Registry hack allows installing Windows 10 on Atom based Windows 8 tablets

A registry hack allows Intel Atom based Windows 8 tablet owners to upgrade their device to Windows 10. Many users with the Intel SoC based tablets were unable to upgrade to Windows 10 as the upgrade tool doesn’t allow them due to a compatibility issue. Affected tablets are the Windows 8 versions of devices like the Asus Vivotab (Smart), Samsung ATIV, HP Envy x2 and Elitepad,  Dell Latitude 10, Acer Iconia

According to the Windows 10 Update Tool the Intel Graphics Media Accelerator prevents Windows 10 to run on the system because the “display manufacturer hasn’t made the display compatible with Windows 10”.c34e0149-ed3a-4c36-96bb-feeb254fcaf9




Fortunately for Windows 8, Atom powered tablet owners there is a registry fix posted by user OlafAbram that allows an upgrade nevertheless. By changing a registry key it becomes possible to upgrade Windows 10 using the regular Windows update.

If you own a Atom tablet running Windows 8 and want to upgrade, then follow these steps:

  1. Use regedit and go to the key [HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\WindowsUpdate\OSUpgrade]
  2. If the key doesn’t exist then create it  by create a new DWORD (32-bit) Value with Name = AllowOSUpgrade
  3. If it already exists or if you just created, then set the Value to 1 ( or hexadecimal value 0x00000001).

Once you’re done go to the control panel and check for updates in Windows Update.