Installing Windows 7 release candidate on ASUS 1000HE

May 22nd, 2009 | Categories: Windows | Tags: ,

I picked up the ASUS 1000HE (in black, thank you, not pink) as a secondary and vacation laptop.  It’s light, it’s got a slightly faster processor, and it has a ton of storage.  I’ve been running Win7 RC for about a month, though, and I’ve read that the 1000HE can run that – no problem.

Well, it can.  It even supports full Aero, which is a pretty impressive feat by both ASUS and Microsoft.

In fact, out of the box, everything except ACPI and the advanced touchpad features (and, of course, ASUS’s proprietary key shortcuts), but the XP drivers work for both.  However, it doesn’t have an optical drive, and none of the instructions out there for installing from a USB drive are complete.  This (I believe) is complete.

  1. Get the beta
  2. Create a bootable USB drive with the beta.  A few notes:
    1. Use a USB hard drive, not a SD reader and SD card.  The latter cannot be marked as active, so you can’t boot from it.  I didn’t try putting the SD card in the memory card slot in the 1000HE to see if that way works, though.
    2. The partition must be formatted FAT32, which is limited to 128GB.  If your drive is larger, you need to either resize the existing partition and create a smaller one (~15GB is more than enough), or nuke the whole thing, create a small partition.  If it’s not FAT32, you will get a boot error and the helpful option of “Ctrl-Alt-Del to continue”.
    3. If you don’t make the partition with the Win7 files active, you will just get a flashing cursor.
  3. Install Windows 7 from the USB drive
    1. Turn the 1000HE off
    2. Plug it into the LEFT USB port (as in, not the ports on the right side)
    3. Turn the 1000HE on
    4. Immediately start pressing F2 to get into the BIOS.  Press it about 2 times per second until you see the EEE screen come up.
    5. Once you are in the BIOS, go to the Boot menu (press the right arrow key)
    6. Select “Hard Disk Drives” and press enter
    7. Select “1st Drive” and press enter
    8. Select the USB:xxxxxxxx option and press enter
    9. Press Escape
    10. Select “Boot Device Priority” and press enter
    11. Select “1st Boot Device” and press enter
    12. Select the USB:xxxxxxxx option and press enter
    13. Press F10 to save and restart
  4. When the Win7 installer reboots, you need to either unplug the USB drive or switch the BIOS back to the HDD
  5. NOTE: There now appear to be Windows 7 drivers available – just select Windows 7 as the OS.  I haven’t verified this, but it’s worth a shot.
    Download the following drivers (select Eee Family | Eee PC | 1000HE – then, when the box pops up, select WinXP as the OS)

    1. ATK | Advanced Configuration ans Power Interface Drive for WIN XP (currently v4.00.0010)
    2. Utilities | ASUS Instant Key Utility for Windows XP (currently v1.08)
    3. TouchPad | Touchpad Driver Version (this enables multi-touch support)
  6. Install the LAN drivers


A few points:

  1. Right-click on the taskbar, select Properties, and check the “Use small icons” box.  The few extra pixels really do make a difference.
  2. For some reason, ASUS’s hotkey utility throws an error on startup sometimes.  You can ignore it.  It’s saying that you can’t use ASUS’s hotkey program to switch resolutions.
  3. Also, you can set the two hotkeys at the top by running EeeInstantKey from the start menu.
  1. Mark
    August 24th, 2009 at 20:58
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    In the 1000he bios, I can’t find the option for ‘Hard Disk Drives’.
    My options under ‘Boot” are as follows:

    – Boot Device Priority
    – Boot Settings Configuration
    – OnBoard LAN Boot ROM
    – Boot Booster

  2. onlydarksets
    August 24th, 2009 at 22:21
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    It’s under Boot Device Priority, I believe. It was only available if there was a USB hard drive (not flash drive) plugged in, and it only worked some of the time. I wound up returning my 1000he, so I can’t check it for you.

  3. Mike
    September 5th, 2009 at 13:07
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    Hey, this was really useful. Most other sites show you how to configure the flash drive, but for all the years I’ve been using computers it had never occurred to me that I had to change the primary hard drive. Anyways, just wanted to point out that it isn’t required to format the flash drive using fat32, ntfs works as well, at least for flash drives.

  4. onlydarksets
    September 5th, 2009 at 13:54
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    Glad it helped! I couldn’t get the ASUS to recognize a 250GB external drive formatted as NTFS. I made a smaller partition and set it to FAT32, so actually I’m not sure which of those fixed my problem. FAT32 is guaranteed to work, though.

  5. flashdance
    January 14th, 2010 at 09:20
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    +confirm that SD card + reader does not work. Also Tried to use the onboard card reader to do it – does not work.

    wonder if my roommate has a 4gb flash drive…

    PS great guide – thanks!

  6. May 7th, 2010 at 01:43
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    I’m pretty much impressed with the stability of Windows 7. It is better than windows Vista which hogs my memory and cpu.`~,

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