How do I Download Windows XP on a Linux Asus Eee PC 901 Using a USB Drive?

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How do I Download Windows XP on a Linux Asus Eee PC 901 Using a USB Drive?
You can put Windows XP onto a USB drive. (usb image by Steffi Mueller from

The Asus Eee PC 901 is a compact netbook computer. It is so small and lightweight because of the small screen size and fewer components, most notably the lack of a CD-ROM drive. This is convenient if you travel a lot or just don't want a larger laptop taking up space in your backpack or desk. If you have Ubuntu Linux installed, but still want to install Windows XP to your Eee PC, you can load it onto a USB flash drive and install it from there.

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Things you need

  • USB Drive (at least 1GB)
  • Windows XP install CD
  • Internet access

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  1. 1

    Download PEBuilder from the link provided in Resources. This is a unique utility that allows you to create a live, bootable version of Windows XP for installing onto a USB drive.

  2. 2

    Insert your USB drive. Open "My Computer," right-click on "USB Device" and click "Format." This formats the drive so the file system is correct for the installation files.

  3. 3

    Go into the Root directory of your Windows "C:" drive and drag "BOOT.INI," "NTLDR," and "NTDETECT" into your USB drive. These files are necessary for the USB drive to boot on system start-up.

  4. 4

    Insert your Windows XP CD and the PEBuilder file you downloaded in Step 1. Click on the "..." button to the right of "Source" and locate and select your Windows XP CD (usually the D: drive).

  5. 5

    Open a Command Prompt. All commands are followed by the "Enter" key. Type in "c:\pebuilder313\plugin\peinst." Insert your USB drive and type "PEINST.CMD." This brings up a menu PEBuilder. Type "1" and then "C:\pebuilder313\BartPE." Type "2" and enter the path of your USB drive. (usually E: or F:). Type "5" and Windows XP is installed on your USB drive.

  1. 1

    Restart your computer with the USB stick still in the port. Press "F2" to enter system BIOS and go to "Boot Order." Set "USB Device" as "Primary," save the changes and exit. This reboots the computer again.

  2. 2

    Click "Install Windows XP" when the menu comes up.

  3. 3

    Follow the system-specific installation instructions when the USB drive boots into Windows XP.

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