LarkBox - questions about installing / updating Windows

Hi. I am considering buying a LarkBox Pro and, reading these forums, I have a couple of questions:

  • Does the pre-installed W10 now update successfully to 20H2?
  • If not, does it successfully clean-install W10 20H2?
  • Is it recommended to do a clean install (of any version) either way or is the pre-installed version fine?
  • How would I go about doing a clean (re)install, but ‘keep’ the valid license included with the pre-installed W10?

Hope someone can help me with these! Thanks!

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…if you buy the Pro, order it with an upgraded 256GB SSD (mine is an M.2 Kingston USNS4180S3/256GJ) as Drive ‘C’ (largest available is 512GB). Systems equipped this way seem to upgrade and behave normally with respect to Win10. Also, don’t tamper with the UEFI bios after you receive it, as it’s ‘delicate’ and you risk ‘bricking’ your system.

Best,
-Rob

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Thanks for the info Rob! When you say to have the M.2 SSD as C:, does that mean Windows should be on that drive? And just curious re. the BIOS: do you mean ‘don’t try to update it’, or literally ‘don’t touch it’ (settings-wise)?

…yes, the bootable Windows OS on ‘C:’ - Chuwi will install it that way, if you order it directly from them. Be very, very careful when viewing or changing the UEFI bios, as there are numerous reports on the Blog of ‘bricked’ systems after bios changes … particularly when changing video setting or changing the OS setting from Linux (default) to Windows (go figure).

Regards,
-Rob

Ok, good to know, I will not be futzing with the BIOS, thanks for the tip! One thing I still did not fully get- I understand it comes from Chuwi with W10 on the eMMC as drive C:. Can I just add an M.2 and update, or does the M.2 need to be changed to C: (and/or Windows moved to it)?

…I’d remove the eMMC entirely, install the new M.2 SSD - then install W10 with the instructions contained in the thread below:

https://forum.chuwi.com/t/useful-larkbox-rebuild-links/15897/7

…perhaps experiment with adding the eMMC back in later as D: – some posts say the eMMC interferes, asserting control and boots to itself regardless of position.

-Rob

The specification is OK with good cost performance.
However, customer services after-sales is very, very, very poor.
If you were not an expert of computer software, I never recommend a LarkBox.

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