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How-to-Guide: Clean Install of Vista on the HP tx2000

Discussion in 'HP TouchSmart TX2 (N-trig)' started by ScotchtapeLoser, May 13, 2008.

  1. ScotchtapeLoser

    ScotchtapeLoser Scribbler - Standard Member

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    For the last few months, the HP tx2000z tablet has been one of the &quot;Top 10 Tablets&quot; researched on this site. While out of the box the tablet is very nice, it still suffers from the same bloatware that most PC manufactures like to give out to consumers. Although, for some people, this isn&rsquo;t really a problem.

    Some users are satisfied with spending a few hours hunting through the standard HP Vista build and uninstalling any program they do not want. For others though, they would rather spend a few hours and just wipe the drive and start fresh. They might have even figured that they could save a few dollars by not getting the upgraded Vista OS from HP because they already have a spare copy.

    While Vista is much better than XP at having standard drivers either pre-loaded on the DVD or through the windows update, there are a few specialized systems that users will have to take a more hands on approach to do a clean install. The tx2000z falls into the latter category. The specialized buttons, active/passive touch screen, Fingerprint reader can cause headaches to the most experienced user due to HP&rsquo;s lack of documentation and proprietary programs.

    This step-by-step guide should help if you decide to perform a clean install on your tx2000z. The instructions are first, followed by the reasoning behind each step. The folder paths are written calling the 32-bit version of Vista, but if you&rsquo;re using a 64bit or want to upgrade to a 64bit system, the &ldquo;Program Files&rdquo; might actually reflect a path to the &ldquo;Program Files (x86)&rdquo; directory.

    There isn&rsquo;t an easy way to perform a clean install based on the HP restore disks. If you already had a Vista DVD or were planning to upgrade to a better version of Vista, great, you already have a clean disk. If not, try to borrow one from a friend. You will be using your own code, so you&rsquo;re not breaking any laws.

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    Before taking these steps, you should make sure to create your restore discs.

    I can't stress this enough. One of the greatest things about Vista is the ability to restore a machine with all of the programs pre-installed without using third party software, so make sure to create the backup discs. Think of this as insurance&hellip; just in case.

    To perform a clean install of Vista and have all of the buttons, touchscreen and pen working you can do the following.

    1. Save the following items.

    Save them to a networked share, USB stick, DVDs, anywhere there is room. This will make setting up the computer easier later on.

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    c:swsetup folder
    c:program filesHewlett-packardHP Quicklaunch buttonsMCSVActn.dll
    (optional&hellip; to save the HP wallpaper save the c:windowsweb folder)

    When you first turned on your machine, you probably noticed Vista spent some time running through an OOBE (out of box experience) and then HP kicked off a program that setup your machine again. What&rsquo;s this all about? The default image that HP uses takes a two step approach to building machines. Step one is to have standard Vista pre-installed on the hard drive. Step two is to run an unattended setup that starts installing programs and drivers from the C:swsetup folder. Since c:swsetup has all of the drivers and programs already, it&rsquo;s helpful to save that instead of hunting online for drivers.

    One of the biggest complaints of updating the Quick Launch Button software is that the Auto-rotate (when converting to slate mode)no longer switches the screen to primary portrait mode. It ignores Vista&rsquo;s rotate settings and is hard coded to rotate the screen to secondary landscape. The MCSVActn.dll file is responsible for this.&nbsp;

    2. Format and install Vista.

    After completing the following step, you are ready to wipe your drive and place a clean install of Vista on your machine. Start by placing the Vista DVD into your drive and reboot your machine to the DVD. After going through the first install steps, you should see your hard drive with two different partitions. The main partition is where the pre-installed HP bloated Vista is located; the smaller partition is where your local backup is stored. &nbsp;

    You should decide if you want to re-install on the main partition or just delete both partitions and use the whole hard drive as a main partition. If you delete the smaller partition, you will not be able to press F11 on startup to restore your computer from the hard drive. (If you created your backup discs, you will be ok. You can always boot to the DVDs to restore. As an added bonus, if you restore from the HP restore DVDs, you will recreate the backup partition.) Delete, format, install.

    3. Once Vista has completed the install off of the DVD.

    It should have automatically installed basic drivers for the touchscreen and pen. You can't calibrate the touchscreen, but you can calibrate the pen.

    Remember in step 1 where I told you to save the c:swsetup folder? You will need to get access to that now. Plug in your drive, DVD, or whatever you saved it on and access it.

    Step 4 and 5 should be taken in this order exactly. I&rsquo;ve found that if you install the touch/pen driver before the video driver, it acts up and doesn&rsquo;t install correctly sometimes.

    4. Install the Video drivers from the c:swsetupdriversvideosetup.exe; reboot
    5. Install the Touch/Pen driver from c:swsetupDriversDigitizersetup.exe; reboot
    6. Go through and install the rest of the drivers in c:swsetupdrivers

    In this step, I recommend starting with the chipset driver; reboot when needed.

    7. Install the Fingerprint Driver first before installing the Digital Persona program.

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    C:swsetupdriversMisc5setup.exe
    Install the Digital Persona program c:swsetupDPFPRsetup.exe

    8. Install Quickplay from c:swsetupQPWsetup.exe
    If you don&rsquo;t install the Quickplay software, the DVD button and the Quickplay button will not work. The buttons are hard coded to open quickplay.

    9. Download and Install the Quick Launch button driver from HP.com

    This is actually the only program missing from the swsetup folder. I believe it was preinstalled on the phase 1 Vista install instead of installed later in phase 2.

    10. Copy the MCSVActn.dll you saved earlier and paste it

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    C:program filesHewlett-packardHP Quicklaunch buttons Overwrite when prompted.

    This will enable a functional auto-rotate to primary landscape instead of secondary portrait.

    11. Install Wireless Lan Assistant from c:SwSetupWLASSTDisk1setup.exe
    While technically you do not need this, if you want to be able to use the Windows Motility center to disable the Wi-Fi and Bluetooth separately, you will need to install this program. Otherwise, the Wi-Fi button will disable both the Wi-Fi and Bluetooth together.

    Everything should be installed and working now.

    FYI...
    HP has their drivers located here. Most of the Vista x86 and x64 drivers and software are the same, a few are slightly different.

    The buttons on the screen are controlled by the quicklaunch button software. The version 6.40b from the HP website does not auto-rotate correctly. (that&rsquo;s why you copied the older dll back)
    The Mute button is controlled by the RealTek driver. You will need to install that if you want your button to turn red when muted.

    The DVD and Q button on the screen are hard coded to open quickplay. If you don't install it, the buttons do not work.

    The fingerprint reader driver is a separate install from Digital Persona. Make sure to install the driver before the software. (Unique to tx2000; tx1000 installed together.)
    The x64 version of Vista will require a different version of the Fingerprint software. You can download that at HP.com
    If your install of Vista has the pen working with the calibration as an option; and the touch not working, you will need to delete all of the human interface devices, do not reboot; install the HP drivers. On reboot, your touch and pen should now work.

    Adobe CS3 miss-calibration error

    This is caused by the Wacom drivers using the mouse information instead of using the pen readings. They did this to disable the pen flicks and the button in applications like Photoshop. To fix the problem you will need to add the following registry entry and reboot your machine.

    Go to

    <ul>
    Regedit.exe
    Locate HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINESYSTEMCurrentControlSetServicesTabletServicePenPARAMETERS
    Add a DWORD (32bit works) named WTKernelBypass

    Hopefully this step-by-step guide will get you on your way to a clean install of Vista. I know some of that bloatware can be very annoying. In our HP forum there is a sticky posted about this with lots of discussion and more answers to any questions, so feel free to ask.

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  2. Archangel

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    I was wondering if you need to backup the calibration data thats located in the registry? I forget for which machine it was mentioned with, but apparently without the factory-default calibration data, the stylus was out of alignment no matter how much you re-calibrated. I'm not sure if it's applicable for this tablet PC though.
  3. ScotchtapeLoser

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    The oem registry changes are not needed for the TX2000, but if you really want them, there is a reg file in C:\swsetup\Drivers\Digitizer\OEMEXTRA.reg

    Again, this is not needed for the TX2000
  4. Archangel

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    Thanks for clearing this up!
  5. cypha

    cypha Pen Pal - Newbie

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    is this COMPLETELY applicable to the HP tx1000 series? (besides the fingerprint reader being installed at the same time as the profile)

    Also, you stated "The folder paths are written calling the 32-bit version of Vista, but if you’re using a 64bit or want to upgrade to a 64bit system, the “Program Files” might actually reflect a path to the “Program Files (x86)” directory."
    --Which folder paths are you referring to here? I'm currently running 32bit, but I'd like to upgrade to 64bit, are you saying that the drivers, etc, should be copied to a different directory?

    Sorry, I just wasn't clear on that sentence. THANKS IN ADVANCE!

    -cypha
  6. rlopez

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    links removed for posting of warez.
  7. DRTigerlilly

    DRTigerlilly Tablet Lead Mod (Retired) Super Moderator

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    it means you have to buy one.
  8. rlopez

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    Yeah thats what I thought, just didnt want to admit it.

    Thanks
  9. juanitochavez

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    hi well i hope this thread is still alive coz i accidentally reformatted my tx2550ee this morning and i wasnt able to backup the MCSVActn.dll which you require for a clean installation of vista. Please if anyone has the old copy of it kindly send it to me at juanitochavez@gmail.com

    Thank you very much guys:(
  10. kapblp

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    Is there a link to download the HP Quickplay software?
  11. smilingwoody

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    for vista 64 bit I have just installed a multi boot with the original os(for warranty purposes) and 64 bt you can download the drivers from HP but for the video there is the setup in the swsetup folder under drivers for 64bit but it still has the co processor showing as not installed in the hardware list, am trying to rectify this now, but all is well with 64 bit
  12. kapblp

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    Just wanted to update all of you. This step is no longer necessary since the latest driver on the TX2110US which is labeled 11-2008 fixed this. The driver from HP after being installed and restarted will rotate the screen fine.
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  13. alan sh

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    Quickplay drivers?

    Alan
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    sorry to revive this thread again, but can anyone PLEASE confirm faster boot-times after the Vista reinstall and full drivers installed? Thanks.

    I clock in around 5 minutes right now.
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    My 2Ghz tx1320us with 2GB RAM boots vista in less than 2 minutes, when it was new I think it was around 1.5 min.

    You didn't mention your laptop model but if you have better specs than mine you should boot up just as fast with a fresh installation.

    5 minutes is extreme.
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    i can't seem to find the post of where a clean install of vista on a tx2500 is different on a tx2000
    what exactly is different? because im pretty sure all these step by step instructions may differ a bit from doing a clean install of vista on the tx2500
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    DRTigerlilly Tablet Lead Mod (Retired) Super Moderator

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    the only thing different is the graphics drivers. All the steps for installation are the same.
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    and i would get the graphics drivers from hp's site?
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    yes or back up all your drivers in the SWSETUP folder prior to doing your installations.
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    Thankyou so much for all of this, it really helped me after I installed vista.

    I'm having one problem though, it's mentioned that if the pen is working but not the touch then you should uninstall the human interface devices then reinstall the drivers and restart. This works great - on the login screen both touch and the pen are active, right after I login both are still active but about 5 minutes later the pen remains active but the touch gets deactivated, if I restart then the touch will no longer be active at the login screen - the only way to get it back for a few minutes is to uninstall the human interface drivers again and reinstall the drivers. Is there anyway to ensure that touch remains active? It was working fine on this pc with vista for several weeks and then suddenly gave way.

    Once again thankyou.
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