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Windows Vista and Windows 7 installation notes


Thanks to all who contribute to this page. Please see the page history, the list is growing! WNewquay

Short Summary

Why Install Windows Vista™

I installed Windows Vista™ on my HP TC 1100. I liked it so much that when I had a chance to pick up another TC1100 for considerably less than an UMPC, I grabbed it. This let me preserve my investment in the first one. I already had extra batteries, docking station, pens and cases - so I would have been stuck if the first TC1100 had died.

For more reasons to switch see Tablet PC Features in Vista

General Impressions

Works as well or better than XP. Tablet PC (Pen) related enhancements - although seemingly minor - make a huge difference for me.

The handwriting recognition is much better in Vista than in XP Tablet Edition. One major advantage is that you can train the recognition.

Since Aero glass does not work the only display settings you will have is Vista basic and a very old windows display (they look like w95). The Vista basic is OK but has a real ugly blue, furthermore there is no possibility to change anything (like letters, borders etc). A freeware app called VistaGlazz can used to deploy modded vista basic themes. Vista Black and Vista Blue by Vishal Gupta are great looking options, and also freely available.

Experience Index


More Experience Index Scores (other machines)

Installing Windows 7™

The Windows 7™ beta is to be downloaded free for testing purposes only. Everything great what goes for Vista goes also for Win7, especially the even upgraded Tablet features. But Microsoft has removed the majority of flaps what resulted in system requirments similar to the WinXP ones.

For installation follow these notes for Vista, everything works great (and quickly). Only issue I have noticed so far is broken sleep feature (known as Suspend to RAM). First it had been disabled, but after installing updates it came to live. Still when i hit Sleep button, the laptop never wake up. :-) But hibernation option is sufficient.


  • Installed Version: Windows Vista™ Ultimate.

I have done this installation on three HP TC1100s.

  • First Two: Model Number: DQ871A#ABA
  • Both: Pentium M 1.0 gHz
  • one machine has stock 40 gig drive 5400 (?) rpm drive/ 1 gig RAM
  • one machine has Toshiba 60 gig 7200 rpm drive / 1.5 gig RAM
  • Third machine: Model Number: PP834AA#ABA
  • CPU: Intel® Pentium® M processor 733 (1.10GHz)
  • 40 gig drive 5400 rpm drive/ 1 gig RAM

Other hardware:

  • Docking station with CD/RW DVD drive for installation.
  • Tested and working for ReadyBoost
    • Sandisk Cruzer 2.0 gig USB key
    • Sandisk Cruzer Titanium 2.0 gig USB key
    • Sandisk Cruzer Mini 2.0 gig USB key

Materick: Intel Centrino 1.0 gHz, 100 gig Samsung drive 5400rpm, 1.2gb ram (256 on board + 1gb kingston upgrade), docking station.

Wisam I have installed Windows Vista Ultimate on TC1100 without an external CD/DVD Drive successfully.

Things that work

  • Windows Vista™ Basic User interface
  • Buttons
    • Tab Tip (soft keys)
    • Journal (soft keys)
    • Screen Rotation (soft keys)(although you may find that occasionally it will switch to primary portrait, but then not switch again). My workaround has been to use the QMenu to switch from Portrait to Landscape.
    • QMenu
    • Tab
    • Esc
    • Jog dial/button
  • Bluetooth
  • External Monitor / Projector "clone" and extended desktop
  • Sound
  • Lan
  • Wlan
  • Modem
  • PC Card slot (formerly PCMCIA)
  • SD slot - works starting with Vista Service Pack 1 (SP1). Note that the hardware limited to cards up to 1GB only. (Thanks to user Gideon007's post here.)
  • Battery warm-swap in sleep and hibernate.

Things that DO NOT Work

  • Aero Glass, Flip, 3D (Video works fine, but you do not get transparent windows, or previews in the task bar).
  • Firefox TIP support (this is a general Vista problem). GeckoTIP does not work with Vista, so no automatic TIP support in Firefox. The desktop TIP does work. (no solution yet?)
  • Wacom beta drivers for Vista work on one machine and not on the other. I haven't figured out why it won't consistently work on the second machine. [For me, the Wacom driver installed by default from the installation DVD didn't work, but when I explicitly updated the driver using Device Manager, it began working. I don't know if that's the same problem you had.]
  • Media Center - seems to work for everything except video. I haven't done extensive testing. Video can be made to work by using the following registry hack:
Important This article contains information about modifying the registry. Before you modify the registry, make sure to back it up and make sure that you understand how to restore the registry if a problem occurs. For information about how to back up, restore, and edit the registry, click the following article number to view the article in the Microsoft Knowledge Base: 256986 Description of the Microsoft Windows Registry (http://support.microsoft.com/kb/256986/)

[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Media Center\Display Settings]
  • Movie Maker - the default Vista Movie Maker version doesn't work under the tc1100's insufficiently advanced video card, but as a workaround you can install Movie Maker 2.6; instructions below
  • Not exactly a Vista-specific issue, but the TC1100 does not recognize HDD space over 128 GiB (137 billion bytes). Any space over this limit will simply be ignored due to a BIOS/Chipset limitation, so it isn't worth upgrading the tablet with a driver too much larger than this limit.


  • BIOS Make sure that you are running the latest BIOS (sp30960.exe F.0F at time of writing)
  • WLAN 400/500 NOTE: I have the HP WLan 500 a/b/g mini pci card and I had to install this driver in order to be able to turn wireless on/off from the QMenu. For those using the stock 802.11b wlan card, drivers are obtainable from windows update using lan as outlined below.
  • It is also necessary to use the HP supplied video driver. By default, Vista installed a generic VGA driver that did not allow the screen buttons or the rotate display functionality to work.
    • Windows Update found the NVIDIA GeForce4 420 Go 32M (2003-09-22) which supports the buttons and rotation.

Clean Install or Upgrade

I have however done clean installs several times and this has typically taken just under an hour.

I have not been able to successfully complete an upgrade install. I have tried it a couple of times but found that the machines locked up several hours into the process.

Installing Windows Vista without external CD/DVD Drive

I don't have external CD/DVD drive and I certainly didn't want to spend 55$ just to install Vista. After several trials for two days I got Vista Ultimate to install and run successfully. You can either do everything using PXE network boot or network boot + USB memory stick with Vista on it. The reason that USB flash memory alone wont work is that if you plug USB flash drive and boot then the BIOS will detect it as a Hard Disk drive and once you set it to boot before the hard disk then Windows Vista will boot but it will not install since the primary drive is the USB even your hard disk drive gives you C:\ for your hard and you will get an installation error message. To get around this problem you will have to use PXE network boot, you will need to set PXE network boot as your primary boot from your BIOS. Connect your tablet by a cross-over cable to your computer (Easier method) or plug the tablet to your router then plug your computer to the router as well. Follow this guide: http://blog.ryantadams.com/2008/02/01/how-to-boot-from-the-network-pxe-boot-with-tftp-and-windows-pe/

You must note that if you connect your tablet to the router because you don't have a cross-over, it is still possible to install Vista. Disable DHCP from your router so it will become just a gateway. You wont be able to use Net Use command in command prompt (DOS). Here comes the role of USB drive. Copy all Windows Vista DVD files over to your flash memory. Plug the USB disk into your tablet. From command prompt type "D:" without quotes in command prompt or E: in case you have more than one partition on your hard drive. Type "setup.exe" without quotes to run installation setup. In case you happened not to have 4GB flash drive like me, you can use vLite tool http://www.vlite.com to shrink your Windows Vista installation. (You can remove languages that you don't need and sample videos and printer drivers then it should fit into 2GB flash drive).

Installing HP drivers

Download the drivers, do not run them. Right click on the file and go to properties. Click on the compatibility tab, check "run this program in compatibility mode", select windows XP (SP2)". Now run the program.

WLAN Drivers

I had to load the wireless lan drivers (I have the WLan 500 a/b/g) in order to get wireless working.

The standard 802.11b wireless card drivers are not installed automatically after vista's installation. To obtain the drivers, connect your lan cable (10/100 lan drivers work natively) and do a windows update. Your wireless card should thus be detected and drivers installed automatically.

I have the HP b/g card (not a) and it installed and operated fine from installation DVD.

HP/Compaq Utilities

QMenu / Buttons

After you install both the button drivers and QMenu from the HP site.

I installed the Tablet PC Button Drivers first and then the QMenu. You may have to reinstall the Button Drivers again. Once you have done this:

  • Start
  • Control Panel
  • Mobile PC
  • Tablet PC Settings
    • Set tablet buttons to perform certain tasks
    • in the window - scroll down to Q Menu
  • click Change button
    You don't have to change anything, - just click OK
  • Then OK your way out.

Q Menu should be working now.

Additional Point: Some people have complained that Screen buttons do not work after installing HP button driver. I did the following and the screen buttons do work. Do an updated using windows update, and there'll be an update called:

Wacom - hidclass - Wacom ISD HID MiniDriver
Update type: Optional
Driver update provided by Wacom for support of Wacom ISD HID MiniDriver

Install update and the soft screen buttons will work. (After installing HP button driver)

Q Menu Hint: Add Mobility Center

Add the Windows Vista Mobility Center to the QMenu

  • Open Q menu
  • Click Q Menu Settings
  • Click Add
    • Display Name: Mobility Center
    • File Name: mblctr.exe
    • Click OK
  • Move Up (or Down) to a place you will find it on the QMenu

Q Menu Hint: Bypass QMenu - Use Mobility Center

  • Start
  • Control Panel
  • Mobile PC
  • Tablet PC Settings
    • Set tablet buttons to perform certain tasks
    • in the window - scroll down to Q Menu
  • click Change button
    Change the file name to mblctr.exe
    to change it back, the original location should be C:\Program Files\hpq\Q Menu\Qmenu.exe
  • Then OK your way out.

Q Menu or Windows Mobility Center

The Mobility Center under Vista only shows Volume, Power, Rotation, External display, Sync and Presentation. It does not contain key settings such as Display Brightness, Switch On/Off Wi-Fi and Switch On/Off Bluetooth, to which you still have to make use of Q menu to change these settings for power saving features. Q Menu also loads faster, about 1 second lag from the time the Q button is pressed, as compared to the mobility center which takes about 3 seconds on my TC1100 (1gHz 512mb 40gb 5400).

SD card slot

The SD card slot works fine as long has you have Windows Vista Service Pack 1 (SP1). Unfortunately it has a hardware limit the restricts it to cards up to 1GB. It also predates and can't read SDHC cards. (When I learned of this I replaced the 2GB SD cards in my digital cameras with 1GB cards; I don't need to take that many pics before offloading them anyway.)

There are many reports on the web on how the SD card didn't work before SP1 (Windows hanged if a card was inserted after boot, and wouldn't boot if one was inserted before). Those reports, and the various suggested fixes are now obsolete.

If you need to read SD cards larger than 1GB or SDHC cards, get a PC Card (PCMCIA) or USB SD/SDHC card reader.

Audio driver to solve the "no mute" when using headphone jack problem

Vista by default installs an audio driver that works fine with one exception: It doesn't mute the internal speaker when you plug in a headset. To solve this problem, install HP's previous driver version (Thanks to Randal[1].) Note that although this XP driver works on Vista, the driver's setup program does not work properly on Vista so you have to use a workaround to do the install, as follows:

1) Go to HP's TC1100 XP Tablet PC Edition drivers page and download driver version from 3 Mar 2004 which is listed as the "Previous Driver" on that web page. (The "Current Driver", version from 25 Mar 2005, doesn't work.)

2) Run the downloaded file (sp27118.exe). Accept the license agreement and accept the "Location to Save Files" (default is c:\swsetup). The executable will unpack all the driver files into that directory and then show the error message "This Operating System is not supported by this software".

Don't worry about that error message. Here's the workaround to complete the driver install although the driver's setup program doesn't work. By-the-way, this workaround is not specific to the tc1100's audio driver but is useful anytime you want to override Windows' default driver selection, or when you want to install a driver while avoiding bloatware driver installation programs that install a lot of unwanted extras beside the driver.

3) Open the Device Manager. An easy way is to open the Start menu, right-click on "Computer", select "Manage" and then click on "Device Manager" in the "Computer Management" window.

4) In the Device Manager, open the section "Sound, video and game controllers", right click on your audio device and select "Update Driver Software..."

5) In the "Update Driver Software" dialog, select the second option: "Browse my computer for driver software", then select "Let me pick from a list of device drivers on my computer", click "Have Disk..." and type in or browse to the path of the driver in the field "Copy manufacturer's files from". The location is c:\swsetup unless you chose another location in step 2) above.

6) The dialog now asks you to "Select the device driver you want to install for this hardware" and offers two options, both identically described as "SoundMAX Integrated Digital Audio". I selected the top one.

7) Follow the prompts to complete the installation.

Note: Others editors of this wiki have suggested other methods of installing this driver in previous versions of this page, including setting XP compatibility mode on the setup executable to overcome the error message above, and installing both the previous and then the current version of the driver. I have tried these methods and found them inferior to the method I describe above.

Audio Mixer (link from onscreen volume control)

On my tc1100 the audio Mixer works fine, whether using Vista SP1's default audio driver or HP's audio driver (installed as per above). But one user reports the Mixer does nothing—possibly this user has a different spec tc1100 than I do—and offers the workaround of going to Control Panel > Hardware and Sound > Sound > Adjust System Volume, or to press "x" on keyboard after selecting volume icon.

Updating The BIOS

To run the "winphlash" utility from HP to update your bios, you need to set compatibility to windows 2000, and run as administrator.

Windows Movie Maker

After installing Windows Vista, you will get this error message when running Windows Movie Maker: "Windows Movie Maker cannot start because your video card does not support the required level of hardware acceleration or hardware acceleration is not available." It's because TC1100 graphic card didn't support Shaders 2.0 feature that also needed by Aero interface to work.

To have Windows Movie Maker running in our TC1100 and other non-supported graphic card, Microsoft had developed Movie Maker 2.6 for Vista. Please follow this URL to download it: http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?FamilyID=d6ba5972-328e-4df7-8f9d-068fc0f80cfc&displaylang=en

Docking Station

There have been reports of some issues with docking and needing to use QMenu to turn on an external monitor. [2] Suggestion:

  1. Start
  2. Run
  3. nvtuicpl.cpl

or go to Control Panel, Classic View, NVIDIA nView Desktop Manager - untested. WN 13:11, 25 March 2007 (GMT-8)


  • WNewquay on TabletPCBuzz[3]
  • Frobozz on GottaBeMobile[4]

  1. http://www.gottabemobile.com/forum/forum_posts.asp?TID=2155 Randal's tip on GottaBeMobile
  2. kvyoung post on TabletPCBuzz
  3. TabletPCBuzz TC1100 and Vista
  4. GottaBeMobile Frobozz TC1100 Vista Experiences
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