Q1 owners: did you find the “hidden” Ctrl-Alt-Del button?

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Q1_hardware_button_top_1I’ve meant to mention this for some time, but it kept slipping my mind; even though I’m far from 50 like the father of the Tabletscape, I do have occasional memory leaks. ;) For some Samsung Q1 owners this will be old news, but I’m hoping some others will gain some value. I’ve found myself needing to get into the Windows XP Task Manager from time to time, but if I don’t have my external keyboard, it can be a challenge. Here are a few of the basic options to gain access to the Task Manager on most slate Tablet PCs including the Samsung Q1…

  • Attach a keyboard and press Ctrl-Alt-Del.
  • If the Start menu is accessible, tap and hold it. One of your options is "Task Manager".
  • Using the TIP On-Screen keyboard, tap Ctrl, then Alt then Del. This isn’t working for me but may be due to the TouchKit enhancements.

When all else fails on a Q1 and these methods don’t work for you, look for the tiny little hardware button on the top of the Q1, just next to the power slider. On the side of the power button used for AVSNow, there is a small hole with a button; using your stylus, press this button to immediately get to the Task Manager on your Q1.

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Although this feature is documented in the manual, it’s safe bet that this "pinhole" button is oft overlooked.

-kct

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Jon

Dude – you just made my day. I just upgraded to Win7 Ultimate and put my Q1 on the domain and doh! needed to Ctrl-Alt-Del to enter my password. Was getting a bit panicky that I would have to back off my grand plan. Thanks a ton!

Bill Miranda

Thanks for the tip. Who reads the manual? I would really like to see an update on what you are doing to overcome the short battery life. I decided about a week ago to buy a Q1 after researching it on your site. The videos were very helpful, especially the one about usage scenarios.

Don't Panic!

Same thing happens to me on my Q1. Ctrl-Alt-Del with the on screen keyboard doesn’t work, but there is a prompt to use the security button displayed.

Actually I think this is a ‘Feature’ because the full wording of the prompt is:

“Instead of pressing Ctrl-Alt-Del. press the Windows Security button on your Tablet Computer.

You can also use a standard keyboard to press Ctrl-Alt-Del.”

Don't Panic!

Same thing happens to me on my Q1. Ctrl-Alt-Del with the on screen keyboard doesn’t work, but there is a prompt to use the security button displayed.

Actually I think this is a ‘Feature’ because the full wording of the prompt is:

“Instead of pressing Ctrl-Alt-Del. press the Windows Security button on your Tablet Computer.

You can also use a standard keyboard to press Ctrl-Alt-Del.”

Don't Panic!

Same thing happens to me on my Q1. Ctrl-Alt-Del with the on screen keyboard doesn’t work, but there is a prompt to use the security button displayed.

Actually I think this is a ‘Feature’ because the full wording of the prompt is:

“Instead of pressing Ctrl-Alt-Del. press the Windows Security button on your Tablet Computer.

You can also use a standard keyboard to press Ctrl-Alt-Del.”

Don't Panic!

Same thing happens to me on my Q1. Ctrl-Alt-Del with the on screen keyboard doesn’t work, but there is a prompt to use the security button displayed.

Actually I think this is a ‘Feature’ because the full wording of the prompt is:

“Instead of pressing Ctrl-Alt-Del. press the Windows Security button on your Tablet Computer.

You can also use a standard keyboard to press Ctrl-Alt-Del.”

Don't Panic!

Same thing happens to me on my Q1. Ctrl-Alt-Del with the on screen keyboard doesn’t work, but there is a prompt to use the security button displayed.

Actually I think this is a ‘Feature’ because the full wording of the prompt is:

“Instead of pressing Ctrl-Alt-Del. press the Windows Security button on your Tablet Computer.

You can also use a standard keyboard to press Ctrl-Alt-Del.”

JeffGr

There is a similar button on the TabletKiosk eo (and presumably the other Amtek units), also directly below the power switch. It isn’t recessed on the eo, so there is no need to use the stylus to press it. I’m not sure why Samsung made it difficult to access on the Q1 as I have never accidentally pressed the button on my eo…

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