I have bought GPD Win to replace my aging Viliv N5 (so, not really for games (there was no other option available), but if I can play games on it then great). However, I would prefer to not use Windows 10 because I do not really want my data to be backed up in Microsoft's servers with replication to NSA and FSB.
So, I tried installing Windows 8 on it (Windows 7 setup crashed). However, I could not find all the needed drivers, so I am asking for help - maybe someone here has done the same.
Everything seems to work, except for the battery. Windows displays "unknown remaining" and the battery seems to not charge when I plug the charger in (when the PC is on). Also, I could not find the USB Type C drivers (and extracting them from the Windows10 installation has been unsuccessful for now). Also, if I set the volume to full and play a music file, I get annoying popups about it being too loud every second or so.
Has anyone made these devices work under Windows 8.1? If this proves unsuccessful, I'll have to figure out how to prevent Windows 10 from sending data to Microsoft while connected to the internet away from home (at home I can block it in my router).