Asus releases Windows 7 upgrade guide for Eee PC 1000H

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The Asus Eee PC 1000H was one of the company’s first 10 inch netbooks. I picked one up in August, 2008 and I’m still using it. The Eee PC 1000H may not be as thin or light as some newer netbooks, and it doesn’t get quite as much battery life as newer Asus models. But you know what? It still works pretty well and shares a common set of guts with most netbooks including a 1.6GHz Intel Atom N270 CPU and 1GB of RAM. The model I own has just 80GB of disk space, but there are also 160GB models out there.

Asus stopped making this netbook a while ago, but the company hasn’t forgotten the earlier adopters like me. This weekend Asus uploaded a Windows 7 Self Upgrade Guide for the Eee PC 1000H/XP to the company support site.

Having installed Windows 7 RC on the netbook earlier this year, I can tell you that many features work out of the box. But the upgrade guide recommends that before you start, you make sure you have the latest BIOS version first. While the step for installing Windows 7 just says “Install Windows 7 operating system from the DVD,” step 3 is worth checking out. Once Windows is installed, you may want to download and install drivers and utilities from the Asus support site, and step three explains the order in which they should be installed, starting with the chipset drivers and ending with the Super Hybrid Engine and Asus Update software.

Will anything bad happen if you don’t install the utilities in this order (or at all)? Probably not. But it’s nice to know that Asus was thinking about us.

Keep in mind, if you upgrade an Eee PC 1000H or any Windows XP computer to Windows 7, your data and settings will not be imported. You could configure a dual boot system which would preserve your data, but there’s no clean migration path from Windows XP to Windows 7 that allows you to import your settings the way you can when you upgrade from Windows Vista to Windows 7.

  • micha

    if only they'd support my motherboard 5en-sli for win 7 … no sleepmode!
    and they should throw away their stupid captchas.

  • DougC3

    I wonder when/if they'll provide this info for the 1000HE, assuming there must be a glitch or two with the HE or they would have included it as well.

    I bought the three computer family pack upgrade last week saw the fine print about not being able to upgrade directly from win XP. I'm assuming I'll have to buy the complete package ($167-200 for home premium) if I want to do a dual boot–is that not right? (This is the first time I've been glad that two of my machines have Vista :)

  • aelmrst

    Windows XP makes `telnet' available, via Start > Run > telnet … . As far as I know, Vista does not. Does anyone know if Windows 7 does?

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  • Mike

    Asus already has provided the update info and drivers for the 1000HE. Check out their support site.

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  • thefirstone

    Win7 on netbooks has been reported to give much shorter battery life. I experienced 20-30% less battery life with Win7 Ultimate than with WinXP. I'll try again with these new drivers in case there's an improvement. My netbook is an Asus 1000HA.

  • DougC3

    Thanks, I finally got around to finding the win 7 upgrade guide for the 1000HE under the Manuals category. But it looks pretty involved. I think I'll stick with the XP on my HE until I've got a few other projects out of the way. I'll try win 7 on a Vista machine first and see how I like it.

  • Mike

    I have found that the Windows 7 performance on the 1000HE is very close to the XP. Battery life is down some but not enough to keep me from using it. In the end I still find XP gets the job done well and there is no reason to change except for the education and entertainment factors.

    Now on a desktop with better hardware and a wide screen Windows 7 is a very nice experience!

  • Dragon

    I finally decided to upgrade my xp-driven 1000H, and followed the Asus path. It turns out that win7 does an unexpectedly good job! I now use Home Premium, and it gives a user experience uncomparable to xp, and on the top of all, battery performance is not reduced a bit. I expected some relapse, but none happened – probably thanks to the drivers from Asus. So, if you're hesitant, go and grab a copy of Win7, and try it for yourself.

  • Dragon

    I finally decided to upgrade my xp-driven 1000H, and followed the Asus path. It turns out that win7 does an unexpectedly good job! I now use Home Premium, and it gives a user experience uncomparable to xp, and on the top of all, battery performance is not reduced a bit. I expected some relapse, but none happened – probably thanks to the drivers from Asus. So, if you're hesitant, go and grab a copy of Win7, and try it for yourself.

  • Rkuntz

    Help.
    I can not find the “Windows 7 Self Upgrade Guide for the Eee PC 1000H/XP” using the provided link and the Asus site’s instructions and links they provide for upgrading the Bios are very opaque Links loop back on themselves, using jargon and logic leaps that I can not follow, with several apparent dead ends….

    • Baron.JVS

      I ran into the same problem you did – I couldn’t seem to find the file.

      However, one should always remember that Google is our friend.

      Doing a search for “windows7_self_upgradeguide_1000h.zip” (as usual, hold the quotes) yielded a site called globalfilesearch.net (in the first of only three (!) results), and that link had the desired file near the bottom of the page. Clicking the page symbol on the left side of the entry for the file does lead to being able to download the file.

      Hope this helps.

      • Baron.JVS

        And an addendum to my post -

        I didn’t realize that globalfilesearch would be hot linked. Had I known that, I would have provided the full url, which now follows:

        http://globalfilesearch.net/browser/213.61.92.194/pub/ASUS/EeePC/EeePC1000H/

        If this hotlinks, great. If not, then copy and paste should do just fine.

        (And yes, the file is the one shown in part at the top of this page.)
        Hope this helps.

  • Xltom

    Hey where’s the best place to find all these drivers? Asus seems to direct you to only the newest ones….

  • Roxanneledesma

    ahhh you are a lifesaver! finally i’m back on track..

  • Capuchin Monkey

    I am (finally!) getting around to trying to install Windows 7 on my Eee PC 904HA (a month before Microsoft issues the final security updates for Windows XP — no time like the last minute!). The link to windows7_self_upgradeguide_1000h.zip in the article now redirects to a page on ASUS’s lousy support website and the zip file is nowhere to be found. I tried a Google search as Baron.JVS instructed in his comment and was able to download it from http://ftp.tekwind.co.jp/pub/asustw/EeePC/EeePC1000H/ Does anyone have a hash (or whatever) so that I can verify this particular download is “unadulterated”?