Windows XP Embedded (XPe) on Asus Eee PC 900

The Asus Eee mini-laptop doesn't just run Linux; it can also run Microsoft's Windows XP Embedded (XPe). An interesting new post on the Embedded Windows team's blog tells how to create a USB-based boot disk that lets the Eee boot a custom-tailored XPe installation whenever desired.Asus's two-pound Eee mini-laptop first shipped last November, running Linux […]

The Asus Eee mini-laptop doesn't just run Linux; it can also run Microsoft's Windows XP Embedded (XPe). An interesting new post on the Embedded Windows team's blog tells how to create a USB-based boot disk that lets the Eee boot a custom-tailored XPe installation whenever desired.

Asus's two-pound Eee mini-laptop first shipped last November, running Linux via a 4GB SSD (solid-state disk). It's now available with Windows XP as well, still running from the SSD. In addition, an upgraded version with a nine-inch screen, the Eee PC 900, will ship with XP this summer.

According to Garg, the process begins via a download of the Windows Automated Installation Kit (AIK), which includes the Windows Preinstallation Environment (Windows PE). Usually used for troubleshooting and repair purposes, Windows PE is a pared-down Windows environment that can easily be run from a CD-ROM or -- in this case -- USB device.

A second step in the process is obtaining Microsoft's Windows Embedded Studio and, in particular, a tool called Target Analyzer. Once AIK and Target Analyzer (Tap.exe) have been obtained, the following steps need to be performed, using an Windows XP or Vista desktop computer that has a USB drive connected to it:

  • Format the USB drive and make a bootable partition on it
  • Use AIK tools to create a Windows PE image
  • Copy the Windows PE image to the USB drive
  • Copy Tap.exe to the USB drive

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