The Dell Studio One 1909 is a great looking All in One computer and I have read that some are touch screen as well. The one I am testing is sadly not a touch screen but I think Windows 8 would look great on this machine and well it’s my office PC so let’s try it. For this install, I will be installing Windows 8 Enterprise 64-bit. I will be doing a clean install of Windows 8, keeping nothing, but you can do a migration from Windows Vista that will copy over your documents and settings but not your installed programs.
The install on this machine was fast and easy, I would say one of the fastest installs I have done yet. I was up and running in a matter of minutes. Once I could open the Device Manager there were two drivers missing. A Coprocessor and an Unknown Device. I ran Windows Update and there were still these two drivers missing. It took a little research but I found them and how to install them. The Unknown Device is actually the Touch Eject Button for the Optical Disc Drive, this button will light up in the lower right-hand corner of the screen when there is a disc in the drive, just hit it to eject the disc.
The second driver is for the Coprocessor and it was a little harder. It is part of the Nvidia Chipset. Download the zip file I linked to and save it to your computer. Right click on the file and select Extract. Then go to the bottom left corner of the screen and right-click to bring up the Win-X menu (or by hitting the Windows Key and the X key at the same time) and select Device Manager. You are going to want to right-click on the Coprocessor and select Update Driver Software, then select Browse My Computer For Driver Software and then select the folder you extracted and within that folder select Vista64 and then select SMU. It should find and install the correct driver and you should be ready to go. After this, you will have a clean Device Manager.
The Dell Studio One 1909 performs very well with Windows 8 on here. It is faster than Windows Vista was on this machine and it just flies. I know I just did this as a test but I am considering leaving Windows 8 on my office PC now. This machine does not support Hyper-V 3.0 as the processor does not support SLAT. I ran PassMark Performance Test and the unit got a 747.1 and below is the Windows Experience Index.
I can not suggest this upgrade enough, it will work great and really wake up your Dell Studio One 1909, and if you are lucky enough to have a touch screen version then it is a no-brainer. As always your mileage may vary as I can not test a touch screen one to see if the drivers are installed right away but if you have any issues drop me a line on the Contact page or leave a comment.