Windows XP installation on ASUS eeePC 901 netbook

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You just got your new eeePC with Linux OS on it. This is specific version of Linux (XANDROS) that has its own unique user interface, modified by ASUS. Interface is very simple, easy and intuitive to use and offers the whole productivity software suit preinstalled. However, it is not compatible with other common flavors of Linux and you would not be able to enjoy completely the whole new world of Open Source Software. In this case, you may decide to move into more common direction and install Windows XP on your eeePC.

Linux version of ASUS eeePC 901 netbook comes with two solid state hard drives, 4G (configured as a master drive) and 16G (configured as a slave drive). 4G Solid State Drive seems to be faster and Linux is installed on 4G. While this is not required, I would recommend using this drive for Windows installation. I will cover both versions of installation.

Let’s consider that you already have your copy of Windows XP installation disk.

ASUS eeePC 901 netbook does not have integrated CD or DVD ROM. This means that you have to use one of available USB ports to connect external USB CD/DVD ROM. You may also make bootable USB flash drive and move Windows installation files there. I’m assuming that you have USB CD/DVD ROM and if you don’t, I would recommend buying universal 3.5/2.5/SATA USB adapter. Sabrent USB 2.0 to IDE/SATA Cable for 2.5 / 3.5 / 5.25 Drive with Power Adapter USB-DSC5
You can use it to connect internal IDE DVD ROM. I purchased this one together with eeePC and it works well for me. One thing that I like about this adapter is that it could also be used to connect 3.5 IDE, 2.5 IDE or SATA hard drives to USB, meaning that I have universal backup solution. And if you’ll look at the price, you’ll realize that this is less expensive option, compared to ready to go external USB CD/DVD ROM.

OK. You have all that you need to proceed. It is time to plan OS installation. By saying this I mean that I’m considering more than one OS on my eeePC. I want to install Windows XP on 4G or 16G SSD and then, install Ubuntu Linux on one of these drives or, may be, on SDHC card. I would recommend installing Windows first, because Ubuntu is capable of taking care of modifying partitions and making multiboot menu bootloader. In fact, Ubuntu comes with complete set of powerful and simple to use tools for partitioning, modifying partitions and arranging multiboot startup options. The easiest way of taking advantage of this Ubuntu capability is to make clean install of Windows XP and arrange multiboot later. We are planning to do clean install and you will loose all previous data. Backup all data that you want to keep. I don’t care about backup, because I just got eeePC and there is no my data on it. Original Xandros Linux could be reinstalled from CD and you don’t have to worry about this.

1. Installing Windows XP on 4G master drive of EeePC 901.

Connect USB CD/DVD ROM to EeePC. Start EeePC, press F2 and enter BIOS.

Verify that boot order in Hard Disk Drives is set so, that SM will boot first (default setting).
Set USB device to be first boot device in Boot Device Priority menu.

Disable Quick Boot and Quiet Boot options simplifying access to BIOS. It would be hard to enter BIOS with Quick Boot and Quiet Boot enabled.

Startup from Windows XP Setup Disk. Remove all partitions from 4Gig and 16Gig drives. Select 4Gig drive for Windows XP installation. You may partition 16Gig drive with NTFS before installation. Or you may do this later, after Windows installation. I plan to use 4Gig drive for system files and 16Gig for data and additional software installation.

Follow setup instructions. It’s straight –forward installation and should be the same as installing Windows on any PC.

The last step would be installation of EeePC specific WinXP drivers. These drivers are located on Linux Support CD. Don’t be confused by this name. It contains Windows XP drivers and installation utility. After completion of driver installation you will get fully functional version of Windows XP, installed on eeePC.

2. Installing Windows XP on 16G slave drive of EeePC 901.

a) Leaving 4G drive as first boot device and installing Windows XP on 16G slave drive

Leave the same boot order as in previous installation.

Startup from Windows XP Setup Disk. Remove all partitions from 4Gig and 16Gig drives. Select 16Gig drive for Windows XP installation. You may partition 16Gig drive with NTFS before installation. Setup will offer you to create small partition on 4Gig drive. The purpose of this partition is to contain MBR that will redirect to 16Gig drive. Create this small partition on 4Gig drive and install Windows XP on 16Gig drive.

Follow setup instructions. Repeat the last step from the previous installation.

b) Installing Windows XP on 16G slave drive without additional partition on 4Gig drive.

Change the boot order in BIOS. Start EeePC, press F2 and enter BIOS. Set the boot order in Hard Disk Drives menu so, that SS disk (slave disk, 16Gig disk in case of EeePC) will boot first and SM disk (master disk, 4Gig disk in case of EeePC) will be second in HDD boot order.

Startup from Windows XP Setup Disk. Remove all partitions from 4Gig and 16Gig drives. Select 16Gig drive for Windows XP installation. Follow setup instructions. It’s straight –forward installation and should be the same as installing Windows on any PC. Repeat the last step from the previous installation description-install Win XP drivers from “Linux Support CD”.

I tried all three versions and all of them worked. The first one (4 Gig) seemed to be working smoother. The reason could be related to the different speed of internal SSD’s. Also, installation of EeePC specific WinXP drivers went smoother with the first version. All drivers were properly installed with automatic installation, while using ASUS driver installation utility. For the second and third type of XP installation, I had to reinstall some of the drivers manually.

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19 Responses to “Windows XP installation on ASUS eeePC 901 netbook”

  1. Frejjan on November 28th, 2008 7:04 am

    Thx

  2. Dr. Kotsis Domokos on January 26th, 2009 6:41 am

    Hi!

    In the third case (Installing Windows XP on 16 G slave drive without additional partition on 4G drive)why had to remove all partitions from the 4G drive?
    It’s unpossible leave the original Linux, and use both operating systems?

    Thanks
    Kotsis Domokos

  3. begemot on January 28th, 2009 4:07 pm

    You are right. You don’t have to delete partitions on 4G drive. Just change the boot order and install Windows XP on the slave drive. Then, you’ll be able to boot from Windows XP or original Linux by changing boot order settings in EeePC BIOS. I have not tested this method but it should work. The reason why I wrote “Remove all partitions from 4Gig drive” was to point to conditions that I already had, by doing previous experiments.

  4. Neil on February 2nd, 2009 10:19 am

    Once Windows has finished loading, how do I get to the drivers to load.

    I don’t have a Linux CD ?

  5. housla on February 2nd, 2009 12:26 pm

    I tried and changed the boot order, first slave drive, and second master drive and pree F10 then ESC. The screen went blank and not possible to get to start up? I have to change the reboot back then everything returned to status quo. Why? Maybe it is not possible to change the boot order for EeePC. Any comment will be greatly appreciated.

  6. begemot on February 5th, 2009 5:15 pm

    Neil, you can download drivers from ASUS website. Go to their download section, select Eee PC family. Then select XP version of your Eee PC (even if you have Linux version).

  7. begemot on February 5th, 2009 5:31 pm

    Housla, you have to connect external DVD/CD ROM to USB port. Set USB device to be the first boot device in Boot Device Priority menu. Set the boot order in Hard Disk Drives menu so, that SS disk (slave disk, 16Gig disk in case of EeePC 901) will boot first and SM disk (master disk, 4Gig disk in case of EeePC) will be the second in HDD boot order. You have to boot from XP CD and then XP Setup will see that 16Gig drive is the first drive. Then, prepare partition and install XP on 16Gig drive.

  8. Greenberg on February 17th, 2009 9:55 am

    Hey I have deleted all the partions that windows XP has found! Started installing XP on the 4Gb drive with NTFS file system, now I get this..

    Files Needed
    The file ‘asms’ on Windows XP Professional Service Pack 3 CD is needed.

    Copy files from:
    GLOBALROOT\DEVICE\CDROM0\I386

    now try browse to the CD rom but I dont know what FREAKING letter it is!! :(

  9. Hesh on March 6th, 2009 1:20 am

    Tha first post had some great info… I wish I knew there were two HD’s befor I bought it tho :(

    NTFS seems to be slow on tha 16gb SDD. I’m now trying FAT32. It seems to be runing better…

  10. carlos on April 16th, 2009 8:58 pm

    please help me
    I do not see the Disk 16gb in my asus.
    i formated disk 4gb and 16 gb.
    help me
    thank you

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  17. Dave on May 12th, 2011 8:48 pm

    Would option 2 also work for Windows 7 Professional (unmodified)?

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  18. Assaf on October 19th, 2011 5:07 am

    you are my hero !!!

    In a normal XP installation, you would use the files that were copied to the HDD to continue the installation. but, when installing from a usb-flash installation, you need to use the usb files all the way – meaning, every time the system rebbot you need to point out the usb as the boot-device.

    A.

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