I’ve previously explained why I’m replacing my LS800 with a Fujitsu P1620. Following the ancient Chinese adage that it’s a good idea to please someone who can kill you in your sleep, I also bought my wife a P1620 to replace her P1510. The two devices are identical except hers has a 100GB hard drive whereas mine has a 32GB solid state drive. More on this difference later. Otherwise, the machines are fully loaded, max’d out on RAM (2GB) to handle Vista Business. I ordered Vista despite its bad press because I believe it has better support for Tablet PCs than does the XP Tablet PC edition.
My two favorite Tablet PC vendors are Allegiance Technology Partners (aka AllTP) and Paradise Computers. I ordered one from each. Most vendors charge roughly the same price. What sets some apart from others is service and standing behind the product. I give these two an A+. (Disclaimer: I have no financial or other interest in either, other than John Hill of AllTP kindly answers my emails and Nancy of Paradise is a fellow dog lover).
As fate would have it, my wife’s arrived first. I’m spending this weekend configuring it. It’s a dry run when mine arrives — sort of. Since my SSD’s storage is only 32 B, and Vista takes up lots of space, I’m going to need to put Vista on a diet for my device. More on this later.
There are plenty of unboxing videos on the P1620 so I won’t offend you with my amateurish attempts. Rather, let me give you my observations.
Initially, though I ordered Vista, Fujitsu provided a Recovery and Utility disc for both Vista Business and XP Tablet PC Edition 2005, as well as a notice that my license permits me to “downgrade” to XP Tablet PC edition. I guess this is Fujitsu’s way of saying “Dude, are you sure you want Vista?”
Undeterred, I installed Vista. No DVD required. Just boot and follow instructions. Took a while, but no problems. I also recorded some benchmarks with WinDirStat which I’ll discuss later when I put Vista on a diet on my (hopefully) soon to arrive P1620.
The install didn’t require a product key since all the files were on the hard drive. Indeed, the install never showed a product key. Nor did I see a product key on my Vista DVD. This was a concern in case the hard drive crashed and burned some day and I had to reinstall Vista. I also may need the product key on my device for putting Vista on a diet. You can’t just grab the product key from the registry as in prior OS’s since the key is encrypted. I installed a couple of product key finders. They found a product key, but coupled the found key with the warning: “Not installed or supported.” Not a good sign. I’m not sure if this Microsoft Knowledge Base article addresses this issue. In any event, the solution was simpler than I thought. When I turned over the device, I saw a sticker for the Vista product key. Duh. By the way, the product key on the sticker is different than the one found by the product key finder utilities.
There was some crapware, in particular Norton Internet Security, secondarily Google Desktop and other Google stuff. Not too bad though; I’ve seen much worse.
I then installed Vista Service Pack 1. With one minor exception, no problems. The only SP1 glitch was that the Fujitsu Shock Sensor was blocked as a startup program. Microsoft has a Knowledge Base article on this issue with a link to an upgrade of the Shock Sensor software. I ran the upgrade and the Shock Sensor no longer was blocked.
Next step, maybe later today or tomorrow, is to use the Belkin Easy Transfer cable to transfer settings from my wife’s P1510 (which runs XP) to her new P1620 Vista device.