Windows 10 on Your HP Stream 7!


Introduction: Windows 10 on Your HP Stream 7!

Or other similarly cheap tablet~

Were you one of the people that bought a $100 Windows 8.1 tablet? Do you love your tablet? Well, my answer is yes to both! I freaking love my little HP Stream 7! While it doesn't have enough power for anything intensive, I love being able to use it at my job as an IT tech!

If you're like me, you'll want to get Windows 10 on your Stream 7 as fast as possible!

Unfortunately, if you actually used the tablet, you will find that you probably wont have enough space to install Windows 10 if you go through the standard upgrade procedure. Instead it'll just say "Something Happened".

Great job Microsoft... you've succeeded in making an error message even more cryptic than your usual ones.

After researching this issue and spending a day or so working on this problem, I've decided to create my own tutorial to help those in need!

This tutorial should apply to any of those Windows 8 tablets that only have 16 or 32gb of space.

Step 1: Supplies

The Windows 10 install took several hours for the initial upgrade. You'll probably want to find a good power supply (the cable that came with my Stream 7 died after a few months).

In addition to a good power supply, my procedure uses a USB drive to temporarily store Windows 10 installation files. You'll need at least a 4g flash drive that can be overwritten temporarily for this procedure.

You'll also need a microSD card or second USB drive that can store 9gb or more for mandatory Windows 8 recovery files.

Then you'll need to find a way to connect both USB OTG and power at the same time. You might be able to get away with supplying power to the tablet then connecting the USB drive later, but in the interest of the least riskiest solution, I'll say that you need to find a way to connect power and USB at the same time.
I'm not affiliated with this link at all, but from what I know, this is the cheapest solution to provide 1a+ of power to the tablet as well as provide USB OTG capabilities.
This is also an option but it costs just as much as your tablet does, so as cool as it is, I do not recommend it.

Step 2: Downloading Windows 10!

Go here:

If you're reading this ible, you're probably rocking a cheap tablet. In which case, you'll want to download the 32 bit version.

1. Once it's downloaded, run it.
2. Click Create installation media for another PC
3. Pick your language, pick Windows 10 Home (since that's the only one you're elligible for)
4. And Pick 32-bit.
5. Pick USB Flash Drive (needs to be at least 3gb large)
6. Select your drive and proceed.

In an hour or so, you should have a Windows 10 flash drive! yay!

Step 3: Install Windows 10!

Navigate to your new Windows 10 USB Drive

Double click on setup

Click on Not right now at the Get important updates screen. ( I was worried about running out of space)

Click Next

Accept the agreement and continue with the installation. Pick what you want to keep etc.

At some point it may tell you that there is not enough space to continue with the installation. At this point, you can point it to your microSD or an external HDD to store the Windows 8 Recovery files.

Continue until it starts the upgrade process.

At this point you'll probably want to go take a nap, or go to work or something that involves killing lots of time. For me, this process took over 3 hours.

Step 4: Windows 10!... But Not Finished!

Horay! You should've have windows 10 mostly installed!

Now, if you're like me, you should have Windows 10 installed and running. May be a little jerky and you'll have even less free space than before, so I'll tell you what we're gonna do.

Go and save any and all of the files you want to keep onto an external drive and we're gonna use the built in OS reinstaller to freshen things up.

After we're done, you'll have around 20gb of free space!

Make sure you have anything worth saving backed up before continuing because you will lose EVERYTHING that is not backed up!

1. Click on the search icon next to the start bar
2. Type Startup
3. Click on Change advanced startup options
4. Click on "Restart Now" under Advanced startup.
5. Wait for your computer to reboot...
6. Click Troubleshoot when the blue screen comes up
7. Click Reset this PC
8. Click Remove everything
9. Continue until your PC starts refreshing itself.

Grab another beer/nap something as it's gonna take a few hours again.... :) but be happy knowing that your tablet will be snappier, happier, and much better than before!

Step 5: Cleaning Up!

So by now, your Windows 10 should've reinstalled itself and you're able to login.

As you will probably notice, Auto-rotate will no longer work, windows button will no longer work

You'll need to go to

Then CHANGE your operating system to Windows 8.1

I would recommend to download and install pretty much everything, but to make things a little more complicated here's what you actually need:

  • Driver-Controller
    • Kionix G-Sensor Enabling Driver
  • Driver-Driver Pack
    • Intel Chipset, Graphics, Camera and Audio Driver Pack

I believe those two should be the bare minimum to get everything working again. If I'm wrong, go there and download and run more stuff lol.

Step 6: Finished!

You're all done! You should have about 20gb of free space (on an HP Stream 7) and a lean, clean, awesome Windows 10 tablet machine!

At this point you can start pulling your files off of your external drive and dumping them back on your tablet.

Don't forget to run Windows updates! Oh, and explore what the edge gestures do now. They work differently, but are mostly a step forward.

Have fun and enjoy Windows 10!



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17 Discussions

It worked in the end by pressing the buttons randomly!!

I have got stuck just before point 5 with a blue screen saying: A configuration change was requested to clear this computer's IPM (Trusted Platform Module) Warning etc. Press Yes to clear the tPM Press No to reject this change request and continue. The yes and No are unresponsive - turning it off does not reboot, do I have to let the battery go flat then re-boot?


1 year ago

Thanks for this. My new (refurb) Stream 7 was supposed to ship with Win10 but came with 8.1. Rather than go thru the hassle of returning, etc., and as I already had Win 10 on a memory card, I used your method. All good except I can't get the Windows hardware button to work. I've tried both the Win 8.1 and the Win 10 driver but no joy. Any suggestions?

I upgraded my HP Stream 7 to Windows 10 with no problems. I see no reason to go to all the legnths of the plugable usb power-usb drive method, just go on Amazon and buy a micro sd and place it in the slot below the battery. Mine works perfectly now, and I have more storage.

Hi, I'm looking to buy a Stream 7 soon. Have you ever tried using an OTG usb hub and charging the tablet simultaneously? I'm planning to use the Stream 7 as a car automation pc.

The easiest way to upgrade low storage tablets that use the micro USB port for charging is to get a 32Gb microSD card and download the ISO image to it.

Insert the card in its slot and plug in the charger, There is no need to extract the contents of the ISO file. Double clicking on it will mount the ISO file as a removable drive that persists between the necessary reboots of the upgrade process.

The added bonus is that you can use the remaining capacity of the microSD card as the required storage device that the upgrade process uses to store the uninstall files.

My question is how do u actually access the desktop on windows 10. I can see it but u cant access it since the screen of windows 8 is on it. because if u install wondows 10 then the menu of windows 8 .1 shouldn't show up first but the desktop.

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Ok, I succeed to install Win10 finally. for whatever reason, I have 5 GB less than what you've got, strange. And I had few problems during and after:

During the install- After wiping out the disk after the Win10 upgrade, the bios ask you if you want to get rid of the TPM (stored keys), be sure to have a plugged keyboard with the OTG, it's the only way to pass this step.
After: I installed the 8.1 touch tech from HP and it seems to conflict with the Win10 touch, when I click on one area, it seems to also click in others!

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Having said that, Thank you for the guide! I was scratching my hairs with the stupid update within windows that didn't want to install.

Ok, I plugged the OTG with a USB keyboard and I was able to pass this step.

Little question, how many GB do WINDOWS 10 needs to install... On my tablet, I can only liberate 12 Gb in all (I don't know what is still in this thing as I already removed most of the personal files and softwares)! do I have to take the long road? Total reset/wipeout of Win8.1 then the installation of Win10 on the newly found 20 Gbs?

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When I started this project, I only had 6gb free (after I removed as much as I could). I was unable to install Windows 10 the "normal" way, which is why I decided to create this instructable! So long as you have a couple gb and follow my procedures, you should be fine :) (hence the need for external storage space). However it appears you might be able to use a MicroSD card as mentioned by the commenter below!


2 years ago

Thanks for this great guide, I'm downloading the ISO right now. How does 10 perform on this tablet compared to 8?

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Thanks and good luck!

As for performance comparisons, I feel that Windows 10's transitions feel a little less smooth than 8, but the way Windows 10 works, especially with tablet mode with the edge browser make it significantly easier to use, vs IE on windows 8 refreshing the page every time you hit the back button.

Overall, aside from some jerky transitions (which mostly go away when you reinstall Windows after the upgrade), performance seems to have increased significantly! Apps load faster, pages load faster. Everything is shinier and better!

Installed Windows 10 last night, but rather than an external USB memory stick, I simply extracted the files from the ISO and ran the setup.exe from the micro SD card (allowing the standard charger to remain connected). Thanks again for the inspiration (and confirmation that the upgrade should work).

Wow! It was able to read from the microSD and continue even through the reboots? That's amazing! I didn't know that was possible!