Getting started with the Windows 10 Mesa 2 Rugged Tablet

Mesa 2 Rugged Tablet quick start guideThis is a Mesa 2 Rugged Tablet quick start guide – so let’s get started.

My name is O’Ryan Smith. I’m the product support manager at Juniper Systems, and I’ll show you a few simple steps to get you up and running on your Mesa 2.

Creating a Microsoft account or a local offline account

Here’s one basic question you might ask yourself before you turn on the Mesa 2: Do I need a Microsoft account?

I need a Microsoft account

Microsoft recommends creating an account. Although it’s not necessary, a Microsoft account can make operating on Windows 10 easier. For example, an account gives you access to Microsoft services and security features like Find my Device and it remembers your account settings, allowing personalized settings to follow you from device to device.

Now, turn on your Mesa 2 and say hello to Cortana, Microsoft’s digital voice assistant. Cortana will walk you through the set-up process. Here you’ll connect to Wi-Fi and log in to your Microsoft account.

I don’t need a Microsoft account

Sometimes Microsoft accounts on the Mesa 2 make it harder to work. Many companies run a single software on the rugged tablet and want to make startup as fast and easy as possible. These companies often bypass the username and password fields with an offline account.

It’s not totally obvious how to create an offline account. Here’s how: During the set-up process, when you arrive at the Let’s connect you to a network page, select Skip for now. On the Who’s going to use this PC? page, you’re required to enter something. (You might enter “Work.”) Once you’re prompted to Create a super memorable password, select Next without entering a password.

You can now log on to your Mesa 2 without entering a username or password. After this process, however, you should connect your device to Wi-Fi and restart it; otherwise, Windows won’t fully activate.

Microsoft offline account

I want to switch to an offline account

If you already set up your Mesa 2 with a Microsoft account, you can backtrack and use an offline account.

Here’s how: Select Start, Settings, Accounts, Your info, and finally select Sign in with a local account instead. If you’re asked to set up a password, and you are not concerned with access security on your Mesa 2, leave the password fields blank.

Switch back to a local account from a Microsoft account

Microsoft offline account

Tablet Mode in Windows 10

In Windows 10, the Mesa 2 automatically enables Tablet Mode, a tile-based touchscreen-friendly user interface. Some like it. Some don’t. Tablet Mode is unlike desktop mode on Windows 10, and you might be more comfortable using desktop mode.

You also might use apps unavailable in the Windows Store or apps that weren’t written for Universal Windows Platform, a programming tool for apps that work throughout the Windows universe like on Windows 10, Windows 10 Mobile, and Xbox One. (Formerly, it was called Metro.) Tablet Mode can exacerbate third-party app compatibility issues because some software apps aren’t optimized for work on a 7-inch touchscreen.

I want Tablet Mode on Windows 10

Windows 10 enables Tablet mode by default. In addition, restarting your device will re-enable Tablet Mode.

Here’s how to customize Tablet Mode on Windows 10

I don’t want Tablet Mode on Windows 10

If you want to disable Tablet Mode here’s how: Select Start, Settings, System, and finally Tablet Mode. This menu allows you to change several options. Using the When I sign in drop-down menu, select Use desktop mode.

Microsoft Tablet Mode

Here’s how to temporarily disable Tablet Mode: Swipe from the right edge of the display, tapping Expand if needed, and then select Tablet Mode to change it from blue to gray.

Are some apps difficult to use on the Mesa 2?

Microsoft Tablet Mode

Cleaning up the Windows 10 taskbar

The Windows 10 taskbar comes preloaded with several pinned items. You might want to remove some of them – and add the touch keyboard button.

The left side of the taskbar, which pins applications, comes preloaded with the Microsoft Edge browser, File Explorer, and the Microsoft Store. Here’s how to remove them: Select an application with two-second hold – a pop-up menu should appear. Now, select Unpin from taskbar to remove the application.

The right side of the taskbar, which pins system functions or settings,  comes with the People icon, a function that allows you to pin contacts. Here’s how to remove the People function from the taskbar and add the touch keyboard button: Select the time and date with a two-second hold – a popup menu should appear. Now, select Show People on the taskbar to remove it and select Show touch keyboard button to add it to the taskbar. You can also access other Taskbar settings from this menu.

Windows 10 taskbar

Updating Windows 10

Windows 10 frequently updates. Sometimes the updates are critical security fixes that protect your device. Other times, it’s an update for a feature. Automatic updates are the default setting on Windows 10.

However, Microsoft Windows 10 updates can slow the booting process with updates – sometimes without indicating an update is occurring. An unresponsive black, blank, or blue screen during the startup process might be an update. You can control how and when the Mesa 2 updates – and you might want to control it.

I want to disable automatic updates on Windows 10

Windows 10 updates ensure you always have the latest fixes, security patches, and features from Microsoft.

If you want to disable automatic updates, here’s how: Select Start, Settings, Update & Security, Windows Update, and finally Advanced options where you can disable automatic updates.

Microsoft 10 updates options

I want to control Windows 10 updates

Juniper Systems recommends you charge and restart the Mesa 2 each night, giving the tablet time to install updates.

If you want a more hands-off approach to updates, you can select Active Hours, which indicate timeframes for installing Windows 10 updates. Here’s how: Select Start, Settings, Update & Security, Windows Update, and finally select Change Active Hours. In this menu, select a range of hours when you actively use the device. During these hours, Windows won’t automatically restart the device nor will it restart the Mesa 2 without asking if you’re using it.

Here’s how to immediately install security updates, delay feature upgrades

Microsoft 10 Active Hours


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