Update on Windows 7 support for Fujitsu (Siemens) tablets

Fujitsu will not offer updated BIOS versions for some Tablet PCs, other than stated before (see previous blog post).

This change is reflected in this PDF document about Windows 7 support, version 3, (dated Nov. 19th 2009).

Wording has changed from “supported” to “limited support” for following Lifebooks: P1610, P1620, T4220.

Full support is still true for T1010, T5010, STYLISTIC ST6012.

To get Windows 7 drivers for your Lifebook or Stylistic you should go to Windows Update from within Windows 7. For remaining yellow banged out devices you visit the support site (links below) and choose Windows 7 as your OS. Note that if you want to run Windows 7 x64 (which makes no sense as long as you have less than 4 GB of RAM), you have to remove the mark of the checkbox for “Show only supported operating systemes”. If there is no driver for Windows 7, try the Windows Vista driver.

I have succesefully installed all device drivers for Windows 7 x86 on Lifebook P1620 – but the Authentec fingerprint device is not working. It is detected and the driver is installed, but it is not recognized as a biometric device so that I cannot log in with a finger swipe. I guess that is what “limited support” is about :(

Driver support sites:

Fujitsu US Fujitsu German

Fujitsu to add Windows 7 support for P1610 and P1620 Tablets

((Update March 2011: Please check my article regarding compatibility of Service Pack 1 for Windows 7 and Authentec fingerprint driver))

Perhaps you’re already running Windows 7 on your Fujitsu (Siemens) P1610 or P1620 Tablet PC. I for example have succesfully installed the x64-Bit version, but as RAM is limited to 2 GB, I see no value it that and will go back to x86 (32 bit) version these days as I want to reinstall to get a clean system ready for next Beta of Office 2010.

While looking for new drivers I found this document (PDF, 149 KB) which lists all the models Fujitsu is going to support if you install Windows 7 on it.

Good news: Following Tablet PCs are “supported”:

P1610, P1620, T4220.

Following Tablets are “fully supported”:

T1010, T5010, STYLISTIC ST6012

Being supported means, no yellow banged out devices with inbox drivers, drivers from Windows Update or drivers for Vista from Fujitsu website. Windows 7 x64 is “unsupported”, but it works, too. Even Sierra Wireless 3G on P1620. But using it with less than 4 GB of RAM makes no sense.

Being “fully supported” means systems are WHQL certified for Windows 7 and a complete set of drivers for Windows 7 is available.

Fujitsu promises BIOS updates for P1610, P1620 and T4220 for end of November. Stay tuned.