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Discussion in 'Introductions' started by hantercans, Mar 25, 2018.

  1. hantercans

    hantercans New Member

    I've almost convinced myself to buy a MINIX NEO Z83-4
    I'm a Radio Ham and need a Windows PC to do some 24/7 monitoring (not too taxing)
    Needing to save on electricity usage, I was drawn towards these little boxes.

    My only hesitation is because of the often talked about Windows 10 update on the small EMMC.
    Is this really a huge problem?
    I'm not a PC expert but I can follow instructions. Could any of you folk talk me into or out of
    pressing the "buy" button :)

    Thanks
    Phil
  2. skynet

    skynet Well-Known Member Trusted Helper

  3. MINIX - John

    MINIX - John MINIX Team Member Administrator

    The latest Windows 10/10 Pro image that we pre-install on all new MINIX NEO Z83-4 and MINIX NEO Z83-4 Pro units means you'll be able to download and install all Windows Updates.
    The need to adjust the partition size or re-install the Windows 10 image only relates to older units.
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  4. hantercans

    hantercans New Member

    Thanks for the responses..

    That's put my mind at rest and will buy one today.
    Looking forward to it :)


    Phil
  5. pusb87

    pusb87 Well-Known Member Trusted Helper

    be aware though that the unit that arives may be an "older" unit :unsure:

    @MINIX - John are the updated images for Win 10 that you are now pre-instaling available in an easily found location on the forum with clear instructions on how to install ... i took a quick look and i can see that many users are or have had issues.
  6. Higgs

    Higgs Yellow Dude Super Moderator

  7. MINIX - John

    MINIX - John MINIX Team Member Administrator

    Higgs has posted the two links above.
    We recommend any customers who have difficulty installing the new image to contact our customer support directly (support@minix.com.hk).
    We will then provide further assistance to resolve this matter, no NEO Z83-4/NEO Z83-4 Pro user should be stuck using an older version of Windows 10 OS.
  8. pusb87

    pusb87 Well-Known Member Trusted Helper


    Thats great guys.....you know i looked earlier before i posted and somehow I must have been blind as i didnt see them ..or have you just pinned them ...either way great !!
  9. Villa

    Villa Administrator Administrator

    They've been pinned since they were posted! :)

    The issue I keep seeing is users having trouble downloading the images.
  10. hantercans

    hantercans New Member

    OK, the little box should be here tomorrow. (Amazon)
    I have downloaded the pinned image and copied it to a clean USB stick as per the instructions.
    At least I will have it ready if the box doesn't come with the latest image (not that I'd know one way or the other)
    Different build number?

    Phil
  11. pusb87

    pusb87 Well-Known Member Trusted Helper

    thats a good point...sure @MINIX - John can chip and in tell you how to check
  12. pusb87

    pusb87 Well-Known Member Trusted Helper

    yes, the links are poorly presented...no wonder people have problems
  13. hantercans

    hantercans New Member

    Well, it arrived this evening...
    Had it running for half an hour without letting it go online till I have more time tomorrow.
    All set up nicely and it's a nippy machine. Should run my intended software nicely...

    Anyhoo, it shows Version 1607 Build 14393.5 16.2Gb free of 28.2Gb
    So, I presume I will need to install that pinned image?

    So far so good, very impressed

    Phil
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  14. hantercans

    hantercans New Member

    OK..
    Followed the instructions and booted the new image.
    It did that and then went straight into Windows update.
    A fair time later it finished and I had Version 1709 build 16299.125
    5.33Gb left of 27.7Gb
    After a clean up I now have 11.2Gb left of 27.7Gb ...

    Looking good... now, have I got the nerve to update the Bios :)

    Phil
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  15. hantercans

    hantercans New Member

    Had the nerve and updated the bios as per the instructions on here (y)
    Setting it up later in it's new home along side my radio gear...

    Thanks for all the help and instructions provided by you folk on this forum... much appreciated

    Phil
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  16. MINIX - John

    MINIX - John MINIX Team Member Administrator

    Feel free to ask if you need any further assistance in the future.
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  17. Mac10

    Mac10 New Member

    Hello Everyone, new one to the community. This site looks great. Happy to join up. Thanks..
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