Using Windows 7 on old hardware?

Posted on onsdag, februar 04, 2009 @ kl. 22.41 by david

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I was checking out a local Norwegian Tech news site and found this video which got me to thinking...

This video is from a guy in Spain that decided to install Windows 7 Beta on his Ultra-Mobile PC (UMPC) from Amtek. (Amtek U560)

This little computer is like a PDA or Windows Mobile device with a large screen.

But the cool thing is that the Amtek is not all that powerful:


One of the amazing things about this is that the Amtek can run AERO with is integrated Intel GMA 950... cool!

Well this got me thinking...

I have an HP Compaq TC1100 Tablet PC with tech specs:

  • 1.00GHz - Intel® Pentium® M processor
  • 512MB RAM
  • 60GB hard drive
  • 32 MB nVidia Geforce4 Go 420

More Technical Specifications for the hp compaq tc1100


If that little UMPC runs Windows 7 Beta, then for sure this Tablet PC should work!


That my new "friday project" :)

I found out that to support Windows Aero Glass mode, the system requires:

  • DirectX 9
  • Pixel Shader 2.0
  • Windows Vista Driver (Windows Vista Display Driver Model - WDDM)
  • 64MB of Video RAM


Ok well it doesnt sound all that promising, so what are the tech specs of the 32MB nVidia Geforce4 Go 420?

After digging around a bit, I found some bad news:

The GeForce4 series doesnt support Direct X 9 :(

But after further digging I found a site that maybe able to help with a driver for the GeForce4 420 Go card :)

What is a modded INF? What is the Performance and Quality INF?, The untold story.

And then I LOST ALL HOPE with this post:


Windows Vista on hp compaq tc1100 tablet pc

BUT THEN... a search for "hp compaq tc1100 upgrade to windows vista" in google led me to this site:

HP Compaq TC1100

Which has a link:

HP/TC1100/Windows Vista Installation Notes


Windows 7 on hp compaq tc1100 tablet pc

Looks like a long weekend geek project, but it might be worth it to get some use out of an old Tablet PC :)

Here is another site that has successful installations of Windows 7 on this computer.

If Vista will install on the machine, I have faith that Windows 7 Beta should work... more later.

Windows XP on hp compaq tc1100 tablet pc / lost Restore CD

If all goes to hell, I don't have the recovery CD, but I found a way to get one.

Restore CD's for HP or Compaq call 800-952-7689 and give them your serial number.