HP Stream 8 with Windows 10 To-Do Checklist Part 2

 Continued from HP Stream 8 Windows 10 Checklist Part 1

7. Configure Cellular data or take advantage of the HP iPass Wi-Fi service if included. If your Stream 8 model came with one year's worth of free Wi-Fi via iPass or included a micro SIM card slot, take advantage of both to keep your device online all the time.  For more details on setting up the micro SIM on your Stream 8, refer to the article Setting up a SIM card and Cellular connection on an HP Stream 8. I haven't had the opportunity to use the HP iPass Wi-Fi service in China but hope it's worth accessible elsewhere.


 

The Stream 8 5901TW has a micro SIM card slot and was bundled with one year access to iPass.


8. Enable PIN log in - If you're coming from Android or iOS, you will find it incredibly annoying to have to log in with your full local or Microsoft account whenever you unlock your Stream 8. Enable the PIN settings by going to Settings > Accounts > Sign-in options. Surprisingly, Microsoft requires you to have an online connection in order to enable the PIN option. There are issues with resetting the PIN and using the PIN initially, but it does work.

Note: Windows 8.1 and Windows 10 users already know it's a good idea to verify your identity if you're using a Microsoft account to log in to your Windows device. If you upgraded from Windows 8.1 to Windows 10 on your Stream 8, you aren't exempt from this.

9. Enable/disable Sync settings - On paper, it's nice to be able to automatically sync the settings on your Windows 10 desktop with your Stream 8. In practice, it can be pretty annoying, particularly if you like customizing your settings. To disable this option, tap Settings > Accounts > Sync your settings.

10. Connect an external drive using a USB OTG cable  and create a system recovery - It's no understatement that Windows 10 comes with excess baggage and a few teething issues. Create a system recovery in case you opt to do a clean install of Windows 10. Even if you don't plan to reinstall Windows 10 anytime soon, it's a necessity to have reinstallation media for the operating system in case installation from USB media fails.

11. Disable desktop effects - If you do plan to use the Windows 10 desktop on the Stream 8, take note that the Intel Atom Z3735G with 1GB RAM can be pretty awful. Help the system by disabling desktop effects.

Long press the Windows button or click Windows+X > Advanced system settings > Advanced. Under Performance, tap Settings and uncheck all unnecessary special effects. If you don't plan to use Windows 10 desktop, select Adjust for best performance but select Smooth edges of screen fonts before tapping Apply > OK.


 


12. Install Windows apps from the Microsoft Store or via the website - Now that Microsoft has consolidated Windows apps to one store, it's somewhat simpler to look for software for your Stream 8. On the other hand, Microsoft Store suffers from oddities such as apps not installing or available apps not reappearing in the search results. Duolingo, for example, didn't appear in the search results at the Microsoft Store on my Stream 8, but I was able to install it by visiting https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/store/apps and clicking the Get the app link.


 




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