If you have an ASUS Eee PC 1000HE , you probably want to install Windows 7. You may not even realize it, but trust me, you do. It’s easy, it’s safe, and it’s beautiful.
For starters, I’m going to recommend you upgrade to 2GB of RAM, Crucial Technology DDR2 PC2-6400 Memory is what you’ll want for that. You could probably make do with the original 1GB, but you won’t be doing a lot of multitasking.
Have I mentioned how easy it is? Because it is, totally. There are a lot of instructions out there on the internets that talk about installing it from an SD card, but I tried that, and it sucked, so I found a way better way. What are you waiting for? The EEE’s roomy 160GB hard drive is already partitioned for your dual booting pleasure – for that is what I am recommending, dual booting. You’ll get the choice of which OS every time you start up.
Step 1: Get Windows 7. You’ll also need to get a license code, make sure you write that down (won’t do too much good saved on your hard drive while you’re in the middle of an install). Save the ISO file to your downloads folder (or anywhere on your C drive you can navigate to easily).
Good news everyone! Amazon is selling the three license family pack of Windows 7 Home Premium for $149!
Step 2: Get MagicDisc. Install this on your C drive as well. When you’re ready (and there is nothing on your D drive that you want to keep), click the MagicISO icon in your notification area, go to Mount ISO, and navigate to where you saved the downloaded Windows.
Step 3: You will immediately get an installation window, offering to upgrade or ‘custom’ install. There’s no upgrade path from XP (note: you DO qualify for upgrade pricing, you just can’t install Win 7 as an upgrade in place of XP), so just click ‘custom’. It will say something about you’re going to lose all your stuff, don’t worry, it’s only for that D drive you already cleared off, right? NOTE: if for some reason you are not connected to the internet wirelessly, you’ll want to download the LAN drivers before you start, as of this writing the Win7 install will disable your plug-in internet. Oh, and you’ll want to tell it not to download updates while installing.
So, you start the install, and you’ll get to a screen showing you options on where to install, pick drive D, and let ‘er rip. It’ll reboot a couple of times, no need for any intervention on your part until it gets to the ‘set up your copy of windows’ bit.
Step 4: after you have done your Windows setting-up, everything will basically be running, but there will still be a few things wonky. You will want to get the following from EEE’s downloads page:
Under ATK, get Advanced Configuration and Power Interface Driver
Under Touchpad, get the Touchpad Drivers (currently Touchpad Driver Version 184.108.40.206), this is your Elantech software.
Under Utilities, get Asus InstantKey and Super Hybrid Engine. do NOT get the EEE storage utility, as of this writing, it will cause Windows Explorer to crash.
Unzip and install – there will be a ‘setup.exe’ in most folders, don’t use that, look for an install file with a more descriptive sort of name. You may or may not have compatibility issues (I forget) but if you do, right click and use the compatibility wizard.
After all this, you’ll do some rebooting, it’s very likely you’ll start getting the weird little errors about igfxext.exe not running on startup described here. I solved this using the ‘install the older driver in compatibility mode’ fix, and it’s working fine, but YMMV. It should be noted this is a harmless annoyance if you were to decide not to hassle with it.
At this point, you will have a near-perfect installation of Windows 7, and the option to boot up either way when you start. But once you’ve experienced the shiny, sexy glory that is 7, it’ll be damn hard to go back to that old-timey clunky XP. I would go off on a tangent about the wonders of 7, but honestly, I’ve been typing this long enough, back to playing with my new OS 🙂
P.S. If you have the pretty blue EEE like me, you’ll very likely want the gorgeous, sexy, awesome Logitech V470 Bluetooth Cordless Laser Mouse for Notebooks (Blue) too. Coolest damn mouse I ever fondled. Just sayin’.