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How to use tablet features in XP

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I have a Dell XT Latitude tablet PC which had vista installed on it. Recently I installed XP tablet edition but it works like a normal XP. I cannot use my pen input. How can I enable the tablet features in XP?
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You need to install the drivers and utilities from Dell to enable these features. If it is a new PC, then it is quite possible that there are no such drivers or tools for XP. So if you can't find them on the Dell site, then you'd have to revert back to Vista...
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How positive are you that you have installed the TABLET version of XP....Did your set of CD's come with two CD's? or One?

The issue being is that the Tablet version of XP is not so easy to get your hands on.  If you did not get recovery disks that support XP, then installing any other version of XP (pro, or Home) wont retrieve the Tablet drivers.  
If that is the case you will need to retrieve a set of Windows XP Pro Tablet PC Installation disks.
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Any response?
Seems like the question as been abandonned...
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I believe a split should be in order.  Main reason is because the version of XP installed, THE ONLY way to get REAL tablet version running is to have the Tablet version of Windows installed.  It's not just a driver from Dell.  Yes a driver to recognize the Tablet's pen.  But in order to have the display change from landscape to portrait, and to actually have the handwritting portion etc, you NEED to have the tablet version or.......MCE edition.
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Oh....and you need a Tablet key as well.
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The Author does explicitly say he has installed XP Tablet edition, though.
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Right...if he did install it with the Tablet version, it should have the tablet features in Xp.  And is not based on the Dell drivers then.  As long as windows sees the devices....

So then the question is, is the asker SURE?  that XP TABLET edition was installed?  or do they THINK....it was?
As far as I KNOW....Tablet edition is VERY hard to Purchase.  It has to be purchased via OEM, and was (at the time....Stipulated by the OEM Rules....)  Also just because you have the Tablet PC version, if you use a standard XP Pro Key, it will still install, however none of the Tablet functions would install at all.  Soooo....Again useing Tablet CD's to install does not necessarily guarantee the Tablet functionality.  
Same with MCE....You can use XP PRo keys all day long but it would not install MCE features.

So...Rindi you may be right...but we don't know for sure.  And till the asker responds I could still be right too.
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Ya I just verified it...I installed Tablet on a PC w/out tablet features...I used a tablet key....ALL the tablet features are there...however I don't have touchscreen capabilities etc.  
So it's not based on drivers or hardware....it's based on the license key.
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Oh ...and I didnt even have to install and drivers...it's a plane jane install...no drivers or updates...grant it no sound no network no real video....etc....but everything that is Tablet is there.
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Oh....I thought we were going to split!?  Hmmm....ok....
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