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07-04-2012 06:55 AM
Installing Windows 8 on HP Touchsmart 520 is really a nightmare. The installation procedure of display driver and Voltron Touchscreen drivers usually produces error 9998. Weirdly, I succeeded in somehow working around this by using a different display driver (some beta-version from Intel), but this was buggy. Since reinstallation of Win 8 I cannot get the Touchscreen driver to install anymore. Given the fact that the Touchsmart series is selling on its Touchscreen capabilities and given the fact that HP relies on Microsoft OS it is not only mildly irritating that HP has so far not been able to supply device drivers that work well with Win 8 Release Preview. Which solution do you suggest ? Wait ? Go back to Win 7 ?
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07-04-2012 10:06 AM
You answered your own question if you still wanted to use your Touchsmart software. Revert back to Windows 7. http://www.touchsmartdevzone.com/ This link will be most likely the place you will find information on when HP decides to release Windows 8 drivers or new software. If they do release or convert to Windows 8. You are welcome. frrw
07-05-2012 01:06 AM
Btw: others feel the same way:
"Considering that the device is one of the first Windows multi-touchscreen devices, that came to market and how HP and Microsoft work together, plus that this is a hardware compatibility forum, this is not a bad place to discuss this here, is it not? It is a pretty high profile mess-up if one of the first prominent touchscreen devices would not work with Windows 8."
07-06-2012 12:44 AM
Look at this way least we do not have spend hours closing out opened programs or hours scrolling icons or programs. Plus we have an on and off button. Windows 8 does not have this featured. Windows 8 is a mess to begin with in my opinion. You can still search the web either by your desk top if you download bing desk top. You can hide it as well. If you do like how windows 8 surfs the web. Just download Sarfari from Apple.com and click on those little boxes. Whats nice about that you can close it and not spend hours closing opened icons. frrw In real outlity we already have it. If you download the right software to work with. frrw
07-10-2012 06:56 AM
@frrw: you're missing the point. I'll explain for you:
Me: want Touchscreen
HP: sell Touchsmart with Win7
Microsoft: cooperate with HP, deliver Win8 for better Touchscreen experience
Me: install Win8 because want better Touchscreen experience, but Win8 not working properly on Touchsmart
HP: zzzzzzz, losing customers
Microsoft: angry at sleeping Hardware producers (like HP), launch "Surface"
Me: sell Touchsmart for 50 bucks at ebay, buy Apple Ipad 3, swear never to buy HP or MS product again.
End of story.
08-21-2012 06:58 AM
The driver (Nextwindow Voltron Touchscreen) updates itself automatically after installation of Win 8 RTM when you run the Windows update routine. At least in my case it did and it works fine.
HP Touchsmart 520, Win 8 RTM x64 Pro (Volume key, activated through KMS-server; in case that sounds Chinese to you: ask Uncle Google; this German page has all the info you need: http://www.boerse.bz/hard-software/microsoft/windo
10-25-2012 09:17 AM
Installed Win8 final version on an even older HP Touchsmart IQ507 - this one has been from Vista to Win7 now to Win8.
Install went smoothly and the touchscreen, while not ideal because of the bezel, is working surprisingly well. I've found that, for the edge-swipe actions, I have more success by putting my finger on the bezel, then sliding it down to the screen, then inward.
Hope that's useful.