Saturday, October 4, 2014

Windows 10 Technical Preview on ASUS R2H

8 years later is still going: Windows 10 Technical Preview on ASUS R2H.

Installation steps:


  • Intel Inf Update v9.2.0.1030
    from Intel, run infinst_autol.exe and if needed manually update drivers for:
    • Intel(R) 82801FB/FBM Ultra ATA Storage Controllers - 266F
    • Intel(R) 82801FB/FBM USB Universal Host Controller - 265x
    • Intel(R) 82801FB/FBM USB2 Enhanced Host Controller - 265C
  • Graphics 
    Original OEM drivers won't install anymore, running on default Windows "Microsoft Basic Display Adapter" driver
  • Wireless
    Working with original OEM Windows Vista drivers: ASUS USB Wireless Network Adapter, v2.0.0.130

  • Speccy fails to install due to incompatibility issues
  • Winaero WEI Tool reports 0 / unrated, appears assessment doesn't complete.


  1. Looks really good. Will try it on my machine.

    1. Definitely give it a try - see Backup label down for 3 articles on how to image and restore partitions with Macrium Reflect if don't use a similar one yourself, you can easily backup and restore your previous OS as it was if you don't want to keep Windows 10 Technical Preview.

      At first I thought it was a bit slower than Windows 8.1 - and not just the State Menu when is built the first time, but generally - but it felt a bit better after a while. Not sure whether it was me stopping certain services (e.g. Print Spooler, SuperFetch, Windows Search etc) or it just it did it by itself, but I've never noticed that difference in performance so soon, maybe it's just me. Obviously it won't make it fly, but it works nice, considering the hardware specs.

      Anyway, hope it feeds all sorts of metrics back to Microsoft and not only that I get to use it, but it might help improve the final product :-) Will try it on my laptop soon.

  2. Anybody ever install the official release on the R2Hv?

    Mine is running Vista right now, All I really want to run on it is a weather station app so I don't know if upgrading the OS is really worth it.

    1. I will try it again at the end of this week. I missed the free upgrade window from Technical Preview to RTM when I fired it up again recently to find that it was crashing with a blue screen, apparently caused by the expiry of the TP (April 2015 I think?), but I will try again a fresh install of the latest release and let you know.

    2. I would definitely recommend the 3 posts in the Backup section (see label down at the bottom of the blog) where you can take a full disk image of the machine as you have it, then install Windows 10 to give it a run for a while and if you're not happy with it restore back to Vista as you had it. Before going ahead with the install I would try the Vista disk image in a VM on another computer to see if it's good, to avoid any unpleasant surprises in case you want to get back to it.