I Just Got My New Tablet PC

Every now and someone asks, “I just got my new Tablet PC, and there is a lot of software pre-loaded that I don’t need. How do I remove it?”

The concerns:

  • There are over 70 running processes. My desktop machine doesn’t have that many. What can I remove?

  • I need a clean copy of Windows XP Tablet PC edition so I can start fresh without all the stuff that the manufacturer loaded on my machine.

  • I paid for ___ megabytes of memory and ___ are being consumed by these mysterious processes

Ideas<EVERY better?

There are those who want to dominate the technology by wringing every last bit of performance out of it.

There are those who accept the machine as it is delivered, add their applications and go about their business.

I am definitely in the second group, delighted that for the most part, what is delivered is stable and functional as a foundation for the applications software and data I will add. If there are more processes running than on a desktop machine, it doesn’t matter to me unless their presence is impeding my ability to work productively. Most of them are idle unless actually in use. I usually install extra memory and don’t worry about whatever extra memory consumption is being reported in Task Manager by those processes.

You could go to (what would be for me) an extreme, and stop all processes that you not using at any given time, and then fire them up when you need them. For example you could stop tabtip.exe except when actually inking. I’m not advocating that. It’s just an illustration.

Bottom line?

If something is actually causing grief or broken then I deal with it. If it is relatively benign then I leave it alone.

I don’t need to dominate the technology to use it. I usually have some work that needs to be done, and the time is better spent doing that work. If you want to tinker and tweak, do it on a machine that is not your production environment or make sure that you have a good recovery plan.


If you received Recovery media (CDs or DVDs) try the Recovery Procedure that should be outlined in the documentation. It is better to learn how this works before you actually need it. If you didn’t receive media but instead need to ‘burn your own’ CDs, then do that. I think that the new Tecra M4s require this step. Do it immediately after receiving your machine. Then test that the Recovery procedure works.

Live with your new machine for awhile and find out what it can do, and what you can do with it. If after having done that you still want to poke at those processes, you will have a deeper understanding of how doing that may impact you.


Tablet PC Buzz is back online

Posted by Spencer about 50 minutes ago at TabletPCBuzz

I’m sure you had probably noticed by now, but TabletPCBuzz has been down for almost 3 full days now. It all started with a hard drive crash Tuesday morning, followed by lots of effort on Wednesday to recover the data from the drive. This didn’t work, so the drive was replaced, and I started bringing the site back from backups. In the middle of doing this however, we had another hard drive crash this afternoon (on the second drive this time, not the one replaced the first time). So, after replacing all that, I was finally able to bring the site back up and running here this evening.

As the result of this hard drive crash, and because of issues with missing and corrupt backups, I was forced to restore this site back to it’s state from late April. This is about a month of data loss. I’m terribly sorry for lost posts, information, etc. Also, if you registered on the site between the end of April and now, you will need to register again to be able to post. I’m really frustrated right now that this was able to happen, and I’m also quite tired of working on the server (3rd day in a row here). Everything should be up and running now, excluding search (the index is population).

Again, my greatest apologies for this downtime and data loss. Rest assured, I will be putting in place more backup procedures and the like, hopefully to prevent something like this from happening again. On the bright side right now, we are back online! Thanks for your patience and for visiting!

Spencer Goad
TabletPCBuzz.com Owner & Executive Editor

Sending a Student to College or University this Fall? Part II

I’m sending a student to College/University in the fall…

Q: Should I spend the extra money it takes to get a Tablet PC instead of a more traditional Notebook PC?
Q: Why?
From yesterday: The short answer – It’s a competitive world

The longer answer:

Let’s look more closely at the kind of competitive edge the Tablet PC can offer a student.

Things you can only do with a Tablet PC
Okay, we’re talking about Ink; the ability to write on the screen.

This gives you the ability to make notes in the same way you can on paper. The picture at the top of this article is a quick sketch someone might have made during a lecture on black holes. Can you imagine trying to capture this as text, by typing?

Course materials that are available in electronic format do not have to be printed before you can make notes (annotations) on them.

Ink annotations can be searchable. Imagine plowing through printed materials looking for handwritten notes where you wrote “exam” beside a key point. Then imagine being able to search for them. Even things you had written in ink.

Non-Text Notes
That strange diagram at the top of this page captures the idea, but here are some other things that you can do in Ink naturally that can be a challenge in text.

Diagrams, charts, mathematical forumulas, tables of data, Mind Maps. Yes, you can do all of these on a keyboard if you have lots of time, but doing it live, in real time while a professor is talking. That’s another matter.

Work Anywhere
With a Tablet PC, you don’t have to find a good place to work. You can basically work anywhere: at a desk or table, on a couch, on the floor, while standing, even while walking (although you might have to dump your chewing gum first).

Tablet PCs are environmentally friendly?
I have often witnessed and experienced the hostility directed at people who are banging away on a keyboard. Inking is no noiser than writing on paper.

Any Tablet PC in slate mode (with keyboard removed or folded away), is going to take less space than a similar notebook computer while in use.

Back to the point
If your student takes advantage of even one of these features of a Tablet PC, she or he has an edge over the other students. 

Isn’t that worth the price of a cup of coffee a day?