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Windows 8 Support Evaluation Information for CF-31 Series

 Updated: Apr 24‚ 2013 
This page shows Panasonic support evaluation information for upgrading TOUGHBOOK series to Windows 8.
Windows 8 Support Information for Japanese
Windows 8 Support Information for Japanese
 

Notes of uploaded information



  • 1. Note on installing Windows 8
  • Please note the following before looking through Windows 8 support evaluation information.

    1. This information does not guarantee the operation of Windows 8 on Panasonic PCs.
    2. This information does not recommend or guarantee the upgrade to Windows 8.
    3. In introducing Windows 8, please grasp your PC operating environment and make an informed judgement.
    4. Due to hardware components, some Windows 8 functions do not function in TOUGHBOOK.
    5. For the new features and operating environments of Windows 8, please visit Microsoft website.
    6. Panasonic does not compensate for any damage to operating environments or loss of data of a customer's PC.
      Please be sure to back up any important data beforehand.
    7. The operating environment before installing Windows 8 is the initialized settings (Windows 7) of a Panasonic factory-shipment.
      Panasonic does not perform the evaluation for the combination with commercially available software, peripherals, and others.
    8. The Panasonic upgrade information is assumed to be the upgrade from Windows 7.
    9. For inquires about Windows 8 on peripherals and application software you purchased, please contact those manufacturers.
    10. Please prepare and check the reinstalling environment of your PC such as a recovery DVD-ROM and backup media before upgrading to Windows 8.
    11. When you do not create a disk by "Recovery Disk Making Utility" before "Windows 8 Upgrading", in a model without the recovery disk attachment, you must create a recovery disk by all means.
    12. This information will be changed without notice.


  • 2. Evaluation criteria
  • This support information is the results of investigations under the following conditions.

    1. Windows 8 Pro Upgrade Japanese edition (32 bit / 64 bit)
    2. File system: NTFS
    3. Memory: Standard
    4. Perform an installation (upgrade) with no peripherals connected
    5. Object models: TOUGHBOOK CF-31S, CF-31U and CF-31V series


  • 3. Steps for upgrading to Windows 8
    1. Steps for upgrading to Windows 8
    2. Software included in upgrade modules for Windows 8
    3. Software not included in upgrade modules for Windows 8
    1. Steps for upgrading to Windows 8
      The following shows the steps for upgrading to Windows 8.

      StepWork contentsOS environment
      Step 1Prepare necessary things for upgrading Windows 7
      Step 2Backup important data Windows 7
      Step 3Download upgrade module, execute and unpack the program to HDD Windows 7
      Step 4Uninstall Windows 7 software Windows 7
      Step 5Upgrade to Windows 8 Windows 7=>Windows 8
      Step 6Install drivers for Windows 8 Windows 7
      Step 7Execute Windows Update Windows 7
      Step 8Install software for Windows 8 Windows 7

      For details about each step, please refer to "Windows 8 Upgrade Step-by-Step Guide"
      uploaded in the download page of modules for Windows 8.
      (For the download page of modules for Windows 8, please proceed from the bottom of this page.)
    2. Software included in upgrade modules for Windows 8
      The upgrade modules for Windows 8 include the following software.
      For details about introducing steps, please refer to "Windows 8 Upgrade Step-by-Step Guide" uploaded in the download page of modules for Windows 8.
      (For the download page of modules for Windows 8, please proceed from the bottom of this page.)

      #Software nameRemarks
      1SD Driver 
      2LAN Driver 
      3Intel Rapid Storage Technology 
      4Bluetooth Stack*Bluetooth-integrated models only
      Added pinstall.bat on Apr 24, 2013.
      5PC Information Viewer 
      6Intel Video Driver*Apply to only CF-31S and CF-31V models
      7ATI Video Driver*Apply to only CF-31U models
      8Power Plan Extension UtilityTo "Version V1.11L13M01" has been updated on Oct 11, 2012.
      9Quick Boot ManagerTo "Version V3.02L11 M00" has been updated on Oct 25, 2012.
      10System Interface ManagerTo "Version V12.00L12M10" has been updated on Oct 25, 2012.
      11Fingerprint Driver- To "Version 1.6.0.331" has been updated on Oct 25, 2012.
      - Supported digital signature on Apr 24, 2013.
      12TPM Driver- To "Version 4.3.000.3137" has been updated on Oct 25, 2012.
      - Supported digital signature on Apr 24, 2013.
      13Hotkey Settings UtilityTo "Version V3.00L13 M01" has been updated on Oct 25, 2012.
      14Intel Dynamic Platform and Thermal Framework 6.0- From "Version 6.0.5.1080" to "Version 6.0.6.1082" has been updated on Dec 27, 2012.
      - From "Version 6.0.5.1082" to "Version 6.0.7.1084" has been updated on Apr 24, 2013.
      15Wireless LAN DriverFrom "Version 14.3.1.0" to "Version 15.5.6.0" has been updated on Dec 27, 2012.
       
    3. Software not included in upgrade modules for Windows 8
      The upgrade modules for Windows 8 do not include the following software.

      *Due to the functional restriction, the sound through HDMI is not emitted.
      Software nonusable in Windows 8

      Software nameRemarks
      Net Selector 2If needed, please do not upgrade to Windows 8.
      Security Settings UtilityIf needed, please do not upgrade to Windows 8.
      Intel My WiFi Technology, and Intel My WiFi UtilityIf needed, please do not upgrade to Windows 8.
      MCA Platform DriverIf needed, please do not upgrade to Windows 8.
      Panasonic DashboardIf needed, please do not upgrade to Windows 8.
      Display Switch UtilityIf needed, please do not upgrade to Windows 8.
      Cleaning UtilityIf needed, please do not upgrade to Windows 8.
      Fingerprint Driver (Protector Suite 2011)If needed, please do not upgrade to Windows 8.
      *If updated, only login to the Windows using a fingerprint sensor becomes possible by installing a fingerprint authentication device downloaded from a Panasonic website.
      Wireless WAN Extension UtilityTo make the PIN of Mobile Broadband in Windows 8 valid, invalid, and changed or release the lock and block of Mobile Broadband device, please use the PIN security settings for Mobile Broadband.
      Optimized ViewIn Windows 8, please use Magnifier.
      Loupe UtilityIn Windows 8, please use Magnifier.
      Change Optical Drive Name ToolIn Windows 8, please use Disk Management.
      Software KeyboardIn Windows 8, please use Screen Keyboard and Touch Keyboard.
      Wireless DisplayNonusable in Windows 8.
      If needed, please do not upgrade to Windows 8.
      Smart archNonusable in Windows 8.
      If needed, please do not upgrade to Windows 8.
      Net Selector 3Nonusable in Windows 8.
      If needed, please do not upgrade to Windows 8.


       


  • 4. Steps for performing clean install of Windows 8
    1. Steps for performing clean install of Windows 8
    2. Software included in clean install modules for Windows 8
    3. Software not included in clean install modules for Windows 8

    1. Steps for performing clean install of Windows 8
      The following shows the steps for performing clean install of Windows 8.

      StepWork contentsOS environment
      Step 1Prepare necessary things for installing Windows 7
      Step 2Backup important data Windows 7
      Step 3Download modules for Windows 8 Windows 7
      Step 4Backup modules for Windows 8 Windows 7
      Step 5Install Windows 8 Windows 7=>Windows 8
      Step 6Install drivers for Windows 8 Windows 7
      Step 7Execute Windows Update Windows 7
      Step 8Install software for Windows 8 Windows 7

      When installing, please refer to the Microsoft website below.
      http://windows.microsoft.com/en-US/windows/home

      For details about each step, please refer to "Windows 8 Upgrade Step-by-Step Guide
      (For Clean Installing Windows 8)" uploaded in the download page of modules for Windows 8.
      (For the download page of modules for Windows 8, please proceed from the bottom of this page.)
    2. Software included in clean install modules for Windows 8
      The clean install modules for Windows 8 include the following software.
      For details about introducing steps, please refer to "Windows 8 Upgrade Step-by-Step Guide
      (For Clean Installing Windows 8)" uploaded in the download page of modules for Windows 8.
      (For the download page of modules for Windows 8, please proceed from the bottom of this page.)

      #Software nameRemarks
      1Bluetooth Stack*Bluetooth-integrated models only
      Added pinstall.bat on Apr 24, 2013.
      2PC Information Viewer 
      3Intel Video Driver*Apply to only CF-31S and CF-31V models
      4ATI Video Driver*Apply to only CF-31U models
      5Quick Boot ManagerTo "Version V3.02L11 M00" has been updated on Oct 25, 2012.
      6F5521gw(Ericsson) Wireless WAN DriverTo "Version V9.0.0.5" has been updated on Oct 25, 2012.
      7System Interface ManagerTo "Version V12.00L12M10" has been updated on Oct 25, 2012.
      8Fingerprint Driver- To "Version 1.6.0.331" has been updated on Oct 25, 2012.
      - Supported digital signature on Apr 24, 2013.
      9TPM Driver- To "Version 4.3.000.3137" has been updated on Oct 25, 2012.
      - Supported digital signature on Apr 24, 2013.
      10Wireless Switch UtilityTo "Version V4.11L13M00" has been updated on Oct 25, 2012.
      11Hotkey Settings UtilityTo "Version V3.00L13 M01" has been updated on Oct 25, 2012.
      12Intel Dynamic Platform and Thermal Framework 6.0Device Manager soon after clean install shows "Obtain PCI data and signal processing controller".
      - From "Version 6.0.5.1080" to "Version 6.0.6.1082" has been updated on Dec 27, 2012.
      - From "Version 6.0.5.1082" to "Version 6.0.7.1084" has been updated on Apr 24, 2013.
      13Wireless LAN DriverFrom "Version 14.3.1.0" to "Version 15.5.6.0" has been updated on Dec 27, 2012.
       
    3. Software not included in clean install modules for Windows 8
      The clean install modules for Windows 8 do not include the following software.

      Software needed to install with drivers for Windows 7
      Install software with the drivers "c:\util\drivers" backed up in advance.
      Install the necessary drivers Driver Software saved in c:\util\drivers folder first and then Utility Software saved in c:\util folder.

      Software nameRemarks
      SD Driver 
      Intel Management Engine SoftwareDevice Manager shows "PCI serial port" or "PCI simple communication controller".
      Intel PROSet/Wireless WiFi software (Wireless LAN Driver) 
      Intel WiMAX software 
      Wireless WAN software*Wireless WAN-integrated models only
      TouchChip fingerprint Coprocessor Driver*Fingerprint Sensor-integrated models only
      Hotkey DriverDevice Manager shows "unknown device".
      System Interface Manager 
      Panasonic Misc DriverDevice Manager shows "unknown device".
      Common Components for Panasonic PC 
      Common Components for Panasonic PC (x64)*64 bit only
      Wireless Switch Utility 
      Panasonic Notification 
      PC Information Viewer 
      PowerDVD  


      Software nonusable in Windows 8

      Software nameRemarks
      Net Selector 2If needed, please do not upgrade to Windows 8.
      Security Settings UtilityIf needed, please do not upgrade to Windows 8.
      Intel My WiFi Technology, and Intel My WiFi UtilityIf needed, please do not upgrade to Windows 8.
      MCA Platform DriverIf needed, please do not upgrade to Windows 8.
      Panasonic DashboardIf needed, please do not upgrade to Windows 8.
      Display Switch UtilityIf needed, please do not upgrade to Windows 8.
      Cleaning UtilityIf needed, please do not upgrade to Windows 8.
      Fingerprint Driver (Protector Suite 2011)If needed, please do not upgrade to Windows 8.
      *If updated, only login to the Windows using a fingerprint sensor becomes possible by installing a fingerprint authentication device downloaded from a Panasonic website.
      Wireless WAN Extension UtilityTo make the PIN of Mobile Broadband in Windows 8 valid, invalid, and changed or release the lock and block of Mobile Broadband device, please use the PIN security settings for Mobile Broadband.
      Optimized ViewIn Windows 8, please use Magnifier.
      Loupe UtilityIn Windows 8, please use Magnifier.
      Change Optical Drive Name ToolIn Windows 8, please use Disk Management.
      Software KeyboardIn Windows 8, please use Screen Keyboard and Touch Keyboard.
      Wireless DisplayNonusable in Windows 8.
      If needed, please do not upgrade to Windows 8.
      Smart archNonusable in Windows 8.
      If needed, please do not upgrade to Windows 8.
      Net Selector 3Nonusable in Windows 8.
      If needed, please do not upgrade to Windows 8.


       


  • 5. Support evaluation information (Important matters)
    1. Intel Dynamic Power Performance Management
    2. USB 3.0 Host Controller Driver
    3. Green goo stick
    4. Intel Rapid Storage Technology

    1. Intel Dynamic Power Performance Management
      - Upgrading to Windows 8 with Intel Dynamic Power Performance Management driver not uninstalled, the process is blocked and the setup cannot proceed.
      - Promoted to uninstall the program in the manual, please follow the instructions and make an update before the upgrade.
    2. USB 3.0 Host Controller Driver
      - Uninstalling USB 3.0 Host Controller Driver after upgrading to Windows 8, the PC may gets bluescreen after rebooted. Please follow the instructions and uninstall the program.
      - Upgrading to Windows 8 with an external drive gets USB 3.0 port nonusable. So please perform the upgrade with USB 2.0 port connected.
    3. Green goo stick
      - In IE10 after PC being upgraded to Windows 8, the function of Green goo stick is not recognized as a link but the equivalent of a pop-up. So, if Pop-up Blocker is set valid, the link page may not be opened.
      - Please set Pop-up Blocker invalid or update the goo stick in the software manufacturer website.
    4. Intel Rapid Storage Technology
      - If the version of Intel Rapid Storage Technology is prior to "11.5.x.x", upgrading to Windows 8 is blocked and the setup cannot proceed. Please follow the instructions and upgrade the OS.
      - In optical-drive integrated models, the lid of a drive does not open with a drive switch unless the optical-drive power is set on in the setup before upgrading to Windows 8.
      Please set an upgrade media in a drive in advance or open and close the lid by right-clicking the menu on My computer.


  • 6. Support evaluation information (Restrictions)
    1. Intel Graphics Driver
    2. USB root hub
    3. Panasonic software
    4. Panasonic software for Windows 8
    5. Power plan extended utility
    6. Display helper
    7. Quick Boot Manager
    8. Smart arch
    9. Projector helper
    10. In-flight mode and on-off of wireless device of Windows 8
    11. Inter-link Touch Pad Driver
    1. Intel Graphics Driver
      - Intel Graphics Driver needs to be updated for Windows 8, but the sound through HDMI is not emitted.
    2. USB root hub
      - USB root hub may not function when a PC is changed from hibernation to resume after upgraded to Windows 8, so please change the settings of Legacy USB in BIOS setup page from Valid to Invalid according to the operating environment.
    3. Panasonic software
      - Panasonic software does not support Start page or the page where Windows store applications are displayed.
    4. Panasonic software for Windows 8
      - The error message saying the access to System Interface Device - 0021 failed may be displayed when Panasonic Misc Driver is not installed.
    5. Power plan extended utility
      - The settings of Windows Aero in Windows 8 cannot be changed from valid to invalid.
    6. Display helper
      - Setting mirror display on IE10 screen gets the screen disordered.
      - The default shortcut (Ctrl + Win + Space) of a mouse cursor jump is nonusable.
    7. Quick Boot Manager
      - Only easy quick boot setting mode is usable and other functions are nonusable.
    8. Smart arch
      [Only 64 bit environment]
      - Even if uninstalling Smart arch before the upgrade, the Smart arch tile is displayed on Dashboard for Panasonic PC.
      - Starting with the tile, the message saying that the execution of application failed is displayed.
    9. Projector helper
      - When an enlarged display (1280 x 720) data is made, the data is nonusable on Windows 8.
    10. In-flight mode and on-off of wireless device of Windows 8
      - The wireless switch of a PC is not linked with on-off of in-flight mode of Windows 8.
      - Please conduct on-off switching of wireless devices in Wireless Switching Utility.
    11. Inter-link Touch Pad Driver
      - (CF-19 series only) When a screen is turned over in a laptop mode, the input direction on a touch pad gets opposite to the movement direction of a mouse cursor on the screen.


  • 7. Download of modules for Windows 8
  • Please read and understand the information on this page before using the modules for Windows 8.

    The modules for Windows 8 can be downloaded from below.
    For the usage, please refer to the information of the introducing guide stated in this page.
    Furthermore, we recommend printing it out prior to downloading.



    For CF-31[S/U](mk3 Std./Perf.) Series
    Select the module for installing Windows 8.
    Support ModuleUpgrade Support Module Install (Step by Step Guide)
    Upgrade Install from Windows 7 to Windows 8

    Support Module for clean installingClean Support Module Install (Step by Step Guide)
    Clean Install of Windows 8

    For CF-31[V](mk3 Value) Series
    Select the module for installing Windows 8.
    Support ModuleUpgrade Support Module Install (Step by Step Guide)
    Upgrade Install from Windows 7 to Windows 8

    Support Module for clean installingClean Support Module Install (Step by Step Guide)
    Clean Install of Windows 8


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