Enabling Multi-Touch in the Windows 7 Beta

Enabling Multi-Touch in the Windows 7 Beta

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Now that the Windows 7 Beta has been out for a while, I’d like to highlight how folks can try out Windows Touch, Windows 7’s new multi-touch capabilities.

In order to take advantage of it, you are going to need a PC that supports multiple touch points. Today – there are a few PCs on the market to choose from:

To enable multi-touch capabilities on these PCs running the Windows 7 Beta you will need to make sure you have the latest multi-touch beta drivers. The driver allows the digitizer screen to support multiple touch points. Remember these are beta drivers, they still need to pass through our rigorous Windows Logo process before they are final, we can’t guarantee that all pre-Windows 7 PCs will have logoed drivers.

  • For HP TouchSmart All-in-One PCs: The driver is available from Windows Update. After you have installed the Window 7 Beta, open Windows Update from the Start menu. You might have to click the “Check for Updates” link on your left so it will find the driver, it is Optional right now so you’ll have to select it before it will install.
  • For the Dell Latitude XT and HP TouchSmart tx2 Tablet PCs: the drivers are available now on N-Trig’s website. N-Trig is the company that makes the digitizer in these PCs (you should read the release notes, there are some limitations, like no pen support you should be aware of and how to switch between Windows Vista and Windows 7). Please also note these are beta drivers and are not supported by Dell or HP.

Many features in Windows 7, which are available today in the Windows 7 Beta, take advantage of multi-touch capabilities and I thought I’d highlight a few with some tips here.

To make sure multi-touch is working try our new Paint. The latest version of Paint has some cool new brushes that are designed for multi-touch, click on the Brushes gallery and pick any one (I like the Oil Brush). Now try finger painting – this is also the easy way to see how many fingers your PC supports at the same time, some support two at a time, others support 4 or more.

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Once you are done “painting” - try out Internet Explorer 8. The big touch feature here is panning; you can place your finger anywhere on a page and drag up or down to scroll the page – that’s a lot easier than trying to touch the scrollbar. You can also go back and forward between pages with your finger using Flicks: try flicking to your right (as if you were going back in a book) to go back.

You can also use touch to navigate along the taskbar. The new Jump Lists on the taskbar are touch optimized, instead of right-clicking on one of the icons on the taskbar, trying dragging up on it with your finger to literally pull the menu up.

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Windows Media Center is also touch optimized. Ben Reed, Senior Product Manager for Windows Media Center, demoed this for Channel 10.

One last tip: To make buttons and controls bigger and easier to touch, you can tell Windows to display everything larger – this has really improved in Windows 7. Go to the Start menu and type display, and then open the Display Control Panel (which should be at the top of the Start menu). Choose the Medium (that’s what I use) or Larger size and you will find that everything is easier to target with your finger.

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  • Duane Duane
    52463 Posts

    windows 7 operating system and hardware as my visual he does not know much of a problem with

  • Wayward
    3 Posts

    Will I be able to "upgrade" from Vista Ultimate to Win 7 Home Premium (albeit a downgrade and lost settings) without any trouble? I see no advantage in Win 7 Pro or Ultimate anymore. Any help is appreciated.

  • Wayward
    3 Posts

    Will I be able to "upgrade" from Vista Ultimate to Win 7 Home Premium (albeit a downgrade and lost settings) without any trouble? I see no advantage in Win 7 Pro or Ultimate anymore. Any help is appreciated.

  • Wayward
    3 Posts

    I currently have Vista Ultimate X64, but obviously Win 7 Ultimate is not discounted, and professional is watered down; so will I be able to upgrade to Win 7 Home Prem (sort of a downgrade but has what I need) without a problem? Anyone know? I'l like to take advantage of the pre-order for $50.

  • dan2
    1 Posts

    Maybe this is a stupid question, but would it not be a good idea to add a touch screen keyboard on windows 7 like you'll see on any touch screen phone? One can then put the screen horizontal or maybe at 15 degree angle and make a mouse and keyboard entirely redundant. The only problem I find on the touch screen phones is that the keyboard is too small to type. If you are using a 22" screen and the keyboard on the screen is the entire width of the screen, you'll have no problem with the size of the buttons.

  • AB100
    1 Posts

    I'm using win7 on LG C1 multy touch works 100%

  • As soon as Windows7 came out I ordered the HP TouchSmart IQ500 series computer. For that I will say it is the best computer I have ever bought. I also got it cheaper and with double the video memory for less than the price of one from a local store. Anyway, I installed Windows7 on it and it works great. The features of Windows7 are far more fun and practical with a touch screen. I have run into a few querks but I have gotten through them so far. Still having trouble with the printer sharing issue. I have 4 computers andthey see the printer but can't communicate with it. And networking from a vista machine to the windows7 machine has some minor issues too but I think I can get that fixed too soon.

  • Can you make a blog update about resolution independency and text size? I tried recently Linux, forcing the DPI to 125 DPI to have a correspondence 1:1 between centimeters in the screen and centimeters in the real life, and it worked flawlessly. Windows 7 has improved a lot, but I'm having trouble with HP QuickPlay, and other Windows Presentation Foundation programs that do support, AFAIK, resolution independence.

    It's beautiful to see a letter-size paper at 100% in Microsoft Word, compare it with a real letter-size paper sheet, and see that they are the same size. ¿Can you give an update to us?

  • debar14
    1 Posts

    Looks like I am late for the party since the W7 beta testing has ended.

    Last week I tried to down load a copy several times but it kept crashing on me....

    Actually it just fizzled out. I start it, then go do something else, then come back to see it just sitting there not doing anything.

    Oh well, guess I'll have to buy a copy when it comes out

    I have heard alot of great things about 7. I am looking forward to it.

    Rob

  • Bill
    14 Posts

    What is the truth in this from all over Slashdot...if true this is not good.

    ---------------------------------------------------

    "A few days' testing of Windows 7 has already disclosed some draconian DRM, some of it unrelated to media files. A legitimate copy of Photoshop CS4 stopped functioning after we clobbered a nagging registration screen by replacing a DLL with a hacked version. With regard to media files, the days of capturing an audio program on your PC seem to be over (if the program originated on that PC). The inputs of your sound card are severely degraded in software if the card is also playing an audio program (tested here with Grooveshark). This may be the tip of the iceberg. Being in bed with the RIAA is bad enough, but locking your own files away from you is a tactic so outrageous it may kill the OS for many persons. Many users will not want to experiment with a second sound card or computer just to record from online sources, or boot up under a Linux that supports ntfs-3g just to control their files." Read on for more details of this user's findings.

    Re — Photoshop: That Photoshop stopped functioning after we messed with one of its nag DLLs was not so much a surprise, but what was a surprise: Noting that Win7 allows programs like Photoshop to insert themselves stealthily into your firewall exception list. Further, that the OS allows large software vendors to penetrate your machine. Even further, that that permission is responsible for disabling of a program based on a modified DLL. And then finding that the OS even after reboot has locked you out of your own Local Settings folder; has denied you permission to move or delete the modified DLL; and refuses to allow the replacement of the Local Settings folder after it is unlocked with Unlocker to move it to the Desktop for examination (where it also denies you entry to your own folder). Setting permissions to 'allow everyone' was disabled!

    Re — media: Under XP you could select 'Stereo Mix' or similar under audio recording inputs and nicely capture any program then playing. No longer.

  • Mel
    2 Posts

    @ sanginius that is what i thought about the monitor.  i am looking for a laptop with touch built in already but the only HP i am able to find at a quick glance has a smaller screen and hard drive than the one i am looking at, but ill keep looking :)

  • sanginius
    27 Posts

    @Mel i suspect that if you buy a touch enabled monitor then while the monitor is connected to the laptop and you use that as your mainscreen you will have touch, but as soon as you disconnect the monitor you will go back to not having touchscreen capability. However to be totally honest, you would be better off trying to get a laptop that has touch already built in.

  • Mel
    2 Posts

    I just recently heard about Windows 7 and I'm excited!  I'm looking at buying a new laptop for school because mine broke, and I'm going to get Vista Home Premium (64-bit) and I hope that when 7 is released I'll be able to upgrade!  This might be a stupid question...but if I buy a laptop that doesn't have touch screen, can I buy a separate monitor that has touch screen and enable it on the laptop?  Just curious...the laptop I'm looking at now doesn't have touch screen.  I'm hoping that these touch screen monitors will be more popular once 7 is released!

  • sanginius
    27 Posts

    @ddluk i received the same email on 11/02/09 i responded then and havent heard back, no reply telling me its closed no reply telling me im unsuccessful and no reply telling me i was successful, given the fact theres 5 days between me receiving the email and you getting it, it is possible that the 500 places are taken. Bearing in mind the sheer number of people who have downloaded the Beta, i was worried that it being 6 hours between the email appearing and me replying would prevent me from from being included.

    Sanginius

  • ddluk
    2 Posts

    Hi,

    I get few second ago mail - "Exploring Windows: Special Beta Edition" with information that I can take part in Windows Feedback Program. I send e-mail few seconds after getting that but I get replay that program is now closed. Few seconds and 500 people registered? I don't think so. Please do something with that. I want to take part in that program.

    Regards,

    Łukasz Dzierżak

  • fachueh, thanks for the feedback! I suggest you submit that feedback from the Windows 7 Beta through the Feedback Tool included in the Windows 7 Beta. You will see Feedback links at the top of application windows or a link to the Feedback Tool on your desktop.

  • ther was some news about google axing android multitouch on apple's request!!

  • fuchueh
    21 Posts

    -----------

    Suggestion:

    In Windows Explorer's toolbar, 'Text Button' very very crowded.

    If you use the Netbook, it only has 9-inch display...very low Screen Resolution.

    The 'Text Button' very very crowded...

    Please attach great importance to Netbook (low Screen Resolution)...Netbooks Hit the Mainstream in 2010!

    look screenshot:

    uploads.bizhat.com/.../382737

    1) 'Text Button' is very stupid design. please use 'Icon Button' to replace it.

    2) Please making a toggle function, to select Text Button or Icon Button by user.

    3) And add customize commonly-used buttons function for toolbar. like WinXP or OSX, customize buttons by user.

    4) Or, real-time show text when press 'Icon Button'...

    look screenshot:

    uploads.bizhat.com/.../382734

    uploads.bizhat.com/.../382735

    download screenshot:

    www.badongo.com/.../13378144

    ...

  • fuchueh
    21 Posts

    --------

    Problem:

    If you once disabled the "Store and display recently opened programs the Start menu and the taskbar" option.

    Then enabled this option again, IE's jumplist still will can't show 'Newest URL History' (newest list of websites).

    Only show your newest opend files history, no newest URL history...

    Notwithstanding you're already enabled the "Store and display recently opened programs the Start menu and the taskbar" option.

  • I am beginning to see with Windows 7 that a lot of the functionality /design is actually related to making it easier for people with touchscreens to use a computer.  Icon spacing, listing of IE tabs from the taskbar.  I feel almost silly for not recognising why some of these changes were there, but I could see that perhaps these changes would make it a lot easier for people using their PCs on multitouch surfaces.

  • fuchueh
    21 Posts

    --------

    Problem:

    If you disabled the "Store and display recently opened programs the Start menu and the taskbar" option.

    Then enabled this option again, IE's jumplist will can't show URL History (list of websites).

    Notwithstanding you're already enabled the "Store and display recently opened programs the Start menu and the taskbar" option.

    -----------

    Suggestion:

    In Windows Explorer's toolbar, 'Text Button' very very crowded.

    If you use the Netbook, it only has 9-inch display...very low Screen Resolution.

    The 'Text Button' very very crowded.

    look screenshot:

    uploads.bizhat.com/.../382737

    1) 'Text Button' is very stupid design. please use 'Icon Button' to replace it.

    2) Please making a toggle function, to select  Text Button or Icon Button by user. And add customize commonly-used buttons function for toolbar. like WinXP or OSX, customize buttons by user.

    3) Or, real-time show text when press 'Icon Button'.

    look screenshot:

    uploads.bizhat.com/.../382734

    uploads.bizhat.com/.../382735

    download screenshot:

    www.badongo.com/.../13378144

    ...

  • sanginius
    27 Posts

    Having just had a look at the Download links, my laptop is supported, great, but windows 7 64 bit isnt. Guess i wont be testing multi touch for a while yet.  Brandon do you have any idea if they 64 bit versions are likely to be out before RC or RTM hits?

  • 7flavor
    352 Posts

    Awesome! Hope this goes totally mainstream with desktop LCDs.

  • There companys that make Touchscreen devices for regular screens... dont know if they work or not.. but there's no point in buying a 1500+$ machine to get it..  GOOGLE IT

    I think they run somewhere around 200-300$'s.. or just buy a touch screen .. lol.. they run somewhere between 500- 600 i think... might not be a big screen probably 15-17" but its a touch screen.. lol.. and the addon devices go all the way up too 22"..

    Nice try on the Promotions of commerical companys..

    I'll never buy a pc from a Name Brand Company...

    Thats what makes the X86 format so awesome the abiltity to customize it. We all know Name Brand companies dont let you do that much unless you pay them or void that warrenty

    just my thoughts..

    Laterz..

  • I tried out a multi-touch display at my local staples, very nice, if a little pricey for a machine, and way out of my price range.

    However apparently it doesnt cost the monitor manufacturers much more to make a touch enabled monitor, so hopefully touch screens will become more common once Windows 7 hits the market.

    Maybe the next killer desktop or web app will be touch enabled.  

    Touch enabled Instant messaging could make Emoticons, Hugs and Pokes way more fun!

  • yert
    39 Posts

    @keefie: Microsoft was working on multitouch years before Apple (Microsoft Surface anyone?); additionally it has a cross-licensing agreement with Apple. Honestly, I don't think there will be any issue, unless Apple wants Microsoft to drop some licensing, like Exchange (iPhone, Macs).  

  • keefie
    2 Posts

    Multitouch? Is this legal or does it go against the Apple ip rights in this area?

  • dovella
    303 Posts

    Thanks Brandon :D