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#1 AMIRZ

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Posted 03 December 2008 - 07:26 PM

(UPDATED): TABLET PC INPUT PANEL FOR XP PRO, HOME, MCE AND ORIGINAL WINDOWS 7 TABLET MATH INPUT PANEL PORTED TO WINDOWS XP AND VISTA...


"+ Microsoft Math Input Panel (MIP) From Windows 7 Ported to XP / Vista (Thanks to JeremyDDual - Deviantart)"



PS: If you want more Vista and Windows 7 applications and features on XP, then please also visit (Recommended):

"List of Most Vista and Windows 7 Applications for XP"

http://www.winmatrix...eatures-for-xp/

And "Windows 7 Applications, Tools, and Features on XP"
http://www.winmatrix...-for-xp-simple/

LATEST UPDATE: Using some efforts, you can also use this TIP installer to restore / repair original TIP/Tablet PC Input Panel in Xp Tablet PC 2005 OS and add some additional tweaks and shortcuts to it as well (no guarantee though, always create backup/system restore point before). Thanks for the last info that i got before...

- Tablet PC Input Panel (TIP) for Xp All Editions (From Xp Tablet PC to Xp Pro/Home/MCE):
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- Original Windows 7 M3 Build Tablet Math Input Panel (MIP) for Xp and Vista/ported to Xp/Vista by Jdd/JeremyDDual):
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(The MIP Screenshot in Xp by Jdd)

-> (Thanx/Full Credits to My best friend and My Bro Jdd (JeremyDDual - Deviantart) for Porting New Windows 7 Math Input Panel (Tablet Accessories) to Windows Xp and Vista )

ENHANCE YOUR XP BETTER/MORE COMPLETE -> GET TABLET PC APPLICATIONS AND FUNCTIONALITIES IN XP PRO, HOME, MCE ALL EDITIONS WITH DESKTOP PC AND LAPTOP, JUST FOR FUN/WINDOWS CUSTOMIZATION...
(Finally, Last ones from Vista/TPC, Otherwise The First one from Windows 7...)

*) Please also read more related info about it (Tablet function in Xp Pro/Home/MCE) by visiting previous related threads by me :


- Original Vista Snipping Tool, Sticky Notes, Inkball + Vista Texas Hold'em and Tablet PC 2005 Snipping Tool ported to Xp :
http://www.winmatrix...showtopic=19718

- Windows Journal for Xp:
http://www.winmatrix...showtopic=19894

- Xp Tablet PC PowerToys Ported to Xp All Editions (Tablet APIs Emulation in Xp Pro/Non Tablet):
http://www.winmatrix...showtopic=19910

- Tablet PC Input Panel for Xp Pro, Home, MCE (Installer, Uninstallable):
http://www.winmatrix...showtopic=21199 (Lol i meant this thread :lol: ... )

- Windows Media Center Installer (Installer, Uninstallable) for Xp Pro, Home, Tablet, 2003 + Vista / 7 Skin for Xp MCE 2005:
http://www.winmatrix...showtopic=22552

They will make your Xp "Ultimate Edition" like Vista / 7 with other great add ons such as WMP 11, VTP, Vistart etc :P for free.


IMPORTANT NOTE: PLEASE READ THIS FIRST:

1). Installing too many apps may need more resource (depends on your system/specs). Please consider about that.

2). This is dedicated for All Windows Xp Editions OSes (Pro, Home, MCE, Tablet PC, Embedded, Starter Edition) and also All Xp End Users : Especially Xp Tablet PC 2005 (in Tablet PC Hardware) and also Xp Pro/Home/MCE (Non-Tablet) in conventional Desktop PC/Laptop with Mouse (minimal) or better Tablet-like hardware (e.g Mouse Pen -> Recommended, please read about it/them below).

3). Recommended: About Inking/Handwriting with recognition technologies (also for speech one as well) in Desktop PC and Laptop -> To emulate Tablet PC Behavior in PC/Laptop: Although you can still use conventional/standard Mouse (with its limitation, of course), but to make handwriting and inking more easier and better in PC/Laptop (non-Tablet) with Xp Pro/Home/MCE, then you can better use Mouse Pen Tablet Hardware for PC (recommended, e.g the ones from Wacom and Genius) which you can get only for less than $60, much cheaper than real Tablet PC, but can "convert" your Desktop/Laptop to "Tablet" too (Y).
It's also more helpful than mouse if you're a Graphic Designer (by using some apps such as Corel Painter or Photoshop etc), especially when you're working with PC/Conventional Laptop. Alternatively you can just switch between them (Mouse and Mouse Pen) so you can still enhance your PC more better by having both Mouse and Mouse Pen without missing the old Mouse in your Desktop/Laptop at all...

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However, i think it's not complete yet if you already have Tablet Math Input Panel for Xp but you don't have Tablet PC Input Panel (TIP) yet which exist in Xp Tablet PC and/or Vista Premium/Ultimate. Since they all are integral Tablet PC Components for each other like previous Snipping Tool and Windows Journal.

Beside Tablet Input Panel and Math Input Panel, as replacements for Math Input Panel function in Xp (To Recognize Mathematical Expression/Equation) , i have also uploaded Microsoft Equation Writer (From Vista Experience Pack) and Microsoft Math (all with same flavour: all created by MS). + Added some other ports such as Microsoft Sudoku (Origami Experience Pack, codenamed for UMPC) and All Vista Experience Pack. All of them have already been ported to Xp All Editions: Po, Home, MCE, also Tablet PC. Just install some prerequisites below, done. Yeah, Xp is getting old (but still the best OS for me), so, this might be just another last enhancement for Xp from Windows 7.

Note: Again, About Inking/Handwriting in PC and Laptop-> Recommended for Tablet PC Behavior in PC/Laptop: Although you can still use Mouse (with its limitation) To make handwriting and inking more easier in PC/Laptop (non Tablet) with Xp Pro/Home/MCE, then you can also use Mouse Pen Tablet Hardware for PC (recommended, e.g ones from Wacom and Genius) which you can get only for less than $60, much cheaper than real Tablet PC and the original Xp Tablet PC 2005. It's also more helpful if you're a Graphic Designer (by using some apps such as Corel Painter or Photoshop etc), especially when you're working with PC/Conventional Laptop.

OK, Here They Are... (IMG:style_emoticons/default/smile.gif) :


THE MAIN STUFFS:

1). Microsoft Tablet PC Input Panel For Xp Pro/Home/MCE (TIP) -> (Installer, Uninstallable, it doesnt replace any System File)


(I know people can convert Xp Pro/Home to Tablet PC 2005 in another way, but i'm here to make the process more faster, easier, better, and shorter especially for most end users). If you only have Xp Pro, Home, Tablet or Server 2003 without Media Center 2005, but you want to have Windows Media Center application like the ones in Xp MCE 2005, Vista, and Windows 7, then you can install it by using Windows Media Center installer that i created. Tablet PC Input Panel (or called TIP) is a virtual keyboard application with handwriting and gesture recognizition that only exists in Xp Tablet PC. However Vista (Premium and Ultimate/Non-Basic Edition) and also Windows 7 already have newer versions of TIP as part of tablet PC component. Not like Xp (with separated OS version for Tablet) In Vista and Windows 7 (premium/Ultimate), it's enabled by default, even in Desktop and Laptop PC!

(i.e If you have Vista Ultimate/Premium, you can still get and run Tablet Input Panel and some Tablet apps (Windows Journal, Sticky Notes, Inkball) in Desktop PC rather than using separated Xp Tablet PC OS and hardwares! So cool n' useful for me!)

But since now you can also have original TIP in Xp Pro, Home, and MCE for free as a stand alone application, and it's 100% uninstallable, not as Windows core application. And no system files replaced/touched (clean)!

If you like to enhance your Xp (Pro, Home, MCE) to have feature like Xp Tablet PC and Vista/Windows 7, then maybe you also like to install and have TIP. It's been tweaked and enhanced for PC/Laptop even more than the original one (i.e no annoying TIP icon in taskbar, you can directly launch TIP by using shortcut like Vista, Vista Icon, etc). TIP can be useful as OSK (On Screen Keyboard) Replacement, Inking and handwriting, text and speech recognition, GUI and desktop enhancement, etc. Make your Xp have "More Complete Features" (Ultimate) like Vista. Enjoy for free.

Some TIP Screenshoots in Desktop/Laptop PC - 1 (Features, The port version in Xp Pro/Home/MCE) Note: The TIP (framework) skinning engine depends on Xp theme itself

Used On Screen Keyboard (OSK) Feature in Tablet Input Panel to type text in Notepad and any Word/Text Processor etc (supported apps):
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Tablet Input Panel vs Standard Xp On Screen Keyboard (OSK) to type text in Notepad and any Word/Text Processor etc:
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Undocked/Floating Tablet Input Panel (after clicking a small floating TIP icon on text area in Notepad and any Word/Text Processor etc):
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Handwriting Recognition Feature in Tablet Input Panel (easily converts your handwriting/inking/"drawing" lol to text, even can be voice or vice versa! (additional/optional feature)):
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Screenshoots - 2 (For GUI Comparison):

- Tablet PC Input Panel in Xp Pro/Home/MCE (The port version in "Normal Xp/Pro, Home, MCE):
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- Tablet PC Input Panel in Vista (Ultimate/Premium/Business/Enterprise):

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- Tablet PC Input Panel in Windows 7 (Beta):

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Operating Systems and Prerequisites/Dependencies for TIP (included in Readme.txt in each downloaded package): -> Main prerequisites (required) : At least you must have .Net Framework 1.1, Journal Viewer, and Tablet PC Recognizer installed -> Lite (see the link below). The remaining ones are optional.

(Required/Critical):

- Windows Xp Non-Tablet PC All editions (Home, Professional, Media Center Edition) Service Pack 2 and/or Service Pack 3 (or higher) on Xp supported Desktop PC/Laptop/Tablet PC hardwares

- User with Administrator Rights (The TIP will be installed for All Users)

Please make sure you have installed these following prerequisites (most of them are freewares) below before installing Tablet PC Input Panel that ported to "normal" Xp:
Note: All of their binaries/features have already built in Xp Tablet PC 2005 SP2 OS such as .Net Framework 1.1. So you have to install them all in Xp Pro/Home/MCE too for enabling some Tablet only applications

- For Xp Pro only: Microsoft .Net Framework 1.0 SP3 (1.0375) and .Net Framework 1.1 (or maybe higher version)
-> Required, (Note: Both of Versions 1.0.3705 and 1.1.4322 are already built in MCE 2005 and might be usually latest updated Xp OSes)
Xp MCE 2005 with latest update (e.g Upgrade Rollup 2) already have all required updated frameworks component (built in) so usually no need to install/reinstall them:

Download .net framework 1.0 SP3:
http://www.microsoft...;displaylang=en
Download .net framework 1.1 SP1 :
http://www.microsoft...;displaylang=en

- Microsoft Windows Journal Viewer 1.5 -> Required, (If you have installed some ports from both/either Xp and Vista Tablet i.e Windows Journal, Inkball, Snipping Tool, and/or Sticky Notes before, then you have already had it for Tablet Inking APIs in Xp Pro/Home/MCE
Note: If you have Microsoft Office 2003 or 2007 installed in Windows Xp (since they have included Inking support – built in), then it seems usually you don’t need Windows Journal Viewer anymore (in most cases). Office Xp needs Tablet update enhancement (free - “Improved Inking Recognition”) to have it
Download:
http://www.microsoft...;DisplayLang=en

- Microsoft Windows Xp Tablet PC Recognizer Pack (TPR/TRP/TPG)
(Multilanguages) -> Required, for Inking/Handwriting and/or Gesture Recognition to Typing features in Writing and Character Pad, which you can download Tablet PC Recognizer Pack 2005 from Microsoft Website for free.
Download:
http://www.microsoft...;displaylang=en

If you’re an English user (US and UK) then instead of downloading 80 Mb TPR (Multi-Languages) It's also available as “Lite” versions for English (US and UK) based language users for only about 3 Mb installer (recompiled by me):


English-US: http://www.4shared.c...rified=cc25d654

English-UK: http://www.4shared.c...rified=cc25d654

also there might be some other trusted sources to get them

Note: If you don’t install TPR, then you can only get the On-Screen Keyboard (OSK) feature only.

If the TIP (Tablet PC Input Panel) still doesn’t look or work properly after installing it and you have also met system requirements and installed all main prerequisites

Also please go to Control Panel -> “Regional and Language Options” applet then make sure you have:
- Enabled Xp Language Bar setting
- Checked “Extend support of advanced text services to all programs” and
- Unchecked “Turn off advanced text services”
- Then restart your computer

They are usually automatically arranged during TIP installation process, but you can also set up them before or after installing to make sure it’s enabled (Note: If your language (Non-English) is not supported or you don’t have Xp MUI pack/localization, then the Writing and Character pad will be disabled by default

(Optional -> They are Not critical/required):

- Microsoft Speech Recognition SDK 5.1 + Microphone -> Optional
Download:
http://www.microsoft...;displaylang=en

- Tablet PC SDK 1.7 -> Though it’s not required for TIP at all, but you can also install it i.e to update afew binary files i.e wisptis.exe in system32 in Xp Pro/Home/MCE (SP2/SP3). Also some Tablet-Only applications also need it for running properly in Xp Non Tablet (Pro, Home, MCE) e.g. Snipping Tool Tablet PC (from Tablet PC Experience Pack) etc
Download:
http://www.microsoft...;displaylang=en

- Tablet PC Hardware or Pen Mouse for Desktop/Laptop PC (e.g from Wacom or Genius) -> Optional but it’s highly recommended for Inking and Handwriting rather than a standard mouse (though mouse can still be used as minimal), as the main purpose. Another function: For example, it’s also more helpful than mouse if you’re a Graphic Designer who uses some applications e.g Adobe Photoshop or Corel Painter by using Pen Mouse in PC/Laptop. It can bring/simulate some “Tablet Behavior” to your PC/Laptop and still be much cheaper than original Tablet hardware. Very useful enough.

- It’s very recommended to enable Quick Launch
(per-user setting) for placing TIP shortcut before or after installing which you can directly launch TIP anytime by using the Quick Launch shortcut (you can easily hide it anytime you want) instead of “Old TIP taskbar icon” that’s disabled in this port version though you can also restore it back easily, since it looks “annoying” in PC and Laptop non-Tablet GUI even for some Tablet Users (following Vista that hides it too by default).

Screenshot -> Launch Xp TIP better by using Quick Launch shortcut etc like Vista instead of "old taskbar icon":
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Note: Thx alot to YahooGroups (Tablet PC section) for providing tip.exe and floattip.exe, very useful. Even the direct shortcuts and instant floating binaries are still not available in original Xp Tablet PC 2005 (By default). So please enjoy these enhancements!

Important Note:


Some Enhancement/Tweaked Features (especially for Xp Pro/Home/MCE in Deskop/Laptop PC): -> Even it's more enhanced than the original one in Xp Tablet PC OS![/b]

For Examples:
- Built in installer as add on/stand alone application for Windows, fast, and easy uninstallable as well as other ones (not like other previous guides that with huge binaries and must-do extreme conversion from Xp to Tablet).
- Very Light (only about 2,3 Mb for installer binary) that excludes some required prerequisites (.Net Framework 1.0 SP3 (1.0375) + 1.1 SP1, Journal Viewer 1.5 (or Office 2003/2007 in most cases), and Tablet PC Handwriting/Gesture Recognizer from Microsoft/me (Lite), all for free).
- Some Vista Icons and Flavors/Features (GUI) for TIP (Tablet PC Input Panel) icon, shortcuts, and Control Panel Applets (Tablet optional component) etc.
- Tweaked/removed/patched some Tablet PC-only limitations so it can also be used on "normal" Xp with Standard Desktop PC/Laptop as well.
- No Taskbar TIP Icon anymore by default (you still can restore it back later as original TIP), more easier-accessible by using some TIP shortcuts (e.g TIP shortcut in Quick Launch, per-user setting).
- No On-Screen Keyboard (OSK) on Log on Screen (you can restore it back later as original TIP), guaranteed, not annoying anymore for i.e Desktop PC while you booting/logging on/switching users.
- New shortcuts on Start Menu to launch TIP like Vista (Accessories\Tablet PC), also on Quick Launch (per-user setting) instead of "old" TIP icon on Taskbar (that disabled by default), help file etc.
- Some features above to enable/disable (customize) floating TIP and also disable TIP totally (the services) i.e for keeping the computer resource up without uninstalling it at all till you're ready to enable it back.
- Sure, you can still use standard mouse or even touchpad (minimally) to create any handwriting, gesture, or inking on Desktop/Laptop PC but it's more better and easier if you also have a Pen Mouse Hardware for your Desktop/Laptop PC, so you can do it as well as a real pen for Tablet PC!
- As original, the new Tablet PC 2005 framework skinning GUI engine also depends on Xp theme itself.
- Easy-Uninstallable, like other 3rd party application (not as Windows locked feature). No critical/original Windows system files replaced/changed during TIP installation process. It only enhance your system as the main purpose.
- Support for Multilanguages (see the Language Bar). MUI/localization pack must be installed first. If not then English will still be the default one.
- Your Xp Pro/Home/MCE OS(es) won't be hacked/changed at all (once again, no critical/original Windows system files replaced/changed during TIP installation process) and it/they will still always be original and genuine as first time (not like previous "hacking way" which really "converts" your Xp to Xp Tablet PC only to get some Tablet Components installed), check the system properties or about Windows to prove it. WGA (Windows Genuine Validation) etc is not affected at all.

* DOWNLOAD UPDATED TABLET PC INPUT PANEL INSTALLER:

1) Tablet PC Input Panel 2005 for Xp Pro/Home (New Installer, Uninstallable):

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The latest TIP version for Xp (Originally from Xp Tablet PC 2005 ported to Xp Pro) with more ehanced feature:
MD 5: 548d16214b97ffad2bda4c2e2683f9b9
Download (Only 4,82 Mb):
http://www.4shared.c...ted_to_Xp_.html

LATEST UPDATE: Using some efforts, you can also use this TIP installer to restore / repair original TIP/Tablet PC Input Panel in Xp Tablet PC 2005 OS and add some additional tweaks and shortcuts to it as well (no guarantee though, always create backup/system restore point before). Thanks for the last info that i got before...

2) Tablet PC Input Panel "Classic/Old" (pre Tablet PC 2005) for Xp Pro/Home (New Installer, Uninstallable):

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Note: Although it looks old, but it can be freely "docked" like Vista with lighter resource (although some features removed too):
MD5 :e1d9f7418142619ef1307c87badc5c1c
Download (Only 4,0 Mb):
http://www.4shared.c...l_Editions.html

Note: If you're interested, you still can't install and have both of them all, please only choose either of them above, or at least uninstall b4 installing another.

Please Note: Since some app files might have been "patched" or "compressed" (packed) to work properly on another Xp OS editions etc and it might be a necessary effort for that beside the installing code itself, then some "false alarm" or "false positive" may happen to some clean exe installers/apps /installation process (rare) although they are actually clean and safe and does not pose a threat to your system.. The term false positive is used when antivirus software wrongly classifies an innocuous ( inoffensive ) file as a virus. The incorrect detection may be due to heuristics or to an incorrect virus signature in a database.Usually some great and famous antiviruses (such as Kaspersky, AVG, Norman, McAfee, etc) won't have the such problem so far bcoz they will work better. If that happens, then you can simply ignore it and continue installing as it's guaranteed actually 100% safe and clean by me. But again, it's still 100% your own choice and right to decide.

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NOTE: Some/Other Advantages for All Desktop PC, Laptop, and Tablet PC Users:

Mmm, as i said above, For Desktop/Laptop users with Xp non-tablet OS (Pro, Home, MCE), since now they can be more happier by enhancing their Xp OSes (Pro/Home/MCE) to have all features by default (Ultimate etc), without any limitation/separation or separated Xp OSes anymore (like Vista's way for desktop) i.e for Desktop customization (fun) or using some inking/handwriting Tablet apps (by using either mouse or special mouse pen for inking in desktop PC as said above) in some useful/productive activities (i.e for graphic designers or people who often like/use handwriting and handdrawing by using the apps/features as said above), can be useful for them, etc...

For Tablet PC user, in another (rare) case (for example, as i often read some topics about it by Tablet PC users on some tablet forum/net), if you have a new Tablet PC which came with pre-installed Vista (not like Xp, Vista for Tablet is identical/same with PC version), but you still want to "downgrade" it to Xp Tablet PC 2005 (Downgrades right is only available for Ultimate/Business as far i know, and Xp Tablet PC OS is not available as retail, but only OEM with the Tablet PC itself unless you're MSDN subscriber or a fanatic torrent user lol), then you can only install your own Xp Pro or MCE on it, then install some Tablet PC stuffs above (Journal, Sticky Notes, Input Panel), done. or if you miss Xp Tablet PC OS CD etc. the problem solved...

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3rd Party Alternative for Tablet Input Panel (Inker):
Atozed software has released a new alternative for Tablet PC Input Panel in both Xp Tablet PC 2005 and Vista(needs .Net Framework 3.5 SP1 installed for both), it's called "Inker" (Beta). However you can also get Inker working in Xp Pro/Home/MCE by installing Windows Journal Viewer 1.5, Tablet Recognizer Pack above, and .Net Framework 3.5 SP1.

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Download / Try Atozed Inker Input Panel: http://www.atozed.co...r/index.en.aspx

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- Some Good 3rd Party Virtual Keyboard apps (OSK) especially for Tablet PC users:

Comfort On Screen Keyboard (shareware): -> Designed for multipurposes (cool app 4 me)
http://www.comfortkeyboard.com/

Updated: Alternatively you can also download the free legal version (from giveaway) of Comfort Keys Lite that contains the Comfort On Screen Keyboard feature (built-in) for free here: http://www.4shared.c...80_full_wi.html (100% legal)

Inscribe (Free): -> Designed for both UMPC and Tablet PC
http://www.iliumsoft...fp/inscribe.php

With them even you could get much better OSK in Xp than the default one in Windows 7... :)

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2). Original Windows 7 M3 Build Tablet Math Input Panel (MIP -> "Beta Stage Port") Ported to Both Xp and Vista by Bro Jdd

It's also a Tablet PC Input Panel's companion in Windows 7 (separated). Please also visit The Original Thread about Original Windows 7 Tablet Math Input Panel (MIP) Ported to Both Xp and Vista by Bro Jdd with download link: - Deviantart: http://jeremyddual.d...on-xp-104354090

About Tablet Math Input Panel in Windows 7 (Review and screenies):
http://www.gottabemo...el-screenshots/

Again, Thx alot to Jdd (JeremyDDual) from Wincert and Deviantart for porting and uploading this first (please visit his thread them), full credits to him, later i just reuploaded it with manifest file and a guide note and gave the missing prerequisites for Xp All Editions. he said it was from Windows 7 M3 which had new Tablet Math Input Panel (as new Tablet Component, rather than Vista and Xp Tablet PC 2005):

Update: OSes: Xp (Pro, Home, MCE), Xp Tablet PC 2005 -> SP2/SP3 and Vista. Both Xp and Xp tablet PC need Alky 1.1 installed with real Vista Ultimate serial number (RTM).

Xp Tablet PC: It needs Alky and Visual C++ 2005 Runtime Redistributable package. Xp Pro/Home/Tablet PC, then you need (you can download them all from Microsoft website for free):

Just copy all the files to directory "C:\Program Files\Common Files\Microsoft Shared\Ink" on both Xp and Vista like original Windows 7. Do the same with Vista. You still may run it anywhere though. For Xp Only with Alky: After that, right click mip.exe, then select "patch and run Vista executable". Done, the app Windows will appear. Do the same with micaut.dll (Right click -> "Patch Vista Library") You need to register mraut.dll as usual com library using regsvr32 /s mraut.dll command. It can recognize mathematical expression but needs to restart though (close and re-open the app before it can recognize). Seems that because of lack of fprint function etc. Still needs some internal routine fixes though.

:P Well, if someone of you is great in programming, coding and hacking, please help to fix it to work properly on Xp! Don't forget to share it back to people. Thanks alot and may God bless you! maybe it will run with more compatibilities in Vista than Xp. (I have included unpatched MIP files too also for Vista, since Vista doesn't need Alky to run it at all).

Download Alky 1.1 for Xp :
http://fromvistatoxp...8-000051_xp.rar

Download Alky 1.1 for Windows Server 2003 :
http://fromvistatoxp...-000051_2k3.rar

Then you have to enter the Vista Ultimate Serial during Alky Setup (with Vista DVD/Resource)

HOW TO INSTALL ALKY WITH VISTA SERIAL (XP ONLY) : Thanks to Ricktendo for this info and uploading: You dont need a Vista DVD to install Alky with license, just create a "sources" folder in the root of one of your hard drives example D:\sources and put these two files in it:

[codebox]
[b]pidgenx.dll
pkeyconfig.xrm-ms[/b][/codebox]

[b]Download them [/b](thx alot to my friend Ricktendo - Wincert for uploading them): 394 kb
[url="http://www.mediafire.com/?549xdtjmm9j"]http://www.mediafire.com/?549xdtjmm9j[/url]

Easy Steps To install Alky with Vista Serial:

1) Download from link above, then extract/create "sources" folder that contains two downloaded files above to any drive/partition you want (e.g.: "D:\"). If you copy them to "D:\" , so the full path becomes "D:\sources", according to Ricktendo's explanation above or his post below). Of course you can also copy them to "C:\", or "F:\" later, just for example guys.
2) Run Alky Installer (you have to remove previous Alky before re-installing), then check "Bind to product key". Select the drive/partition that you placed the folder (e.g.: D:\ like above) Enter your Vista "Valid" Serial (Bind to Product Key) and , start installing.
3) Reboot (optional but recommended to re-register new drivers/binaries, registry, Alky Shell Extension etc), done!
4) No more Vista DVD hell needed! bye! [/b](thx again to Ricktendo, very practical mate!)

Beside Xp Tablet PC you can also use Xp Ultimate XD from Raphael/MSFN edition with Alky (thx to Bro Jdd for the info)

If you have Xp Non Tablet/"Normal" (Pro, Home, MCE, Starter Edition, Embedded), beside Alky 1.1 to patch the exe (with Vista Ultimate serial for the set up), then you also need to install (Some components below are Xp Tablet 2005 built-in features):

- Net Framework 1.0 and/or . Net Framework 1.1 SP1 and Hotfix KB886903 -> Note: Xp Tablet PC and MCE 2005 has already included .Net framework 1.0 and 1.1.

(Again, you can choose one of them/higher):

- Windows Journal Viewer 1.5 -> (Xp Tablet PC 2005 doesnt need this)
Download:
[url="http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details...;DisplayLang=en"]http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details...;DisplayLang=en[/url]

- Microsoft Tablet PC SDK 1.7 -> (Xp Tablet PC 2005 doesnt need this)
Download:
[url="http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details...;displaylang=en"]http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details...;displaylang=en[/url]

- Microsoft Tablet PC SDK Ink Analysis and Input Supplement (requires Tablet PC SDK 1.7 installed before) -> (Xp Tablet PC 2005 may not need them)
Download:
[url="http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details...;displaylang=en"]http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details...;displaylang=en[/url]

- Microsoft Tablet PC Recognizer Pack (Xp Tablet PC 2005 may not need them):
Download (80 Mb - MUI):
[url="http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details...;displaylang=en"]http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details...;displaylang=en[/url]

Tablet Recognizer Pack Lite English-US: [url="http://www.4shared.com/file/61605471/ef2a9...rified=cc25d654"]http://www.4shared.com/file/61605471/ef2a9...rified=cc25d654[/url]

Tablet Recognizer Pack Lite English-UK: [url="http://www.4shared.com/file/61606098/1dc90...rified=cc25d654"]http://www.4shared.com/file/61606098/1dc90...rified=cc25d654[/url]

- Visual C++ 2005 Runtime Redistributable package:
[url="http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?FamilyId=32BC1BEE-A3F9-4C13-9C99-220B62A191EE&displaylang=en"]http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details...;displaylang=en[/url]

- Tablet PC Input Panel as installed above (recommended)

[b]Screenshot (as original in Windows 7):[/b]

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Screenshot (In My Real Xp MCE -> Look at the blue taskbar, sorry i don't have Windows 7 installed but Jdd, No Handwriting Recognition in the preview pane though):

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[u][b]* DOWNLOAD ORIGINAL WINDOWS 7 TABLET MATH INPUT PANEL (From Windows 7 M3 Build 6801):[/b][/u]

Size: 12,1 Mb -> (both patched and unpatched applications) - for Xp and Vista :
MD5 Checksum: cfb55c732b8c42f05b37165991506fc3
[url="http://www.4shared.com/file/74102192/f02b0403/Windows_7_Math_Input_Panel_ported_to_Xp_and_Vista_by_Jdd.html"]http://www.4shared.com/file/74102192/f02b0...sta_by_Jdd.html[/url]

Just copy all the files to directory "C:\Program Files\Common Files\Microsoft Shared\Ink" on both Xp and Vista like original Windows 7. Do the same with Vista. You still can run it anywhere though.

[b]For Xp (Only with Alky):[/b] After that, right click mip.exe, then select "patch and run Vista executable". Done, the app Windows will appear. Do the same with micaut.dll (Right click -> "Patch Vista Library") You may patch mraut.dll as usual com library using regsvr32 /s mraut.dll command:
To Register MIP in Xp you have to run as administrator:
[code]
Start Menu -> All Programs -> Accessories -> Command Prompt -> type/paste this:

REGSVR32 "c:\Program Files\Common Files\Microsoft Shared\Ink\mraut.dll"

Or Start menu -> Run -> Type/paste:

REGSVR32 "c:\Program Files\Common Files\Microsoft Shared\Ink\mraut.dll"
[/code]
and press enter. Or you can double click the included batch file (Register mraut.bat) to register the dll instead. It can recognize mathematical expression but needs to restart though (close and re-open the app before it can recognize). Seems that because of lack of fprint function etc. Still needs some internal routine fixes though. Again, if someone of you is great in programming, coding and hacking, please help to fix it so it can work properly on Xp. Don't forget to share it back to people for free. You're free to release it on WinMatrix anywhere you want (lol it might be MS copyright not mine i know hehe) especially for personal use/customization purpose only. Thanks alot. :)

[b]For Vista:[/b] It will run kinda better in Vista than Xp bcoz its more compatibilities (MIP can recognize math inking but too bad the insert function still doesnt work so far). (I have included unpatched MIP files too also for Vista, since Vista doesn't need Alky to run it at all). After copying all the files to Ink folder ("C:\Program Files\Common Files\Microsoft Shared\Ink" as above),
You only need to register mraut.dll in Vista as usual activex/dll, and it should successfully recognize the inking like Windows 7.
To Register MIP in Vista you have to run as administrator, as the only way:
[code]
Start Menu -> All Programs -> Accessories -> Command Prompt -> Right click it and select "run as administrator". After the Window appears, type/paste this:

REGSVR32 "c:\Program Files\Common Files\Microsoft Shared\Ink\mraut.dll"
[/code]
then the mraut.dll should have been registered successfully. Or you may could run the same batch file as administrator. You'll be able to run MIP on Vista (still without insert function though).

The shortcut of mip.exe is "Math Input Panel" is on Accessories\Tablet PC on the start menu on both Xp and Vista by default (all users).

Screenshot of Math Input Panel on Vista:

Unlike Xp, it can work better and recognize the inking properly (The insert button still doesn't work though):
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REPLACEMENTS/BETTER ALTERNATIVES FOR WINDOWS 7 MATH INPUT PANEL ON BOTH XP AND VISTA
(+ SOME MS APPLICATIONS)


1). Microsoft Equation Writer (Functional Replacement/Alternative for Math Input Panel in Xp and Vista, Stand Alone)

Too bad the original MIP can be ported to Xp and Vista but may still miss some functionalities (at least for now, till fixed) but you can still "mimic/simulate" New Windows 7 Math Input Panel in Xp and Vista (that still lack of some functionality), so if you need more, you can also use Microsoft Math below (with more advanced features) or even only Microsoft Equation Editor (built in Office Edition) for mathematical Expression. Other more powerful 3rd parties which you can also consider as replacement for 7 Math Input Panel on Xp/Vista: i.e XThink Math Journal and Calculator. You can get them Here and Here :D

Prerequisites: (Windows Xp Pro, Home, MCE, Tablet PC 2005, and Windows Vista. See the required editions for Windows Vista below):

- Microsoft .Net Framework 2.0 (v2.0.50727) and/or higher -> Required for Windows Xp only.
(Windows Vista has included built in .Net Framework 3.0, which is higher. Usually they don’t need .Net Framework 2.0 anymore except some cases)

- Microsoft Windows Journal Viewer 1.5 (Pro, Home, MCE) -> Required for Inking/Handwriting support in Xp Pro, Home, MCE only.
Mouse Pen hardware is highly recommended and better for inking/handwriting in Xp Non Tablet instead of standard mouse.
Windows Xp Tablet PC Edition 2005 and Windows Vista don’t need Windows Journal Viewer at all and can’t also install it.
Also, if you have Microsoft Office 2003 or 2007 installed in Windows Xp, it seems then usually you don’t need Windows Journal Viewer anymore (in most cases).

(All download links of prerequisites above in Tablet PC Input Panel/Math Input Panel Section)

Note:
This is also an updated version of Microsoft Equation Writer in previous Microsoft Education Pack for Xp Tablet PC Edition 2005. This customized version can also be installed in Windows Vista as well as the original one and even might be in other supported OSes. It's a stand alone application. It's also available as part of Vista Experience Pack for Xp installer below (with bigger size).

Screenshot:

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* DOWNLOAD MICROSOFT EQUATION WRITER STAND ALONE INSTALLER FOR XP/VISTA:

Microsoft Equation Writer Installer, Uninstallable:

Size: Only 6,35 Mb
MD5 Checksum: 863C53D473898A43AD154D01598C7763

http://www.4shared.c...and_Vista_.html

- Download unpacked version (without installer) if you had a problem with the installer (e.g false positive/alarm etc):
http://www.4shared.c..._Unpacked_.html

2). Microsoft Math (A Better Functional Replacement for Math Input Panel and Calculator too)

This one is better than Microsoft Equation Writer and even the original W7 Math Input Panel Itself. It can recognize both handwriting and typing, solve, and paste any Mathematical Equation and some mathematical problems (Algebra, Arithmatic, Trigonometry, Calculus, Geometry, Statistic, and many more etc!). It also has Calculator which even better than any standard Windows Calculator...

Screenshot 1 (MS Math: The Calculator, Display, and Inking Features):

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As you can see, it also has a calculator too. Actually you're not required to use Microsoft Math in only Tablet PC environment since it's basically not Tablet-only application (the inking/handwriting is just an additional feature which can be enabled only if you install it in Xp Tablet PC 2005 and Vista Premium/Ultimate or Xp Pro/Home/MCE with Windows Journal Viewer 1.5 installed). You can use it to count, calculate, solve some mathematic problems, draw curve graphic, and many more like a super calculator application. You can also use Microsoft Math as a good replacement for both Windows 7 Calculator and Math Input Panel in Xp and Vista (See list on the bottom). Get Microsoft Math for free here...

Note/Tips To mimic New Windows 7 Math Input Panel in Xp and Vista (PC, Laptop, and Tablet PC) with inking enabled:
After installing then stretch the inking preview pane so it's larger (like Windows 7 Math Input Panel).
Also select: Toolbar -> View -> Check "Use Handwriting Input" as default view setting. You can even use the calculator feature that more powerful than Windows 7 standard calculator (in some cases).
Then uncheck "Show on Start Up" on Math Tools Box and close it,so it doesn't start up/cover the inking preview pane anymore (make it looks clearer).
Don't forget to explore the other features which can be very useful for us (read the help file). Enjoy!

Prerequisites: (Windows Xp Pro, Home, MCE, Tablet PC 2005, and Windows Vista. See the required editions for Windows Vista below):

- Microsoft .Net Framework 2.0 (v2.0.50727) and/or higher -> Required for Windows Xp only.
(Windows Vista has included built in .Net Framework 3.0, which is higher. Usually they don’t need .Net Framework 2.0 anymore except some cases)

- Microsoft Windows Journal Viewer 1.5 (Pro, Home, MCE)
-> Optional (you can still run Microsoft Math without installing it), only for Inking/Handwriting support in Xp Pro, Home, MCE only.
Mouse Pen hardware is highly recommended and better for inking/handwriting in Xp Non Tablet instead of standard mouse.
Windows Xp Tablet PC Edition 2005 and Windows Vista don’t need Windows Journal Viewer at all and can’t also install it.
Also, if you have Microsoft Office 2003 or 2007 installed in Windows Xp, it seems then usually you don’t need Windows Journal Viewer anymore (in most cases).

(All download links of prerequisites above in Tablet PC Input Panel/Math Input Panel Section)

Screenshot 2 (Handwriting and Equation Recognition):

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* DOWNLOAD MICROSOFT MATH INSTALLER:

Microsoft Math Installer, Uninstallable:

Size: Only 12,1 Mb
MD5 Checksum: 86E9D6C2F9B8ECE8ADC89FB145496971

http://www.4shared.c...and_Vista_.html

- Download unpacked version (without installer) if you had a problem with the installer (e.g false positive/alarm etc):
http://www.4shared.c...Installer_.html

-> Free Bonus:
Microsoft Equation Editor (Stand Alone Installer) (Previously it was only built in MS Office feature):

It's very Useful for inserting any Equation/Mathematical Symbol into a document -> (Algebra, Arithmetic, Trigonometry etc). For Students/Professionals.

Size: Only 359 Kb
MD5: CC92F9962CB23764F18BE1B2A1D3185A

http://www.4shared.c..._Installer.html

NEW VISTA PORTS (FOR XP):

3). Microsoft Sudoku (From Origami Experience Pack for Windows Vista, ported to Xp)

This is a Tablet PC Game from both Vista and Tablet PC that ported to Xp Pro/Home/MCE like Inkball (both of them based on "inking") from "Origami" project. This version can also be installed in Windows Vista as well as the original one and even might be in other supported OSes.

You can also get the WMP Skin ("Brilliant Black Skin") here: http://www.winmatrix...showtopic=21358

Please download/get and install some prerequisites below (Required only for Windows Xp Pro, Home, and MCE. Since Xp Tablet PC 2005 OS has included them/their features):

- Microsoft .Net Framework 2.0 and/or higher (Pro and Home –> MCE and Tablet PC have included it).
- Microsoft Windows Journal Viewer 1.5 (Pro, Home, MCE).
Mouse Pen hardware is highly recommended and better for inking/handwriting in Xp Non Tablet instead of
standard mouse.

Note: Windows Xp Tablet PC Edition 2005 and Windows Vista don’t need Windows Journal Viewer at all and
can’t also install it.
Also, if you have Microsoft Office 2003 or 2007 installed in Windows Xp, it seems then usually you don’t
need Windows Journal Viewer anymore (in most cases).

- Tablet PC Handwriting and Gesture Recognizer or TPR/TRP/TPG –> (Pro, Home, MCE).
Note: For English Users only, you can also use TPR Lite (US or UK) for only about ±3 Mb instead of
downloading 80 Mb Multi-Languages version from Microsoft.

- Tablet PC SDK 1.7.
Note: It seems if you already have Tablet PC Input Panel for Windows Xp All Editions installed before (as
a “Port” by me), then you may not need Tablet PC SDK 1.7 only for running Sudoku, since they
might use some shared binaries.

(All download links of prerequisites above in Tablet PC Input Panel/Math Input Panel Section)

Screenshot:

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* DOWNLOAD MICROSOFT SUDOKU INSTALLER FOR XP AND VISTA (GAME) :

Microsoft Sudoku for Xp (Game):


Size: Only 1,23 Mb
MD5 Checksum: 799BBA1232198B25B5B625BA30795855

http://www.4shared.c...Pack-Port_.html

- Download unpacked version (without installer) if you had a problem with the installer (e.g false positive/alarm etc):
http://www.4shared.c..._Unpacked_.html


4). Microsoft Experience Pack for Windows Vista (ported to Xp)


Like previous Microsoft Experience Pack for Tablet PC, this is just updated versions for Windows Vista that already ported to Xp.

The Experience Pack contains 4 main applications:

- Ink Crossword
- Media Transfer
- Equation Writer
- Ink Flash Cards


Please download/get and install some prerequisites below (Required only for Windows Xp Pro, Home, and MCE. Since Xp Tablet PC 2005 OS has included them/their features):

- Microsoft .Net Framework 2.0 (v2.0.50727) and/or higher.

- Microsoft Windows Journal Viewer 1.5
(Pro, Home, MCE) for inking/handwriting support.
Mouse Pen hardware is highly recommended and better for inking/handwriting in Xp Non Tablet instead of standard mouse.
Note: Windows Xp Tablet PC Edition 2005 and Windows Vista don’t need Windows Journal Viewer at all and can’t also install it.
Also, if you have Microsoft Office 2003 or 2007 installed in Windows Xp, it seems then usually you don’t need Windows Journal Viewer anymore (in most cases).

- Tablet PC Handwriting and Gesture Recognizer or TPR/TRP/TPG
–> (Pro, Home, MCE).
Note: For English Users only, you can also use TPR Lite (US or UK) for only about ±3 Mb instead of downloading 80 Mb Multi-Languages version from Microsoft.
(Please visit some Amir’z threads in winMatrix.com or wincert.net or browse to get TPR Lite).

- Tablet PC SDK 1.7
for Windows Xp Non Tablet (Pro, Home, MCE. Required for Ink Crossword and Ink Flash Cards).

- Windows Media Player 10 or 11 or higher (Optional but required for Media Transfer to work properly).

- Windows Media Connect (Optional, for Media Transfer in “Second PC” and (recommended) vice versa).
Note: By using Media Transfer, it seems you can “simulate” your first PC/Laptop as Tablet PC for transferring multimedia data. Install Windows Media Connect for second PC
(as the second peer or the PC) and also (recommended) vice versa.

(All download links of prerequisites above in Tablet PC Input Panel/Math Input Panel Section)

Some built in Xp Features which have to be enabled by default (as well as Vista):
- Internet Connection is required for Ink Crossword – Don’t forget to set up the default Firewall to permit it.
- Universal Plug and Play Device Host service is required for Media Transfer.
- Some Desktop Settings (Optional. Please read below as default settings for Windows Vista).

Please read some specific settings and features below for each program that included.

Some Screenshots:


Ink Flash Cards:
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Ink CrossWord:

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Microsoft Media Transfer (With Windows Media Player 11):
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* DOWNLOAD MICROSOFT EXPERIENCE PACK INSTALLER FOR WINDOWS VISTA (PORTED TO XP):

Updated: V2:

- For All Users (Installed by administration rights)

- Fixed Ink Crosswords (+More Offline Games Options) and Flashcards (COM Registration)

- Fixed Registry Settings and environment variables

- Etc

- MD5 Checksum (DF6F942F3D8D27532145CD6F5660FBC7) coz the code changed lol

By Amirz

Vista Experience Pack for Xp installer:

Size: Only 12,14 Mb
MD5 Checksum: DF6F942F3D8D27532145CD6F5660FBC7

http://www.4shared.c..._Xp__Port_.html

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- CONVERT XP PRO/HOME/2003 TO XP TABLET PC 2005:


Convert Xp Pro/Home/MCE 2005 to Xp Tablet PC 2005 OS without reinstalling the OS: If you really want to convert Xp to real Xp Tablet PC 2005 OS without reinstalling/reformatting the OS (it will be recognized as original MCE 2005 by MS and updated!).
Useful i.e you have Tablet PC with Vista installed but still want to: dual boot it with Xp but you only have original Xp Pro. Just convert it to Xp Tablet PC for free. Thanks to neo.JoeJoe:

1) Install:
-Microsoft .NET Framework 1.0
-Install Microsoft .NET Framework 1.0.3705 and It's SP3.
-Copy "Copy2Gac.exe" to "C:\WINDOWS\Microsoft.NET\Framework\v1.0.3705"
-Install Microsoft .Net Framework 1.1 and its SP1.

2) Navigate : HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\WPA and create a key named TabletPC now add a string value named "Installed" and set as 1
Or directly double click "TabletPC.reg" to merge it into registry->Optional though to finally convert the OS to Xp Tablet PC 2005 as you can see the System Properties changed.
But finally the system will still be Tablet PC 2005 OS after some MS updates and boots though.

Install Tablet PC 2005 U can replace above commands for MCE or add both MCE+TPC with these commands

Get tabletpc.inf (included) .copy to C:\windows\inf\ ; then Run following commands to install Tablet PC components:

Open Command Prompt (Run -> Type "CMD" without Quotes) or directly double click"TABLETPC.cmd" to run the Tablet PC commands (included).
rundll32 setupapi.dll,InstallHinfSection TPG 128 tabletpc.inf
rundll32 setupapi.dll,InstallHinfSection System 128 tabletpc.inf
rundll32 setupapi.dll,InstallHinfSection OOBE 128 tabletpc.inf
rundll32 setupapi.dll,InstallHinfSection Notebook 128 tabletpc.inf
rundll32 setupapi.dll,InstallHinfSection StickyNotes 128 tabletpc.inf
rundll32 setupapi.dll,InstallHinfSection AllShortcuts 128 tabletpc.inf
rundll32 setupapi.dll,InstallHinfSection SRInstall 128 tabletpc.inf
rundll32 setupapi.dll,InstallHinfSection AllReg 128 tabletpc.inf

C:\WINDOWS\Microsoft.NET\Framework\v1.0.3705\Copy2Gac.exe /i /a /p:"C:\Program Files\Common Files\Microsoft Shared\Ink\1.7\"
Note: After executing command, it will open new dialog window and ask you to navigate/browse to where you placed TabletPC.cab. Follow and do it.

To make Tablet PC Input Panel etc working/updated, just download and reinstall SP2/SP3 on Xp. Done.

- Download Xp to Xp Tablet PC 2005 OS transformation package (no need to reinstall the OS), guide included:

also included tabletpc.cab, tabletpc.inf files etc after extracting it :
Name : Convert_Xp_to_Xp_Tablet_PC_2005.zip
Size : 69.5 Mb
http://depositfiles....files/173n1c4m1

Mirror download link:
or http://www.4shared.c...plications.html

After that, please download and/or reinstall SP2 or SP3 for Xp (SP3 is recommended since it's the last one) (i.e to fix/update Tablet PC Input Panel version etc) or using Windows Update.

Xp SP2: http://www.microsoft...&displaylang=en

Xp SP3:
http://www.microsoft...&displaylang=en

The process is not reversible/uninstallable though.

Special/Recommended Stuffs For XP Tablet PC 2005 Users: Download tip.exe and floattip.exe + some TIP tweaks (Btw it was also included in TIP installer for XP Pro/Home/MCE/2003):

Since we can't create shortcut to launch Tablet PC Input Panel (TIP) directly other than the standard icon on taskbar (maybe there's some hidden parameter to launch it, but i don't know so far), In Vista we can launch TIP by just clicking the shortcut on start menu (this is available in my TIP installer for XP Pro and Home). For Xp Tablet PC 2005 users alternatively you can double click tip.exe or the shortcut of it to launch TIP. Also sometimes Xp Tablet PC users can't always find floating icon i.e when launching Notepad with TIP (maybe depending on brand/hardwares/some drivers etc), then you can use floattip.exe to fix/show the floating TIP icon always. Small size and very useful.

Download: http://www.4shared.c...et_PC_2005.html

Download Vista / Windows 7 Icons for TIP, Journal, Sticky Notes, Inkball (XP Tablet PC Applications):
http://www.4shared.c...icky_Notes.html

- Download Vista Pack for Xp Tablet PC 2005: http://www.4shared.c...plications.html -> Make Tablet PC applications (Windows Journal, Inkball, Sticky Notes etc) look like the ones in Vista / Windows 7

- Convert Xp to Xp MCE 2005 (Media Center):- Please read my 6th post below, for converting Xp to Xp MCE 2005 (or visit my thread here: http://www.winmatrix...showtopic=22552 for Windows Media Center on Xp like Vista and Windows 7).

- Microsoft TouchPack for Windows 7 OEM (Tablet PC) and Multitouch Features:
While there's TouchPack for Windows 7 (Tablet PC), actually XP Tablet PC users can still get Touchpack for XP (with different apps and games though). Just download here for free (MUI and English):
http://www.4shared.c...ck_UMPC_Xp.html and http://www.4shared.c...__English_.html (only for Xp Tablet PC 2005). Note: Non tablet PC XP users may also get some features of it: http://www.winmatrix...-windows-7-mat/ and http://www.winmatrix...ant-black-skin/ also http://www.winmatrix...p-pro-home-mce/ (: Tablet PC features on XP Pro/Home). Moreover Xp and Vista Tablet PC users can still get Multitouch drivers for their device from some OEM manufacturer (like Dell, just google e.g Here) while the feature is already built in Windows 7.

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Others (Recommended Links):

Since Windows 7 (Beta) is still updated version of Vista at least for now (it still has Vista features but much more enhanced), alternatively you can still use many more replacements for Vista features and applications in Xp or Vista :

- "List of Most Vista Applications and Features for Xp" (By me):

http://www.winmatrix...showtopic=20480

- Windows 7 Applications, Tools, and Features for Xp (Full Original Thread):
http://www.winmatrix...showtopic=21246

- Windows Vista / 7 Media Center GUI Skin and Applications for Xp:

http://www.winmatrix...showtopic=22552

- Get Useful and Enhanced Windows 95-98 context menu file viewer : Microsoft QuickView ported to Xp! HERE :D

- Get thumbnails of more file types on Xp Explorer (included thumbnails of text and document on Windows Explorer!) HERE

- Get original Vista Snipping Tool, Inkball, Sticky Notes, Texas Hold'Em etc ported to Xp HERE

- Get Vista Explorer File Viewer ( Vista Explorer Preview Pane ) "ported" to Xp HERE

Long live Xp and cya! :P ...-> Please still continue to read my post #6 below and the next ones for more info... :D

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Edited by AMIRZ, 18 December 2009 - 04:16 PM.


#2 Vishal Gupta

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Posted 03 December 2008 - 09:28 PM

Again a superb post. Well done mate. :)

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Posted 03 December 2008 - 09:46 PM

Amazing post dude.

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Posted 03 December 2008 - 11:59 PM

AMIRZ your all threads are useful and gigantic! Hats off to your solid contribution.

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Posted 04 December 2008 - 03:07 AM

Nice post! How the hell do you type all of that? :D

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Posted 04 December 2008 - 12:13 PM

:) Thx alot everybody for nice comments here. Again, i'm very happy if they still can be useful for all of us, especially Xp users at the "last time" (hopefully not late), or at least just for fun/"toy" instead lol :lol:

To my friend CommonSense, just "copy and paste" i think...he..he... Sorry for my horrible English :ph34r:

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ADDED MORE: ... :D

Additional MCE and Tablet PC Stuffs for Xp :

It reminds me about MSFN/Rafael "Xp Ultimate" project several years ago :P ...although it's been "officially" removed on their sites, but you can still find and download some torrents of it though...). However you can still create your own "Xp Ultimate yourself", more customizable by converting Xp Pro/Home to either or both Xp MCE 2005 and Xp Tablet PC 2005 (OSes). Since they are supersets of Xp Pro with add ons (still based on same code base), hopefully there's no compatibility issue (exception maybe some OEM or unsigned drivers and settings though i.e Tablet PC 2005 basic driver is not compatible with my Toshiba Notebook OEM Battery driver, btw based on my own experience) and don't worry, there's no Xp Pro/Home feature removed.
Here is the simple way without need to reinstall/reformat the OS (you may need some tools that can be downloaded/googled below). Anyway Good luck:

Download "The Concept of XP Ultimate Edition.pdf" for more info:
http://www.4shared.c...te_Edition.html

- Also visit: http://www.4shared.c...let_PCMCE_.html

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- Convert Xp Pro/Home/MCE 2005 to Xp Tablet PC 2005 OS without reinstalling the OS:
If you really want to convert Xp to real Xp Tablet PC 2005 OS without reinstalling/reformatting the OS (it will be recognized as original MCE 2005 by MS and updated!).
Useful i.e you have Tablet PC with Vista installed but still want to: dual boot it with Xp but you only have original Xp Pro. Just convert it to Xp Tablet PC for free.

1) Install:
-Microsoft .NET Framework 1.0
-Install Microsoft .NET Framework 1.0.3705 and It's SP3.
-Copy "Copy2Gac.exe" to "C:\WINDOWS\Microsoft.NET\Framework\v1.0.3705"
-Install Microsoft .Net Framework 1.1 and its SP1.

2) Navigate : HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\WPA and create a key named TabletPC now add a string value named "Installed" and set as 1
Or directly double click "TabletPC.reg" to merge it into registry->Optional though to finally convert the OS to Xp Tablet PC 2005 as you can see the System Properties changed.
But finally the system will still be Tablet PC 2005 OS after some MS updates and boots though.

Install Tablet PC 2005 U can replace below commands for MCE later or add both MCE+TPC with these commands

Get tabletpc.inf (included) .copy to C:\windows\inf\ ; then Run following commands to install Tablet PC components:

Open Command Prompt (Run -> Type "CMD" without Quotes) or directly double click"TABLETPC.cmd" to run the Tablet PC commands (included).
rundll32 setupapi.dll,InstallHinfSection TPG 128 tabletpc.inf
rundll32 setupapi.dll,InstallHinfSection System 128 tabletpc.inf
rundll32 setupapi.dll,InstallHinfSection OOBE 128 tabletpc.inf
rundll32 setupapi.dll,InstallHinfSection Notebook 128 tabletpc.inf
rundll32 setupapi.dll,InstallHinfSection StickyNotes 128 tabletpc.inf
rundll32 setupapi.dll,InstallHinfSection AllShortcuts 128 tabletpc.inf
rundll32 setupapi.dll,InstallHinfSection SRInstall 128 tabletpc.inf
rundll32 setupapi.dll,InstallHinfSection AllReg 128 tabletpc.inf

C:\WINDOWS\Microsoft.NET\Framework\v1.0.3705\Copy2Gac.exe /i /a /p:"C:\Program Files\Common Files\Microsoft Shared\Ink\1.7\"
Note: After executing command, it will open new dialog window and ask you to navigate/browse to where you placed TabletPC.cab. Follow and do it.

To make Tablet PC Input Panel etc working/updated, just download and reinstall SP2/SP3 on Xp. Done.

- Download Xp to Xp Tablet PC 2005 OS transformation package (no need to reinstall the OS), guide included: also included tabletpc.cab, tabletpc.inf files etc after extracting it :
Name : Convert_Xp_to_Xp_Tablet_PC_2005.zip
Size : 71 Mb
MD5 :24fa6c9fb208ba60c81eb8f30fff6f43

http://depositfiles....files/173n1c4m1

Mirror download link: http://depositfiles....files/173n1c4m1

After that, please download and/or reinstall SP2 or SP3 for Xp (SP3 is recommended since it's the last one) (i.e to fix/update Tablet PC Input Panel version etc) or using Windows Update.

Xp SP2: http://www.microsoft...&displaylang=en

Xp SP3:
http://www.microsoft...&displaylang=en

The process is not reversible/uninstallable though...

Special/Recommended Stuffs For XP Tablet PC 2005 Users: Download tip.exe and floattip.exe + some TIP tweaks (Btw it was also included in TIP installer for XP Pro/Home/MCE/2003):

Since we can't create shortcut to launch Tablet PC Input Panel (TIP) directly other than the standard icon on taskbar (maybe there's some hidden parameter to launch it, but i don't know so far), In Vista we can launch TIP by just clicking the shortcut on start menu (this is available in my TIP installer for XP Pro and Home). For Xp Tablet PC 2005 users alternatively you can double click tip.exe or the shortcut of it to launch TIP. Also sometimes Xp Tablet PC users can't always find floating icon i.e when launching Notepad with TIP (maybe depending on brand/hardwares/some drivers etc), then you can use floattip.exe to fix/show the floating TIP icon always. Small size and very useful.

Download: http://www.4shared.c...et_PC_2005.html

Download Vista / Windows 7 Icons for TIP, Journal, Sticky Notes, Inkball (XP Tablet PC Applications):
http://www.4shared.c...icky_Notes.html

Download Vista Pack for Xp Tablet PC 2005: http://www.4shared.c...plications.html -> Make Tablet PC applications (Windows Journal, Inkball, Sticky Notes etc) look like the ones in Vista / Windows 7

Updated: If you can't download from the links above, then you can download them (both, Media Center and Tablet PC packages) on my thread Wincert HERE (please read Post #1 and #7) seems that bcoz of "hotlink protection" by Wincert so you can only download them there (don't worry, you're not required to register or login on Wincert, but again just visit my thread there on Wincert). Thanks to my friend Ricktendo64 for the info.

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- Convert Xp Pro/Home/Tablet PC to Xp MCE 2005 without reinstalling the OS:
If you really want to convert Xp to real Xp MCE 2005 OS without reinstalling/reformatting the OS (it will be recognized as original MCE 2005 by MS and updated!)

Some files already included in the package (mediactr.cab, inf so on). You can download my package below

(1.)Install Microsoft .NET Framework 1.0
Install Microsoft .NET Framework 1.0.3705 and It's SP3.
Copy "Copy2Gac.exe" to "C:\WINDOWS\Microsoft.NET\Framework\v1.0.3705" (Optional)
Install Microsoft .Net Framework 1.1 and its SP1.
Install WMP 10 or 11 and Supported MCE DVD Decoder such as ones from NVIDIA, Sonic, or WinDVD.

(2.)modify MCE registry
Open regedit.exe, goto HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\WPA,
create key named “MediaCenter”. Create DWORD Value named “Installed” in key and valued “1”.

“Installed” value in “MediaCenter” of XP (VLK Ver) OS must be String Value but DWORD value. And “Installed” value in “MediaCenter” key in all server 2003 OS must be string values. Because there are no WinXP MCE VLK and Win 2003 MCE versions. You can’t login if these values are DWORD!

If there is “Installed” valued “0” in “MediaCenter” in your Windows XP, you can not modify it in current OS.
You must use “load HIVE” function in other OS like this: Click HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE.
From the File menu, choose Load Hive,
Navigate to the registry location on your OS such as c:\windows\system32\config\system,name it “temp”.
after you modified the value to “1”,click temp,choose “unload HIVE” to save it.
You can also use Bart PE bootable disc or my fave: ERD Commander 2005 CD (google them or download Here )

(3.)install Media Center
Get medctroc.inf, plusoc.inf, sonic.inf (all included) .copy them to C:\windows\inf\ ; then Run following commands to install Media Center

Open Command Prompt (Run -> Type "CMD" without Quotes) or directly double click"MCE.cmd" to run the MCE commands (included).

Install Media Center (Need MEDIACTR.CAB):

rundll32 setupapi.dll,InstallHinfSection Freestyle 128 medctroc.inf

Install Windows Digital Media Enhancement (Need plus.cab):

rundll32 setupapi.dll,InstallHinfSection PlusGold 128 plusoc.inf
rundll32 setupapi.dll,InstallHinfSection PlusSpac 128 plusoc.inf
rundll32 setupapi.dll,InstallHinfSection PlusDavn 128 plusoc.inf
rundll32 setupapi.dll,InstallHinfSection PlusNatr 128 plusoc.inf
rundll32 setupapi.dll,InstallHinfSection PlusMpix 128 plusoc.inf
rundll32 setupapi.dll,InstallHinfSection PlusDancer 128 plusoc.inf
rundll32 setupapi.dll,InstallHinfSection PlusParty 128 plusoc.inf
rundll32 setupapi.dll,InstallHinfSection PlusAudio 128 plusoc.inf
rundll32 setupapi.dll,InstallHinfSection PlusCDLM 128 plusoc.inf
rundll32 setupapi.dll,InstallHinfSection PlusTheme 128 plusoc.inf

Install Sonic DVD and CD Burning (Need sonic.cab):

rundll32 setupapi.dll,InstallHinfSection SonicDVDandCDBurning 128 sonic.inf
Note: After executing command, it will open new dialog window and ask you to navigate/browse to where you placed mediactr.cab, sonic.cab, and plus.cab. Follow and do it.

4) update your MCE 2005 to UR2 (Update Rollup 2). Download it from Microsoft Download Center for free (also with other higher MCE updates if available).

NOTE:
1.Please open full Video and Audio acceleration in Windows Server 2003
Create a folder named "ehome" if it doesnt exist on Server 2003. Copy "CUSTSAT.dll" to it.
2.this way also can be applied to Windows XP/2003 x64 Edition, Both “Installed” must be string values
3.if you have MCE remote control,MCE remote keyboard U can use Drives for XP in Windows Server 2003.
4.Can not install MCE upgrades in Windows Server 2003 because the OS is not WinXP,and there're some other problems by this cause.
5.Can not install Update Rollup 2 for MCE2005 when "Installed" is string value.so when you use XP VOL, you can expand "WindowsXPMediaCenter2005-KB900325-XXX.exe",and install upgrades listed in "paths.ini" manual.

Thanks to neo.JoeJoe

- Download Xp to Xp MCE 2005 OS transformation package (no need to reinstall the OS), guide included: also included mediactr.cab, plus.cab, sonic.cab and their .inf files etc after extracting it :
Name : Convert_Xp_to_Xp_MCE_2005.zip
Size : 165 Mb
MD5 :92c24a535857516fc10ecdf513b86dea

http://depositfiles....files/e36w3x9ja

Mirror download link: http://depositfiles....files/e36w3x9ja
- 4Shared: http://www.4shared.c..._2005_Pack.html

Note: The process is not reversible/uninstallable though...

After you have converted Xp to Xp MCE 2005, then please download and install:

- Download Update Rollup 2 for MCE 2005 KB900325 :

http://www.microsoft...;displaylang=en

- Download April 2006 Update Rollup KB914548 : http://www.microsoft...;displaylang=en

- Download Vista Skin for Xp MCE 2005:
File Name: Vista Skin For Xp MCE 2005.zip
MD5: 4c8233a128ed5220548852ccc92b1821
Size: 9,73 Mb
http://www.4shared.c...p_MCE_2005.html
or visit my thread here: http://www.winmatrix...showtopic=22552

Updated MCE version + skin:

- Download update Rollup October 2006 KB925766 : http://support.microsoft.com/kb/925766

and some other latest updates. Note: Again They are not included in SP3 for Xp, you have to download and install them all manually.

- Download Vista Skin For Xp MCE 2005 (Build 5.1.2715.3011):

File Name: Vista Skin For Xp MCE 2005 (Build 5.1.2715.3011).zip
Size: 9,73 Mb
MD 5: c70dd446bd4eed909378abe450a61f0b
http://www.4shared.c...127153011_.html
or visit my thread here: http://www.winmatrix...showtopic=22552

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SPECIAL VISTA PACK FOR XP TABLET PC 2005 APPLICATIONS:

This special pack is to change some Xp Tablet PC 2005 Applications (Tablet PC Input Panel/TIP, Journal, Inkball, Sticky Notes) look like the ones in Vista Ultimate/Premium/Enterprise (or even maybe on Windows 7) "little" xD. Working on original Windows Xp Tablet PC 2005 and the "converted versions" of it (e.g Xp Pro/Home which have been "converted" yet to Tablet PC 2005 OS) all. Btw you can also get "vistaized" Inkball game and Sticky Notes working fine "portably" on Xp Pro/Non tablet PC only by installing Windows Journal Viewer and .Net framework 1.1. If you don't have Xp Tablet PC 2005 OS but still want some of its components on Xp Pro/Home by default (just like Windows Vista/Seven) Google it or you can read my threads (Wincert and WinMatrix) about how to easily convert Xp Pro/Home/MCE to Tablet PC 2005 or have some components of it etc: http://www.wincert.n...?showtopic=5023 and you can also do the same with MCE 2005 on Xp Pro/Home/Tablet PC (Windows Media Center): http://www.wincert.n...?showtopic=5602

Yeah, the versions of above Tablet PC applications in Vista only have little different GUIs, especially icon (and toolbar on Journal). So you can change/replace them for having the same icons with Vista's ones. This pack even will add some additional components which are some Vista-like Tablet PC control panel applets (Vista Tablet PC and Pen applets) on Xp control panel, yeah just really like Vista xD (as well as my Tablet PC Input Panel Installer for Xp Pro, Home, MCE etc on Wincert and WinMatrix forums). Completely with guide (included) for more info...:

- Download Vista Pack for Xp Tablet PC 2005 Applications:

Name: Vista Pack for Xp Tablet PC Applications.zip
Size: only 2,38 Mb
MD5 check: 1ee15a35a8397b36ded9ba6c0a420f0e

http://www.4shared.c...plications.html

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Recommendation:
Again, if you only want to get working MCE and/or Tablet PC applications on your Xp Pro/Home/MCE (for tablet apps)/Tablet PC (for MCE app)/Server 2003 especially for "Windows customization and standard usability purposes" e.g make it like Vista etc, then it might be enough to install them using my instant Windows Media Center and Tablet PC installers etc. But if you really want to build a real Media Center PC or install it on real Tablet PC with all equipments, then it might be better (recommended) to get original Xp MCE 2005 or Tablet PC 2005 (legal or...lol) or at least you can also convert your current Xp/2003 OSes to Xp MCE 2005 and/or Tablet PC 2005 (or even both) using above ways as recommended. Especially since they might have been intentionally designed and optimized for the purpose by MS (e.g some settings, basic drivers, etc). Please consider about the advantages and disadvantages, pros and cons, before doing the job. You can still use the same skin/GUI on them using e.g My Vista Skin for Xp MCE 2005 or Vista Pack for Xp Tablet PC 2005 applications to make the apps like the ones in Vista / Windows 7, get them here or from my other related threads. Anyway good luck and long live Xp.

Please Note: Since some app files might have been "patched" or "compressed" (packed) to work properly on another Xp OS editions etc and it might be a necessary effort for that beside the installing code itself, then some "false alarm" or "false positive" may happen to some clean exe installers/apps /installation process (rare) although they are actually clean and safe. Usually some great and famous antiviruses (such as Kaspersky, AVG, Norman, McAfee, etc) won't have the such problem so far bcoz they will work better. If that happens, then you can simply ignore it and continue installing as it's guaranteed actually 100% safe and clean by me. But again, it's still 100% your own choice and right to decide.

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Xp OS Transformation Packs:

- Download: Convert Xp Pro, Home to Xp MCE 2005 Pack without clean install:
http://depositfiles....files/e36w3x9ja

Vista Skin for Xp MCE 2005 (Windows Media Center):
http://www.4shared.c...127153011_.html
http://www.4shared.c...p_MCE_2005.html

- Download: Convert Xp Pro, Home, MCE to Xp Tablet PC 2005 Pack without clean install:
http://depositfiles....files/173n1c4m1

Special/Recommended Stuffs For XP Tablet PC 2005 Users: Download tip.exe and floattip.exe + some TIP tweaks (Btw it was also included in TIP installer for XP Pro/Home/MCE/2003):

Since we can't create shortcut to launch Tablet PC Input Panel (TIP) directly other than the standard icon on taskbar (maybe there's some hidden parameter to launch it, but i don't know so far), In Vista we can launch TIP by just clicking the shortcut on start menu (this is available in my TIP installer for XP Pro and Home). For Xp Tablet PC 2005 users alternatively you can double click tip.exe or the shortcut of it to launch TIP. Also sometimes Xp Tablet PC users can't always find floating icon i.e when launching Notepad with TIP (maybe depending on brand/hardwares/some drivers etc), then you can use floattip.exe to fix/show the floating TIP icon always. Small size and very useful.

Download: http://www.4shared.c...et_PC_2005.html

Vista Pack for Xp Tablet PC 2005 (Vistaized Tablet PC Applications UI: Journal, Inkball etc):
http://www.4shared.c...plications.html

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:) BONUS: Just Added Some Tools for Windows Explorer to The Thread Here:

Some Free-Powerful Shell Extensions for Windows XP Explorer


(Recommended for XP - work on other OSes like 2003, Vista, or Windows 7 too)


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You can also visit my original thread on Deviantart for more info, updates, etc here (Windows All):
http://amirsyahrani....Tools-142913425

1. XP / 2003 Only: Enable XP / Common Visual Style on Some Controls of Loaded Shell Extensions For Free - An Important feature for Windows XP shell customization...

(Especially 3rd parties) - in shell extensions or activex objects (e.g toolbar button / BHO, explorer bar, context menu items etc) in Windows Explorer, note must support / have InitCommonControls function, with link to comctl32 version 6 in XP/Vista or higher, and so on).

For more info please see some documentations about it on MSDN: e.g http://msdn.microsof...695(VS.85).aspx and http://msdn.microsof...y/ms997646.aspx

(Look, if you have Vista / WIndows 7 then you will notice that Vista / 7 has already improved/enabled the feature natively, by default. You would also get the feature by installing Window Blinds on XP, but it's not free though...).

To get the visual feature on XP and 2003 as default (M$ didn't do it for "some political reason" lol), on any shell extensions (especially 3rd party, if supported) visually without installing or patching any file, especially when on non-classic theme, just simply put / copy the explorer.exe.manifest (external manifest file) to Windows Directory to enable the feature without tampering explorer.exe itself or any system file (just take advantage of its "hidden" native feature instead). Easy to do that, without any special skill or "hacking" and programming language at all, lol that's it. It's safe and not harmful at all, would make XP shell looks better. You can safely delete it easily anytime if you dont want it anymore. Useful for both dev and user. Very small size (download explorer.exe.manifest for only less than 1 KB lol!)

For Example:

A. Before applying manifest (oldy):
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B. After applying manifest (better look):
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Download it Here (With Guide & Batch Files etc):
(and just put it on Windows Directory (%Windir% or C:\Windows, then restart Explorer/Windows to see the changes)

http://www.4shared.c..._Extension.html

Or Just Download explorer.exe.manifest file only:
http://www.4shared.c...xplorerexe.html

Alternatively you can also copy this code and save it as .manifest file named "explorer.exe.manifest" using Notepad:

<?xml version="1.0" encoding="UTF-8" standalone="yes"?>
<assembly xmlns="urn:schemas-microsoft-com:asm.v1" 
manifestVersion="1.0">
<assemblyIdentity
    version="1.0.0.0"
    processorArchitecture="X86"
    name="CompanyName.ProductName.YourApp"
    type="win32"
/>
<description>Your application description here.</description>
<dependency>
<dependentAssembly>
        <assemblyIdentity
            type="win32"
            name="Microsoft.Windows.Common-Controls"
            version="6.0.0.0"
            processorArchitecture="X86"
            publicKeyToken="6595b64144ccf1df"
            language="*"
        />
    </dependentAssembly>
</dependency>
</assembly>

You can also use it with any "MyApp" app with myapp.exe executable file for similar purpose as well (if supported, with above requirements e.g has link to comctl32 and so on), just rename it myapp.exe.manifest (following the executable name) and put it as external file in the same directory e.g in MyApp folder).

To get the same result on control panel extension/applets (.cpl), since .cpl is actually a dll that is running by using rundll32.exe, then just use same manifest file (renamed to "rundll32.exe.manifest") and copy it to C:\Windows\system32. You may need to restart Windows (or the service) before the change appears.

Download (complete): http://www.4shared.c..._Extension.html
Or download rundll32.exe.manifest file only: http://www.4shared.c...undll32exe.html


2. "New Folder" Button in XP Explorer Toolbar / Command Bar (just like Windows 7):

Actually Windows XP already has its own "Make a new folder" button too, to create a new folder in Windows Explorer (it's located in XP Webview Panel/Common Task Pane, see screenshot: http://img243.images...folderbutt.jpg/ ), but yeah some people would love it's on the explorer toolbar as well as Open/Save dialog box (and just like Windows 7 RTM Explorer now). Hopefully useful for you...

Since Baxbex new folder offered only old Windows 98 style icon (not matching with new XP visual style) see: http://www.baxbex.co...xnewfolder.html , then you can just download this free add on for new folder button in XP Explorer Toolbar (my created-skinned/reshacked bxnewfolder with Vista / 7 style icon etc) + using hotkey and floating dialog box, + external manifest file (explorer.exe.manifest) to enable XP / Visual style on some controls as above. Fully functional and working as well. See online screenshots: http://img263.images...oninxpexpl.jpg/ and http://img263.images...dialogboxa.jpg/

-> Screenshots of "New Folder" button on XP Explorer Toolbar:
(Sorry can't display more larger images here for some technical reason):

A. Vista / 7 style icon new folder on XP Toolbar:

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B. Creating new folder on XP Explorer:

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C. Creating new folder dialog box - useful and cleaner UI with XP / Vista visual style:
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Download it Here:

http://www.4shared.c...er_Toolbar.html

Hopefully still useful especially for XP users here (works on 98, ME, 2000, XP, 2003..., while it has only dialog box and hotkey on Vista and 7 though). By the way, since this one is just using the same library from baxbex new folder (it's freeware, all credits and thanks to Baxbex), and most people had complaint about that they were not able to reshack the app using Resource Hacker / any res editor to change the original "old" Windows 98 style icon etc in the bx toolbar, actually it's because the file (activeX dll) was encrypted and compressed (packed) with 3rd party PE compressor (e.g UPX, Execryptor...), after checking it by PEid then i found it that was Aspack 2.12 and then decided to unpack it, (note: not all app binaries can work properly after they are unpacked, so it's also necessary to dissassembly, dump and rebuild the PE headers, some fixes and rechecks etc) until the dll was registered fine, finally the little work was kinda like reverse engineering rather than just reshacking lol. And since it was unpacked (uncompressed), the size become little bigger of course lol although there's no problem with it, anyway i wish they would also update the app in near future, soon...

Updated: If you already have standard/original Baxbex New Folder application installed: http://www.baxbex.com/ , then you can also just download this smaller patch only to get Vista style icon (would also give the similar result): http://www.4shared.c...atch_Only_.html


3. FolderBox for Windows Explorer (Unpacked too/Skinned/skinnable):

A free application that displays additional folders (window) in the lower part of Windows Explorer, displays the contents of two folders or more, useful and cool (with Windows 98 icons though). So i just changed some few UI features of it (unpacked and res-edited like BxNewFolder above, "fixed" text, enabled "dead" icons and so on...). a free application that displays additional folders (window) in the lower part of Windows Explorer, displays the contents of two folders or more, very useful. Since it's already unpacked, you may customize the icons yourself if you want later, by using any capable delphi res editor e.g PE Explorer. At least it's still better than original look imo, + also enabled (some) XP visual common controls as said above, works well on Vista and Windows 7 as well as Windows XP:

Screenshot:
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Edit/Updated: Beside the standard one, i've just added FolderBox with Vista Icons (on its toolbar - see screenshots), sorry just got them for free (free Vista toolbar icons, 100% legal). Just like the standard one, FolderBox with Vista icons will work well on all Windows versions: 98, ME, 2000, XP, 2003, Vista, and Windows 7 without any problem so far:

Screenshot of FolderBox (with Vista icons) on XP and Windows 7:
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Download it here:

http://www.4shared.c...ed-Skinned.html

Again this FolderBox version works on Windows all: 98, ME, 2000, XP, 2003, Vista, Windows 7...all credits to Baxbex for the free original apps (just skinned them).

Updated: If you already have standard/original Baxbex FolderBox application installed: http://www.baxbex.com/ , then you can also just download this smaller patch only to get Vista style icons (would also give the similar result): http://www.4shared.c...atch_Only_.html


4. Another Useful File Viewer for XP Explorer With Preview Pane (just like Vista / Windows 7 feature):

Preview any file on Windows Explorer (text, documents, images, multimedia audio-video, compressed binaries etc) without using the default application, easy and faster:

Screenshot:
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Updated: it's already included a patch to get Vista style icons too (optional) now, in the same download package below:

Download it here:

http://www.4shared.c...s_Explorer.html

OS: Windows XP, 2003, Vista, Windows 7...(Windows All).

You can also please visit my thread here for more options etc:
http://www.winmatrix...ew-pane-for-xp/


- Added Here: Some other free "special" shell extension-based tools/apps that might be useful for you (file viewers and metadata properties tools etc) here:

Download links:

- EXIF tooltip & tag editor on context menu :
http://www.4shared.c...Windows_Xp.html

- Multimedia tooltip & tag editor on context menu (album art + metadata editor etc) :
http://www.4shared.c...r_Explorer.html

- Thumbnail for text files on Windows Explorer :
http://www.4shared.c..._explorer_.html

- Vista Explorer preview pane for XP (File viewer-Complete) :
http://www.4shared.c...ane_for_Xp.html

- MacOSX/Leopard-style Coverflow (AKA Quicklook) for Windows Explorer (directory, file content, & thumbnail viewer etc):
Explorer Coverflow for Windows by Vemod - aqua-soft.org (full credits to him) :
http://www.aqua-soft...showtopic=52376 Edit: there are still "afew issues" with Vista/7 though, also seems it's not quite stable on XP. Anyhow it's still free and working, and seems the app itself is still under development/being developed...(thanks to my friend Kyosan for the info btw).


Note: XP/2003: You need administrator rights to install the shell extensions. Vista/Windows 7: Make sure you always install/register/run "as administrator" (self explanatory)...


Again good luck and again long live Xp! n Cya :)

Edited by AMIRZ, 17 November 2009 - 11:31 PM.


#7 LiLLTOtech

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Posted 04 December 2008 - 05:02 PM

Great stuff for the tablet pc users!

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Posted 04 December 2008 - 05:22 PM

Great stuff for the tablet pc users!


:D Yes, you're right mate, especially they are (tablet pc users). However, beside Tablet PC with Xp Tablet PC OS, if you want, you can also use them in Desktop and Laptop PC with "Normal" Xp OS (Pro, Home, MCE). For example there are many people still like to get/play Inkball and Sticky Notes in PC though they are basically tablet-aware applications (inking-based) so previously they've also been ported as well. Even if you really want, as i said above you can also emulate Tablet PC behavior/environment (i.e inking and handwriting) in Desktop/Laptop PC (non tablet) by using "MousePen" hardware (e.g one from Genius) instead of traditional mouse. You can get it for much more cheaper price (less than/about $50 - $60) than original tablet PC in local shop. It's also more helpful if you're a Graphic designer with conventional PC/Laptop who often use handwriting and hand drawing by some graphic apps such as Corel Painter and Adobe Photoshop etc etc. And so on. Hopefully they can be useful for us, or at least just "toys" for fun... :lol: cheers!

Edited by AMIRZ, 05 December 2008 - 02:38 PM.


#9 shivaram

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Posted 05 December 2008 - 08:18 AM

1) why this input panel does not stays on desktop in win xp pro like how it stays in vista ???? :(
2) i tried these applns in both non-tablet pc as well as tablet pc (both winxp pro), tablet pc is working but non tablet pc does not seems to work properly,why?

Edited by shivaram, 05 December 2008 - 08:32 AM.


#10 coldemone

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Posted 05 December 2008 - 08:46 AM

you should make your own site blog.
suggestion.

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Posted 05 December 2008 - 12:39 PM

1) why this input panel does not stays on desktop in win xp pro like how it stays in vista ???? :(
2) i tried these applns in both non-tablet pc as well as tablet pc (both winxp pro), tablet pc is working but non tablet pc does not seems to work properly,why?


1) Becoz Xp TIP version is different with Vista. Edit: It's still much better than nothing at all since this Tablet Input Panel for Xp (Ported to all Xp Versions: Pro, Home, MCE) is 100% functional (no missing features at all, even maybe better) as well as the original one in Xp Tablet PC 2005. However you can still enable floating tip on desktop like Vista one (see screenshot), after clicking small icon tip that appears (by clicking "Enable Floating TIP" shortcut on TIP Start Menu program folder) on the text area in some supported apps (e.g Notepad, Word, etc). For further info/guide Please read "Readme about tip"/guide or the text file that included by me :) Or just try it, OK... :whistle:

2) As i said above, pliz make sure you have installed at least all main prerequisites: .Net framework 1.1 (or higher), Windows Journal Viewer 1.5 (for inking APIs), and Tablet PC Recognizer Pack (for inking/handwriting and gesture recognition) -> All links above. Also make sure you have manually enabled or disabled some features/settings in Regional and Language applet in Control Panel (please read the steps above or in text file which included in each zipped download package). Then usually it will work properly 100% like original even better (coz i've enhanced n' tweaked it for PC):

Note:

- If you don’t install TPR, then you can only get the On-Screen Keyboard (OSK) feature only.

- If the TIP (Tablet PC Input Panel) still doesn’t look or work properly after installing it (e.g only the OSK/virtual keyboard appears/works) and you have also met system requirements and installed all main prerequisites

Also please go to Control Panel -> “Regional and Language Options” applet then make sure you have:

- Enabled Xp Language Bar setting

- Checked “Extend support of advanced text services to all programs” and

- Unchecked “Turn off advanced text services”

- Then restart your computer

Since they are usually automatically arranged during TIP installation process, but you can also set up them before or after installing to make sure it’s enabled (Note: If your language (Non-English) is not supported or you don’t have Xp MUI pack/localization and/or at least Tablet PC Recognizer Pack 2005 Multi-Languages, then the Writing and Character pad will be disabled by default

you should make your own site blog.
suggestion.


lol ha ha thx :lol:

Edited by AMIRZ, 05 December 2008 - 11:09 PM.


#12 Villain

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Posted 05 December 2008 - 04:12 PM

- Windows 7 Like Wordpad (with Ribbon UI) for Xp and Vista: -> List of links for all articles, credits to Vishal Gupta (with his special kind permission)
http://www.askvg.com...s-xp-and-vista/

Or, you know, you could just credit me (solo.dev / Villain) and link to either the page for it here on WM or to my dA account page.

but thanks for including me in your "transform" pack!

and OMG! you do huge posts!

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Posted 05 December 2008 - 06:05 PM


- Windows 7 Like Wordpad (with Ribbon UI) for Xp and Vista: -> List of links for all articles, credits to Vishal Gupta (with his special kind permission)
http://www.askvg.com...s-xp-and-vista/

Or, you know, you could just credit me (solo.dev / Villain) and link to either the page for it here on WM or to my dA account page.

but thanks for including me in your "transform" pack!

and OMG! you do huge posts!


:ph34r: Hello Solo (Villain) i'm very sorry for the miss, i just copied the link about the Wordpad from Vishal's site without completely reading all contents, so it's my fault, i always respect n' give credits to original author for his/her work as you could see that i.e i still gave the credits to you for Windows 7 Taskbar Iconizer before as well as the others (maybe coz i was so tired and sleepy while writing the thread). Fixed now, again, please forgive me and thx alot for your correction Bro. :) Cheers!

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Posted 10 December 2008 - 09:47 AM

This is the first time i write here, thanks a lot for your post, I was looking for this input solution for a long time! You did a very nice job.


Anyway I have a problem:
- in handwriting mode the floating input panel doesn't transfer the text to the application when i press the "insert" button.
- On screen keyboard is ok

Also tried "inker" beta and it works in handwriting.

- My system is XP pro (also tried on 2 other pcs with the same Os that shows the same behaviour)
- .net 1.1 , 2.0 , 3.0 and 3.5 (each with SP) installed
- MS journal reader 1.5 installed
- Tablet SDK 1.7
- Recognizer pack MUI (every language)

When i install the tablet input ported to xp, near the end of the install process a crash report (related to the installer) pops up, but the install process continues anyway till the end.

After a reboot i start trying the input panel:
- on screen keyboard ok
- handwriting recognized correctly (japanese and english) in both input modes
- insert button does not transfert the text to notepad (or open office or any text box in windows..)
- after button is pushed the text is lost (deleted from the input panel)

Tested with mouse and Wacom pen+tablet as input devices.

Any idea of what went wrong?

Thanks in advance.

PS Sorry for my english, it is not my mother tongue.

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Posted 10 December 2008 - 01:14 PM

This is the first time i write here, thanks a lot for your post, I was looking for this input solution for a long time! You did a very nice job.


Anyway I have a problem:
- in handwriting mode the floating input panel doesn't transfer the text to the application when i press the "insert" button.
- On screen keyboard is ok

Also tried "inker" beta and it works in handwriting.

- My system is XP pro (also tried on 2 other pcs with the same Os that shows the same behaviour)
- .net 1.1 , 2.0 , 3.0 and 3.5 (each with SP) installed
- MS journal reader 1.5 installed
- Tablet SDK 1.7
- Recognizer pack MUI (every language)

When i install the tablet input ported to xp, near the end of the install process a crash report (related to the installer) pops up, but the install process continues anyway till the end.

After a reboot i start trying the input panel:
- on screen keyboard ok
- handwriting recognized correctly (japanese and english) in both input modes
- insert button does not transfert the text to notepad (or open office or any text box in windows..)
- after button is pushed the text is lost (deleted from the input panel)

Tested with mouse and Wacom pen+tablet as input devices.

Any idea of what went wrong?

Thanks in advance.

PS Sorry for my english, it is not my mother tongue.


:) Hello mamoru, welcome to WinMatrix, and thanks for the post and report. To you and everybody here before starting, again as i said, for the main prerequisites for Tablet PC Input Panel (TIP) in Xp Pro/Home/MCE then you only need .Net Framework 1.1 with or without SP1 (or higher), Journal Viewer 1.5, and Tablet Recognizer Pack (depends on your basic language, The MUI version is about 80 mb (you can select which your language to install, not mean all), while English users can get "lite" installer for only about 3 mb instead, please read the main thread). The remaining ones are just optional for some additional features/apps, included Tablet PC SDK 1.7.

About the error/crash message that you got when the installer still registering some Tablet PC binaries (COM and framework) and registry entries in your system, don't worry you can safely ignore it since it doesnt affect anything during installation and/or uninstallation process, include your system. Just let the installation process till it finished itself. will fix this little issue in the next TIP installer for the the convenience. But again i can guarantee there's nothing to worry, coz usually the installer will always work 100% with or without any error regardless also, since the installation process doesnt touch any system files and it's easily reversable/uninstallable... :P

:blink: Strange, in my Xp Pro and MCE systems (English) the insert button works properly without any problem (it always transfers text as handwriting recognition to text area of app -> you can also see how it worked on the available screenshot above) so i can guarantee it will always work 100% without any problem especially for English users or other languages but i still don't know for the Japanese. However i assumed, yes it should work as well without any problem too. It's still nice to know at least most TIP features (On Screen Keyboard, Handwriting, etc) work normally in your Xp system though, but maybe for the solution above then i only suggest that you can try to reinstall/repair Tablet PC Recognizer Pack (MUI), also after all the most important thing is please make sure you have installed the required Japanese fonts and/or have Xp MUI pack installed for Japanese support (since Tablet Recognizer Pack only works for Handwriting recognition/TIP application only, then you may still need MUI pack for non-English/Japanese support in Notepad and/or other applications, also don't forget about the fonts). Maybe you can also check some settings in Regional and Language Options applet in Control Panel. Hopefully can solve the problem. Anyway good luck mate :)

Edited by AMIRZ, 13 December 2008 - 03:22 AM.


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Posted 17 December 2008 - 11:58 AM

Hi everyone,
I have followed this topic with much interest as I am trying to set up my tablet on to work on my Vaio laptop.
Unfortunately I also have a similar problem in that, although the keyboard input works fine, when I try to input from the handwriting and character panels by clicking on the Insert button, my text disappears into the blue yonder.
I have set up as above for English UK.
Anyone any suggestions on what I have missed?

p.s. I also notice that when I select Microsoft Tablet PC Platform SDK/Context Tagging Tool, I get 'Application has generated an exception that could not be handled' message.

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Posted 17 December 2008 - 01:47 PM

Hi everyone,
I have followed this topic with much interest as I am trying to set up my tablet on to work on my Vaio laptop.
Unfortunately I also have a similar problem in that, although the keyboard input works fine, when I try to input from the handwriting and character panels by clicking on the Insert button, my text disappears into the blue yonder.
I have set up as above for English UK.
Anyone any suggestions on what I have missed?


:) My TIP always worked fine even when i tried it in English UK. Maybe you can try to reinstall/repair Tablet PC recognizer- link above (maybe some components were not registered correctly) and repair/update .Net frameworks

p.s. I also notice that when I select Microsoft Tablet PC Platform SDK/Context Tagging Tool, I get 'Application has generated an exception that could not be handled' message.


Strange. Try to select ''complete'' instead of ''custom'' during installation process, and also try to install/reinstall/update .Net frameworks. Btw actually you're not required to have Tablet PC SDK installed for TIP, although it may update some tablet files (optional) to fix/make TIP performance better

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Posted 17 December 2008 - 05:30 PM

Thanks for getting back so quickly. I am still having problems.
My laptop is XP Home SP3.

The steps I have followed:

1. Install .Net Framework 3.5
2. Install Journal Viewer
3. Install XP Tablet Recogniser Pack
4. Install TPRLiteEnglishUK
5. Install Tablet Input Panel for XP

I have also check that Extended Support and unchecked Turn off advanced text services.

Maybe if someone can clarify the -Enabled Xp Language Bar setting - statement, I think I have it right (Set to English(United Kingdom)
Thanks again

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Posted 18 December 2008 - 11:07 PM

So you have .net framework 3.5 installed? Hmmm OK, try to install/reinstall .net framework 1.1 and its SP1 (KB867460) I know 3.5 supersedes and overwrites 1.1 but just try to install 1.1 and its SP1 like the original Tablet PC 2005 setting - although you dont have to install 1.0 for this port version. Then try to reinstall Tablet PC recognizer pack MUI version (choose English UK)

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Posted 19 December 2008 - 10:23 PM

So you have .net framework 3.5 installed? Hmmm OK, try to install/reinstall .net framework 1.1 and its SP1 (KB867460) I know 3.5 supersedes and overwrites 1.1 but just try to install 1.1 and its SP1 like the original Tablet PC 2005 setting - although you dont have to install 1.0 for this port version. Then try to reinstall Tablet PC recognizer pack MUI version (choose English UK)


Hi everyone,
I have followed this topic with much interest as I am trying to set up my tablet on to work on my Vaio laptop.
Unfortunately I also have a similar problem in that, although the keyboard input works fine, when I try to input from the handwriting and character panels by clicking on the Insert button, my text disappears into the blue yonder.
I have set up as above for English UK.
Anyone any suggestions on what I have missed?

p.s. I also notice that when I select Microsoft Tablet PC Platform SDK/Context Tagging Tool, I get 'Application has generated an exception that could not be handled' message.


This is the first time i write here, thanks a lot for your post, I was looking for this input solution for a long time! You did a very nice job.


Anyway I have a problem:
- in handwriting mode the floating input panel doesn't transfer the text to the application when i press the "insert" button.
- On screen keyboard is ok

Also tried "inker" beta and it works in handwriting.

- My system is XP pro (also tried on 2 other pcs with the same Os that shows the same behaviour)
- .net 1.1 , 2.0 , 3.0 and 3.5 (each with SP) installed
- MS journal reader 1.5 installed
- Tablet SDK 1.7
- Recognizer pack MUI (every language)

When i install the tablet input ported to xp, near the end of the install process a crash report (related to the installer) pops up, but the install process continues anyway till the end.

After a reboot i start trying the input panel:
- on screen keyboard ok
- handwriting recognized correctly (japanese and english) in both input modes
- insert button does not transfert the text to notepad (or open office or any text box in windows..)
- after button is pushed the text is lost (deleted from the input panel)

Tested with mouse and Wacom pen+tablet as input devices.

Any idea of what went wrong?

Thanks in advance.

PS Sorry for my english, it is not my mother tongue.


:D Lol i think i've found the way: Just simply change your language to English US (default) or without language bar, reboot, then change it back to your language, reboot again. I hope it can work for you all (if not, still in R&D). For English US and maybe most languages, seems no problem at all (depends on per-user /personal settings).

Edited by AMIRZ, 21 December 2008 - 06:08 PM.


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