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So far this notebook has been working great for me. It activated fine and did an update with no issues. I installed Microsoft Word and Excel 2007. Also Microsoft Streets & Trips and VLC media player. It plays videos just fine. I was lucky enough to get the last LTE version. This version comes with a cell phone modem installed which would allow you to insert a SIM card and connect directly to the internet. You can remove the modem and plug in a M.2 SATA SSD. You can purchase a 256GB drive for about $20.

I have a 10" tablet running Win 10 home 32bit with 2GB of memory and 32GB of storage. I have this mounted in a cup holder on my console. It's my navigation and media player device. I run Streets & Trips for navigation and play my music and audio books on it. I've had it for several years. It had Windows 8 when purchased and upgraded to Win 10 with no problems.


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Glad it is working for you.

Just warning folks up ahead that it does have limitations.

You got lucky on your old one with only 32GB of space, Win8 took a lot less space to install originally, 12GB-16GB, typically using Win10 upgrade path requires at a min of 20GB of free space..

A lot of folks have had issues with Win10 updates failing to install on the devices with only 32GB unless they add an external USB flash drive during the update because of the lack of free space.

Bare metal install of Win10 takes about 20GB-24GB, generally you need at least 20GB of free space for major updates (IE "Refresh") since those are handled like an upgrade and all existing system files are replaced with the update. The old files are compressed and held in a temporary folder in case the operation goes sideways during the update.

In the case of your new device, 64GB should be OK for a while but keep in mind, every App or software you install plus any files you save will eventually encroach on the minimum free space required for updates to install properly.

As far as W10 32bit goes on 2GB of memory, that is fine, 32bit by MS's rules is not able to see, use, address more than 3.2GB.

Win10 64Bit, while it can run on as low as 1GB of Ram, it is painfully slow and it makes more use of your HD Page file than it should. I have run Win10 64bit on 3GB of RAM, 3GB was a vast improvement over 2GB of RAM. Minimum I would recommend for Win10 64bit is 8 GB of RAM, that gives the OS some breathing space without needing to constantly read/write to the Page file. Win10 performance improves nicely once you give it more than the absolute minimum specs.

Absolute minimum HD size I would recommend for Win10 (32 bit and 64 bit) is 250GB, gives you lots of space for Apps and programs plus data.

As long as you are willing to accept the risks and don't mind that it isn't going to set the world on fire, then by all means roll with it, at $60 it is inexpensive.

But for those who see only the low cost, they do need to know that you are not getting a whole lot speed and storage wise for that money.. For another $200 one can get a new real laptop with a much larger screen, faster processor, more memory and more drive space and be a bit more future proof.

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