01-22-2016 03:08 PM
How to fresh install Windows 10 (or I suppose Windows 8.1) on an Insignia Windows Tablet (NS-15MS0832)
I bought a couple of these tablets from www.cowboom.com when they were $40. These tablets come with Windows 8.1 but I wanted to put Windows 10 on there for some it’s cool stuff. I figured from a performance perspective, if it can run Windows 8.1, it should run 8.1 just fine. However, being old school, I always like to fresh installs. This is a little problematic given for whatever reason, Insignia/BestBuy refuses to post the drivers for fresh installs. With that said, I decided because I had a couple of these, I would simply fresh install one of them and use the other running 8.1 as a reference. I also saved out all the required drivers from the 8.1 install because it appears some of the drivers are very hardware specific and if you let Windows Update install drivers, somethings don’t work right (at least for me – auto rotate flips upside down, camera doesn’t work, etc…)
These are the steps I did, there may be some shortcuts or easier ways but with these generic steps, I have two NS-15MS0832 running the free copies of Windows 10 upgrade with 16GB+ of free space and a nice fresh install. To begin, you will need a couple things:
I already had this one so I used it, there are other types of OTG cables that will allow you to charge and use the USB port at the same time, I simply did a full charge of the tablet before starting and used this cable
(plug into OTG cable)
(this is optional but makes installing W10 easier)
Grab the entire folders that contain these files:
Camera Sensor (hm2056.inf)
I2C Controller E (iaioi2ce.inf)
Intel(R) TrustedExecutionEngine (txei.inf)
If you don’t have the 8.1 install any more, I put them on my OneDrive folder in a ZIP
Copy the drivers to a folder on the root of the same Thumb Drive that contains your Windows 10 media (from step 5)
Probably makes sense to create a “Recovery Drive” before you start, if you want to, you’ll need an additional USB thumb drive. Go to Control Panel / Recovery and click on “Create a recovery drive” and follow the instructions. You’ll can then go back to 8.1 if you need to. I didn’t do this but I did have a second NS-15MS0832 that I could lean on if the first upgrade was a disaster. So, with that said, get a second USB thumb drive and make a recovery image.
Once you have all the above, the first thing you want to do is actually do an upgrade of Windows 8.1 to Windows 10. You want to do this sooner than later so you get the free upgrade , look online for when the free upgrade expires. Once you have upgraded “once”, a machine ID is stamped on the Microsoft Activation servers so that if you ever reload the machine with Windows 10, it will see that it was previously activated with Windows 10 and will simply activate again. If you are having problems upgrading to Windows 10 from Windows Update, free up a bunch of space, plug your OTG cable in and plug your thumb drive with Windows 10 on it and run SETUP.EXE from the thumb drive.
If you skip upgrading from 8.1 to 10 (or if you miss the date for the free upgrade), you can still do a fresh install of Windows 10, you will just have to pay to activate.
So, to do an actual fresh install, charge your tablet all the way up and then follow these steps:
If you attach to a network, Windows Update will run and install the wrong drivers for some devices
Do this over and over on the different Devices that are banged out, some may require a reboot, if that occurs, let it reboot and go back into Device Manager and continue until you have attempted to upgrade all the devices
Good luck and don’t call me if the whole thing falls flat on its face….
11-13-2016 10:49 AM
Thanks of the great info on a clean install. When I got into the BIOS there was no option to boot to USB even after a few restarts with the USB drive attached and seen in "This computer". So I restarted with "Shift Restart" to get to the repair options. I tried the "Use a device" and selected USB but that didn't work either, so I selected "Troubleshoot", "Advanced options", "Command Prompt". I changed to the USB drive letter and ran SETUP from there. All the drivers were in the Driverstore folder and now it is working great. Again thanks for the great advice
04-19-2017 06:38 PM
i bought one of these little tablets and upgraded it to win 10, The main reason I wanted it was to install Ubuntu Linux on it. Evereything seemed to go well but when I re-booted it bricked. Now I'm trrying to get Windows back but I wasn't smart enough to save the driver. files. I can start the installatioin from a USB drive but it askes for the drivers, I tried to get them from your link but it seems you have taken down that link or relocated it. Is it possible I could get a copy of those files? I would greatly appreciate it.
Jim Behling - jr650b@GMAIL.COM
10-05-2017 06:26 PM
10-05-2017 08:31 PM
Sent, I don't have this tablet any more so I haven't tested process on RS2 (or Insiders Build RS3). Should be the same but you never know.
10-07-2017 02:09 AM
10-07-2017 09:13 AM
You are lacking in details. Have you booted off the USB drive at this point? Started setup? Formatted the drive? Has it copied the files over and did the first reboot.
If you are unsure, I would sure, I would take the tablet to a technician to help out. That error code usually indicates a bad driver or hardware is failing. I don't have my tablet any more so I can't test.