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02-17-2010 04:47 PM
I bought last month a TX2-1015au, I have been happy with it general perfomance, use it as a laptop at home to watch dvd's and play furcadia and some basic word processing in Office 2007 pro. At work I use it in a tablet form to read emails and surf the web.
Now I applied for the HP windows 7 uprade its been approved and my disc should be here soon.
It has Vista Home Premium 32 Bit, I stuck a spare ram module I had lying around at home so it has 3 gig ram now insted of 2 and will buy a new 2 gig module soon as I have some free cashso it has 4 gig ram.
I did as a experiment in stall a clean install of Windows 7 64 bit I had at home from the desktop pc, I didnt enter a serial number as I went as I was just testing. (i did make my recovery disks first)
Firstly it was booting fast, but after I installed the AHCI driver, the boot times slowed. I downloaded and installed the Smart media apps and they failed to launch except for the dvd player.
so heres some questions:
1) The serial number that comes with your HP upgrade kit, can that be used to activate a 64bit windows 7?
2) if you clean install can you use the windows 7 driver disk Hp supply afterwoulds?
3) If you install over vista following Hp's instructions how much disk space is lost?
4) if you clean install, is there undocumented steps to take to install the smart media and get it to install and launch.
5) Is there a away to back up the recovery partition?
6) if the os is not broke should I fix it? (should I upgrade or not)
7) Do you loose any features or funcionability after upgrading?
well thanks in advannce for your help,
02-23-2010 08:43 AM
1. Yes, you can use the same license key you get from the upgrade kit from HP to activate win7 64-bit as long as it is for the same version (for example, win7 home premium 32bit to win7 home premium 64bit. I had my tx2 pre-installed with vista 32bit, upgraded to win7 32bit thru hp's kit, then perfomed a clean install to win7 64-bit.
2. I'm not sure, what i did instead was download the drivers from the HP website.
3. Not sure as well, didn't really bother to look.
4. Yes. Currently the mediasmart installer on hp's website is glitchy. You only have to do a special step on one, that is for mediasmart smartmenu. (make sure you haven't installed any mediasmart program yet before you perform these steps, otherwise uninstall them all first then reboot)
- download and install winrar: http://www.rarlab.com/download.htm
- download (but dont open yet!) the hp mediasmart smartmenu from hp's website
- right-click that file download from hp, then select "open with winrar"
- go to mssmartmenu folder, then to hp > tmp > src > then double-click smartmenusetup64.msi, it will launch the installer
- after the installation, you may now go ahead and download and install the rest of the mediasmart software posted on hp's website and it should install properly. Make sure that you have also installed HP Quick Launch buttons to make use of that "M" button on the screen bezel.
5. The recovery discs are already backed-up partiion.
6. There are lots of articles online about the difference of 32bit and 64bit OSes, but most people go 64bit to be futureproof, and to enable their laptops to recognize 4gb+ RAM,
7. Unless you have some old devices whose drivers are only for 32bit systems, no. 32bit softwares can run on 64bit OSes.