Instructions for:
Intel Compute Stick

1 Get Windows installed

2 Setup your device

3 Setup Visual Studio

4 Write your first app

Step 1 of 4: Get Windows installed

Download the tools and software you need to set up your device and install Windows IoT.

1Get Windows 10Hide

Make sure you are running the public release of Windows 10 (version 1607 or better).
You can find your current build number by clicking the start button, typing "winver", and pressing the Enter key.

If you're not running Windows 10 (version 1607 or better) you can upgrade from here.

2Configure a USB flash driveHide

  1. Download and install the Windows Assessment and Deployment Kit that matches the Windows 10 version you noted at the top of this page.

    • Note the path where the kit is installed. Normally it is C:\Program Files (x86)\Windows Kits\10\.
    • The Deployment Tools and Windows Preinstallation Environment features are required. The rest are optional.
  2. Create a USB Bootable WinPE image by following these instructions. Follow the Steps on Install Windows PE. Specify your device as x86 in these commands.
  3. Download from the Intel website, unzip the file, and copy the JouleInstaller.cmd to the root of the USB drive you created in the previous step.

3Download the Windows 10 IoT Core image for the Intel Compute StickHide

  1. Download the most recent Insider Preview image for the MinnowBoard Max.

    Sign in with your Microsoft Account. You need to be signed up for the Windows Insider Program to download the Insider Preview.
    Visit the download page for more details.

  2. Click the desired image under the Windows 10 IoT Core Insider Preview.
    Once you have signed in, select the build version (a higher number indicates a newer build) and your device, click Download Now.


    The Windows 10 Core IoT image for MinnowBoard Max will be used here.

  3. Double click the downloaded ISO file. This will automatically mount the ISO as a new virtual CD-drive (Look for a new CD-ROM drive).

  4. The mounted virtual drive contains a .msi installer file . Double click the file to start the installation and follow the installation steps.

    msi for Windows 10 IoT Core for MBM

  5. The installer creates a new directory: C:\Program Files (x86)\Microsoft IoT\FFU\MinnowBoardMax\ which contains the image file flash.ffu.

    ffu for Windows 10 IoT Core for MBM

  6. Copy the flash.ffu to the root of the WinPE USB drive you created in Step 2 above. This USB drive will be used in the next step to install Windows IoT.

  7. Eject the USB drive when done.

4Install Windows IoT on the Intel StickHide

What you need

  • The USB drive you finished creating in Step 3.
  • Intel Compute Stick.
  • Power cord to power On the Intel Compute Stick.
  • Monitor with an HDMI port.
  • Multiple USB Port Hub.
  • USB keyboard and mouse.


  • Through the USB hub, connect the USB drive you created, attach a USB keyboard, and a USB mouse.
  • Connect the Intel Compute Stick to the monitor.
  • Power On the Device.
  • Press F2 to enter the BIOS Setup.
  • Select Windows as the Operating System.
  • Select Boot Manager -> USB Device to boot up from the USB drive.

Install Windows IoT

  1. When the system boots, you will see the WinPE command prompt. Switch the WinPE prompt to the USB drive. Normally, this is "C:" or "D:", but you may need to try other drive letters.
  2. Run JouleInstaller.cmd to install the Flash.ffu file from the USB drive to the eMMC storage on the device.
  3. When prompted, press any key to continue. This will take you the WinPE prompt.
  4. From the WinPE prompt, run wpeutil reboot.
  5. When the system tries to reboot, press F2 and enter the BIOS Setup.
  6. Change the Boot Drive Order to load from Hard Drive : Part 1 : OS Bootloader. Save the changes.
  7. The system will boot to Windows 10 IoT Core, start the configuration process, and load the default app. You may remove the USB flash drive. You will no longer need it.

Step 1 of 4: Windows IoT is installed. Setup your device is next.

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