How to dual boot your Asus Eee PC 900 with Windows XP and Ubuntu Linux

by Ross McKillop on August 7, 2008

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This tutorial will guide you through the steps required to dual boot your Asus Eee PC with Windows XP and Ubuntu Linux.

Note: This tutorial is specific to the Asus Eee PC 900 with the 16GB flash SSD hard drive. The other versions (found here) – with different hard drive configurations, are not covered by this tutorial.

  1. The easiest way to dual-boot your Eee PC is to install Windows XP first. If yours came w/ XP installed by default, great. If not, this guide has you covered (it’s pretty straight forward).
  2. With Windows installed, follow the instructions outlined in this tutorial, up to step #16. When you hit step #17, return to this tutorial.
  3. At this point you will have started the Ubuntu install, and have just set your keyboard layout. On the Prepare disk space screen, make sure that Guided is selected. In the New partition size area, you should see two distinct partitions. One for Windows, and one for Ubuntu. Click the small space between the two, hold down the mouse button, and drag to the right. This will resize the two partitions.

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  5. When you’ve decided how much space you want to allocate to each Operating System, click Forward. The screen shot below illustrates a 50/50 split between Windows and Ubuntu.

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  7. Review the partition resize window and click Continue.
  8. Go grab yourself a cup of coffee.
  9. When the partitioning has completed, you’ll be presented with the “rest” of the Ubuntu installation wizard. Enter the required info in the spaces provided, and click Forward.

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  11. If you’d like, you can import your Windows account(s). If you’d rather not, just leave the box(es) unchecked and click Forward.

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  13. Finally, click Install.

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  15. Now would be a good time to refill that cup of coffee. Once the installation has completed, you’ll be prompted to reboot your Eee PC.
  16. When your Eee PC starts this time, you’ll be prompted to select which Operating System you want to use – Ubuntu or Windows.
  • Charles

    Great! I just purchased a model 901 today, but it hs only 12GB. I plan on getting a 16GB SD card. Could Ubuntu be installed there, or does the system treat that storage differently?

    Thanks for the timely article.

  • wintermute

    Worked great. Except now I want to get rid of ubuntu and go back to just xp. Now the asus won’t boot off of the usb drive ubuntu or gparted live usb drive. Any ideas?

  • Mårten

    Hi!
    Thnx for the guide.
    My problem is when it comes to partitioning i don’t get the first option, the one that you have highlighted.
    Im using the latest Ubuntu EEE, tryin to install on my 1000H with a USB stick.

  • freon500

    Damm you’re good! … and thank you very much all the work it took to put this guide together. I was floundering around in the internet trying to find some help for the the last five days trying to get my eee to dual boot or even to boot Linux and could not find a good guide, no offense to others who posted, but it was just all over my head, anyway your guide is really great, it works!
    One thing I’d like to add is that my first memory stick even though I formatted it, just didn’t work and I remember reading something about memory sticks and this kind of problem, so I tried a different one and, … Bingo!
    Please let me encourage you to keep up the great work.

  • ted clark

    i’ve set up a windows/ubuntu dual-boot on my Eee pc 1000H. When starting i press esc. and get the screen that gives me the option of which os to boot into. windows is the defualt option and the instruction on the screen says to use the up/down arrow keys to make my choice, but i have been unable to change the highlighted choice (windows) since the up/down arrors dont work for some reason. in other words my keyboard seems unresponsive at this spash screen. HELP

  • Hayden

    Will these instructions work on a EEE 1000HA? Thanks!

  • Ozgur

    Goedag

    Ik heb eeepc 900.
    Ik niet starten van af usb of SSD
    Als eeepc start druk ik op esc.
    Hieruit kies is usb of ssd met daarop lunix iso.
    Maar er komt alleen een zwart scherm.
    Ik heb ook geprobeerd met uitgepakte iso stand daarop.
    Dat werk ook niet.

    Weten julllie een raad mee.

    Gr. Ozgur

  • SinoSamba

    Thank you for the how-to. Most sites don’t explain how to make it dual boot. For the person that did not see the option for guided partition with winxp and ubuntu, I had the same issue. Make sure all your drives are un-mounted and that you have less than 4 partition on your HD (you can use the partition utility under administration to check for that). This worked for me.

  • sevda

    hallo habe ein toshiba nb100 mit ubuntu linux. möchte aber windows xp drauf haben geht aber nicht.#hilfe

  • RayC

    When I did a dual-boot install of Ubuntu 8.04, at first I didn’t get the “Guided” option when it came to disk partitioning. I went back to Windows and defragmented again, which didn’t help. So I went back to Windows again and ran chkdsk (open a DOS window and type chkdsk c: /f ). It needs a reboot to run this scan as Windows comes up, which I did. When I returned to the Ubuntu install, it now gave the the “Guided” option. I selected 50% for Ubuntu, 50% for Windows, and everything went fine!

  • Daem(on)

    Just wanted to thank you for this rather simple, straightforward guide. Good Job!

  • Keath

    I (I should say my wife) have an eee 1000ha, had troubles with booting from any thing other than XP. I was able to get to the bios “the hard way”. When the xp screen came up I pushed the power off until it went down…then F2 into bios on restart. What I was trying to do was make a full image before messing around with the wife eee (I was even able to boot at this point into usb).
    In the bios go to boot options screen and disable turbo boot option or something like that (this will not deliberately skip over the boot menu options)
    Now reboot into xp so to not have any issues(maybe as above do a check disk & a defrag to remove potential issues)
    This will give you the options to play…but…always make back ups and give yourself a backup plan.
    hope this to be helpful.

    K

  • Keath

    As Keath says above ha ha, I am not sure if once the double booting is set up and working if going into the bios to activate the turbo boot option again will give you the GRUB options?
    Have fun

    K

  • Tom Loisel

    Has anyone tried dual-booting with the original Asus linux OS and the Sugar OS? I’d like to try that out…