Install Window XP into Eee PC without external DVD drive?
I had recently brought a Eee PC (ASUS) 1000 (the one with 40 GB solid state and Linux), and I would like to install window XP into the computer. The user menu require the user to have a external DVD drive in order to complete the installation, however I do not think it is worth it to get a external disk drive just for that purpose. It there a way I could use other laptop/desktop computer and connect it to my Eee as a external disk drive? or am I just being too cheap?
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Re: Install Window XP into Eee PC without external DVD...
Each computer needs its own operating system in which you do you have linux as a pre-install. If you want XP, you will need an external dvd/cd rom drive. It is worth it if you think about it...running xp, you're bound to run into other software you will likely need in the future, so getting an external cd/dvd drive would not be a waste of your money.
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You can connect an external dvd drive or use a thumb drive to install windows 7. The thumb drive however will require you to format the drive itself to a different format and install windows files to it in order to make it both bootable and a windows 7 install. Here is a link on how to do that if that is the path you choose: http://blogs.technet.com/b/aviraj/archive/2009/02/01/installing-windows-7-using-usb-thumb-drive.aspx WARNING!! - It will take some know-how to be able to use the thumb drive, if you are unsure, get an external Hard Drive.
It does sound like there's a major problem with the Solid State Drive. When you boot the system, press F1 or F2 (or what is shown) to get into the setup. When in, do you see the drive in question showing on any of the screens? You may need to open the system up and reseat the SSD. If reseating it doesn't help, you may be eligible for a replacement SSD from it's manufacturer. Many Solid State devices have a lifetime warranty.
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Since that laptop doesn't come with a dvd drive your going to need to get one in order to install it. You'll go into the BIOS and change the boot order to the external dvd drive, your system will boot up off of it and then it will install it.
Go to http://www.asus.com then select "Services" and click "Support". In the next window, click "Download". In the next window select "Product, Series & Models" in the selector boxes and click "Search". In the next window, select your Operating System. In the next window, click the Plus(+) sign next to manuals and scroll to the English Manual. When you read it, go to "System Recovery" if the left column and click. in the right column, You will see you need a USB external DVD drive. Reading further will tell you how to install the OS. If the system will allow you to change the language, it will be when you install a new OS.