Asus Eee PC 1000H and Win XP Pro
Most of the Asus Eee PC 1000H units are running on Windows XP Home. So what happens if you want to load or install XP Pro?[an error occurred while processing this directive]
I mean, is it just as simple as attaching a CD/DVD drive via USB to the Asus Eee 1000H, and then installing XP Pro over the pre-installed XP Home? What about the required SP 2 and SP 3?
I dread the possibility of having the unit switch to XP Pro, and then painstakingly wait for the 100+ service pack updates. Given that it's a netbook, I wonder how long it will take to get the XP Pro O/S up to speed.
Alternatively, we can simply just live with the existing XP Home and go on our merry way, surfing the web and writing/reading email. The urge to go XP Pro, however, comes from visiting web sites via a proxy server that assumes you're using Pro instead of XP Home.
(For some reason, the proxy server keeps asking me for a username and password. Strange. If I connect using an Asus Eee 701 which runs on Linux, or via another machine running on Windows 98, the proxy server does not pester me with all these authentication requests. It only happens when I'm using XP Home.)
Another alternative is to just get an Asus Eee 900 (Linux) to get around the proxy server issue. Still, the larger keyboard and screen, as well as the longer battery life of the Asus Eee 1000H is quite appealing. As far as the placement of the right-shift key is concerned, that can be fixed with the help of the KeyTweak software, which allows you to reassign keys.
Now if only we take the time to figure out the best way to install XP Pro over the XP Home, especially given that the audio and video drivers supplied by Asus don't quite work well with XP Pro.
Anyway, some people consider the Asus Eee 1000H a "second laptop", so if you find yourself shuttling from place to place, and your primary laptop is starting to feel like a 20-pound weight, then try this handy 10" netbook.
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