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Suggestions for a sub $500 Windows 8 Tablet

  1. #11


    India
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    Win 8.1 Update x64


    Yeah got it.

    I had read in dell forums that creating OEM recovery media is nearly impossible in this tab as you need to connect the power adapter while doing it, so in effect there'll be no space for plugging in USB for creating it.
    And another thing was that you can't boot from micro SD.

    I don't know if that is true. Any experience with making it?

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  2. #12


    N. Calif
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    W10 Pro (desktop), W10 (laptop), W10 Pro (tablet), W10 (laptop)


    I had the 64GB model (along with a 128GB microSD card) so I was not compelled to move the recovery partition to external storage. If you seek out forums specifically dealing with the Venue 8 Pro, there are step-by-step details on how to do it.

    The dual use USB (same USB port used for data AND charging) is the Achilles heel of the Venue 8 Pro, IMO. There are ways to get around that, several companies produced adapters to get around it and there was a way to do it using an array of splitters, switches, adapters and cables.
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  3. #13


    India
    Posts : 1,536
    Win 8.1 Update x64


    Quote Originally Posted by strollin View Post
    I had the 64GB model (along with a 128GB microSD card) so I was not compelled to move the recovery partition to external storage. If you seek out forums specifically dealing with the Venue 8 Pro, there are step-by-step details on how to do it.

    The dual use USB (same USB port used for data AND charging) is the Achilles heel of the Venue 8 Pro, IMO. There are ways to get around that, several companies produced adapters to get around it and there was a way to do it using an array of splitters, switches, adapters and cables.
    Thanks strolling

    I had read few them and may be the one you are thinking of too. But guess what, I just now, plugged in the 8gb USB to my 64gb dell venue 8 pro without any power plugged - and it worked. The recovery USB has been successfully created according to it, whether it works when needed is another thing. Anyway going by your helpful suggestion I had ordered a transcend 64gb class 10 micro sd. I'll decide on what to do with recovery partition later on based on space free after all the Windows updates , Office 2013 installation etc.

    I got a office '13 activation key with it in the package but couldn't see any office student and home 2013 in the tab or control panel except for the MS OFFICE APP in the metro screen which I think is for office 365??. How should I be going ahead with the office installation ?

    Edit 1: well I just went ahead & activated office though the metro app and office 2013 installed automatically, by downloading from Ms server.

    So everything is okay now . Will wait for the the micro sd to expand the storage. And in the mean time, disk clean up.

    EDIT 2: All Windows updates done. Disk cleanup with system cleanup gained me 6.5GB from 30gb free space to 36.5gb , wow, that is good storage saver
    Last edited by visruth; 27 Nov 2014 at 23:25.
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  4. #14


    India
    Posts : 1,536
    Win 8.1 Update x64


    Hi everyone

    Got my micro sd installed thanks to strollin

    Do this tab have GPS in built, couldn't get any info about it clearly. How do I find out if it has one?

    Mine is Dell Venue 8 Pro with WiFi only version.
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  5. #15


    N. Calif
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    W10 Pro (desktop), W10 (laptop), W10 Pro (tablet), W10 (laptop)


    The Dell Venue 8 does NOT have built-in GPS. I used a Bluetooth GPS receiver with MS Streets & Trips software.
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  6. #16


    India
    Posts : 1,536
    Win 8.1 Update x64


    Ok. Thank you!
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  7. #17


    The E-fun nextbook is really unbelievable for the price, even though it must be super low end. Of course, my previous tablet was an Asus Transformer from 3 years ago... so maybe I'm not quite up to date with tablet tech
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