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Windows 8.1 with Bing - PiPO X7 - nat32support - 03-05-2015

I recently purchased this PiPO X7 mini-PC running Windows 8.1 with Bing:

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The machine has an Intel Z3736F CPU, 2GB DDR3 RAM, 32 GB Drive (expandable via Micro SD card), DM9621A Fast Ethernet Adapter (internal USB), RTL8723BS WLAN and an HDMI monitor port.

It has been widely rumored that Windows with Bing has no limitations other than defaulting to Bing for Web searches. Those rumours are false. It does, in fact, have a whole range of limitations spanning many areas of the system. Here is a list of what I've found so far:

1. The Group Policy Editor is not available.

2. The Local Users and Groups snap-in is not available.

3. The Security Policy Editor is not available.

4. The Remote Desktop Server is not available.

5. New Power Plans cannot be created, only existing ones can be edited in a very limited way.

6. Sleep mode is entered when the monitor is turned off.

7. The WLAN connection is dropped when the monitor is turned off.

Performance of the machine is more than adequate for running NAT32, and my aim is to configure the box to run as a headless Router Enhancer. The following problems have been overcome so far:

1. The RDP Server limitation can be overcome by installing the RDP Wrapper.

2. The full range of Power Settings can be made available as described below.

All of the problems described above are due to the fact that the full range of Power Settings on the machine cannot be modified. This is because the hardware fully supports the Connected Standby mode and Windows therefore limits the number of Power Options it exposes to the user.

However, setting the following value in the Registry to 0 and then rebooting the machine makes all the usual Windows Power Settings visible in the Control Panel and in the Device Manager:


Setting the Power Management options for the relevant devices solved all of the problems mentioned thus far.

3. To run the PiPO without a display (but with all Network interfaces functional), proceed as follows:

Attach a monitor to the device, right-click on the Desktop and then choose "Screen Resolution".

Click Detect and then select "Another display not detected".

Under "Multiple displays", select "Try to connect anyway on: VGA". Then click Apply.

When you then unplug the HDMI monitor from the PiPO, it will continue running normally with all Network interfaces active.

Many thanks to Jon Schmidt for discovering this solution.