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Installing Windows 8 DP on HP Tablet TC1100 part 2

October 1, 2011 14 comments

In previous post we installed Windows 8 Developers Preview on the HP Tablet TC1100.  Now we are going to continue where we left off and configure it.

Screen resolution

1. At the main start page / tiles click on Desktop.

2. Right click on the Desktop and select Screen Resolution.  Change the Resolution from 800×600 to 1024×768 and click Apply.  Then click keep changes.  Way better.

Device Manager (Let’s take a look at what we are missing)

1. From where we are click the Start button to take us back to the Tiles.

2. Click on the Control Panel Tile and scroll down the list to More Settings.

3. Click on Hardware and Sound.

4. Under Devices and Printers click on Device Manager.

W8DP Device Manager (TC1100) sm

Above is a view of what the Device Manager looks like and the missing items.

5. Recommend first hard wiring to your network and running Windows Update.  As of 10/17/2011 these were the following Windows Updates (specifically related to Windows).

TC1100 Windows Updates (2011-10-17) sm

If you can’t directly connect to Ethernet you will need to get your wireless driver (here).  I have had been experiencing a lot of problems getting the wireless working.  I tried the HP WLAN W500 and the Intel PRO 2100 3B.

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.

This is the list of drivers that I installed and in that order.

SP27014 – NVIDIA Video Driver [2004-01] w/NVIDIA 82.12 Fix (here)

SP28787 – Q Menu for Tablet [v2.10 Rev A] | [2004-10-10]

SP24241 – Tablet PC Button Driver [v1.00 Rev B] | [2003-11-07]

SP29116 – Texas Instruments 4in1 Card [v1.011.1 Rev A] | [2004-10-20]

SP24581 – Wacom Digitizer Driver [v1.6.1.3 Rev A] | [2003-09-24]

Install the drivers in Windows XP SP3 compatibility mode.  Right click on the file and select Properties, click on the Compatibility tab.  Put a check in the Compatibility Mode.  Click ok and then double click on the file to install.

File Properties (Compatibility)

I am still playing with and learning Windows 8.  If I come across anything new I will be sure to post.


Installing Windows 8 DP on HP Tablet TC1100 part 1

October 1, 2011 15 comments

In a previous post I wrote about how to get Windows 7 installed on the HP Tablet TC1100.  Now with the recent release of Windows 8 Developers Preview at Build I thought that I would give it a try on the HP Tablet TC1100.

Let’s get right into this.

I recommend a clean install and not an upgrade.  I had an extra disk lying around so I used that rather than my original W7 disk.  You can use existing image but format it during the install.  I don’t ever recommend upgrading OS.  I would rather have clean install.


1. Download the Windows Developers Preview 32-bit here (2.8 GB).

2. Download and create a bootable USB with the iso here. This makes the process so easy.  Click, click, walk away and boom, you have a bootable Windows 8 USB drive.  I used a 4 GB USB stick that you can get for $10 at Walmart.

Install process

1. BOOT HP TABLET TC1100 TO USB.  The following will allow you to boot from the USB stick. By default on the TC1100 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.

2. Go through the usual installation options. Prepping the disk (format etc.), unpacking the image, installing, configuring, computer name, username, preparing devices, etc.

Boom you have Windows 8 Developers Preview Installed on your HP Tablet TC1100.

In my next post I will discuss configuring and installing drivers.