With the stick having 2 GB of memory, there probably isn't too much to gain from running a 64bit OS.
What about 64-bit Apps (most apps in future will be 64-bit)? Also, I believe, to utilize all benefits of a 64-bit CPU, a 64-bit Windows edition is required.
Go for it, Navin. While I am curious about it, I just don't have the time to attempt it right now.
I'd also very like to install a 64 bit OS but I am still not sure if i should get the intel stick or the meegopad t02 stick
they are almost identical but the meegopad t02 has 2 USB ports and a audio jack, on the down side it supports only 64 GB SD cards instead of 128 as the intel does.
And it does not boot a 64 bit windows strait forwards, it can only boot 32 bit uefi, so to boot 64 bit windows one would need to go through grub or something.
If the intel stick has a 64 bit UEFI or has a CSM in its firmware it would be a important reason to go for the intel stick instead of the meego.
So if you test it please post your results here.
For starters you could check the UEFI if there is a CSM (Unified Extensible Firmware Interface - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia)
Bought the Intel Compute Stick (Windows versions) and when trying to install Windows 8.1 64bit (You have to change in the BIOS to 'Ubuntu' mode which is abit weird to have it to look for 64bit versions of an OS), Windows 8.1 64bit will *NOT* install even though its a 64bit CPU. I thought (like most other people) that running Windows 64bit should work on this device but it doesn't which I am sad now that I have bought it. When windows setup is trying to load up, It eventually shows an unhappy face detailing that it cannot continue and then it reboots automatically. I have a feeling the UEFI firmware doesn't 100% emulate the all the required calls for it to install 64bit windows. 64bit Linux can run because it can better handle situations where certain BIOS/firmwares are crippled. Also, CSM compatibility doesn't look like it's included in its BIOS/firmware as it cannot install non UEFI OS'st. I was trying to boot a regular non UEFI Windows and Linux distros on both a USB stick and USB Cdrom and they never showed up as bootable options. If you were wanting to install 64bit of Windows, do *not* buy this device. Until Intel fixes the BIOS/firmware to allow it to install 64bit Windows (Which I hope they will fix soon), I would recommend skipping this device.
Windows 64 bit wont install because the UEFI "bios" on the stick is 32 bit only. Ubuntu is able to boot the 64 BIT OS from the 32 bit UEFI as it supports both.
I actually tried to install a 32-bit enterprise edition of this over the last week. Mostly so it can join a domain and allow rdp sessions. The install made it to the reboot then rolled back the install. I don't know why and can't seem to locate any logs to help me understand. I'd be willing to try again if anyone has insight.
Hello Navin Nembhani,
The supported operating system versions for the Intel® Compute Stick appear on the link below:
Please consider that any operating system other than the ones listed are not supported and do not have drivers available. Installing a different operating system voids the Intel Compute Stick warranty as well.
Also remember that the Intel Compute Sticks with Windows 8.1 with Bing (32-bit) installed are upgradeable to Windows 8.1 Pro or Enterprise and Windows 10 Pro (both 32-bit). After such an upgrade, the recovery partition still has the original factory image (Windows 8.1 with Bing 32-bit). If you perform a Windows Reset or Refresh, you must upgrade again.
If you have any other question please let us know.
Having just purchased a new 2016 edition, with Win10 pre-installed. At no point did I get any knowledge that this device couldn't be added to a domain.
I purchased the device to be used on TV's in our office, with the intention to RDC the device from other machines on our Domain.
Is there any way I can do this?
Yes, upgrade it to Windows 10 Enterprise.