchscreen device. Check it out.