Recently I bought a Chuwi Lapbook SE off eBay… While it has a few strong points such as its relatively long battery life and 13.3″ IPS screen, it is limited by its weak processor and 4GB RAM. But it more than sufficient to be a Youtube/VLC machine and a TeamViewer ‘thin’ Client. Note that the following guide assumes you have obtained the 32GB eMMC + 128GB m.2 SSD model rather than the less common 64gb eMMC model.
Moving Windows 10 from the 32GB eMMC to the 128GB m.2 SSD
There is a reason why Chuwi has decided to install Windows 10 on their 32GB eMMC rather than their 128GB m.2 SSD. It is for the same reason that Chuwi has decided to only offer 4GB RAM on these machines – Microsoft charges lower prices for Windows for machines with less than 8GB RAM and who have low storage 🙂 The following instructions will also work if you have replaced the included m.2 SSD with something of higher capacity.
If you’ve found this article, you’ll probably know the differences between the different types of storage. While eMMC is significantly faster than a typical Hard Disk Drive (HDD), it still isn’t quite as fast as a Solid State Drive (SSD). Additionally, 32GB is rather tight for a Windows 10 installation, hence the need to install Windows 10 on the bigger and faster m.2 drive. The following instructions describe how to do a fresh install of Windows 10 – if you would prefer to clone directly from the eMMC to the SSD, look through Chuwi forums instead; this is not the right guide for you.
You will need:
- A spare 8GB+ USB
- A copy of the Windows 10 ISO.
- Rufus (for MacOS and Linux users)
- A copy of original Chuwi Lapbook SE drivers
- This was obtained from the XDA forums but feel free to run virus checks
- A mouse
If you are using MacOS or Linux, navigating to the Windows 10 download page will give you a direct download link to the Windows 10 ISO. Find a Windows computer and run Rufus to flash your spare USB into a bootable Windows Installation Media. Note that this will wipe all data originally on the USB.
If you are using Windows, the Windows 10 Media Creation Tool provides an option to image your USB for you. Choose this option if you are not planning to install Windows 10 on another computer (physical or virtual) in the future. Otherwise, download the ISO and use Rufus to install it on your USB.
Make sure your Chuwi Lapbook SE is turned off. Plug in the USB that you have installed the Windows 10 image on.
Press the power button and spam either ‘Esc’ (top left of keyboard) or ‘Delete’ (top right of keyboard) before the Chuwi logo appears to enter BIOS. If you did not enter BIOS, turn your computer off and try again.
Navigate to the ‘Boot’ tab on the top bar, and then find ‘Boot Option #1’. Press Enter. If your computer detects your USB as a valid bootable device, it will appear in the following screen. Use your arrow keys to select the USB, and press enter to confirm. Then navigate to ‘Save & Exit’ on the top menu bar, and select ‘Save Changes and Exit’.
If you did the steps correctly, upon the restart, you will find yourself at the Windows 10 installation menu.
MAKE SURE YOU HAVE A MOUSE FOR THIS SECTION – DELETION OF ORIGINAL WINDOWS 10 WILL RESULT IN THE TOUCHPAD NOT WORKING. THIS WILL BE FIXED LATER ON.
Navigate your way through the Windows 10 installation menu. You will not see a ‘Type in your Windows 10’ prompt as the laptop is using an OEM key; there is a Windows 10 license associated with the motherboard. When you get to the prompt that asks what partition you want to install Windows on, delete the partitions that are already used so that you end up with two ‘Disks’ of free space.
NOTE THAT THIS WILL DELETE YOUR ORIGINAL WINDOWS AND YOU WILL NOT BE ABLE TO USE YOUR COMPUTER UNTIL YOU INSTALL A NEW OPERATING SYSTEM.
Select the bigger 128GB disk as the partition to install Windows 10 on. If an error occurs saying that the drive cannot be used for a Windows 10 installation as it is MBR rather than GPT, complete the following steps:
- Press Shift + F10 to open a command prompt. (Note that you may need to press the ‘Fn’ key.
- Type in ‘DISKPART’ and then press Enter.
- Type in ‘list disk’ and press Enter.
- Read the given information and identify the number of the 128GB disk that you are trying to install Windows on.
- Type in ‘select disk <disk number>’ and press Enter.
- Type in ‘convert gpt’ and press Enter.
- Close the window by typing in ‘exit’ and pressing Enter.
Now click on the ‘refresh’ button at the bottom of the ‘select partition’ screen on the installation process and you should find that you are now allowed to install windows on the 128GB disk.
Continue on with the rest of the installation process.
Once installation is done, remove the USB and restart the computer. Go through the prompts on setting up Windows 10. Make sure you have the drivers ready in order to fix the touchpad problem. Extract the drivers. Navigate to “DriverPack_07092018_LapbookSE –> Chipset –> SIO_Win10_64_30.100-1726.2.zip”. Extract that driver and then run it. Your touchpad should be fixed. If not, you may need to install the rest of the Chipset drivers.
Congratulations! Your basic installation is finished! If you experience any problems with any hardware, please ensure that you have installed the appropriate drivers from the DriverPack 🙂
If you found this helpful, or would like me to do a write up on how to install a secondary OS (such as Ubuntu 18.04) on the eMMC or how to do a m.2 drive replacement, please let me know in the comments.