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Installing Windows 8 DP on HP Slate 500 part 2

In my previous post we installed Windows 8 Developers Preview on the HP Slate 500.  Now we are going to continue where we left off and install drivers.

The first thing that we are going to do is configure the wireless and connect to your home network.  Run Windows Updates and get the latest Windows 8 DP updates.  As of 11/15/2011 these are the the specific Windows 8 DP Updates (7).

Windows Updates (2011-11-15) sm

Now let’s look at is the Device Manager to see what drivers we are missing.

1. Click on Control Panel Tile and scroll down the list and select More Settings.
2. Click on the the Hardware and Sound link.
3. Under Devices and Printers click on Device Manager.
4. Click on

This is a list of the drivers that Windows is unable to find.

Device Mgr after W8DP Install (sm)

4. Create a folder on the root of your C Drive named SWSETUP.  Go out to HP’s site (here) and download the following drivers to C:\SWSETUP.  This is also the order that I install the drivers.

SP50501 – Broadcom Crystal HD Video Decoder Driver (2010-10-22) [DM]
SP50503 – Intel Chipset Installation Utility and Driver (2010-10-22)
SP50504 – Intel High-Definition (HD) Graphics Driver (2010-10-22)
SP53663 – Broadcom Wireless LAN Driver for Microsoft Windows 7 (2011-06-27)
SP51650 – HP Quick Launch Software (2011-01-24) [SEE INSTALLATION NOTE BELOW]
SP50505 – N-trig Touchscreen Driver (2010-10-22) [DM] [SEE INSTALLATION NOTE BELOW]

[DM] = These are the specific drivers that will resolve the missing drivers above.

When I say to install in W7 Compatibility mode = To install these drivers you will need to right click on the file, select Properties, click on the Compatibility tab. Put a check in the Compatibility Mode (Select Windows 7), Click ok and then double click on the file to install.

NOTE there are two drivers above (51650 and 50505) that will need special installation steps to get installed and configured, so follow the instructions below for installing those drivers.

SP51650 – HP Quick Launch Software (To get the Auto rotate to work)
Before installing, from the Windows 8 Tile Main Menu click on Control Panel and select Uninstall a Program and then select “Turn Windows features on or off”.  Put a check in “Microsoft .NET Framework 3.5.1” and click OK.  This will also connect to Windows Update to install software.  Then execute SP51650 (in W7 Compatibility mode).  Once completed browse out to “C:\Program Files\Hewlett Packard\HP Quick Launch”, and execute HPWMISVC.EXE (in W7 Compatibility mode).

SP50505 – N-trig Touchscreen Driver (To get the multi-touch to work)
Execute SP50505 (in W7 Compatibility mode).  Once the installer opens you will need to browse out to your profile %temp% directory (this will be located in your profile directory typically “C:\USERS\<NAME>\APPData\Local\Temp”.

Note: This directory by default is hidden so you will need to enable hidden folders to see this.  Open Windows Explorer and then go up into the menu bar at the top of the screen and select “File”, select “Change folder and search options”, click on the View tab, under Advanced settings check “Show hidden files, folders, and drives” under Hidden files and folders.  While in there I also uncheck Hide extensions for known file types so I can see the file extensions.  Click “Apply to Folder” button above and then click Apply and then Ok to accept the changes.

In the %temp% directory you will be looking for a folder where the date modified column will be around the exact time you executed the file.  The folder will have a GUID name (long name with numbers and letters with dashes in the name like this.

GUID Name Example (SP50505)

The name will be different of course.  Open up the folder and you are looking for a folder in there named Disk1, if its in there that is the folder you want.  Copy contents of the GUID into “C:\SWSETUP”.  Rename the GUID folder to “ntrig”

Now open Device Manager

1. On the Main Windows 8 Tile menu click on Control Panel Tile and scroll down the list and select More Settings.
2. Click on the the Hardware and Sound link.
3. Under Devices and Printers click on Device Manager.
4. Right Click on the DuoSense and select Update Driver Software.
5. Select Browse my computer for driver software.
6. Browse to C:\SWSETUP\ntrig and put a check “Include subfolders” and click next to install the driver.
7. Now physically open C:\SWSETUP\ntrig\Disk1\x32 and execute DPInst.exe (put in Vista SP2 Compatibility mode, yes Vista).

The above two steps to install SP50505 and SP51650 were taken from the Tablet PC Forum by other forum users (here).  This is a great resource for other tips and tricks and problems.  Highly recommend this site.

This gets you at the point of a working Windows 8 DP operating system on the HP Slate 500.  I highly recommend that you create a Windows Backup Image at this point.

In part 3 I will go through some additional tweaks to Windows 8 DP on HP Slate 500.

  1. Tony
    March 2, 2012 at 6:24 pm

    nice job. i`ve been looking for this kind of guide.

    • March 2, 2012 at 8:48 pm

      Thanks Tony. I should have another blog out for the HP Slate 500 this weekend.

      • Tony
        March 3, 2012 at 9:20 am


        I am looking forward to your blog. I just went out to Best Buy and purchase a 4GB USB drive and in the process of installing W8 CP on my HP Slate 500. I was putting it away for months now because Windows 7 is just not design for Touch. I finally get some use out of it thanks to your blog.

      • March 3, 2012 at 9:49 am

        I fully enjoyed W8 Developers Preview on the HP Slate and have been using it on the HP Slate since November and think that it is very solid. There were a handful of quirks, but overall for a first release beta it was fantastic. However, I am not enjoying trying to get HP Slate working with the Consumer Preview. At the moment I am struggling trying to get the N-trig drivers to install. This is causing a lot of ghost taps on the screen which makes it really unusable at the moment. I hope to have something written out tomorrow and posted before Monday. I hope it is good news.

  2. Leandor
    March 27, 2012 at 8:23 pm

    Hi Cameron, thanks for the article, I’m also at the same point as you are, got it all installed but the ntrig that is causing some ghost taps, I noticed that after the slate warms up, the randon taps go away a little bit, but it’s still weird to use the interface, not very smooth. do you have any success installing it ? let us know please

    • March 28, 2012 at 4:29 am

      I haven’t had any success. I reverted back to W8DP for the time being. I believe that N-trig is close to releasing some W8 Drivers, I have gotten several email from my inquires and they say several weeks. I will give CP another shot on the Slate when that happens. On Monday (3/26) Samsung released W8 drivers for their Series 7 Slate for the Accelerometer/rotation, so I think that most manufacturers know that they need to get it to the market. I wish N-trig was a little faster. I will post on it when it happens.

  3. Mark M
    April 13, 2012 at 1:57 pm

    note that N-trig has updated their drivers here for windows 8. just installed and worked like a charm (follow the insturctions in the readme)


    • April 13, 2012 at 2:12 pm

      Mark, yes I agree. They are better but still need work. I don’t have any configuration options that allow me to set the pen to auto. They default to auto and this causes false touches when I write. But I do agree better. I hope that N-trig keeps updating them and releasing periodic updates.

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