Saturday, December 22, 2007

Installing Windows Vista on the Asus Eee PC


This guide will allow you to install windows vista using a USB flash drive. You will need at least a 4 gig thumb drive for this to work. It is up to you if you would like to try this on your EEE but if you do you will need to use vlite to trim it down. Like most of the tutorials on this site it isn't exclusive to the EEE (this one isn't even recommended unless your technically inclined) and it will work on other PCs that meet the requirements for Windows Vista.

Insert your USB flash drive and enter the following commands:
(please note this list assumes that your usb flash drive will be seen as disk 1 to confirm that it is type "list disk" after you've entered the diskpart command)

diskpart
select disk 1
clean
create partition primary
select partition 1
active
format fs=fat32
assign
exit

The final preparation step is to copy the installation files to your flash drive, this can be done by running the following command:
(please note D: is the drive letter for the source files and E: is the drive letter for your flash drive if they are different on your system you need to change them accordingly)

xcopy d:\*.* /s/e/f e:\

Thats it, configure usb device as primary boot device in your bios and install.


24 comments:

Anonymous said...

Nice site so far... Very useful...

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Anonymous said...

took forever and did not work.... bah

Anonymous said...

If I am able to use a 4gb USB drive to run vista is it possible to have one os on one thums so if i can switch os around? possible?

Anonymous said...

thankyou =) this worked so well, i now have a lite version of vista on the eee ^^

Snify said...

lol.
This only works on vista.
It doesnt work on XP.
But its nice anywhere ;-)

Anonymous said...

i am windows xp its doesn't show disk 1 in "list disk" command in disk part

Anonymous said...

Ok,I need some help.How can I know what number my usb device is?I did this with the number 1 and it formatted my d drive where I had linux installed!

Joe said...

I'm getting the hal.dll error when installing vista, even though I am deleting all partiitons before install! Any advice?

Anonymous said...

i MUST SAY THANK YOU. REALY HELPED ME

Anonymous said...

I used vlite to slim down vista. I have then got as far as choosing a drive to install vista on. but the problem i am having is that vista tells me i need 4.1g of space to install, in which case i will not be able to install it on the original 3.7g SSD eee pc drive. does the 4.1g value change if i trimmed more off with vlite or is this a set value show with all vista installs?

albowsmit said...

It appears that this method is INEFFECTUAL for anyone using XP that has SP3 integrated to the installation procedure. I get a hal and then a 'Drive cannot be found' error when booting up.

Trying the SP3 straight from a disc to verify. My drive IS NOT FAULTY, as I have installed Ubuntu on it with Unetbootin to verify my findings.

Anonymous said...

PLZ REPLY!!!

My USB cant be found using the "list disk" command its an "HP v120w 2GB USB Device" it only recognize my first and second hard drives (500GB)

I did installed Windows XP from the USB Stick to my Asus Eee PC 1000H
now why i cant install Vista???

HELP!!!

Anonymous said...

because vista needs atleast 4GB USB memory stick or 4GB flash Drive..try to use a larger USB stick

Anonymous said...

try "list volume" to show your drives and use "select volume #"

Anonymous said...

thank you very much, it worked perfectly for windows 7 and my wind u100 and corsair voyger, the only problem is, that my wind does not list this flash, I had to make the partition on T400.......

Anonymous said...

thanks bro

i got it

it worked for me pretty well

Laremies said...

Note! I recieved hal.dll error after numerous reinstallations (and after i fixed hal.dll, another error occured) with vLited Vista!! After using unmodified install, everything worked fluently. :) So if you get hal.dll error, try installing unmodified vista.

Anonymous said...

thanks it really works

Globelines Broadband said...

Very detailed steps. Thanks for this.

Daemar said...

The simpler way to install Windows Vista from USB is FlashBoot utility.
It automates everything.
http://www.prime-expert.com/flashboot/

VigRX Plus said...

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bhelsieHD said...

i got missing operating system message when i boot it :'(

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Anonymous said...

how would i know if this thing is finished? because it is stucked with F:\sources\install.wim -> I:\sources\install.wim


please help~