I just picked up an ASUS EEE PC 1000H, an ultra portable mini-notebook. I must say, I am pleased. I purchased the EEE PC 1000H to replace my busted Acer laptop. I realize I am sacrificing some functionality for size and portability, but it is a fair trade-off. The EEE PC 1000H PC comes pre-loaded with Microsoft Windows XP Home Edition, but I wanted XP Professional. In this tutorial I will explain the steps necessary to install XP Professional on the Asus EEE PC 1000H. (These steps may also work to install XP Pro on the EEE PC 701, 900, or 901, but I cannot test. If it works for you on those models, please leave a note in the comments below.) The method of making a custom Windows install is also sometimes called “slipstreaming”.
When I first tried to install XP Professional on the EEE PC, I encountered a bluescreen during install. This is because the EEE PC uses a SATA drive, and the XP install discs do not include the SATA drivers. In order to install XP Professional we need to build a custom install disc that includes the SATA drivers. This is not as hard as it sounds, and I will go into detail below:
- EEE PC 1000H
- External CD Rom
- Copy of Windows XP Professional install disc
- Another PC running XP/Vista w/ CD Burner, to build custom XP Install Disc
- DriverPack for Mass Storage Devices ( available for download @ http://driverpacks.net/DriverPacks/DriverPack.php?pag=m )
- nLite Software ( available for download @ http://www.nliteos.com/download.html )