Forums typically illustrate the problems encountered by users of a product, whether software, hardware, or user created, all of which are negative. Many times, products get negative feedback simply because the user had false or unrealistic expectations, or did not do enough research beforehand. Rarely do users go to the forum to discuss a positive experience.
Well, I want to report a positive experience, specifically with the Intel Compute Stick.
I installed Windows 10 Home edition (32-bit) on my stick some months ago. Because I have been traveling for the past two months, I had not had the opportunity to use the stick, or apply the fall update that seems to have caused problems for so many. I had some free time during the holiday, and took the opportunity to update my stick.
Before beginning, I backed up any data I wanted to keep to the SD card, and made sure that my SD card was removed afterwards. Then, I made certain that I had a wired mouse and keyboard connected, and that no other external devices were connected via my USB hub. I also made sure the stick was using the supplied power adaptor.
I began by updating the BIOS using the usual F7 path, using a partition formatted as FAT32 where I had downloaded the .BIO file. No problems were encountered, and I booted to Windows.
At this point, to be safe, I disabled write-caching for the disk, the result of reading and researching before I attempted to update Windows 10.
Then, I started the update process for Windows 10. Before attempting any of this, I did a little research, and used this document as a guide:
There were a number of updates, including the fall update (build 10586). All of the updates installed correctly, the only problem being the download time for build 10586.
As I sat watching the progress bar, I kept waiting for problems to occur. Yet, there were no problems. All updates, including the fall update, went perfectly.
Next, I decided to update my drivers from the Intel site. Again, all went as it should and the experience was unremarkable. For the drivers, I used this link
https://downloadcenter.intel.com/product/86612/Intel-Compute-Stick-STCK1A32WFC and selected Windows 10 32-bit.
Then, I decided to update any device drivers I could find in the Device Manager, typically found under “System Devices”. There were probably ten or so that needed updating. How did I know which to update? Rather than right-clicking on each device and selecting “Update Driver Software”, I used a Microsoft utility to “tell” me which devices needed updating. To help with this, I downloaded the utility at this link: https://support.microsoft.com/en-us/kb/3073930 . The utility is intended to allow you to hide updates you may not want. However, if you select “Hide Updates”, you are presented with a list of updates, many of which will be system devices. I did not “check” any of the boxes. Instead, I simply used the list as a guide. I could now go directly to the device in the device manager, right-click, and update. Most were easily found by name, some required a bit of hunting. When I was done, I simply canceled the Microsoft WUShowHide utility. There were restarts required; sometimes I restarted immediately, sometimes I did several updates before restarting. I proceeded until there were no devices left in the “Hide” list. Ok - not the intended use of the utility, but it sure helps get the job done.
As I always do, I cleaned the event logs and created a system restore point. Yes, restore points are disabled by default, but I like them so I turned them on. I also turned on DEP for all programs. I’ll leave that for you to find.
After a reboot, I checked the logs to see if there was anything needing attention. I found nothing of significance.
After reading all of the negative posts on the stick, and the negative experiences on the Windows 10 update, I felt compelled to let users who may want to get a stick know that there are positive experiences out there, and to let those who have had problems know there may be something wrong with the process in which the stick was updated. Process, procedure, and research are key, especially with new products like the Intel Compute Stick and Windows 10. Note: If any beta testers/insiders are using the Windows 10 preview/insider builds on the stick (or any device for that matter), you have to accept some of the pain of being on the leading edge (as per the agreement with the Microsoft Insider program), and realize that these builds are not production releases. Just my opinion.
My stick update was a very positive, albeit boring, experience. No hangs, no crashes, no problems. And, the stick performs perfectly, especially with the YouTube videos, specifically this one for 1 hour and 40 minutes: Jesse Cook - One Night at the Metropolis - 2007 - integral - YouTube This video is an example (although I am a fan).
May your experience be as good.