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Author Topic: GPD Win and Windows 8  (Read 2726 times)

Pentium100 (OP)

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GPD Win and Windows 8
« on: November 06, 2016, 12:20:02 am »
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).


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Re: GPD Win and Windows 8
« Reply #1 on: November 06, 2016, 11:04:52 am »
Oh, Windows 8.1 also got updates for "anonymous user data", so I don't know if we have some privacy there :D Also, if you manage to run it that's great! But I don't think GPD will write drivers for that, we only know they "might" for Linux, so...


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Re: GPD Win and Windows 8
« Reply #2 on: November 06, 2016, 11:07:47 am »
eh. I think Windows 10 is still the way to go.
There are tools to disable those annoying services, like Shutup10 from O&O. I should do that on my other Tablets actually..

Windows 7 won't work. Don't even bother trying.. xD
I don't think anyone got that running even on baytrail.
All Intel SOC drivers are Windows 8 and up and all the platforms strictly require an UEFI capable OS.

means all you can use is pretty much Windows 8 and up, Linux and Android.
« Last Edit: November 06, 2016, 11:11:49 am by nex86 »

Pentium100 (OP)

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Re: GPD Win and Windows 8
« Reply #3 on: November 06, 2016, 04:51:24 pm »
My attempts to install Windows 7 stopped after the setup crashed :)

While Windows 8.1 and Windows 7 got the KGB updates,  I can avoid them by disabling updates.

So, I now installed Windows 10 Enterprise (I want to join the PC to a domain, so the home version isn't enough anyway), disabled all the telemetry I could find, ran "Destroy Windows Spying" to remove all metro apps, disabled Cortana and OneDrive in Group policy, disabled updates and now am watching tcpdump on my router to see if the device still wants to communicate with Microsoft.

I still have a backup of the Windows 8.1 install, in case I find a way to make it work though.


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