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    Hi,

    I'm ready to buy some Windoze tablets. Need to run Either Win7 Pro or Win8(.1) Pro on them.

    Anyone know which devices I can either upgrade or downgrade. RT can't be wiped can it? UEFI bios issue?

    I need to put a custom windows image on them from WDS.

    Preferably £500 or less.


    Any help appreciated


    Cheers
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    RT wont work on windows 7 / 8 Pro versions anyway, its ARM architecture not x86/x64 based.

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    We've just bought some Dell Venue 8 tablets and they are running 8.1 but the equivalent to the Home Edition of Windows 7. This means you can't join a domain but can run Windows programs, which is what our Science department are doing (Data Harvest, Picoscope etc). They were about £190 and so far we have been pretty impressed - it also comes with Office 2013.

    They do an 11" version which runs can run 8.1 Pro and comes with different processor options. The Atom version is £459.00

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    Speak to Colin at very PC i am waiting for one so the head can demo it comes in around £400 but you can change the spec to suit.

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    No idea what these are like, but the prices aren't bad:

    Toshiba Encore £244
    Dell Venue £240

    Can't see why they wouldn't be image-able assuming you have the time to spend getting past the UEFI and either don't mind installing from USB or have the right type of USB/LAN adapters.

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    Dell Venue is quite good! I have had a play with one runs very well!! I know back in the day I had an Asus Smart Tab ME4000C (I think is the model number) and with my Network Manager at my last school we put a new Windows 8 Enterprise onto it and it worked perfectly fine an deleted all the bloatware! So I know these particular tablets can be reimaged and made to work for a domain!

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    Im waiting on delivery of the Dell Venue - the hardware is the same between the standard and pro editions. 8 pro is available from EES so I cant see why is cant be upgraded. I did see someone on here did the upgrade on a Win8 tab using a usb host adaptor on a different tab - but the process should be the same.

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    Quote Originally Posted by alexbillbridgnorth View Post
    Dell Venue is quite good! I have had a play with one runs very well!! I know back in the day I had an Asus Smart Tab ME4000C (I think is the model number) and with my Network Manager at my last school we put a new Windows 8 Enterprise onto it and it worked perfectly fine an deleted all the bloatware! So I know these particular tablets can be reimaged and made to work for a domain!
    how did you upgrade the os I cant get mine to boot from anything but its internal drive?

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    @sted pretty sure I found it somewhere on this thread but you do need a OTG Usb adapter! Asus Vivotab Smart ME400 experience - Page 44

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