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Windows 7 RTM on an HP 2710P

My workhorse machine is an HP 2710P tablet. It goes pretty much everywhere I go, and so it was the first machine (aside from my test PC) that I set up as a clean Windows 7 install, using the RTM build from MSDN.



First, the good news: Virtually everything works straight out of the box. There are Windows 7 graphics drivers ready and waiting for most of the machine's hardware, and even drivers for the fingerprint reader and the SD card slot.

Second, the not so good news: Some of HP's built-in tweaks and speciality hardware aren't supported yet, and there's some question over whether they will ever get Windows 7 drivers. That's always a risk when hardware pre-dates an OS. It's certainly a little annoying when the screen won't autorotate, and the slider volume control on the keyboard won't work - but there are workarounds using OS features such as Windows 7's Mobility Center (call it up with Windows-X) which gives you rotation and volume controls.

Third, the better news: You can get all those functions back using the latest versions of the Vista drivers from the HP web site.

So far I've been able to get back rotation and special keys (including the volume slider and mute button), the accelerometer-based hard drive shock protection and control of the WiFi and Bluetooth cards.

You'll need the following SoftPaqs:

SP43616 - HP Quick Launch screen rotation and special keys
SP38424 - hard drive shock protection
SP39734 - WiFi and Bluetooth manager

These will give you most of what you need. Some set up guides suggest using earlier versions of the Quick Launch driver, but this one works well for me.

You'll also find a couple of devices without drivers in Device Manager. These are part of the Intel AMT device management suite, and aren't really necessary for most users. If you do want to get them running you can find the drivers for these in these two SoftPaqs: SP38312 and SP38313.

The installers for these drivers won't run under Windows 7. However the files will unpack into folders under C:\swsetup. In Device Manager right-click on one of the two unsupported devices, and choose "Update Drivers". Choose to install from a local folder (and make sure the "use subfolders" option is selected). Pick C:\swsetup and let Windows install the device driver. Do the same for the other AMT device driver.

And that's everything you need for a fully configured Windows 7 machine.

Enjoy.

I found this forum thread very useful when setting up my machine

Comments

( 8 comments )
alexmc
Aug. 19th, 2009 11:50 am (UTC)
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Hadnt heard of this one
(Anonymous)
Aug. 27th, 2009 06:42 pm (UTC)
how about the finger print reader?
Does it work. Might get installed ok but when going to set the fingerprints it doesn't read anything no matter how many times and ways a I swipe my finger. Used to work with vista.Thanks.
(Anonymous)
Sep. 27th, 2009 03:14 pm (UTC)
Re: how about the finger print reader?
I have the same problem, any news about the fingerprint function?
(Anonymous)
Sep. 4th, 2009 03:01 pm (UTC)
2710p
Thanks for the info basically exactly what i did.

I have one issue maybe you can help when using the machine in tablet mode so screen down using the pen i have found that the clibration is not very good.

Have you seen this?
(Anonymous)
Sep. 13th, 2009 11:06 pm (UTC)
thanks
Thanks for these pieces of information - they have really helped me when installing Windows 7 x64 on my HP 8510p.

Regards, Matija
(Anonymous)
Oct. 24th, 2009 08:10 pm (UTC)
any news on this fingerprint? i have not been bale to get it to work, well i got the driver, but the security suite does not work.
i also have a PCI unknown in device maanger.
(Anonymous)
Nov. 26th, 2009 04:25 pm (UTC)
Windows 7 on 2710p : resolved touch screen rotate problem
Installed latest build of HP Quick Launch Button drivers (22 Oct 09) and Tablet screen auto rotate works without any problems.
(Anonymous)
Jan. 29th, 2010 06:49 pm (UTC)
HP 2710p Windows 7 64 Bit
I've recently upgraded to Windows 7 64 Bit and found that almost everything works fine execept for the Tablet features, simply doesn't work. Have spoken directly to HP support and apparently they cannot solve the issue either. If I want to use the Tablet features I have to revert back to Vista.
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