Installing Windows 7 RC 1 on HP tc4200 tablet

Installing Windows 7 RC 1 on HP tc4200 tablet

A month ago I performed a fresh install of Windows 7 RC1 (32-bit) on an HP tc4200 tablet PC (Pentium M 1.86 GHz, 1.5 GB RAM, 120 GB HDD with two existing partitions including XP operating system partition).

Some things that caught my attention during the install and setup process:

  • The upgrade advisor indicated I would have been OK doing an upgrade from XP to Windows 7, but that wasn’t the point of the exercise. Still, it gave good and clear instructions about how to prepare for and what to expect after the upgrade.
  • I was able to extend an existing partition and format the resulting larger partition all through a GUI in about 5 seconds, with appropriate warnings along the way. Nice!
  • From boot-to-CD to Windows 7 desktop took less than 40 minutes.
  • Tablet’s stylus and touch screen were recognized immediately, as was WLAN adapter. Sweet. Handwriting recognition in Windows 7 is excellent.
  • Pop-up alert told me I needed antivirus software and took me directly to an Internet page showing multiple brands offering Windows-7-compatible software. I’m starting with the 60-day trial from Trend Micro.
  • Remote desktop connection to a Vista Professional desktop: no problem whatsoever (although I did have to sign in as domain\user instead of just user).
  • I live-docked the tablet and it froze. Not so nice. Had to hold the power button to get it to turn off. (This didn’t happen the next time I live-docked, and hasn’t happened since.)
  • Roboform works fine on Windows 7. With a browser and Roboform, really, what else do you need? (One weird problem: sometimes when I Alt-Tab between IE8 windows, I get a User Access Control prompt and Roboform brings me to the identity settings screen. I can cancel and get out of it, though.)

Bottom line: When computers from Dell are available with Windows 7 preinstalled, that’s what my clients are going to start buying. Whether they’ll bother to upgrade any XP machines to Win7, I’m not sure.

Posted in Software, Windows 7 on Jul 23rd, 2009, 2:42 pm by David Schrag   

22 Responses

  1. September 8th, 2009 | 3:16 pm

    Hi, my name is Sean but call me Corey…. i have an old refurbished tablet tc4200 business tablet pc with an OEM date backing to the year of 2004. my curiosity about installing windows 7 on my tablet still concerns me. i have a windows xp professional OS tablet pc edition installed. with a 2gb ram, 120 HDD, 1.86 Ghz intel processor. and id like to run this… were there any other problems you came accross while using this new OS system. Were all appropriate drivers located and registered to allow full proformance as if you were using xp pro? and how is the use of windows 7 with your pc. what is your take on it so far, as apposed to using a vista version?

  2. September 8th, 2009 | 5:51 pm

    Hi, Sean. I’ve had no significant problems so far (and any problems I’ve had, such as a flaky cursor, I attribute to the age of my computer rather than to Windows 7). Go for it!

  3. larry
    October 26th, 2009 | 11:52 am

    I also installed win 7 on my TC4200 (with 2gb ram). Unfortunately the Wifi was not detected automatically. That was quite annoying. However, the automatic update service of win 7 easily solved this problem after being plugged in to the LAN.
    Meanwhile I managed to freeze (complete freeze!) win 7 twice: If I fix a browser window to one half of the screen while a video is running in the browser (e.g. youtube).

    Apart from that win 7 runs without any problem. I recommend to give 7 a try.

  4. Chimo
    January 7th, 2010 | 12:23 pm

    Hi – I recently updated my tc4200 to 2 GB RAM and the OS to Win7. For the most part, all went well including updates, etc. The Win 7 Upgrade Advisor indicated that the update should work.

    However, I cannot get the pen stylus to work – it’s as though it doesn’t exist and the rotation feature, including the button / slider isn’t recognized. It is essentially a Laptop PC!!

    I read from the HP website that a Wacom driver is required, however Wacom seems to only have the Vista driver and I couldn’t locate a Win7…will it work?

    Any advise is appreciated – I am looking forward to using the Tablet PC!

    Thank you.

  5. Andrew
    January 13th, 2010 | 3:06 am

    Hi All.

    OK, installed Windows 7; beautiful … given the TC4200 life again!

    I have no unknown hardware in device manager. The Q Menu is working, screen is rotating, pen is working, and pen activated buttons are working. In fact, it shuts down in about 10 seconds and starts in 30 … and everything runs fast. (just the OS fully updated)

    First run WIndows Update and let it update everything it can. This will leave 3 errors in Device Manager. Here is how to solve them. This is the thread I used as a resource … full credit to the smart guys there!

    The drivers you need to install are:

    1. The WACOM driver (it works) … from … Wacom Penabled Driver Driver 5.08-2a (RC) for Penabled Tablet PCs

    2. The TC4200 Texas Instruments Media Card drivers for Windows Vista Business from support / download drivers …

    3. Follow AdamJGreenberg’s post on how to get rid of the unknown device … it’s an Intel(R) 82801FBM LPC Interface Controller – 2641 …

    To get the QMenu and other stuff working, install the » HP Quick Launch Buttons (12-2009 for the HP TouchSmart tx2z-1300 CTO Notebook PC.

    Hope this saves someone else some time.


  6. January 13th, 2010 | 3:40 pm

    I’m surprised you had stylus problems. Mine worked fine from the get-go. I would not expect the buttons on the side of the case to work. Only HP could make that happen and I can’t imagine they’re spending much time creating Windows 7 drivers for this old piece of hardware. You can still rotate the screen using Windows 7 display commands — it just won’t happen automatically as you swivel. Do try the Vista driver from Wacom. Good luck!

  7. mark
    January 26th, 2010 | 12:34 pm

    hi, put win 7 on my tc4200 , how do i config the wifi? other than that its a well stable os ,

  8. January 26th, 2010 | 12:42 pm

    What’s wrong? Is it not recognizing the WLAN adapter at all? Did you load drivers for it?

  9. mark
    January 27th, 2010 | 3:09 pm

    hi , i have now put win xp tablet edition back on hp tc4200, but it says the wifi is off?, ive pushed the button on the side , and nothing? thanks for posting reply to my 1st message hope someone can help me , cheers mark

  10. mark
    January 27th, 2010 | 6:23 pm

    hi again , does anyone know if there is any where i can buy the recovery discs for the tc4200, i got the product key so it should all be legal , , thanks all

  11. Dan
    June 10th, 2010 | 10:30 am

    I just upgraded my HP TC4200 with 2GB of ram to Win 7 Pro. It went so well, I was amazed. The worst part was the video driver; I had to make two attempts at getting the Win XP Intel 915GM video driver (at the Intel support site) to be accepted by the new OS. I had looked all over the net but could not find a better one. All considered, I say go for it. Just make sure you have a direct connection to your broadband connection as it did not recognize the wireless till I did the updates. I had attempted to install the Win XP Media Center first, big mistake, don’t recommend it.

  12. Alex
    July 7th, 2010 | 1:16 pm

    Hi there!

    I just installed Win7 on my tc4200 and I’m very impressed with the results!

    Nevertheless nothing is perfect right? Well, I can’t access the “Q” Menu from the bezel nor change the direction of the screen do you have this problem?

    I can write with the stylus no problem and have the Q Menu but I have to do it with the mouse instead of the stylus.

    Do you have this problem? How can I solve it?

  13. July 7th, 2010 | 1:54 pm

    I do have problems with the screen direction, and sometimes the stylus simply stops working until I reboot. But I’ve decided it’s finally time for me to move on. I’m replacing my tc4200 with a new Latitude E6410. I used the tablet features so rarely that I decided I didn’t need them at all in a new machine.

  14. Alex
    July 7th, 2010 | 2:38 pm

    David, I do caricatures so the Tablet is essential. But the stylus is working perfect! I just was curious as to how to fix this “Q” menu direct from the bezel… the “Q” menu is working but I have to pull it up from the bar at the bottom. But the bezel buttons are non-working. Any ideas?

  15. NikolaTesla
    November 15th, 2010 | 4:51 pm

    Hi i was wondering how does Aero feature work on windows 7 for the TC4200

  16. Mike
    November 21st, 2010 | 5:02 pm

    Just installed Win7 on my TC4200 after putting an MX-Xtreme Nano 128 GB to replace the HDD.

    Worked perfectly, and after tracking down drivers (thanks to some help, above) it works great. Apps pup up seemingly instantly, and Win7 was a simple, trouble-free install on the SSD.

    Made what was a frustratingly slow tablet under XP into what feels like a very modern tablet. Opens instantly from sleep, and everything works.

    Well worth it.

  17. JAY
    August 18th, 2011 | 6:19 pm


  18. Zandro
    February 6th, 2012 | 3:46 pm

    Before attempting a fresh install or even upgrade to Windows 7, I highly recommend upgrading the to a newer BIOS version first to minimize or even eliminate driver problems.

  19. Brandon
    April 25th, 2012 | 4:44 am

    I have the older Intel Pro wireless 2200bg network adapter in mine and i cannot connect to my d-link N150. All other devices are still connected. I have read that this wireless adapter won’t work with windows 7. What can I do to make it work?

  20. lucas
    January 21st, 2013 | 6:51 pm

    Hi i have made my windows 7 ghost the website you can download it is
    but is in polsih so you have to download mui pack for yours you have to use norton ghost
    to install it on your computer. Everything is working wifi graphic card q menu and the buttons on side of a screen

  21. Roy Thompson
    September 5th, 2016 | 9:43 pm

    How did you get the install disk to boot? I tried using an external USB DVD/CD burner and I got a message that there was no system disk when I tried to boot off the install DVD. I then tried using Ultimate Boot Disk CD in the drive and got the same message. I checked CMOS and it is set to boot first on “USB CD-ROM” so it should work. I’m also getting a “Time/Date not set” message, but have not found a way to set them in CMOS.

  22. December 4th, 2016 | 2:13 am

    No problem in installing windows 7 to tc4200. Regarding the graphic and wifi driver, just did a little googling up. Everything is fine and once more tc4200 was usable again. Just having a hard time looking for the stylus.

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