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
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'.
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:
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
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).
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.
This action might not be possible to undo. Are you sure you want to continue?