I find that Microsoft Windows 8 Consumer Preview, the beta release Microsoft unveiled at Mobile World Congress (MWC 2012) this week, installs over the previous Windows 8 Developer Preview with few problems.
But this version of Consumer Preview doesn’t maintain special drivers I previously installed.
Here was my problem and how I resolved it. My Asus Eee PC T91MT Netbook with its multitouch display would only support 800 x 600 resolution after I updated it with Windows 8 Consumer Preview. It’s a problem because the bulk of Windows 8 apps requires a minimum of 1024 x 768 resolution just to run.
What to do?
Well, it’s possible to download new display drivers from the Asus website. Your PC maker in all likelihood lets you do this, too. But try running the installation file in Windows 8 Consumer Preview and you’ll find another problem — a compatibility warning that freezes the whole system.
I found the solution and it should work in most cases. Just right-click on the driver installation file and use either the Troubleshoot Compatibility option or, alternatively, manually select the Compatibility tab in the Setup Properties menu.
When I did this, Microsoft’s troubleshooting tool determined the right compatibility setting to be Windows XP (Service Pack 3). Luckily, I happened to know that the driver was for Windows 7 — because that’s what shipped with my Windows 7-based T91MT Netbook. So I clicked the correct OS from the options, as you see in the screenshot above.
If you’re not sure what compatibility mode to choose, use Microsoft’s Troubleshooting Wizard.
If you are sure, as I happened to be in this case, then definitely make use of the manual selection process I describe here.
Notice the Netbook’s display defaulted to a 1024 x 600 resolution after I installed the driver. But wait. That still wasn’t good enough to run my apps. So I changed the display resolution to 1024 x 768. This Netbook will display at that slightly higher resolution.
After I did this, all was well. Now I am happily running the Windows 8 Consumer Preview in all its apparent glory. We’ll see. I’ll be testing it for you in coming days and weeks right here for aNewDomain.net .