Got a low-cost laptop? Windows 10 upgrade may take some effort


Now that Microsoft has opened up the floodgates to try the Windows 10 Technical Preview, you’re itching to give it a go, right? So am I, so I attempted to get the latest software through the Windows Insider program.

These days, I’m using the $229 HP Stream 13 — a low-cost but capable Windows 8.1 with Bing laptop — but my first attempt to upgrade went awry. So will yours if you have an inexpensive computer or tablet that has a minimal amount of flash storage capacity.

The HP Stream 13 comes with 32GB of local storage and meets all of the hardware specifications [company]Microsoft[/company] lists to run Windows 10 so, I didn’t think I’d run into any problems. (Note: I did create a recovery image of Windows 8.1 on a tiny microSD card just to safe, of course.) But a technique Microsoft uses to help free up more storage on devices…

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