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The ASUS Eee PC, now officially available running XP  (Source: ASUS Eee Microsite)
ASUS officially launches the Microsoft-equipped flavor of its popular ultra-portable

While enthusiasts have been loading Windows XP onto ASUS' ultra-portable Eee PC of their own regard since its launch, those who wanted to avoid the worry of customizing the Microsoft OS -- or just wanted the familiar "Windows Key" instead of the "Home Key" were left waiting for the official launch.

ASUS announced late on Wednesday the release of the Eee with a pre-loaded Windows XP operating system. Keeping the focus on the original philosophy of "Easy to learn, work, and play" the Eee-XP comes preloaded with a number of Windows Live products, such as Mail, Messenger, Photo Gallery, and "Family Safety" -- a parental-controls suite. The entry-level Microsoft Works suite will also be provided, but ASUS has specified that it will not be available in certain regions, likely due to localization restrictions on the software.

Given the issues about the lifespan of the internal SSD raised in an earlier DailyTech blog posting, there is some concern with regards to any new wear-leveling that may be put in place to extend the drive life. Most devices with solid-state storage have used operating systems designed to minimize repeated write-erase cycles, such as Linux or an embedded version of Windows, rather than a full consumer OS.

Having recently announced their second-generation Eee PC 900, ASUS is working to fend off attempts on the budget-ultraportable market from HP's upcoming 2133 sub-notebook, and the recently-unveiled ECS G10IL.

Pricing for the Eee-XP has not been announced at the time of this article, but previous predictions estimated that an additional markup of $30-$60 USD would be required over the Linux-equipped models.

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By amanojaku on 3/6/2008 12:25:44 PM , Rating: 2
I hope ASUS includes the Windows XP installation CD. I wouldn't run Windows on this unless it was nLite'd.

RE: nLite
By Chris Peredun on 3/6/2008 12:32:32 PM , Rating: 5
While there's hasn't been any official word as to the extent of customization, insiders are reporting that ASUS has tweaked the XP install a bit. While it may not necessarily be nLited down to the bones, it should at least be "less than the usual."

Regardless, I echo the sentiment of "Please provide a CD" - I'm thoroughly disgusted with the current trend of "no optical media included, please burn these restore discs."

RE: nLite
By JoshuaBuss on 3/6/2008 12:39:34 PM , Rating: 5
and please, for the love of all that is good and holy, provide a normal OS cd.. not a complete 'system restore' piece of junk that puts all the same bloatware on that i was trying to remove in the first place...

RE: nLite
By TomZ on 3/6/2008 12:42:32 PM , Rating: 5
If each and every person who needs an OS CD/DVD calls the OEM for support to request one, maybe they'll realize that people want them.

...Or at least they'll realize that the cost of support calls requesting them is less than the cost of pressing a disc and shipping it along with the computer.

RE: nLite
By Seemonkeyscanfly on 3/6/08, Rating: 0
RE: nLite
By Chris Peredun on 3/6/2008 1:05:12 PM , Rating: 3
Guys you are missing the point

"Pot, meet kettle." ;)

This discussion is about ASUS providing the original Windows XP installation disc , not integrating a DVD-ROM or CD-ROM drive into the Eee itself.

RE: nLite
By Chris Peredun on 3/6/2008 1:13:26 PM , Rating: 2
And as a sidebar, the "no moving parts" claim on the Eee isn't quite the truth. It does in fact have one "occasionally moving part" - the fan. It only kicks on if you're doing something fairly processor-intensive, but it is still a "moving part."

RE: nLite
By Seemonkeyscanfly on 3/6/2008 2:50:49 PM , Rating: 2
Well that's what I get for thinking before Lunch....Brain cells do not turn on till after taco bell and mountain dew. :P

Just a thought, instead of putting OS/drives on a CD, what about putting them on a USB thumb drive? (assuming they can keep the price down.)

RE: nLite
By Chris Peredun on 3/6/2008 3:26:36 PM , Rating: 3
Well that's what I get for thinking before Lunch....Brain cells do not turn on till after taco bell and mountain dew. :P

Personally I've found that the only bodily functions the aforementioned combination of foodstuffs "turn on" are those that I will refrain from mentioning in the interest of good taste. ;)

Just a thought, instead of putting OS/drives on a CD, what about putting them on a USB thumb drive? (assuming they can keep the price down.)

Even at the rather minimal size of 512MB, the cost of including a pre-loaded thumbdrive far eclipses the cost of pressing CDs.

Though I am intrigued by your idea (and wish to subscribe to your newsletter in the interest of meme-completion.)

RE: nLite
By Seemonkeyscanfly on 3/6/2008 5:58:00 PM , Rating: 2
It's the "turning on" of those bodily functions that wakes me up. :)

I always thought it would be cool to have a thumb drive for each program that one runs on a system. Like a game cartridge for an old video game system. This way it keeps less data on your system, still access in fair speed, data and program would be very security (hard to steal when it's not on a system - by hacking at least), and should not have to fear reloading your OS and lose data (everything would be stored remotely.) By keeping the data off your system, it should keep the speed of your system running as fast (or near to the speed) as the day you first turned in on. The current price of a thumb drive is really the only problem I can think of right now.

RE: nLite
By AlphaVirus on 3/6/2008 4:44:33 PM , Rating: 1
Brain cells do not turn on till after taco bell and mountain dew. :P


Geeze man be careful, that stuff is not good for you. As much as I love tacos, I will never go to taco bell to get anything. Be careful and dont get sick from that mess.

RE: nLite
By Nekrik on 3/6/2008 1:10:51 PM , Rating: 2
I don't actually see anyone asking for a CD/DVD drive, just requests for a clean install disk of XP media (and not the lovely restore images that install evry last bit of outdated trial software that was originally installed). How they would access said media would be through the methods you mentioned, an external drive, over the network, etc...

RE: nLite
By AlphaVirus on 3/6/2008 4:48:32 PM , Rating: 2
"no optical media included, please burn these restore discs."

This makes me so upset, they always want you to use their included software to make backup discs when all they had to do was include the original OS disc.

Also they have found that using up to 8GB of HDD space for a backup is useful...NOT! I wish they would stop wasting my freaking space and just include the original OS disc for heavens sake.

Umm... what about XP end of life?
By mjrpes3 on 3/6/2008 5:32:18 PM , Rating: 3
So apparently OEM manufacturers won't be able to bundle Windows XP beyond June 30, 2008. I don't see Vista being well suited to the Eee, so does this mean the Eee with XP is going to be a short lived product?

what about screen resolution?
By tyildirim on 3/7/2008 1:17:45 PM , Rating: 2
I remember that the EEE's 800x480 screen was too small for win xp's dialog boxes optimized for minimum 800x600 usage??? did ASUS also changed something on XP side?? otherwise it can be useless,trying to select ok button out of your screen somewhere..

By SiliconAddict on 3/9/2008 11:37:40 PM , Rating: 2
Win licenses traditionally run in the $50ish range. I wonder if MS is paranoid about getting into these budget devices that they are cutting them a price break.

i knew it
By gescom on 3/6/08, Rating: -1
RE: i knew it
By Desslok on 3/6/2008 2:05:24 PM , Rating: 2
Yea, this has nothing to do with choice at all. MSFT has us all under its control. Your grasp of the laptop market is breathtaking!

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