Windows 10 on Samsung Notebooks

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  1. TANWare

    TANWare Just This Side of Senile, I think. Super Moderator

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    I, with the preview, originally intended to dual boot Windows 7 as well. The install though was on a legacy MBR and even though I disabled UEFI compatibility it wanted only a GPT partition to install too. This is why it ended up on my P79xx but eventually I gave up on it.
     
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    spincel Notebook Consultant

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    Could it be the Secure Boot option because that is the only thing I can think of. When you turn on Secure Boot (mostly on by default for any laptops nowadays), it requires GPT partition to install Windows. However, you can disable that and still use UEFI bios function to load Windows and use MBR.

    Just an update, I finally see the preload is happening on my NP880. Hopefully I will be able to install it by tomorrow. I'll continue update as we go along.
     
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    JEW UNIT Notebook Guru

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  4. John Ratsey

    John Ratsey Moderately inquisitive Super Moderator

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    It does seem that Samsung is doing something about Windows 10: I've just run SW Update and see that Windows 10 drivers/ software are now listed for many of the notebooks sold during the past 3 years. :eek: The list looks reasonably comprehensive with Settings, graphics and touchpad drivers. The NP900X4C is there but not the slightly older NP900X3B. Surprising there is an NP940X5J-K01UK that has only Windows 10.

    What we don't know is whether the driver database hasn't been fully updated or this is work in progress. However, it is promising.

    John

    PS: I have decided to make my NP900X4C a guinea pig and have (i) done a full disk image; (ii) downloaded the drivers / software from SW Update and (iii) indicated that I will try Windows 10. I would note that the Windows 10 compatibility reports says that I will have to uninstall Easy Settings during the upgrade.
     
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    Hey,

    I recently started SWUpdate and searched for my Laptop model (770z5e SD01) and found this:
    SW1.PNG SW2.PNG

    So far I havent installed Win10, so I cant say if these drivers work, but I hope I could answer a few question, wether Samsung is going to Support (at least) this model. Maybe I will have time in next days to install Win10 along with these drivers. Stay tuned, I will keep you updated. Wish me luck!
     
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    Hi there, new here.
    I plan on getting a Samsung ATIV Book 9 Plus NP940X3K-K02US 13.3" sometime next month from BH Photography.. I'm still trying to narrow it down between the NP940X3K-K02US or the NP940X3G-K04US, but that's off topic for this. With Windows 10 coming out tomorrow, does anyone know if Samsung will start selling these laptops with W10 or continue with W8.1 still? - Sorry if this has already been asked. I've read through and couldn't find anything on it, nor could I find anything off the forums on it.
     
  7. John Ratsey

    John Ratsey Moderately inquisitive Super Moderator

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    Samsung's SW Update database currently shows no new version of these notebooks. Given the effort that is being put into making the Windows 10 upgrade process troublefree I wonder if Samsung won't be in any hurry to ship new versions of existing notebooks with Windows 10 pre-installed. It is more likely they will wait until the next Intel platform (Skylake) becomes available which is reported to be very soon.

    John
     
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  8. spincel

    spincel Notebook Consultant

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    The preloading on mine laptop has finished early and ready to go live at midnight. You should see an hidden folder $Windows.~BT if you have reserved our copy and your computer passes the requirement check.

    So the software/driver list inside SWUpdate is pretty new today because last time I checked there was no Windows 10 section. Look like Samsung is getting ready to release the support for W10. I notice that you can only see that section for models that Samsung had officially released drivers for Windows 8.1. Any models that came with W8 and did not have 8.1 compatible do not show the section like Series 7 Chronos. Looking further more into the list, I also notice there are couple newest version of the drivers, noticeably is the touchpad. The one that WU had installed on my preview was 11.7.33. Hope this one solves some problems I had before. Many software/drivers have their version bumped up a lot and it is looking good to me. The only thing I am not sure is Samsung Settings/Easy Settings. The one inside SWUpdate is 2.0 but the newest one should be 2.5. I will compare and see, but 2.5 definitely looks newer to me.

    Also, if you go to Samsung Support website, a lot of articles about W10 have been showed up by today. I did not see them before so I think they were staging them along the official release of W10.

    Look like I am going to stay overnight to install W10 and make sure everything works. I'll keep you guys posted by tomorrow as soon as possible.

    P/s: If mine NP880Z5E works perfectly with W10 and new drivers, then 770, 780, and 870 should be fine.
     
  9. John Ratsey

    John Ratsey Moderately inquisitive Super Moderator

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    Windows 10 wasn't in a hurry to download onto my X4C (note that this is a Windows 7 version without UEFI enabled) so I downloaded the installer from Microsoft. It all went surprising smoothly. Once I told the Win 10 installer to proceed it first put up a couple of warnings:

    Windows 10 - X4C.jpg
    The issue about Easy Settings had been previously identified. The warning about language had me confused and slightly worried but I decided to proceed. Some time and several reboots later Windows 10 was running. This warning box appeared.

    X4C Win 10 warning.jpg
    I'm not good at reading those characters on the buttons so I opted for the left one. This started up SW Update.

    SW Update offerings.jpg
    I was offered four updates which I opted to install. One of them threw an error but succeeded after a reboot and a further reboot was needed before Settings would work. The touchpad driver wasn't on the SW Update list but Device Manager says the driver date is 01/Jul/15 so Microsoft must have included that somewhere.

    My first impressions are favourable in that the overall Windows 7 look and feel are still there much as I had them set up. I had to disable adaptive brightness, but the settings for that were easy to find.

    And, as far as I can see, my computer still thinks it is running UK English, even to the extent of my preferred dd/mmm/yyyy date format (for those who don't know, the mmm puts the month as 3 letters, not 2 numbers which eliminates confusion about day and month.

    John
     
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    go45cvi Notebook Deity

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    Yeah I really want to dual boot as well, maybe I'll give it a shot this weekend. Would like to know what happens to your old W7/8 key, that is, can you reimage your previous installation and have it remain activated. If someone finds out, please post.

    I see that you can download the W10 iso if you want to do a clean install:

    https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/software-download/windows10
     
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