Dell Touchscreen Not Compatible With WIn 8?

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May 11, 2013 at 18:28:45
Specs: Windows 7, AMD QL-65/3 Gb
I recently bought a Dell 2320 All-In-One running Win 7. I'm still evaluating it to see if I want to keep it. One of the things I've done is run the Win 8 Upgrade Assistant to check the unit for Win 8 compatibility.

This unit comes with a 23" touchscreen monitor and the Win 8 Upgrade Assistant says that the touchscreen was not designed for Win 8. It says that it will work, but it won't be as responsive or as smooth.

The System Properties says "Touch Input Available With Two Touch Points".

Assuming that at some point I will want to upgrade to Win 8 or beyond, is the "incompatibility" of the Dell's touchscreen significant enough that I should consider returning the unit and getting something designed for Win 8, even if it's not running Win 8 now?


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May 11, 2013 at 21:37:17
You know when I mentioned I wasn't sure if the Dell had multi-touch or not? Well, I guess it doesn't. That'll prevent you from using the multi-touch gestures baked into Windows 8. I'd embed a link to a list of gestures, but apparently Microsoft couldn't be bothered to post a list.

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May 12, 2013 at 06:13:32
Basically your Dell Monitor does not have a sufficient number of interactive touch pads behind the screen for Windows 8. You can still install Windows 8 (provided that Dell have Windows 8 drivers for your 2320) but you would have to use a conventional mouse to interact with it, and from what I've read, Windows 8 can feel a bit "clunky" when you use a mouse with it, simply because it was designed from scratch to work best with touchscreen technology.

Still, a mouse would be my preference anyway. Who wants fingermarks and smudges all over the screen. No problem on a mobile phone or small tablet, but on a computer screen which I use for serious photo-editing, no thanks.

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May 12, 2013 at 07:43:58
One of the main differences you'll find between a standard touchscreen and a Win8 touchscreen is that the latter has no bezel - Win 8 relies a lot on swiping in from the edge and a bezel will hinder this.

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