For most purposes, it seems a really nice OS for the UX series. I'm using it on a UX380N with a slow SSD, and am reasonably happy with the results. (To tame the slow SSD, I use Flashfire, but that's a subject for another post.)
- Low memory footprint (comparable to a clean install of XP Pro)
- Low disk footprint (< 700 MB for a clean install)
- Compatibility with almost all XP software
- Almost all the UX hardware works, after installing the XP drivers (see below for exceptions)
- No support for the UX camera!
- The touchscreen works fine, but tpsound.exe throws up an error. To prevent this happening on every boot, I renamed tpsound.exe to something else and all is now well.
- No hibernation.
- Windows FLP ISO and a valid VLK (volume license key);
the instructions below assume you are using an ISO with SP2 slipstreamed.
- XP drivers for the UX, such as collected by Sull at
- to install the XP drivers, you will need up-to-date versions of
Windows Installer Service
and Microsoft XML 6.0
- to download Windows updates, you will need to upgrade to SP3, which can be found at
How to install:
- Download PeToUSB and use it to create a bootable USB drive from the WinFLP iso; for more detailed instructions, see http://redhead-it.com/blog/2008/05/installing_windows_fundamentals_winflp_on_asus_eee_pc/
- Boot from the USB and follow the on-screen directions. I recommend installing "Local Management Support," if only so that you have the "Task Manager" built in.
- To log-in, use the username "Administrator" (without the quotes) and the password you chose during set-up.
- Install the Windows Installer Service and Microsoft XML 6.0, then the XP drivers, and then SP3. (There's probably some leeway in terms of which order you do these in.)
Final note: My opinion is that stock XP now looks rather dated. You can spruce things up with tools like
- custom visual styles
- icon patchers (e.g., Tango Patcher 2600 is pretty neat)
A screenshot of Windows FLP in action (with the Rainmeter Omnimo skin and a custom visual syle):