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Turn an Old Laptop into a Windows 8 Tablet

If you’d like to take Windows 8 for a preview spin on an actual tablet, this hack converts an old (but suitably spec’d) laptop into a touch screen tablet for Windows 8 Preview.

Instructables user HackItBuildIt shares his guide to converting an old laptop into a Windows 8 tablet. You’ll need an old laptop with specs high enough to run Windows 8 and that you’re willing to do a little franken-hacking on–you’ll need to remove the screen, rotate it, add a touch screen panel, and reframe it over the laptop body. When you’re done it won’t exactly be a slender iPad, but it will run Windows 8 with a native touch screen.

Watch the video above to see it in action then hit up the link below to check out the full guide build at the link below.

Windows 8 Tablet [via Hack A Day]

Jason Fitzpatrick is a warranty-voiding DIYer who spends his days cracking opening cases and wrestling with code so you don't have to. If it can be modded, optimized, repurposed, or torn apart for fun he's interested (and probably already at the workbench taking it apart). You can follow him on if you'd like.

  • Published 02/6/12

Comments (10)

  1. Bri

    If I had a “suitably spec’d” laptop, the last thing I’d be doing is butchering it to test out Windows 8’s limited touch capabilities…

  2. Dafoo

    Limited touch capabilities? Are you kidding?

  3. George Raven

    I’d Prefer to make it into a secondary monitor…

  4. Harkaboy

    I’d install Chrome OS on it.

  5. malachipclover

    Now if only I could find a new server laptop. My current one is 17″. Awesome tablet THAT would make. I’m not even sure if that would meant to be sarcastic or not, it would be valid either way.

  6. JBoogie

    yeah, but no…

  7. Ken

    I think the title should say:
    Turn someone’s laptop into a windows 8 tablet.

  8. Whoopy Doo Doo

    Concensus has it.

    I have better things to do with my time, equipment and money; than to waste it on something like that.

  9. kiko

    “Give me Linux or give me NOTHING”… you’ve got to be kidding???

  10. Mike


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