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HP Announced End Of Life for webOS Cloud Services

That’s right HP announced End of Life for webOS Cloud Services for January 15, 2015 on the Palm Developer site.

HP webOS End Of Life

HP webOS End Of Life

The FAQ tells us more about what is being shut down including; Downloading and updating of apps, Restoring a device, Setup of a new device (or one that has been reset) and password recovery.

HP once had plans to put webOS on computers alongside Microsoft Windows and had released an HP webOS powered tablet.  I have to admit I was considering a webOS based smart phone before I bought my first Windows Phone.  I loved the OS but hated the keyboards on their devices.

HP has made webOS open source and LG now uses it to power their smart TV’s.

To once what could have been…

Install Windows 8 on Compaq Presario CQ60-215DX

HP has seemed to make a lot of these CQ60 Compaq Presario laptops and let’s face it with how low they were priced the sold well.  I have used two of them and the Presario CQ60-215DX is the older one.  It originally came with Windows Vista and never seemed very fast so how well will Windows 8 run on here, we will find out.

With all of my install Windows 8 articles I again am doing a clean install of Windows 8 saving nothing.  You can also choose to do a migration from Windows Vista that will copy over your settings and files but not the programs you have installed. For this install, I will be installing the 64-bit version of Windows 8 Enterprise.

The install went well but there was a driver missing after running Windows Update.  The driver is for a coprocessor and I found out it is part of the Nvidia chipset.  I tried installing drivers for this coprocessor but nothing I tried would get that driver installed.  So you have to unpack the drivers and install it through the device manager.  First, download the drivers from here, second right-click on the zip file and select Extract.  Then go to the bottom left corner of the screen and right-click to bring up the Win-X menu (or by hitting the Windows Key and the X key at the same time) and select Device Manager.  You are going to want to right-click on the Coprocessor and select Update Driver Software, then select Browse My Computer For Driver Software and then select the folder you extracted. It should find and install the correct driver and you should be ready to go.

Clean Device Manager on Compaq Presario CQ60-215DX, and System Properties in Windows 8

Clean Device Manager on Compaq Presario CQ60-215DX

Windows 8 performs well on the Compaq Presario CQ60-215DX and I do suggest the upgrade.   I think you will find that Windows 8 will run better than Windows Vista or 7 on this machine.  You will not be able to run Hyper-V 3.0 on this machine as the processor does not support SLAT.  I ran Passmark Performance Test and this machine with Windows 8 got a 454.3, also below you can see the Windows Experience Index.

Windows 8 Experience Index on Compaq Presario CQ60-215DX

Windows 8 Experience Index on Compaq Presario CQ60-215DX

I have so say again that Microsoft did a great job getting Windows 8 to run better on older hardware than its older versions.  If you still have one of these running and you are thinking of upgrading I would say go for it.

Install Windows 8 on HP HDX 16 X16-1040US

These HP HDX 16 laptops are still great machines and the HP HDX 16 X16-1040US is no exception.  This machine came with Windows Vista and was later upgraded to Windows 7.   It is still able to go up to new machines and perform quite well.  It is my friend’s laptop and he wants to get into Windows 8 app development and wanted someone who is familiar with Windows 8 to set it up.  The install is not too hard but there is a little work.

I did a clean install of Windows 8, if you wanted to do an upgrade, you can upgrade from Windows 7 keeping your settings, files, and applications, however, if you upgrade from Windows Vista you can only keep the settings and files.  You will have to reinstall your applications if you upgrade from Windows Vista.  A clean install (you delete everything on the hard drive and start from scratch) will always give you the best performance I think.

The install is straight forward.  I booted from the install disc and installed Windows 8 Pro without any issues.  Once the system started and I could look at the Device Manager, there were drivers missing.  While this is annoying it is easily fixed.  If you look up this laptop on HP website and you look under Windows 7 (32 bit or 64 bit depending on your install) you can get the drivers you need.

There are five unknown devices that come up but you only need to install three drivers.  Here are the drivers with links for 64-bit drivers.  The  first is the JMicron Card Reader, the second is the Validity Fingerprint Sensor, and the third is the ENE CIR Receiver, this I think is for the remote.

Once I installed these drivers the system runs great.  It really runs just about as good as some machines today and it has no issues running Windows 8.

Device Manager and System on HP HDX 16

Device Manager and System on HP HDX 16

Other than the drivers I have not been able to install Hyper-V 3.0 and it looks like the processor does not support the requirements needed to run it.  I have enabled Virtualization in the BIOS but I am still not able to install it.  There is a message that the processor does not support Second Level Address Translation 2.0 (SLAT 2.0)  This machine runs everything else just fine and actually runs better than my HP Pavilion G4.  The HP HDX 16 gets a 679.1 in the PassMark Performance Test in Windows 8 and below is the Windows Experience Index.

HP HDX 16 Windows Experience Index in Windows 8

HP HDX 16 Windows Experience Index in Windows 8

I think it is great that Windows 8 runs so well on Vista era machines and I think that just shows the commitment Microsoft has to performance.  My friend is happy with this upgrade so far too.  I would say as long as you do not need Hyper-V this is a great upgrade to do on these machines if you’re looking at upgrading to Windows 8.

Windows 7 on an HP Mini 1000 (1030NR) Yes it works better!!!

Some of you know that I set up Windows Vista Home Premium on this Netbook earlier and you can read that here.  I was glad to say goodbye to  XP and see Vista running on this little machine.  Well, the day after Thanksgiving I was able to get the family pack of Windows 7 Home Premium for $150.  It was time to upgrade the Mini, I knew my fiancé would love the new features and I wanted to see how much better it would run on there.  So again I went to work.

Here is some background, I got this Netbook because it is light and portable, not to just check e-mail and look cool.  This thing is very light.  I would suggest any of the HP Netbooks if you are interested in them.  This one is an HP Mini 1000 the true model number is the 1030NR.  I have read that the best thing you can do to these computers that run Intel Atom processors is to upgrade the ram and I did just that, I upgraded it to 2 Gb.  Other than that this thing is still stock.

The upgrade was much simpler than putting Vista on this and I would say that anyone could do this very easily.  I had purchased an external DVD drive when I got the Mini so I attached it to it and booted off of the Windows 7 install disc.  The Mini will only support 32bit versions of Windows. I booted off of the 32bit disc and formatted the hard drive and installed Windows,  it was simple.  Afterward, I ran Windows Updates and installed Microsoft Office 2007 Ultimate.  Total Windows, Office, and a few programs fill up the 16Gb Solid State hard drive.  Just a few gigs free when it is all said and done.  I again disabled System Restore and set to a manual page file size instead of letting the OS manage it.

Windows 7 on HP Mini 1030NR

Windows 7 on HP Mini 1030NR

 

This was an easy install, the Device Manager was clear from the end of the installation.  However, a basic mouse driver was installed.  If you want the scroll function, download the Vista mouse driver from another HP laptop that used a Synaptics driver.  Also, just a note the built-in webcam in the Mini works just fine in Windows 7, did not have to load any drivers for it the Windows Setup did it automatically.

Nice Clean Device Manager

All in all this Mini seems faster with 7 installed than with Vista.  The numbers are interesting, below is the Scores from Windows 7, check out my other blog here for windows Vista’s numbers on the same machine. Remember in Vista the highest score was a 5.9, in Windows 7 the highest score is a 7.9

Windows Experience Index in Windows 7 on the Mini

Again I ran the Passmark Performance Test and Vista got a 172, while Windows 7 gets a 178.8, not a big jump but it is still a performance increase and you notice it on the Mini, the system is much more responsive.

So if you bought that Netbook on Black Friday or have an older one  I would suggest a Windows 7 upgrade.  If you do not have an external DVD drive you can look into local computer service shops to do an upgrade for you.  Windows 7 takes everything good about Vista and makes it better, as well as taking the bad and making it great. This upgrade is simple and recommended.

How To Install Windows Vista on HP Mini 1000 (1030NR) Netbook

I am finally re-writing this article so here we go, how to install Windows Vista on HP Mini 1000 (1030NR) Netbook.  This Netbook has a few limitations that we will have to overcome.  First there is no optical drive and second, the hard drive is an SSD with only 16 Gb of space. I did find that the Mini has an integrated Intel graphics chipset that supports Windows Aero Glass.  Also, the Intel Atom processor only supports 32bit versions of Windows.  The Mini comes with Windows XP, but I figured that the Mini might support Windows Vista but it would take some doing , and so I went to work.

Now the Mini does not have a DVD-ROM drive so I bought an external one for it.  I then booted up and formatted the hard drive with Vista Home Premium. You should be able to use a tool from Microsoft to create a bootable flash drive on another computer if you can not get an external DVD-ROM drive. The Mini has a 16Gb solid state drive in it and I knew that would be a problem later on.  Vista installed without any problems, once the desktop was loaded I went to the Device Manager, and it had a few drivers missing.

Updating Vista on the HP Mini 1000

Because of the small solid state hard drive on this model (1030NR) you are going to want to prep this machine first and disable a few things.  First, you will want to disable Hibernation on this machine.  I have upgraded mine to 2 GB of Ram so disabling Hibernation will save me 2 GB of disk space.  Next, it is a great idea to disable System Restore, again you will need the disk space.  I also suggest setting the size of the Page File, normally I would never suggest this and just have Windows handle it but when space is an issue you want to make sure the system has enough memory to be usable.  Finally, you will want to enable Disk Compression.  This will compress everything on the hard disk and again save some space.  Once you have prepped the Mini I have a few suggestions on updating it depending on how new the copy of Windows Vista is that you have installed.  If you installed Windows Vista that does not already contain any service packs then you will want to download and install Windows Vista Service Pack 1 first.  Once that is installed you will want to click on the Start Button then in the search box type CMD wait a second do not hit the enter key, the results of the search should pop up, right click on CMD and click on Run As Administrator.  Once the Command Prompt is open type in VSP1CLN.EXE and hit enter.  This will run the Vista Service Pack 1 Clean Up Tool.  After this is done you can close

I got Service Pack 1 for Vista installed but there was no room for Service Pack 2.  So I ran the service pack cleanup tool which removes the backed up files and then ran SP2 and ran the tool again after that.  All the other updates installed fine for Vista,  In the long run, I figured that System Restore was going to have to be disabled.  I also set a limit to the Page File as well so it would not get out of hand.

I will say Vista actually runs well on this little Netbook, it is not as fast as my laptop but it works and it is light.   That little Netbook runs Aero Glass just fine.

I am a computer technician and I like performance.  I love using her Netbook, Vista runs fine on there.  I don’t understand why the Netbooks with traditional hard drives in them don’t have Vista running on them by default.  I can understand why XP is on the ones with small solid state hard drives because of the space restrictions.  I would suggest to anyone that has the ability to do it to install Vista on their Netbook and try it for themselves.  Also since Windows Vista runs on here, then Windows 7 will as well.  I have since updated to Windows 7 which you can read here.