Updating the Eee PC

Well, time to do some stuff on the Eee PC – I got an Asus Eee PC 1005HA quite a while ago and really like it. However, it came with one of the last versions of Windows XP and I am curios as to how it performs under Windows 7. Newer deals on that model are actually Windows 7-based, so I thought, I should give it a try. But first, the system requires a BIOS Update in order to be ready for the new operating system.

Flashing the new BIOS is quite easy with ASUS – they install a tool called ASUS Update with the system and it allows the every-day-regulary-end-user to update to a new version of the BIOS while in Windows XP. The flashing of the BIOS worked quite nicely, took about 5 minutes or so. After the reboot, I have to enter the BIOS Setup (or load the default values) – but by going into the BIOS, I can easily determine that the new version is installed – I am now on Revision 1203.

Next thing to do is to install Windows 7. With the Eee PC, this is not as easy as putting in the DVD and just wait – because there is no DBD Drive. So the first thing to do is to prepare a matching Windows 7 Bootable USB Stick.

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