November 11, 2008 at 1:10 pm #159347MoloopMember
I would like to install xp pro on my netbook, is this possible on the NC10 – how easy is it to do?November 12, 2008 at 10:42 pm #168382
I would imagine the main problem would be to make an external USB CD ROM drive bootable from the bios to be able to do a “clean” install. Unless you could load the files on to the hard drive and do the install from there not sure how to access it without having a system bootable disk to boot from though.
I would have though that the machine specs would handle it, I have run XP pro from some much less capable desktop machines and I do not think there is a big difference in hardware spec between XPHome and XPPro, as the NC10 comes preloaded with home it would prob run OK, just out of interest why do you want pro over home?November 13, 2008 at 9:22 am #168377
I would think that the requirements for both operating systems is pretty identical, if not totally identical?
It’s one of the things I will look into and if I work it out I’ll post up some instructions, or maybe another adventurous soul will happen by this site and contribute the info!
I’ve has a look at how people do it with other machines at it seems many are able to boot from an external CD drive. I wonder if booting from a USB port or card reader is in the realms of possibility.
I’ll be testing that out for sure!November 13, 2008 at 3:50 pm #168383
I have to be a little less experimental with the one we have here as it actually belongs to no 1 daughter, her birthday pressie for tomorrow, I think is may be a stressful period for me if I managed to fix it beyond repair too soon afer handing it over to her!November 13, 2008 at 9:12 pm #168378
I dont think I will be blowing away the preloaded OS until someone else has proven it can be done lol! But what I will investigate is whether it is possible to boot from other media – so at least see if we can boot from USB for example.
Looks promising, this is in the manual:November 13, 2008 at 9:50 pm #168384
ahh manual, now I must read one one day lolNovember 13, 2008 at 10:28 pm #168381MoloopMember
The reason for preferring XP Pro is account security. It is much easier to lock down all the accounts. For example in XP Home, as far as I know, the admin account is always accesible – just boot in safe mode. From there you can do anything you wish to access any files.
My concern is over securing the netbook so that if it is stolen the thief will find it hard to get at your personal stuff. I know someone somewhere will always get in but Id like to make it harder for the casual thieving git lol!November 14, 2008 at 11:52 am #168385
I have a USB stick with a Nlited copy of XP Pro (300 MB install size) all ready to go. The stick does boot but I have not gotten around to updating the OS yet. I’m going to keep it stock for a few weeks at least and figure out if its worth upgrading.November 17, 2008 at 11:33 am #168386
Update: I went ahead with the installation this weekend. Initially I tried a windows utility that was supposed to make my USB stick bootable which did nothing so I used a command line utility I found on a EEE user forum. It wasn’t terribly complicated but did require patience. The only issue I encountered was when I didn’t delete all partitions when installing Windows.
YOU MUST DELETE ALL PARTITIONS INCLUDING THE SAMSUNG RECOVERY PARTITION IF YOU WANT TO INSTALL XP PROFFESIONAL. OTHERWISE YOU WILL GET A HAL.DLL ERROR ON BOOTUP.
Now all is working well, I reinstalled all drivers from the samsung site (make sure you have a copy of the WLAN or LAN driver saved BEFORE you install XP Pro you will not be able to get online!)
asheshallNovember 17, 2008 at 1:04 pm #168379
Thanks for the update! How do you backup the drivers before the wipe?November 17, 2008 at 1:35 pm #168387
I didn’t back them up per say, I just copied them over on a usb stick after I did the XP Pro install. Since I have another laptop this was very easy.
If the NC10 is your ONLY laptop then MAKE SURE YOU DOWNLOAD THE WLAN AND LAN DRIVERS FROM THE SAMSUNG WEBSITE AND PUT THEM ON A USB STICK OTHERWISE YOU WILL HAVE A LAPTOP THAT CANNOT GET ONLINE AFTER XP IS INSTALLED AND YOU WILL HAVE NO WAY TO GET THE DRIVERS.November 17, 2008 at 2:23 pm #168380
Oh right I get you, sorry I was being slow. You meant download them before you do the wipe because you wont be able to get online to do it after! It sounds obvious but I think we just know someone would forget if not warned clearly!November 17, 2008 at 2:35 pm #168388
I used to do tech support for a living where I learned very quickly that just because something might seem like common sense to me does not mean that it will also be for everyone else. I’m just trying to make no one ends up in a bad situation especially since I’m the one providing the advice on how to do this! 🙂
ashesfallNovember 19, 2008 at 10:19 am #168399WodballMember
So I’m thinking about upgrading my NC10 (when I get it) to Pro myself. I was wondering about the card reader. The Samsung site didn’t have drivers for it. Does it just use the generic drivers on the XP Pro CD (I didn’t know XP had SDHC drivers!), or do I need to procure them from somewhere else?
Also, if you reload the “Recovery Solution III” software, can you run it again to create a partition to recover your XP Pro installation? I’m just wondering in case I don’t have a chance to make a bootable 2GB XP Pro slipstreamed installation stick or if I don’t have access to my external DVD drive.
–WodballNovember 20, 2008 at 11:50 pm #168389RsaeireMember
I ended up installing Windows XP Pro from a USB memory card reader with an M2 memory card. I set it up using the walkthrough on the EEE guides website, as mentioned in a previous post, and also a similar guide on a different site that had more screenshots. It went without a single hitch, so I recommend it to anybody looking to setup XP Pro instead of settling with plain ol’ Home as installed.
I am writing this post on my NC10 and I must say that I find typing so much easier that I expected. The right shift key is a bit too far away for my liking, but all the other keys are pretty much perfect; all things considered. The keys have a nice tactile feel to them and touch typing is made easier as a result.
All in all, I am much happierer with my netbook now that it’s setup the way I want; I even setup my laptop’s DVD drive as a network drive so I could install a driver off the Samsung disc that I had missed. I’m looking forward to installing all my programs and really getting my money’s worth from the best netbook out there.
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