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How To: Install Windows XP on the HTC SHIFT [UMPC]

Sick with the pathetic performance of A110 processor, while running Windows Vista? A week back, we posted about how to install Windows 7 on the HTC Shift. Sadly, the Windows 7 is still in it’s beta stage. And while it is not out, XP remains the OS of choice for Netbooks as it runs on low-spec hardware incredibly well.

Sadly, the original Resolution changer won’t work. You must use this version in Windows XP. Also, to access the Windows Mobile side, you will have to install ActiveSync. Tablet input panel is not working at the moment.

Install Windows XP on the HTC SHIFT

Here are the full instructions on how to get Windows XP on your HTC Shift:

1.- Download and save to a USB disk drive:…s_shift_XP_rar

Be sure to extract the rar file before starting or have a unrar program installer available, you cannot extract rar files on a newly installed windows XP!

2.- Install XP. Use your own version in your own language!
Choose same disk and fast NTFS format. Use the administrator account for now.
Let it finish ignoring any message about the screen format, etc

3.- Eject CD-Drive
Insert USB pen drive

4.- Run HTC Shift XP Drivers/Chipset/infinst_autol.exe next, next, next… reboot when finished.
5.- run HTC Shift XP Drivers/VGA/win2k_xp14324.exe next, next, yes, next, next, reboot when finished.
6.- run TabletPC_PatchXPproSP2.exe, it will extract files to C:temp,
Go to C:temp and run step1.reg,
Run Step2.bat
Leave it alone until de hard disk stops and reboot

7.- Run HTC Shift XP DriversVistaECDrvV1[1].0.1.10setup.exe from the folder

8.- Run HTC Shift XP DriversTouchScreen(1[1].1.0.2)ATSV1102(WHQLed).exe next,next, next and reboot when finished.

9.- run HTC Shift XP DriversSynaptics MicroPad(10[1].0.11.1)setup.exe , reboot when finished.

10.- run HTC Shift XP DriversAudioWDM_R195setup.exe , reboot when finished.

11.- run HTC Shift XP Driversfingerprintsetup.exe .

12.- run HTC Shift XP Driversomnipass 5.0setup.exe. Reboot when finished.

13.- run HTC Shift XP DriversUSB LANsetup.exe .

14.- run cygwinsetup.exe, and select install from folder. select ioperm from the devel subfolder.
Unselect icons on desktop and start menu and finish.
Run cygwin.bat from c:cygwin

type “ioperm –i” + enter and “exit” + enter

move hsect-2.1hsect2.exe and move it to c:cygwinbin

15.- move the bat files from archivos bat to the desktop.

16.- Run BT on.bat from your desktop and let windows install its own drivers

17.- run WF on.bat from your desktop and cancel the windows installation.

18.- copy HTC Shift XP DriversWLANsdbus.sys to c:windowssystem32drivers say yes to the replace dialog and reboot.

19.- Install the WLAN drivers , from the hardware manager, right button over marvell SDIO… update driver, and select the HTC Shift XP DriversWLAN folder.

Will ACER Smartphone be powered by Windows Mobile OS? [Windows Mobile]

Acer is going it’s first Acer branded smartphone on February 16, 2009. It will be unveiled at the Mobile World Congress coming this February. It has been quite a while since the Acer acquired the company Eten. Since then, we have heard numerous rumours of Acer branded smartphone.

Will ACER Smartphone be powered by Windows Mobile OS

Now, the main question that comes to our mind is: Will it be powered by Windows Mobile? Chances are that yes, it will be powered by Windows Mobile since the Eten licence for Windows Mobile has not expired yet.

All I want is the Acer to use the Intel PXA930 800MHz processor (also used by ASUS P565) or the 1GHz processor by Marvel and not the pathetic Qualcomm processors which power the latest Touch series by HTC (including Diamond, Touch HD and Pro). [via pocket-lint]

How To: Install Windows 7 on HTC Shift [UMPC]

HTC Shift comes with Windows Vista only. There is no official support for Windows XP. But, Vista drivers seems to work fine on the Windows 7 (of course in compatibility mode). The snapvue also seems to work fine in Windows 7. To install Windows 7 on the HTC Shift, you will need an external DVD drive.

Here is a step-by-step guide to install Windows 7 on Shift. (thanks to deadnex at xda-devs)

• Download the beta image from Microsoft

• Burn the image to a DVD

• Enable wifi and Bluetooth in Vista.

• If you want to dualboot Windows 7 and Vista you need to partition your harddrive before starting the installation. Use a suitable partition manager such as Paragon Partition Manager and shrink c:/ to approximately 15-17 GB. Create a new partition in the free space.

• Connect the USB DVD drive to your shift

• Press fn+0 (F10) after turning on your shift – select the DVD drive

• Follow the steps for installing Windows. Remember to select partition 2 as target partition if you want to dualboot with Vista. If not you can safely format the existing partition. This will not affect the recovery partition. If you prefer to upgrade from Vista to keep your files and programs you can start the installation from Vista instead of booting the DVD. However, since Windows 7 is still a beta OS this might cause some unknown problems. I recommend installing a fresh copy and dualboot with Vista.

• Download the shift drivers from HTC

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Exeda runs Windows Mobile 6.5 too! [Windows Mobile]

While we may have seen the (leaked) Windows Mobile 6.5 running on the old HTC Blue Angel, we were still yet to see it running on the recent hardware. Folks at Exeda have posted a couple of images of it, where it is running the alpha version of Windows Mobile 6.5!

Exeda runs Windows Mobile 6.5 too Exeda runs Windows Mobile 6.5 too android

This clearly shows how capable the Exeda is.

Marvell PXA270 520MB CPU
2 banks of internal FLASH, 512MB each
2MP camera with flash
GPS with built-in and external antennas
MicroSD socket with SDHC support
Built-in microphone and speaker + 3.5mm stereo jack
High capacity 3000mAh battery

For those who don’t know about Exeda, it is a device made by CompuLab that has the capability to dual boot between Andrioid and Windows Mobile using U-bootloader

[Exeda running Windows Mobile 6.5 official webpage] thanks to Jake for the tip!

Compulab Exeda runs both Google Android and Windows Mobile

The Exeda from Compulab may not be the prettiest device you would come across, but it is very flexible both in terms of hardware as-well-as software. It has U-boot bootloader, which gives the user the choice to boot between either in Google Android or Windows Mobile. Connectivity-wise, it has 2 USB ports; a Quad-band GSM radio(or CDMA radio), WiFi b/g and BT 2.0. It also has a 3.5-inch VGA display (640 x 480), which would make web-browsing acceptable on a mobile device.

Here are it’s other features:

  • Marvell PXA270 520MHz CPU
  • 128MB RAM
  • 2 banks of internal FLASH, 512MB each
  • 2MP camera with flash
  • GPS with built-in and external antennas
  • MicroSD socket with SDHC support
  • Built-in microphone and speaker + 3.5mm stereo jack
  • High capacity 3000mAh battery

Exeda also supports Windows CE 6 and Angstrom Linux. Although these are not on the board, but it is nice to know that the hardware supports CE 6 and Linux (mobile) variant.

[Exeda website] via EngadgetMobile

1GHz Marvell processor for mobile devices

It is no doubt that Marvell processors have proved themselves as the best mobile processors so far. A couple of days back, when we compared the Marvell processors with the Qualcomm processors, the Qualcomm was out-beaten not closely, but by large numbers. The comparison was first done with the ASUS P552W, which comes with a Marvell 624Mhz processor and then with the ASUS P565, which comes with a Marvell 800Mhz processor.

1GHz Marvell processor for mobile devices

Now, the Marvell has announced a 1GHz PXA168 processor. Imagine 1GHz on your favorite smartphone. The 1GHz clock speed would let us have ultra-powerful smartphones, provided the mobile OS makes full use of the processor. With a Giga-hertz speed, one can have the power of an entry level laptop on a small mobile device. It would let the user enjoy faster internet experience; ability to watch HD videos; enjoy flash content and a variety of other stuff, which was earlier not possible due to slow processors.

The 1GHz processor will be a great asset to not only Smartphones, but also to PMPs(portable media players), MIDs(mobile internet devices), portable TVs etc. It would also let the firms come up with low-cost UMPCs and netbooks. It is all upto companies and OEMs, how they are able to utilize the power of this mighty processor. With such sheer power, we can expect to see our devices do much more than we ever thought. Also, the Marvell processors consume very little power. This will give us a powerful experience without sacrificing battery life.

To learn more about Marvell, visit

ASUS P565 sports a Marvell 800MHz processor

Read the ApoTheTech’s ASUS P552W review (includes comparison of Qualcomm and Marvell 624MHz CPU)

Who would have thought that one day the mobile phone industry would have phones with faster processors than some laptops.

ASUS P565 benchmarked – It truly seems to be the Fastest Windows Mobile for sure!

Here comes the highly awaited phone from ASUS, which claims to be world’s fastest PDA-Phone. It arrived yesterday and after posting unboxing pictures, I went straight to do some benchmarking. Without wasting more time, let us take a look at the benchmarks.

For the benchmarking test, we used 3 devices: ASUS P565, ASUS P552W and HTC DIAMOND. The ASUS P565 is the first windows mobile device powered by Intel Marvell Tavor 800MHz processor. Infact, it is the first mobile device to be powered by such a powerful processor. ASUS P552W is also an extremely fast device powered by Intel Marvell Tavor 624MHz processor. The HTC DIAMOND is powered by Qualcomm 528MHz processor.

Let the game begin!

As one can observe, the ASUS P565 scored the best in almost everything. Note that since ASUS P552W is a QVGA device, it’s processor has to do comparatively less work when it comes to graphic processing. Since, the users would be having their eyes on the VGA devices, which in this scene are ASUS P565 and HTC DIAMOND, it would be more appropriate to pay more attention to their performance.

Now, let us take the ASUS P552W out of the scene to make the comparison more fairer.

Leave the benchmarks aside, does it really feel snappy?

Yes, it does. It is definitely lot snappier than the HTC DIAMOND, whose processor is shared by the likes of HTC TOUCH PRO and HTC TOUCH HD too. Overall, a very nicely made device and we are indeed very impressed with the ASUS P565.

On a side note, the touch screen is very very sensitive. Stay tuned for the full review, which will be published in few days!

update: see unboxing pictures here.

ASUS P552W Review – I am fast baby!

When was the last time you used a fast device? Let me say, a really fast device! If you have been an old Windows Mobile user, your memories may roll back to the Windows Mobile 2003 days. Well, ASUS has come up with the ASUS P552W, a device equipped with a very powerful Marvell Tavor 624MHz CPU promising super fast performance and with sleek and slim design, looks like ASUS has product that promises to be a winner among people.


All the usual stuff came into box. The box is simple and packaging is not similar to the ones of HTC. No HTC Diamond style box. Nothing flashy.

ASUS follows plain Jane approach: giving user simple experience while unboxing.

Following are the contents of the box:

  • ASUS P552W
  • mini-USB earphones
  • Charger
  • mini-USB cable (not ext-USB that the HTC uses)
  • 2 CDs: application CD and Activesync CD
  • 1100mAh battery
  • Glide user-interface guide
  • and some more papers


The ASUS has followed the latest trend. The ASUS P552W follows the minimalistic design approach of not crowding the device with tonnes of buttons. It comes in black or white color. The unit I got was white in color. The body of it is shiny. So, it picks up fingerprints pretty easily. But, since the color is white, they are barely noticable. This may not be the case with the black unit.

On the left side, you can find the volume button, GPS antenna. On the top, you can find the power button.

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iKit by iMovio – What is exactly? A netbook or a sibling to the handheld?

According to iKit’s website, it is”Think of the iKIT as a mini laptop without the complexity. It’s built like a laptop with a rugged processor and Linux based operating system, but that’s where the comparison ends.

It’s the ideal chat, email and internet accessory because it contains all the essentials without the size and cost. With several key multimedia features like music and video as well a video camera for VoIP video conferencing and you have the ultimate mobile-communicator.”

This device reminds of the Sony UX50 handheld device, which was released 5 years ago. Specifications are also quite same. The only two difference I see is the use of Linux OS and cheaper price. UX50 retailed at around $650 at that time. Sure, this won’t cost that much as time and technology has changed a lot. It is planned to be launched at Q3 of 2009. I would love to get my hands on one of these though to see how well the linux runs on it

Full Specifications

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Samsung i900 gets Windows Mobile 6.1 upgrade

Great news for the Samsung i900 owners. Samsung has released windows mobile 6.1 upgrade for it’s i900.

Here is the link:

Samsung i900 Specifications:

  • Dimensions: 112 x 56.9 x 12.5 mm
  • Weight: 127 gms
  • Display: 240 x 400 px, 3.2“ TFT, 65K Colors
  • Camera: 5 MP Cam with AF and Flash, VGA cam for video calls
  • Chipset: 624MHz Marvell PXA312 CPU
  • Memory: 8 GB / 16 GB Internal memory, 128 MB RAM, 256 MB ROM
  • Connectivity: GPRS Class 12, EDGE Class 12, 3G HSDPA 7.2 MBPS, WLAN 802.11 b/g, USB v2.0
  • Bluetooth: Bluetooth 2.0 with A2DP
  • GPS: GPS Receiver with A-GPS
  • OS: Microsoft Windows Mobile 6.1 Professional