Tried again on the Labor Day weekend to upgrade my Samsung Q1EX from Windows XP to Windows 7, using the Release Candidate (version 7100) that is publicly available. I was encouraged by reading posts in the Gottabemobile and UMPCPortal forums about the success of upgrading to Windows 7 for various other Q1 models.
No Go. Bottom line is that Samsung needs to step up with Drivers and Utilities to allow the Q1EX to work with Windows 7. Samsung, you have nice hardware. Please SUPPORT Windows 7 on the Q1EX!
A clean (wipe the disk) install of Windows 7 on a Samsung Q1EX basically leaves you with a tiny slate that needs an external keyboard and mouse to function. I tried the fixes mentioned in the Q1 forums to provide Tablet function, but there are 2 key obstacles.
First, the forums mention installing new drivers for the USB touchscreen drivers. But the Q1EX shows no USB touchscreen drivers (only PS2) so none of those options work. The closest I can get to any touchscreen capability is to install the latest eGalax driver for Windows 7. This allows a touch interface, but Windows 7 does not recognize the touchscreen and allow Tablet functions. There is no USB “human interface device” on the Q1EX to update using the handy-dandy utility mentioned on the UMPC Tips site. None of the XP or Vista drivers on the Samsung site give you access to the tablet functions.
Second, the Samsung utilities, primarily the Wheel Button utility for the Q1EX does not work in Windows 7. The Wheel Button utility is very important because the Q1EX does not have any other hardware buttons, so you need this utility to get access to the utilities for screen brightness and rotation, sound, WIFI control, etc. The Wheel Button utility appears to install under Windows 7, but it does not function.
Samsung has advertised they are making Windows 7 available for their notebooks. I hope they are going to step up and make Windows 7 available for the Q1EX line as well.