Microsoft Touch Pack for Windows 7 Now Available

Microsoft Touch Pack for Windows 7 Now Available

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The Microsoft Touch Pack for Windows 7 was first introduced last May as a series of 6 applications that are designed to showcase Windows Touch in Windows 7 and to help people learn touch gestures. It consists of 3 casual games, and 3 Microsoft Surface applications that have been created for Windows 7.

Until today, the Microsoft Touch Pack for Windows 7 was only available for OEMs to put on new Windows 7 PCs capable of Windows Touch. Due to feedback and requests from both partners and customers, we are releasing the Microsoft Touch Pack for Windows 7 for anyone with Windows Touch capable devices to download.

Download: Microsoft Touch Pack for Windows 7

If you have a Windows 7 PC or a multitouch monitor that supports Windows Touch in Windows 7, the Touch Pack for Windows 7 is a good way for you to be able to truly test the multitouch investments we’ve made in Windows 7.

For more information on the Microsoft Touch Pack or Windows 7, see this blog post.

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  • Thanks for posting it. It is really the technology for the future and more innovation is needed in the field.

  • I have the same message:

    "To install Microsoft Touch Pack for Windows 7 you need a computer with a touchscreen that supports at least two simultaneous touch points"

    I hope anyone can help me...thank!

  • It's really too bad that this refuses to install on my recently-purchased and fully multitouch-enabled HP TouchSmart TX2-1270US Convertible Notebook running Windows 7 Home Premium. I even checked the prop-sheet for the executable and under the "Compatability" tab the Windows version is disabled (greyed-out) and shows "Windows Vista".

    In any event, I'm told by my system when I try to install it the following:

    "To install Microsoft Touch Pack for Windows 7 you need a computer with a touchscreen that supports at least two simultaneous touch points"

    Yes, I've verified that this *is* a multitouch system.

    Hopefully, someone from the team will contact me about this - scott-at-kindorf-dot-net

    --ScottK

  • I have suvvessfully installed the Touch pack, and can access all parts except when I try to run Lagoon I get an error "Your system doesn't have the necessary system resources or requirements for Lagoon to work."

    I have an Acer T30H touch screen that is multi-touch.

    What else is required? I run Win 7 Pro.

    John

  • javier
    2 Posts

    Error:

    "The process terminated unexpectedly."

    "Installation of the Touch Pack for Windows 7 did not complete successfully"

    Solution:

    Uninstall Virtual Earth First.

    Install touch-pack-web.exe again.

    Error

    "a network error occurred while attempting to read from the file: C:\program data\applications\cache\xnafx30_redist.msi"

    Solution

    Download file xnafx30_redist.msi from www.microsoft.com/.../details.aspx

    Copy file to folder "C:\program data\applications\cache\".

    Install touch-pack-web.exe again.

    For any windows 7 non multitouch computer:

    multitouchvista.codeplex.com

    It can help you to use a mouse device and the touchpad as separate touch inputs, simulating multitouch.

  • javier
    2 Posts

    Error:

    "The process terminated unexpectedly."

    "Installation of the Touch Pack for Windows 7 did not complete successfully"

    Solution:

    Uninstall Virtual Earth First.

    Install touch-pack-web.exe again.

    Error

    "a network error occurred while attempting to read from the file: C:\program data\applications\cache\xnafx30_redist.msi"

    Solution

    Download file xnafx30_redist.msi from www.microsoft.com/.../details.aspx

    Copy file to folder "C:\program data\applications\cache\".

    Install touch-pack-web.exe again.

    For any windows 7 non multitouch computer:

    multitouchvista.codeplex.com

    It can help you to use a mouse device and the touchpad as separate touch inputs, simulating multitouch.

  • Oops, "When will I learn not to be an early adopter, this sort of thing is I was happening to me."

    should have read........ "this sort of thing is always happening to me."

    Dragon NaturallySpeaking it is always leading me into a false sense of security as far as voice recognition is concerned. Note to self, continue checking........your work here is never done!

  • @ Huck ,, thank you for the application's cache uninstall tip, how on earth did you realise those two files were the problem?

    Unfortunately I'm getting a new error message further down the line, it reads

    "there is a problem with this Windows installer package. A program run as part of the setup did not finish as expected. Contact your support personnel package vendor."

    once you okay the error box message you get the installation failed pop-up box, but it leaves the .MSI files in that location that was mentioned by Huck.

    I'm going to Google this new error message but I'm not hopeful that this particular thread seems to be the best resource on sorting this problem..

    When will I learn not to be an early adopter, this sort of thing is I was happening to me.

  • barts2108
    65 Posts

    Seems weird to me that you must uninstall several programs to get it running.... is that touchpack still in alpha stage or so ?

    @Microsoft. Can you put it on the market and make it just WORK ??

  • I too had problems instalingl the touch pack .  I have the Hp touchsmart tx-2 1274nr and sometimes the touch stop working if using the mouse all the time.  I tried to download and kept getting the same error, no multitouch installed, so I restarted the laptop to activate the touch and redownloaded touch pack 7 and it worked, and install everything included,  so try it.

  • Huck
    1 Posts

    optical10: I had the same error message as you. This occurred both for Bing 3D Maps as well as the XNA Framework 3.0 (XMAFX30_redist.msi)

    The issue is that when both items are already installed, a dialog box appears, hidden in this case, asking if you want to repair or uninstall.

    To fix:

    Navigate to C:\program data\applications\cache, run each *.msi separately and choose Uninstall. (Note: The *.msi files have a 25 digit code for a name, not Bing/XNA like you might expect.)

    Then run the Touch Pack installer again.

    Win7 Ultimate 64 Bit

    HP TX2 1020

    4 GB RAM

  • @ muchenjeri, thanks to the Virtual Earth tip on the TX2.

    I'm now getting a little further but I'm getting a network error

    "a network error occurred while attempting to read from the file: C:\program data\applications\cache\XMAFX30_redist.msi",

    anyone else getting this issue with the Microsoft XNA framework distribution 3.0 part of the installation?

    any help appreciated

  • I'm also getting a failure while installing.

    System is a HP TouchSmart 300 running Windows 7 Home Premium.

    Installer goes to "Installing prerequisites...", then immediately fails with an error "The process terminated unexpectedly.". I click OK and it says "Installation of the Touch Pack for Windows 7 did not complete successfully". Any thoughts?

  • I'm also getting an error trying to install on Windows 7 Home Premium on a HP TouchSmart 300.

    Installer goes to 'Installing prerequisites...", then immediately fails with an error message that says "The process terminated unexpectedly."

    Any thoughts Brandon?

  • @muchenjeri - glad you solved your issue!

    @jr.solis - if you have Virtual Earth installed already try uninstalling it and then trying to install the Touch Pack again (see previous comment from muchenjeri who also had an error trying to install on TX2).

  • @jonadams - the Touch Pack for Windows 7 is designed for Windows 7 PCs capable of Windows Touch. Unfortunately they will not work on Microsoft Surface tables.

    @muchenjeri, what is the error message?

  • I have a TX2 but has an error trying to install, Win 7 requieres two point touch screen, and I have it.... Any ideas?

  • I solved the problem by first uninstalling Virtual Earth

  • I'm getting an error message while trying to install on a touchsmart tx2. Any ideas?

  • JohnCz
    204 Posts

    Good timing now that touchscreen monitors are starting to be sold separately.

  • so i don't have a multi-touch monitor, but i DO have a Surface (how often do you hear that?).

    Will this release install on my Surface?  If not, will there be a separate download pack?

  • barts2108
    65 Posts

    Ah, Microsoft is deciding what is the best experience for you -again-

  • @donmeek and @jimre - for the Touch Pack, we only support the primary display being multitouch. So you will have to go in and make your multitouch monitors the primary display to get the Touch Pack to work correctly.

  • Great to hear! But is there any support for single-touch? Or hackers need to perform this act :P

  • Albert
    94 Posts

    Awesome, this is a GREAT example of Microsoft's continued interest and responsive attitude towards customer feedback. Although I do not personally own a touch-enabled PC, I am very excited to see those who do get quite excited about this.

  • jimre
    1 Posts

    Thanks for posting this. I'll echo the previous poster's comment - unless I'm missing something, there's no way to run these programs on my HP multi-touch monitor, because it happens to be my Secondary Monitor. Of course I could make this my Primary monitor, but:

    a) Touch Pack is cool, but not worth re-organizing my whole desktop: icons, shortcuts, workflow, etc.

    b) I want my larger monitor to be Primary, not my smaller multi-touch monitor.

    Please let us know if there's something we've overlooked that will let us run Touch Pack apps on the secondary monitor, thanks!

  • donmeek
    1 Posts

    I'm having a problem with the Touch Pack while running Windows 7 Ultimate x64 - like a lot of people, I have two monitors with my touch screen being the second one.  All the Touch Pack programs open full screen on the primary monitor and there appears to be no way to move them to a secondary monitor which makes this application somewhat useless for anyone who doesn't have a touch monitor as their primary monitor - am I missing something?

  • Drew
    10 Posts

    Thanks Microsoft!!!  

    The only problem is that it only works on multitouch computers, unlike the beta touch pack. I have a hp tx2000 which includes only a single touch. Ah well, I guess I'll have to wait for the hp slate to come out.