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Can Windows 7 tablets be upgraded to Windows 8?

Can Windows 7 tablets be upgraded to run Windows 8?

Most Useful Answer ArthurDent1  Apr. 8, 2015 at 21:27

Installing Windows 8 on a device running W& shouldn't be a problem. But why pay for W8. Windows 10 is due out soon and will be a free upgrade from Windows 7. If you can't wait that long install the W10 Technical Preview now - but make sure you're able to reinstall W7 as you might not be able to get the full, licensed version of W10 without it

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JanSt / MOD  Dec. 30, 2014 at 17:10

Windows 7 "tablets"??? Do tell - what model!

matt101101 / MOD  Dec. 31, 2014 at 15:12

I don't see why not, assuming said tablet meets the minimum system requirements for WIndows 8.

JanSt / MOD  Dec. 31, 2014 at 15:20

Still, it'd be interesting to know what Win 7 tablet (?)we're talking about. You need drivers and such...

matt101101 / MOD  Dec. 31, 2014 at 18:24

I found this Asus one, which apart from Windows 7 really not being a touch-based OS, doesn't look too offensive:

http://www.trustedreviews.com/asus-eee-slate-ep121-review

http://www.techradar.com/reviews/pc-mac/tablets/asus-eee-slate-ep121-944722/review

I'd imagine that if it has the necessary drivers for W7, it'll just download the same ones again, via WIndows Update, for Windows 8/8.1.

I'm not saying I'd spend my money on one, or that the fact W7 isn't a touch-based OS isn't a deal breaker, but I can maybe see why someone would have bought one back in mid-2011.

JanSt / MOD  Dec. 31, 2014 at 18:27

I know there are some issues with 'upgrading' certain lappies from win 8 to win 7 :p ... But yeah, downgrading to Win 8 shouldn't pose a big problem.
I still wonder if the OP really meant Win7, though?

matt101101 / MOD  Dec. 31, 2014 at 18:39

No idea, I can't see why anyone would want to run W7 on a touchscreen, tbh. It's the best OS M$ have ever made, but it sure as hell doesn't work well on any device without a KB and mouse/trackpad.

JanSt / MOD  Dec. 31, 2014 at 18:49

No idea, I can't see why anyone would want to run W7 on a touchscreen, tbh. It's the best OS M$ have ever made, but it sure as hell doesn't work well on any device without a KB and mouse/trackpad.

I had an Acer 5745 P or whatever... it had a touchscreen & win 7... not perfect, but Acer made it just about do-able... For an hour, and then I never touched the screen again :p

JanSt / MOD  Dec. 31, 2014 at 18:54

Seriously, though, Mr deaddeaddead... what tablet? What model? You could encounter issues if the bios is locked, and then some, but if you provide more details 'we' may be able to point you towards the relevant info and downloads.

matt101101 / MOD  Dec. 31, 2014 at 21:29

No idea, I can't see why anyone would want to run W7 on a touchscreen, tbh. It's the best OS M$ have ever made, but it sure as hell doesn't work well on any device without a KB and mouse/trackpad.

I had an Acer 5745 P or whatever... it had a touchscreen & win 7... not perfect, but Acer made it just about do-able... For an hour, and then I never touched the screen again :p

I had the non-touch version of that laptop, it was a 5741 1st Gen i5 and It has a really nice KB for such a cheap computer. In fact, I only replaced it about a month ago with an Asus N56VM; mainly for the much higher quality 1080p display, though the more powerful processor and better GPU are nice too. In all honesty, everything else about the old Acer was surprisingly good, which is probably why it lasted me well over four years.

JanSt / MOD  Dec. 31, 2014 at 21:44

Yes, I loved the 5745 and especially the keyboard! With Ubuntu it was so fr*gging fast and rock solid. Don't like the new series... bad touchpads and spongy keyboards.

matt101101 / MOD  Dec. 31, 2014 at 22:02

Yes, I loved the 5745 and especially the keyboard! With Ubuntu it was so fr*gging fast and rock solid. Don't like the new series... bad touchpads and spongy keyboards.
A friend of mine has what is essentially a new version of the 574X range, I think it's an E1-something.

It's nowhere near as nice as the old 574X laptops, it's a shame Acer decided to change the outer case, keyboard and pad for no apparent reason.

My new Asus is lovely though, aluminium palmrest and keyboard surround, lovely keyboard and Bang & Olufsen speakers....and it was less than 300 quid ;).

JanSt / MOD  Dec. 31, 2014 at 22:44

Yes, the E series... performance is okay, but that touchpad? Like something Medion from 2005...

ArthurDent1  Apr. 8, 2015 at 21:27

Installing Windows 8 on a device running W& shouldn't be a problem. But why pay for W8. Windows 10 is due out soon and will be a free upgrade from Windows 7. If you can't wait that long install the W10 Technical Preview now - but make sure you're able to reinstall W7 as you might not be able to get the full, licensed version of W10 without it

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