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Installing Windows 7 on HP Tablet TC1100

I love gadgets; I especially love gadgets that help me be more organized which in turn helps me be more productive.

The HP Tablet TC1100 originally came out in 2003 and at that time the operating system was Windows XP Tablet PC Edition, which added the Tablet and Ink capabilities. Since then Microsoft has made tremendous improvements to the ink and hand writing capabilities in Vista and now in Windows 7. HP however does not have compatible drivers for Windows 7. Why you say? Good question, I can’t think of a good reason for this. Thankfully a kind soul took it upon himself to tinker with it and get it working. The below link documents his labors to get Windows 7 installed on the Tablet. Why would you want to do this? Well, Windows 7 totally rocks on the HP Tablet and is totally worth upgrading. The main reason is the performance, the ink features, and handwriting recognition. Awesome stuff.






Read the following article from MobilePCWiki to get an overview of the installation of Windows 7 on the Tablet. The author goes through and explains in great detail the process. The installation notes cover the RC version of Windows 7, but I have gotten to work with the Windows 7 RTM Home Premium and Ultimate.




Since the Tablets do not come with a DVD drive you will need to either attach an external DVD or create a Windows 7 Installation USB Stick. The following website IntoWindows link walks you through creating a USB installation stick.




The following will allow you to boot from the USB stick. By default you will not be able to boot from the USB Stick.

Put the USB Stick in the USB Slot on the computer.

Start up the Tablet and hit the jog dial and Launch System Setup.

Scroll over to the Advanced Tab

Scroll down to Boot Order and hit Enter

Select Hard Drive and hit Enter

Hit the -/+ to move up the USB drive to the top of the list.

Hit F10 to Save and Exit.

System should automatically boot to the USB drive.



The TC1100 has two memory slots and by default comes with 512MB of Ram. This is really not enough ram to run Windows 7 on. You can easily upgrade the memory to 1.5gb by adding a 1gb chip to the external slot (User Accessible Area). To upgrade the machine to 2gb, which I highly recommend you will need to take apart the Tablet to get at the slot. I have done this 3 times without issue, just take your time and review the great photos from the below forum discussion on the subject.


Type of RAM to buy

(2) 1GB PC2700 SODIMM DDR-333 (200 Pin)

Newegg.com has this for $40.99/each [Confirmed 9/22/2010]




There are no specific Vista or Windows 7 drivers for the HP TC1100 Tablet. You must use the old XP Tablet PC drivers. The trick is to install the drivers in XP Compatibility mode. You do this by right clicking the file, select properties, then click on the Compatibility tab. Under the Compatibility mode put a check under “Run this program in compatibility mode for” and select Windows XP SP2. Click Apply and then Ok. Double click or right click and select Run as Administrator.


SP29116 – Texas Instruments 4in1 Card [2004-10]

SP27014 – NVIDIA Video Driver [2004-01]

SP28787 – Q Menu for Tablet [2004-10]

SP24241 – Tablet PC Button Driver [2003-11]

HP’s Website



If you have the HP Compaq W500 Compatible 802.11/a/b/g [Part #: 349985-001], you can install the following HP Driver after the OS has been installed.

SP32579 – HP WLAN W400-W500 Driver for Windows [2006-05]

If you have the HP Compaq Laptop Wireless 2100 802.11b Mini-PCI Card [Part #: 348997-001], you will have to manually connect computer to NETWORK with Ethernet and run Windows Update to get the Wireless working.

To determine which one you have you will need to unscrew one of the back covers and look at the HP Part Number.



Installed NVIDIA Fix 82.12 [XP Compatibility Mode]




Installed Wacom Penabled Driver v5.08-2a [XP Compatibility Mode]


The newer driver doesn’t seem to work. You will need to find the driver on the web. Do a google search for PenTablet_508-2a.exe

I found it on UserDrivers.com.



Confirmed available: 9/22/2010



Windows Aero

Supports only 1GB Secure Digital

Single Core Processor

  1. October 23, 2010 at 4:36 am

    well done. Installed win7 and a 160 gb HD. Have you had issues with stanby? Mine will not wake up from standby and sleep mode. Trolling for info as I write.

    • October 23, 2010 at 8:15 am

      Hmmm. I have three tablets and have done multiple W7 installs and have not had a problem with standby or sleep mode. I did have problems with the screens locking up before I installed the update video driver (hack).

      Does everything look alright in the computer management/device manager? Verify that the driver for the Display Adapter [NVIDIA GeForce4 420 Go 32M] is version .

      Go into the Power Options and restore default settings to see if that makes any difference.

      Couple things that I would try if this was mine.
      1. Reinstall the Updated Video Driver (hack)
      2. I would run through a new install and see if that fixes

      Let me know how it goes. I’ll keep looking to see if find something else.

  2. Rob Illsley
    November 25, 2010 at 2:35 am

    Hi, Really struggling to get the Pen to work with Windows 7, please can someone help? I’ve tried running the installation files as admin and in compatibility mode but doesn’t seem to work. Can someone please walk me through the steps I have to take?

    Many thanks in advance.


    • November 25, 2010 at 9:29 am

      Yeah, I had problems getting the pen to work as well. Want to see the system recognizes the pen. Let me know what you find. I’ll try to help in any way that I can.

      Go into the Control Panel | Uninstall Program. Do you see anything with the Pen Tablet?
      Click on the link in the upper left installed updates. Do you see anything with the Pen Tablet or anything with Pen?

      Click on the Start button and right click on Computer and select Properities. Under System do you have a value called Pen and Touch. Does the value show “Pen Input Available”.


  3. Paul
    December 20, 2010 at 5:52 pm

    I, too, couldn’t get my TC1100’s display to return after Standby (“Sleep”), and the instructions here and at http://mobilepcwiki.com/mpc/index.php?title=HP/TC1100/Windows_7_Installation_Notes were not clear enough for me. I had installed sp27014–the HP video driver–but it took me a while to figure out that I needed to also find Nvidia’s Forceware 82.12 package. As of today that package is freely available at http://www.filehippo.com/download_nvidia_forceware_xp/680
    Extract its contents, then replace the two files from “fix.zip” (link is in the Wiki article), set compatibility mode and install. After restart, no more problem resuming from Standby. BTW, the fix.zip files are necessary to modify the 82.12 package’s .inf file so it will install against the TC1100’s video adapter.

  4. Ivan Castino
    April 7, 2011 at 9:04 am

    Heeey, i know this topic is ‘closed’, but i have problems with the instalation of sp24241 from HP 😦
    The icons from the left side in the screen doesnt works x_x
    Im using windows 7 professional 32 bits and Im doing the install after putting in the compatibility mode (Windows XP SP2).
    Im using in the other Tablet (same model) Windows XP Tablet Edition and it works well.
    How can I do that???

    • April 7, 2011 at 9:11 am


      I believe that the Q Menu and NVIDIA video driver need to be installed first and then the install the Tablet PC Buttons (24241).
      SP27014 – NVIDIA Video Driver [XP Compatibility Mode]
      SP28787 – Q Menu for Tablet [XP Compatibility Mode]
      SP24241 – Tablet PC Button Driver [XP Compatibility Mode]
      Installed NVIDIA Fix 82.12 [XP Compatibility Mode]

      Hope that it works for you. It is a great TabletPC on W7!!!

      • Ivan Castino
        April 9, 2011 at 5:14 am

        Still with the same problem… 😦
        Neither the SP27014 works on compatibility mode.
        I’m from Brazil and I believe these drivers will not work with my portuguese software.
        Instead, i’ve put all the icons from Tablet Menu on screen.
        It takes some time to double click them, but it works well (laughs).
        I’ve aprecciate very much your blog.
        Very helpful hints!
        Thank’s for all the help!!!

      • April 10, 2011 at 1:10 pm

        Not sure if the language is the problem. I have installed W7 on multiple Tablets and have not run into a problem with the buttons not working. Wish I knew of something else to try. Sorry.

  5. June 30, 2011 at 3:52 am

    I have an HP TC1100, and I installed windows 7, but Q menu not work. Could some one help me how to install this software? Thanks alot in advance.

    • July 1, 2011 at 4:50 pm

      Make sure that you install the nvidia video driver first, then the q menu driver, then the tablet pc button driver.

  6. July 9, 2011 at 12:40 am

    I just wanted to say Thank You So Much for this post!!! Your instructions were exactly what I was looking for! Very detailed & So easy to follow!! Your the best! *wink*

    • July 9, 2011 at 10:32 am

      Glad you got use from the post. It is a great tablet on W7.

  7. Maggi
    March 28, 2012 at 1:30 pm

    Hi there,

    Silly question but can I get the standard Windows 7 Professional or do I have to buy a tablet edition to install on my tablet?


  8. Calvin
    April 21, 2012 at 5:31 pm

    hello cameron,l got everything to work except for the keyboard. l have installed the drivers which had to be installed from a floppy but the tabet doesnt seem to recognize it. Any thoughts?

    • April 23, 2012 at 5:53 pm

      Wow! I have not heard of any problems with the keyboard. Huh… Truly weird… Did the keyboard worked in XP? I don’t know of any drivers for the keyboard besides the BIOS update, but I don’t know if that would be what you are talking about with the floppy.

      I really don’t know what else to check. Does the stylus work? What about in the Device Manager, do you see any missing devices?

      Let me know.

  9. Kalin Chupp
    June 12, 2012 at 6:52 am

    I have a tc1100 with w7 but the pen doesn’t work. At all. I looked under “system” and there is a value “pen & touch”, but it still doesn’t work. Help please?

  10. Bayron
    February 16, 2013 at 6:07 pm

    MAN YOU ROCK!!! Nice work, great info I’m trying to run the installation now 😀

    • February 20, 2013 at 11:36 am

      Thanks. Just passing along all the info of those who paved it before me. 🙂

  11. Bayron
    February 20, 2013 at 9:41 am

    Hey Cameron I really need help rebuilding my Hp Compaq tc1100, I need to install any kind of windows on it, I’ve tried windows 7 with no sucess trying to find the drivers for it, I tried XP SP3 with no luck finding neither the Pen driver nor the Keyboard one. Would you please help me out I need to get this PC running as soon as posible in order to use it for college!!


    • Bayron
      February 20, 2013 at 9:47 am

      As a note I tried all the drivers on HP.com running them under the compability mode (XP SP2) but they didnt work either, the keyboard is still the big issue, I might want to install 7 on it again and try the drivers again but its takes a while to rebuild it, I really need your help, I’ve tried everything, I’m tired out and wouldn’t want my hopes to use this PC to be devasted due to a simple drivers problem.

    • February 20, 2013 at 11:41 am

      What version of W7? Has to be Home Premium, Pro, or Ultimate. W7 Basic does not have the stylus support. Also, I believe that it must be Windows XP Tablet edition and not XP Home or Pro. I don’t believe those have the stylus support, forgive me, its been a long time, trying to remember that.

      It should automatically have basic pen and keyboard support with the basic install of W7. Hmmm…
      What is missing in the Device Manger?
      Did the pen and keyboard work before you install W7?
      Are you getting any lights on the keyboard, cap locks?
      Try disconnecting the keyboard and reconnecting it, run a hardware scan in device manager to see if it comes back.

  12. May 10, 2013 at 11:43 am

    Hello. I’ve installed win7 on my TC1100, everything works fine except the trackpoint. I don’t know did it work before or not – the installation was faulty. the previous owner says that it was in working condition before. Must it work immediately after installing? Any idea? Thanks in advance.

    • May 21, 2013 at 5:59 am

      Sounds like a hardware problem. I don’t know of any hw driver for the keyboard. I do recall a BIOS update for the keyboard, but I never installed it.


  13. dqn
    December 14, 2013 at 11:17 am


    I can’t download fix for 82.12 nvidia driver. It looks that link from wiki article is not workin’ any more. Could any one kindly send me a copy?

  14. ali
    December 24, 2013 at 12:28 am

    i install the WiFi drivers you suggested but can’t install the driver.Could you please tell me sequence of installation. i first install the intel proset and then driver.I need your help

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  16. January 6, 2015 at 10:02 am


    I read your article and found it very helpful, but I now have a question. I have a HP TC1100 tablets plus all of the external accessories. The TC110 that I have has the 1.2 GHz Intel processor, 2 GB of ram and a 93 GB hard drive.

    I currently use the TC1100 as a backup computer.

    I am considering upgrading to Windows 7 and also replacing the hard drive to a larger size and hopefully a faster one.

    My question is, should I did this OR use the money needed to purchase Windows 7 & a new hard drive towards the purchase of a new lap top, use my current primary lap top as a backup and just retire the TC1100?



    • March 27, 2015 at 5:29 am


      You can get some quality second hand Windows 7 or Windows 8 tablet on the secondary markets on the cheap. If it were me, I would put that money toward a newer model. However, if money is tight it would be cheaper to upgrade the TC1100 with Windows 7 and a larger drive. Windows 7 on the tablet is a really a dream. I still own mine, but it gets used less and less.


  17. Jody Senior
    May 8, 2015 at 4:26 pm

    Great write up.
    One question, ever tried a SSD drive in a tc1100?

    • June 4, 2015 at 8:28 pm

      At the time the ssd’s were very expensive. also it had to be the special ide type. I often wondered about it though. great device and it was ahead of its time in my opinion.

  18. tj
    April 28, 2017 at 2:50 pm

    Hi, can you help me with the fix for the nvidia driver 82.12?
    Sorry for bothering you but the forum sites and links are gone and couldn’t find it with google.

    I need this for the problem when resuming from sleep and yes I have a 5400 rpm hdd not a 4200. What a weird thing is this anyway I thought it was for april fools day on your blog.

    The fix.zip is all I need or ever better would be the mod description for the .inf file, the other .dll file is from the hp nvidia driver I suppose.
    What I found on a site about the mod is “with Rotateflag instances changed to 0x40” but in the 82.12 .inf file there is only one Rotateflag so am I missing something?

  19. June 14, 2017 at 2:00 am

    Anyone got any pointers on that fix.zip? It seems very lost at this point.

    • June 14, 2017 at 6:32 am

      Are you needing the files? I never played around with changing any configuration files (.inf). It just worked for me on W7. I still have the TC1000, but it is gathering dust at this point.

      You can get them here:

      • June 14, 2017 at 6:51 am

        WOW! Thank you so much for the quick reply. I figured this place for dead. 🙂 I actually have had this 1100 for many many years and found it while clearing out the storage. I figured with a new SSD and 2GB Ram (only $18!) it might make use for a good media/skype machine. And boy was I right. Working surprisingly decent now with the SSD. I have a Bluetooth skipping problem now that I am trying to iron out, but figured I would do the full install as mentioned on the wiki link above (which has most links dead as you can imagine).

        I will try the files you have provided. Using the ones I have tried to download results in a “not supported” exception.

      • June 14, 2017 at 7:16 am

        Worked perfectly! Thanks again!

      • June 14, 2017 at 5:12 pm

        What is the model of the SSD you put in it? That would def help in making it bit faster. Man I love that thing. The inking was fantastic. The Surface 3 pretty much replaced the TC1100 for me.

        I might have to pull it out from the cobwebs and bring it back online… 🙂

      • June 14, 2017 at 10:53 pm

        Hah! The Surface Pro 3 is actually my other machine.:D While also cleaning out my storage I ran into a bunch of old comics and really connected with a childhood dream of being a comic book artist. That was before I became a .NET developer. So, after learning the SP3 is essentially a drawing tablet (duh! — but only 256 levels of pressure like the TC1100) I basically created a studio with 2 stations: one with my rig, one with my SP3, and now the TC1100 supplements my main rig. Well really BOTH since it’s Bluetoothed.

        My main rig is a Windows Server w/ Hyper-V and has problems w/ playing video/audio, hence the need for a secondary device. Well that and it’s nice to have that separation, in any case.

        OK enough blabbing. Here is the drive I got in case anyone ELSE manages to stumble onto this thread.

        I also got this memory, in case anyone is interested:

        Both worked no problem. I agree with other sentiments that I have seen that the drive isn’t a shockingly fast upgrade, but it certainly makes things “snappier” which is what I was after, really. Before the upgrade it was unbearable, but now it’s to the point where I can see myself using it.

        Seriously, let’s see how long we can keep the Legend going. 🙂 I was really enamored to see how well-loved this device is/was while doing the research. I have to say that I agree. It is exceptionally well-designed! I really shouldn’t admit this, but I actually tried to pawn it off at a garage sale (reason why I was going through storage), and now I am glad no one even looked at it. Really looking to see how much usage I can yield out of it now. ❤

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