|Root Hacking the HP Touchpad Tablet PC|
|Articles - Featured Guides|
|Written by David Ramsey|
|Tuesday, 06 September 2011|
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We've activated developer mode, but since the HP App Catalog is still our only source of downloadable software, we can't install Preware directly. Fortunately, using the WebOS Quick Install Utility, you can install software onto the Touchpad from your desktop computer. You can get this utility from the Pre Central forums here. This is a Java utility, so you'll need Java 1.6 or later to run it. If your system doesn't have Java, you can download it from the same link.
Once you have a working Java installation on your computer, connect your Touchpad to your computer with its included USB cable, however, do not set it to USB mode (just tap the Close button that will appear). Run the Quick Install utility simply by double-clicking on it (if this doesn't run the utility, then you don't have Java installed). You'll see the Quick Install Utility main screen in a second or two. If the Quick Install utility says that it can't find a suitable device, your Touchpad either isn't in developer mode, or is connected as a USB mass storage device. In the latter case, simply unplug your Touchpad from its USB cable, wait a few seconds, then plug it back in and make sure to click the Close button.
Now, click the little globe icon above the image of the Pre smartphone. The utility will scan a number of online software repositories and display a list of available software. You can scroll down the list or simply type "Preware" in the seach box aboce the list.
After you've selected Preware, just click the Install button to install it on your Touchpad. Once this process completes, you'll have a new portal for application software, and that's where we'll get the utilities we need to make the Touchpad a lot faster and smoother. We cover this process in detail with the next article in this series: Performance Hacking the HP Touchpad.