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Install Xp on Eeepc

Install Xp on Eeepc



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guide in changing your ASUS eeepc operating system from linux to WIn XP
guide in changing your ASUS eeepc operating system from linux to WIn XP

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Published by: api-3703191 on Oct 14, 2008
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Here's my guide to installing Windows XP on your EEEPC. Alot of credit must go to:
Firstly, let me just say, that this is the method I used to install it. I've read and seen many other methods

to do this. This is just what I did. If you feel there is an easier way, or that a step can be done quicker, feel
free to post.
Hardware you'll need
1.) A USB memory key. 1GB is recommended, but if your going to use a custom nLite installation of
Windows XP, then you can get away with a 512MB one.
2a.) A SD Memory Card. Any size will do, even if you have a 16MB one laying around, that's heaps.
(Must be FAT not FAT 32)
2b.) A Second USB memory key. Any size. (It should be noted I've only tried this with the SD card
option)(Must be FAT not FAT32)
3.) A Windows XP SP 2 Installation CD.
Software you'll need

1.) Download physdiskwrite. A small utility to use for creating a boot disk for our XP installation.
2.) A boot disk image.
Grab the one called 'MS Windows XP System Setup Disk'.

Step 1: Creating a SD boot disk
Create a temporary directory on your PC and unzip physdiskwrite.exe into this folder.
Using your file compression program (WinRAR, WinZip, 7Zip etc) extract the file "WXPBOOT.IMA" to the
same folder as physdiskwrite.exe.
NOTE: The wxpboot.exe is not an archive, programs such as WinRAR may throw an error, but still

extract at least 'WXPBOOT.IMA'.
Insert your SD or your 2nd USB memory key into your PC.
Next go to into disk management of your PC by going into:

Control Panel --> Administration Tools --> Computer Management --> Disk Management

Make a special note of the drive number (not the letter) of your SD card or USB memory key.
Next open a command line and navigate to your temp directory where physdiskwrite.exe is located.
Type: physdiskwrite -u wxpboot.ima

WARNING: It will list all of your drives and ask you which one you want to write to. BE VERY CAREFUL
HERE. You need to make sure you aren't writing to any of your actual hard disks.
It should only take a few seconds. This device becomes your 'boot disk'.
Step 2: Copying XP to your USB memory key
Take your windows XP installation CD and stick it in your DVD/CD drive.
Copy the folder 'i386' to your USB key (the first one, not the one you put your boot disk onto).

If you are using a standard XP SP2 CD without using nLite, it will be around 550MB to put on. I'd highly
encourage anyone doing this to grab nlite at http://www.nliteos.com to cut down the size of your Windows
XP size. Remove unwanted or unneeded utilites and applications to save room. (I was able to cut the CD
size down to 325MB without to much sacrifice).

This USB key becomes our 'Windows Disk'.
Step 3: Preparing EEEPC

Insert your SD boot disk into the SD card slot, or USB port if it's a memory key.
Boot your EEEPC and go into it's bios by hitting F2 when it first switches on.
Change 'OS Insallation' to 'Start'. Hit F10 to save and exit.
As soon as the EEPC restarts hit escape to load the boot loader.
At the memu choose either your SD card if you used that, or the USB mem key.
It shouldn't take long and at some point will ask you to hit any key to continue.
When you finaly reach a command prompt you should see:
Type: fdisk <Enter>
When asked if you want to enable large HDD support just hit Y or enter.
It should show several non-DOS partitions, and a DOS partition named BIOS. We want to wipe all these.
Once you've wiped all three partitions create a new partition DOS partition. Save and exit.
Restart your EEEPC (ALT+CTRL+DEL will do the trick here) and boot back into your boot disk again.

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