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Windows XP Tablet PC Edition frequently asked questions
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This article includes answers to frequently asked questions about Windows XP Tablet PC Edition.
Note Unless specifically noted, all references to Windows XP Tablet PC Edition also apply to Windows XP Tablet PC Edition 2005.
A1: If the version of Windows XP Tablet PC Edition that you are currently running was included with your hardware device or system, the manufacturer provides technical support and help for this software. Your computer manufacturer may have customized the installation with unique components, such as specific device drivers and optional settings. These components are intended to maximize the performance of the hardware. If you want technical help with Windows XP Tablet PC Edition, contact your computer manufacturer.
If you upgraded to Windows XP Tablet PC Edition 2005 by installing Windows XP Service Pack 2 (SP2), visit the following Microsoft Web site for support information:
Q2: Where can I find more information about Windows XP Tablet PC Edition?
A2: For the most up-to-date information about Windows XP Tablet PC Edition, visit the following Microsoft Web site:
http://www.microsoft.com/windowsxp/tabletpc/default.mspxFor developer information, visit the following Microsoft Web site:
http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/library/ms840465.aspxQ3: What does Windows XP Tablet PC Edition include that Microsoft Windows XP Professional does not?
A3: Windows XP Tablet PC Edition includes everything that is available in Windows XP Professional, and the following additional features:
A4: Yes. Because Windows XP Tablet PC Edition is a superset of Windows XP Professional, programs that are compatible with Windows XP Professional also run on Windows XP Tablet PC Edition.
Q5: What is Windows XP Tablet PC Edition 2005?
A5: Codenamed “Lonestar,” Windows XP Tablet PC Edition 2005 is currently the latest operating system version that is designed for Tablet PC computers.
A1: Because Windows XP Tablet PC Edition has specific hardware requirements, it can only be obtained pre-installed on a Tablet PC computer. You cannot buy Windows XP Tablet PC Edition separately.
Q2: Can I upgrade my portable computer to Windows XP Tablet PC Edition?
A2: No. Windows XP Tablet PC Edition is only available pre-installed on Tablet PC hardware. Because there are specific hardware requirements to run Windows XP Tablet PC Edition, upgrading non-Tablet hardware is not supported.
Q3: Can I use Windows Update with Windows XP Tablet PC Edition?
A3: Yes. Because Windows XP Tablet PC Edition is a superset of Windows XP Professional, updates are released and available on the Microsoft Windows Update Web site. This includes both Windows XP and Tablet PC Edition-specific updates.
If you notice problems after you install a Windows Update package, you can always remove a specific download. You can also use Device Driver Roll Back to remove a specific driver, or use System Restore to return all system and program settings back to their previous state.
Always install Critical Updates because they help protect your computer from known security vulnerabilities.
To remove update packages:
For more information, click Start, click Help and Support, type roll back driver or system restore, and then press ENTER.
Q4: How can I get Windows XP Tablet PC Edition 2005?
A4: If you currently have a Tablet PC running Windows XP Tablet PC Edition, you can obtain the updated version by installing Windows XP SP2. If you are not currently running Windows XP Tablet PC Edition, you can obtain the 2005 Edition by purchasing a Tablet PC with the new version pre-installed. Also, you can obtain the 2005 Edition by using the applicable subscription media if you are an MSDN customer or a Volume License customer.
Note Apply future Windows XP service packs to Windows XP Tablet PC Edition upon release. To keep your Tablet PC up-to-date with the latest services packs and updates, make sure that you regularly visit the Microsoft Windows Update Web site. Configuring Automatic Update to look for Critical Updates regularly is the recommended method to make sure that your Tablet PC is updated with critical update releases. For additional information about Automatic Update, click the following article number to view the article in the Microsoft Knowledge Base:
(http://support.microsoft.com/kb/294871/ )Description of the Automatic Update feature in Windows XP
Q5: What’s new in Windows XP Tablet PC Edition 2005?
A5: There are many new features and improvements with the latest Tablet PC release. For example, Tablet PC Input Panel and the Handwriting Recognition engines have been improved. For more information about what’s new, visit the following Microsoft Web site:
http://www.microsoft.com/windowsxp/tabletpc/default.mspxQ6: When I start my Tablet PC with Windows XP Tablet PC Edition 2005, the start screen displays Windows XP instead of Windows XP Tablet PC Edition. Why does this behavior occur?
A6: This is by design. The start screen was changed across all versions of Windows XP, starting with the SP2 release.
Q7: Where can I find more information about deploying Tablet PCs in my enterprise?
A7: For a detailed document about deploying Tablet PCs by using unattended installations, Remote Installation Services (RIS), and the System Preparation Tool (Sysprep), visit the following Microsoft Web site:
http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/bb457087.aspxFor information about how to deploy a single Windows XP image for desktops, portable computers, and Tablet PCs, visit the following Microsoft Web site:
http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/bb457081.aspxNote The information in this article supplements the processes outlined in the deployment document.
A1: One of the requirements of Windows XP Tablet PC Edition is that a hardware button on your Tablet PC computer be mapped to the keystroke sequence CTRL+ALT+DEL. To create a CTRL+ALT+DEL keystroke sequence at the logon screen, you have to either press the keyboard shortcut on a hardware keyboard, or press the Tablet PC hardware button that is assigned to this function.
For more information about what button is mapped to this sequence, view your hardware documentation or contact your Tablet PC Original Equipment Manufacturer (OEM) for help.
Q2: Why do some keys on the Tablet PC Login keyboard change color when they are tapped and other keys do not?
A2: The Login keyboard behaves differently based on the keys you tap for security reasons. Any key that qualifies as a valid password character does not change color when you tap it. This security measure prevents someone who is looking at your screen from seeing the keys you tap to enter your password.
A1: With Sticky Notes, you have several options for sharing your note content. You can share them by dragging a single note, copying and pasting a single note, or exporting the whole stack of notes.
You can drag a sticky note on to other programs or to the desktop. The note appears as either an icon or an image, depending on the target location. If the note is an icon, you can double-tap the icon to open the image. To drag a sticky note:
A2: Yes. The easiest method for moving your notes is to use the Export/Import functionality that Sticky Notes provides. To export your current stack of notes out to a file that will be accessible on another Tablet PC (floppy disk, network share):
A1: When you try to erase ink in Journal by using the scratch-out gesture, you must consider the following when you issue the gesture:
A2: Use the following tips to help you improve the handwriting recognition results in Windows Journal:
A3: There are several options for sharing notes with users of non-Tablet PC computers. In Windows Journal, you can export your note to either a Web Archive file (.mht, .mhtml) or a Tagged Image File Format (.tif, .tiff).
A Web archive file contains both HTML and images, and you can view it in Microsoft Internet Explorer version 5.0 and later versions. You can view a TIFF file in most graphics programs in most operating systems. TIFF files and are typically smaller than Web archive files because they are saved as black and white images of the note pages.
To export a note in Windows Journal:
NOTE: When you export notes, the destination file cannot be re-opened in Windows Journal for editing. Only Windows Journal notes (.jnt) and Windows Journal templates (.jtp) can be edited in Windows Journal. However, you can import the exported Web Archive and TIFF files back to a Journal note, and then edit them like any other imported document image. For more information about document images, see Windows Journal Help.
For example, the keyboard layout on the Input Panel does not reflect the actual character output when I do the following:
Microsoft Office XP Pack for Tablet PC (Tablet Pack)Q1: I have Microsoft Office XP installed, and I want to use the Microsoft Office XP Pack for Tablet PC (Tablet Pack). Where can I get it?
A1: If the Tablet Pack was not pre-installed on your Tablet PC with Office XP, you can obtain it. To do this, visit one of the following Microsoft Web sites:
http://office.microsoft.com/downloadsThe Tablet Pack is also available through the MSDN Select Subscription License.
Q2: Where can I find a list of the known issues that relate to the Tablet Pack?
A2: When the Tablet Pack was released, there were known issues documented in the Release Notes and in the Microsoft Knowledge Base. For additional information about known Tablet Pack-issues, click the following article number to view the article in the Microsoft Knowledge Base:
(http://support.microsoft.com/kb/329751/ )Microsoft Office XP Pack for the Tablet PC ReadMe
Q3: I have Microsoft Office System 2003 installed. Do I have to install the Tablet Pack?
A3: You do not have to install the Tablet Pack. Microsoft Office System 2003 includes native support for Tablet PCs. Therefore, you can link directly within Word Documents, PowerPoint Presentations, and Excel Spreadsheets. For more information about Office System 2003, visit the following Microsoft Web site: