I'm not sure if this is the best place to put this kind of question, but I have to ask...

Has anyone tried to convert their old 14" laptop screen into a touch screen that Windows 8 can use? I'm talking about actually using your fingers to interact with the screen, not some stylus or camera to do the same thing. Hopefully something that isn't too expensive.

  • touch overlays aren't all that cheap, will have to be removed before you can close the laptop, and I've no idea what the support for them in Windows 8 would be like. – Quentin Nov 28 '12 at 17:25
  • ^^ and they're a stylus solution – mcalex Nov 28 '12 at 17:29
  • @mcalex Not true. See my answer below; there are resistive touchscreen overlays which can be used with your finger. – vane Nov 28 '12 at 17:43
  • Try this link . . .It worked for me . . . techwikasta.com/2013/04/… – user227866 May 30 '13 at 12:19

Can't be done. Touch screens have sensors, your laptop doesn't. Any solution will involve big conversion dollars.

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You're probably going to have to use something like this Touchscreen Overlay. Other than that, the only other option would be to buy a touch screen for that laptop or one that fits that laptop and replace your existing one which would probably be more expensive than just buying an overlay.

This particular overlay I found at walmart for about $110.00. You could probably get it cheaper online.

The provided link is for a resistive touchscreen... here is an excerpt from wiki Resistive Touchscreen:

"Because the touchscreen senses input from contact with nearly any object (finger, stylus/pen, palm) resistive touchscreens are a type of "passive" technology."

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  • I doubt those overalys were design to function with Windows 8. The copyright notice on that page you linked to is two years old, which means, Windows 8 drivers don't likely exist. – Ramhound Nov 28 '12 at 18:51
  • Just because this particular model may not be compatible with Windows 8 doesn't mean that there isn't one out there that is. I was simply providing an option for the OP to look into instead of just making a blanket statement of "it can't be done"; so why the down vote? Also, the specifications for the product in the link I provided lists Windows 7 as a compatible OS which gives it a better chance of working with Windows 8. Don't discredit it so quickly. – vane Nov 28 '12 at 18:59
  • Say, does anyone know if we can examine how the drivers for touchscreens work in Windows 8? Maybe some fiddling of some sort cold be possible (It's a long shot, I know...) – Xavier Varricatt Nov 29 '12 at 7:56
  • @XavierVarricatt Well, we can... Someone would just have to buy one and then examine them, try to have the company send them a "trial" or just call the vendor and see if they've done any kind of testing yet. – vane Nov 29 '12 at 16:12

I also wanted to convert my non touch screen laptop into a touch screen lappy,Then I found this intresting article http://techwikasta.com/2013/04/how-to-convert-your-non-touch-laptop-into-touchscreen-laptop/ non touch to touch screen..with less cost,less effort,highly useful.You can also give it a try.

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