Windows XP: A Whole New Ball of Hacks
The next stage of this guide is covering Windows XP on the Eee PC. This requires an external USB DVD Drive
, an XP installation disc with a valid Windows XP key, and the Asus DVD that came in the box with your Eee PC. Asus included a multi-purpose DVD with the Eee PC designed to handle everything from driver installation in Windows, to recovery of the original Linux operating system. We wonâ€™t cover the step-by-step Windowsinstallation in this review, but will explain what needs to be done after your first system boot.
After the first true boot into Windows XP, you will want to install all the drivers and software off the Asus supplied disc. After inserting the disc, it will automatically prompt you to install special ACPI drivers needed to correctly identify the notebooks hardware. After this installs, it will require a restart.SPECIAL NOTE:
I highly suggest you go into the BIOS (press F2 during startup) at this time and change the boot priority so that the system checks the internal drive first, then the external optical device. If you don't change this in the BIOS, and you let the disc stay in the drive, the system will load the recovery portion of the Asus DVD and restore to the original Linux system on each restart.
Go to the boot menu in the BIOS.
Select the external DVD drive during the XP install.
Select the internal flash drive after you install XP.
On the next system startup, open the Asus driver utility again if it has not loaded by itself, and select the â€œInstAllâ€ package. This will install all of the software unique to the Asus EEE PC, correctly configuring all the hardware on the notebook. It will take a while, and expect it to restart your notebook three to four times before it finishes. After this has completed, your system should be up and running completely.