How do I install Windows10 on a tablet when I dont have access to Win

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    Windows 8.1
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    spapakons said:
    Didn't know that detail, but again I insist! As far as I know a Windows 8 or 10 DVD-ROM can be used to install Windows in any system compatible, no matter if it has legacy BIOS or UEFI. There isn't a different version of it for UEFI! I am not sure if this applies to USB Flash drives as well. In worst case he must burn the ISO to DVD and then use an external USB DVD-RW drive to install Windows. But it is certainly possible to do so, regardless of the tablet having legacy BIOS or UEFI. Besides, downloading the ISO is free, the utility is free, so he has nothing to lose by creating a bootable USB and see if it works.
    Spapakons thanks for your help. Just a quick note though: I'm a she not he!!
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    Windows 8.1
    Thread Starter

    Thanks you guys! Though some of the things you guys talk about is a bit too techy for me, I'll try to work it out. I'm also getting help from the manufacturers of the tablet. By the way, it's a hybrid tablet with an i3 processor and 2GB of RAM/64GB of storage.
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    Windows 10 Pro 64-bit 202H (Nov 2020 build 19042.867)

    Sorry to confuse you. There are two ways a computer can identify the connected devices and use one to start (boot). One is the old BIOS (Basic Input Output System) and the other is the new UEFI (Universal Extensible Firmware Interface). Most bootable DVD-ROM and hard disks have no problem booting (starting) in old BIOS but they must specially configured to boot in new UEFI systems. The other poster suggested that your USB must be configured to boot for old BIOS while your tablet is UEFI and that's why it doesn't boot. I don't think this is the case because a Windows DVD-ROM is supposed to boot in either system. Besides most new computers and tablets have a hybrid of old BIOS and UEFI, so it shouldn't be a problem. They try to boot from UEFI compatible devices first and if none found they then try old BIOS mode. If your USB doesn't boot, 99% is not bootable, that's why I suggested to create it again. So you can download the Windows ISO from the link I gave you, and then use the USB/DVD utility to transfer the contents of the ISO to the USB. An ISO is a large file containing all the data of a DVD-ROM (is a disk image, as we call it). Copying the ISO file directly on the USB won't work, you need to use a utility to extract the image's contents on the USB.
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