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Overview of Instant On Software Environment

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This document is specific for Envy Notebook PCs with Instant On Software and Windows 7.
Instant On Software (IOS) is an optional, instant-on environment that is separate from your Windows operating system. IOS allows you to rapidly access certain programs without the need to start the Windows 7 operating system. The IOS environment provides less functionality than Windows 7; however you can use your computer within 10 seconds or less of pressing the power button. You will enjoy the IOS feature if you browse the Internet, view and send e-mail, view digital photos, listen to music, or keep in touch through instant messages or Skype. You decide when or if you want to enter the Windows 7 OS to use all of your regular programs.
You are not required to use the Instant On Software when starting the computer. By default, when the power button is pressed, the IOS screen is displayed for a period of time, and you can select any of IOS programs within seconds. However, if you do not select any program, the computer will automatically launch the full Windows 7 operating system.

Program Icons

From the IOS start up screen, you can use any of the following features:
IOS IconProgram
Web browser — Search and browse the Internet, and create links to your favorite Web sites. Default browser name is Splashtop Browser
Music player — Listen to your favorite music and create play lists. Supports both .mp3 and .wav file types.
Photo viewer — Browse through photos, create albums, and view slide shows. Supports .bmp, .gif, .jpg, and .png file types.
Skype — Skype is a voice over Internet protocol (VOIP) that lets you communicate free of charge with other Skype users. With Skype, you can have a conference call or a video chat with one or more people at a time. You can also make long-distance phone calls to land lines.
Chat — Pidgin is an instant messaging programs for chatting with friends on IM programs such as AOL Instant Messenger, Google Talk, MSN, Windows Live! Messenger, or Yahoo Messenger.
Web calendar — Launches your default Web calendar to display, edit, and organize your schedule.
Web mail — Launches your default Web mail program to view and send e-mail.
Windows Operating System — Launch Windows 7 and use all of your regular programs.
Shutdown IOS — Shuts down the computer from the Instant On Software environment.
On models with the Instant On Software environment the IOS is enabled by default. To disable, or enable, the IOS environment, do the following steps.
  1. Turn on the power and allow the computer to boot into the Windows 7 environment.
  2. Click Start, All Programs, and then click IOS.
  3. Right-click the IOS Configuration Tool.
  4. Select Run as administrator.
  5. Select (or de-select) the Enable IOS check box.
  6. To change the length of time the IOS waits before it launches the Windows operating system, select Enable IOS and specify the number of seconds to delay before activating Windows from the list.
When you have completed your selections, click OK to accept the choices and close the window. Restart the computer to apply the new Instant On setting.
To use programs that require a network or internet connection, such as a web browser, e-mail, or instant messenger program, you must set up the IOS network connection as a separate action from the Windows network connection. The network settings in one environment are not transferred automatically to the other environment. You must set up the network connections before setting up the e-mail connections.
The default web browser in IOS is Splashtop Browser, and the default browser in Windows 7 is Internet Explorer 8. The IOS uses a web interface to access Live Mail, and the default web e-mail program in Windows 7 is Windows Live Mail, which you may have to download from the Microsoft web site.
To set up the network and e-mail connections on your computer with IOS and Windows 7, you must have the following hardware and information from an ISP:
  • Service through an Internet Service Provider (ISP)
  • Broadband modem (either DSL or cable) or wireless router (wireless gateway)
  • To connect to a network, the name of the network (SSID), type of network encryption, network password.
  • To connect to an e-mail account, the user account name and password, the POP3 address, and the SMTP address.
Setting up the network connection in the IOS environment is similar to setting up a wireless connection in Windows. You should set up the wireless network connection in Windows before setting up the IOS connection. This allows you to verify that the wireless device is turned on and enabled, and that the computer can connect to the network. See HP Notebook PCs - Installing and Using HP Wireless Assistant in Windows 7 to Enable the wireless device and leave it enabled. If the wireless device is disabled in Windows, it cannot be re-enabled in the IOS.
You should also set up the Windows web browser, your e-mail service and any Instant Messaging applications so that you have the required URL and IP addresses, security settings and passwords.
To set up the network connection, start the computer in IOS or HP QuickWeb and do the following steps.
  1. Click one of the application icons to display the task bar icons in the lower right-hand corner. Notice that the wireless device is not active because there is no connection to a wireless network.
  2. If needed, press the wireless device button on the keyboard to turn the wireless device on.
    On most notebooks, a glowing orange wireless device LED means the device is turned off. The LED glows a light blue color when the wireless device is turned on.
  3. On the task bar, click the Setup icon to open the Configuration Panel window.
  4. Click The Network icon to open the Network Configuration window.
    If no wireless networks are displayed, either there is no wireless network in the area, or the wireless device is turned off, or it was not enabled in Windows using the HP Wireless Assistant.
  5. Select the desired wireless (WIFI) network to open the Connect to Network window.
  6. Verify the correct Network Name is selected, and enter the required network Password.
  7. Under Advanced Settings heading, do the following:
    • Select Security Type used on the network
      • If WEP, select WEP Key Index.
      • If None, continue to next step.
      • If WAP or WAP2 continue to next step. This type of security may be found in a corporate network environment, contact the corporate Network Administrator for instructions on setting the Subnet Mask, Alternate DNS Server, and Default Gateway values.
    • Under the IP/DNS Settings heading, verify Automatic IP and Automatic DNS are selected. Contact your Internet Service Provider (ISP) if they assign static IP addresses and DNS Servers.
    • Select Connect to complete the connection, and then select Close to accept the network connection values and close the Connect to Network window.
When the wireless connection is complete, the wireless device icon changes to indicate a proper connection . Now that you have a network connection, you can continue to configure the Web Browser, E-mail, Web Calendar, Chat instant messenger, and Skype phone application.
To configure the web browser the first time you use it, do the following steps.
  1. Click the web browser icon .
  2. To connect to a web site, enter the desired web site in the URL field, and press the Enter key.
  3. To configure the starting web page, click Bookmark, and select the Make this page the default home page.
  4. To configure the Proxy server, if desired, select Tools, select Connection Settings. The default setting is the Auto-detect proxy settings for this network option
  5. Click OK to apply the proxy values, and close the Connection Settings window.
  1. Click the Setup icon to open the Configuration Panel window, and click the Applications icon to open the Applications selection window.
  2. Select the Email option, and click Edit to open the Email Application Settings window.
  3. Select the Email service you want to use (Gmail or Yahoo Mail). You must already have an account on the selected service.
  4. To logon automatically, enter the complete Email Address (MyName@someservice.com) and the Password you use for that service.
  5. If you have an Email service with a different service, select the Other option and enter the URL you normally use to access that service on the web. The Email Address and Password fields are not active when using the Other option.
  6. Click Finish to accept the Email connection values and close the Application Settings window.
When you select the Email application icon on the main IOS window, the application will connect to the service. If necessary, it will prompt you for user information and a password.
  1. Click the Setup icon to open the Configuration Panel window, and click the Applications icon to open the Applications selection window.
  2. Select the Calendar option, and click Edit to open the Calender Application Settings window.
  3. Select the calendar service you want to use. (Google or Windows Live calendar) You must already have an account on the selected service.
  4. To logon automatically, enter the complete Email Address (MyName@someservice.com) and the Password you use for that service.
  5. If you have a calendar service with a different service, select the Other option and enter the URL you normally use to access that service on the web. The Email Address and Password fields are not active when using the Other option.
  6. Click Finish to accept the calendar connection values and close the Application Settings window.
When you select the Calendar application on the main IOS window, the application will connect to the service. If necessary, it will prompt you for user information and a password.
To configure the instant messenger the first time you use Chat, do the following steps.
  1. Click the Chat icon on the main window.
  2. Select the instant messenger service you want to use. (AIM, Gadu-Gadu, Google Talk, ICQ, MSN, QQ, Yahoo) You must already have an account on the selected service.
    If one or more accounts are setup, in the Chat window, select the desired Account from the Account list.
    If no account is setup, in the Accounts window, select Add to set up an account.
  3. On the Add Account window, do the following:
    1. Select the desired type of protocol (IM service).
    2. Enter User name, Password, and your Local alias (User Name)
    3. Select the Remember password option.
    4. Click Save to accept the Chat connection values and close the Add Account window.
  4. In the Chat window, select the Buddies functions to: Add Buddy, Joint a Chat, or write a New Instant Message, plus other actions.
  5. In the Chat window, select Accounts and then select the desired account.
    • If the account is active, you may enter the address of a Buddy to contact.
    • If the account is not active, you can Edit Account, or Disable account.
    • If the computer is not connected to the account, you must re-connect before continuing.
In the Chat window, select the Tools function to: set up Preferences, Transfer Files, plus other actions.
To configure the phone application the first time you use Skype, do the following steps.
  1. Click the Skype icon to open the Skype window.
  2. When prompted, accept the End User License Agreement.
  3. You must already have an account on the selected Skype service.
    On the Skype Logon window, enter your Skype Name, enter your Password, and then click Sign in.
If you do not already have an account, to enroll in a Skype service, click the Don’t have a Skype Name yet? option.
The operation of the Music Player is similar to the operation of the Windows Media player.
Click the Music icon to open the Music Player application.
The Music Player allows you to create Playlists of music already stored on the hard drive or on a USB device.
To added additional music, you should boot into Windows and use the default Windows Media Player or Windows Explorer to copy the files onto the hard drive. The default directory is the C:\Users\Public\Music folder.
For additional information, click the Help icon in the Music Player.
The operation of the Manager is similar to the operation of the Windows Live Photo Gallery.
Click the Photo icon to open the Photo Manager application.
The Photo Viewer allows you to create Albums of pictures already stored on the hard drive or on a USB device.
To added additional pictures, you should boot into Windows and use the Windows Explorer to copy the files onto the hard drive. The default directory is the C:\Users\Public\Pictures folder.
For additional information, click the Help icon in the Photo Manager.
On initial startup, the Main ISO window has a simple black background. After the web applications are configured, the image on the Main window changes and provides direct access to web applications.
To access or modify the applications, do the following actions.
  • 1. Mail – Click the Mail icon to launch the Email application.
  • 2. Search – Enter a URL and press the Enter key to access a web site.
  • 3. Bookmarks – Select any web site which has previously been bookmarked in the web browser.
  • 4. Favorites – Click the thumbnail image of any web site previously marked as a Favorite in the web browser.
    To change any thumbnail image, right-click the image and select the Change favorite website option. You can enter a new URL, or select a URL from the list, and then press the Enter key to accept the selection. Alternately, to remove the link, select the Remove favorite website option.
  • 5. Music – Click the thumbnail image of any album to play the music.
    To change any thumbnail image and select a different album, right-click the image and select the Change favorite album option. You can select any playlist or album on the list.
    Alternately, to remove the link to the album, select the Remove option.
    Alternately, to play any album in the library, or create a new playlist, click the Music icon .
  • 6. Photos – Click the thumbnail image of any album to view the images.
    To change any thumbnail image and select a different album, right-click the image and select the Change favorite album option. You can select any album or photo on the computer.
    Alternately, to remove the link to the album, select the Remove option.
    Alternately, to view any album or photo, or create a new album, click the Photo icon .
The Setup menu allows you to configure additional applications and operating conditions.
Click the Setup icon to open the Configuration Panel window, and click the desired applications configuration window.
Date and Time - Specify the time (in 24 hour format) and time zone.
Input Language - Language for the screen displays
Language and Keyboard - Language used by the operating system and the type of keyboard used for input.
Environment Settings - 4 tabs
  • Improve Software - Allow HP DeviceVM service to collect anonymous usage statistics to help improve HP's support services.
  • Power Management - select a power profile either Performance or Energy Saving, or setup your own Custom Power options. That means specify when to Put display to sleep and when to Shutdown computer.
  • Printer - Select a default printer.
  • General - Allow the computer to check for updated drivers and software once a month. AND Restore the computer's system to factory setting. AND Specify a time delay for when the computer should start into the Windows OS if the IOS is inactive for some period of time.
Screen Settings - Resolution used on display.
Volume Control - specify Input (recording) volume and output (play back) volume.
Help View the Help file on the computer

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