The Dell Latitude 10 Tablet ships with Windows 8 or Windows 8 Pro. In order to get advanced networking features like DirectAccess, you need to run Windows 8 Enterprise. Since the Latitude 10 has a UEFI BIOS, the process is slightly different if you wanted to install Windows 8 Enterprise via USB stick. Here is what you need to do; you will need a USB stick that is at least 4GB in size with nothing on it:
- Download and install the Windows 7 USB/DVD Download Tool
- Download your Windows 8 Enterprise 32-bit ISO from Microsoft
- The Latitude 10 runs a 32-bit Atom CPU, it is not 64-bit capable
- Do these steps to create the bootable USB Stick
- First, choose your ISO file, then click Next
- Select USB Device
- From the dropdown, choose your USB device and select Begin Copying
- Once the Tool has finished building the bootable USB stick, click Finish
- LEAVE THE USB STICK CONNECTED TO YOUR PC
- Open Windows Explorer and then open the USB stick
- Copy the contents of the USB stick to your Desktop
- Once the content has been copied, format the USB stick using FAT32
- Copy the contents back to the USB stick
*Note: You will need the included Dock for this or a USB hub to connect into the USB port. The Win 8 Enterprise ISO does not contain any drivers for the Dell touch interface so a keyboard and mouse is a MUST.
- Connect the USB key, a Keyboard, and a Mouse.
- Turn the Latitude 10 on, start tapping F12 as soon as you see the Dell Logo
- FYI if you do not have a keyboard, you can bring up the boot menu by pressing and holding Vol + when you see the Dell Logo
- Select the USB key as your boot device
- Install Win 8 Enterprise
- I don't yet fully know the school of thought around the built-in partitioning. For sake of testing I deleted all of the partitions on the SSD and let Win 8 create a partition, the tablet runs fine. Do this with caution though if you did not receive media with the Tablet and want to maintain a copy of the original software.
So there you have it, here is one great way to install Windows 8 Enterprise on your Latitude 10 tablet. I suspect these instructions would work for other tablets as well with a few modifications but I haven't tested that. If there are other ways to do this please share them below in the comments!
An observation that I've found on my Latitude 10. I decided to immerse myself in the platform by ditching my laptop and only using the Lat 10 for everything. While attempting to build another bootable USB key for 2008 R2, I came across a frustrating little quirk regarding the Windows 7 USB/DVD Download Tool. When you attempt to create a USB key with a device that uses an EFI-based BIOS, bootsect.exe doesn't work which results in having a USB key that is not bootable.
The problem ?
bootsect.exe cannot be used with EFI-based systems.