Windows 8 Consumer Preview site for Samsung Series 7 Slate launched

The Windows 8 Consumer Preview version was launched without any official support from Microsoft, as is the case with most pre-release software products. Most PC makers don't really make much of an effort to provide their customers with help in installing any pre-release software, especially a new operating system. However, the folks at Samsung seem to be an exception to this rule.

The Next at Microsoft blog pointed us to a page on Samsung's official website that is dedicated to offering some help for users of Samsung's Series 7 Slate PC who want to install and use the Consumer Preview version of Windows 8.  Samsung announced back in September that the Series 7 Slate would be one of the first PCs that would support an upgrade from Windows 7 to Windows 8.

Samsung's page does say that upgrading the Series 7 Slate to the Consumer Preview version of Windows 8 is not officially supported by the company so if something goes wrong, don't bother calling customer service. Having said that, the page does offers up some PDF documents for installing the Consumer Preview build on the PC along with a document to help with backup and restore procedures. There's also a configuration tool available for download for the PC's touch screen and 32-bit and 64-bit versions of the Windows 8 Rotation Sensor Driver via ST Micro.

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techguy77 said,
Tablet is not a PC. Tablet is PM -> Personal Mobile.

it is a PC, not some ARM "tablet". also Tablet PC been around for 10 years now. it's just that iPad degraded the term "tablet"

х.iso said,

it is a PC, not some ARM "tablet". also Tablet PC been around for 10 years now. it's just that iPad degraded the term "tablet"

No it is not. It is Personal Mobile. It is a true name i gave it which better describes such devices.

techguy77 said,
No it is not. It is Personal Mobile. It is a true name i gave it which better describes such devices.

Your newly coined term only applies to mobiles that don't run full blown desktop OSes.
In this case, this tablet is PC.

I'm waiting for a new Tablet PC to be released. My HP Touchsmart TM2 is still going strong, but something thinner/lighter would be great!

It's useless to carry a separate keyboard + a slate when you're using the keyboard most of the time. Tablet PC's are perfect in my opinion.

andrewbares said,
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I concur.
My TM2 took a tumble and the bezel is pulling away from the screen due to some bent aluminum shell, oh well. W8 x86 tablet for me please!

Damn it Samsung, release a keyboard dock for this thing already! I couldn't justify the price of this PLUS a laptop, but with a keyboard dock it is BOTH. Ugh.

I agree. I really love this tablet, but I want the keyboard to attach to it (like the Asus Transformer Prime). It would be very useful. This is the main reason I didn't buy one.

mrp04 said,
Damn it Samsung, release a keyboard dock for this thing already! I couldn't justify the price of this PLUS a laptop, but with a keyboard dock it is BOTH. Ugh.

Doesn't the picture in the article show it on a dock?

rev23dev said,

Doesn't the picture in the article show it on a dock?

Yep, and you can buy it on Samsung's website, the Microsoft store, amazon, etc

rev23dev said,

Doesn't the picture in the article show it on a dock?

Sure, but I don't want that dock. That's a desk dock. I want a dock that attaches the slate to the keyboard so that it turns into a laptop. The dock you can get for this slate is only suitable for use on a desk. Slightly different. This would be awesome if the slate physically attached to the keyboard to form a laptop.

rfirth said,

Sure, but I don't want that dock. That's a desk dock. I want a dock that attaches the slate to the keyboard so that it turns into a laptop. The dock you can get for this slate is only suitable for use on a desk. Slightly different. This would be awesome if the slate physically attached to the keyboard to form a laptop.

Oh, I get it. Yeah that would be cool.

for those who own a dell insprion duo and want to get their accelerometer working with windows 8, go to the samsung site and get the driver, it works great