I have just bought a STK1A32WFCR advertised as "Only used once, as new, out of the box" but discovered it is running Ubuntu.
The vendor states he was offered a choice at first power-on between Win/Linux and chose Ubuntu (I didn't realise this choice was offered by Intel).
I want it running Windows.
a) Does choosing Ubuntu wipe the Windows recovery partition?
b) Is there any official way to restore it to a Windows device?
Googling hasn't really found anything definitive.
All pages about reset/refresh Windows assume it is already able to boot the Windows restore environment with F8, which does nothing in a Ubuntu boot.
The most likely scenario seems to be downloading a Win 8.1 ISO from somewhere, installing it from a USB stick and hoping that NirSoft ProduKey can extract a usable product key from the BIOS to plug back in.
Is there a better way?
This stick came with Windows 8.1 with Bing"
https://www.intel.com/content/www/us/en/support/articles/000005899/mini-pcs/intel-compute-sticks.htm... Supported Operating Systems for Intel® Compute Sticks
I would not count on retrieving a product key.
If you do try to install W8.1, this thread may be of help:
Some users have tried, apparently successfully, to use the image in the first post here:
You are on your own with these two links.