This guide will show you how to restore the Eee PC 1000H (with Windows XP Home SP3) to factory default without the use of an external DVD-Drive. There is also no need to build a BartPE (Bart Preinstalled Environment) from an Original Windows XP CD.
All you need is:
- a USB Flash Drive with at least 4GB of storage
- the original ASUS 1000H XP Support DVD
I’ve tested this guide with a 32-bit version of Windows XP. A 64-bit version of Windows Vista can not be used!
You will find nearly everything you need on the 1000H XP Support DVD. The most important files are:
- WINPE.ISO (in the root directory of the DVD)
- EEEPCAH.GHO (in the “Recovery” folder of the DVD)
WINPE.ISO contains a lightweight version of Windows XP, called WinPE (Windows Preinstallation Environment) and can be booted for example from an USB Flash Drive. It also contains the file GHOST32.EXE, which actually is version 11.0 of the well known backup software Symantec Ghost.
EEEPCAH.GHO contains the image of the complete hard disk after factory install and can be restored using Symantec Ghost.
WinRAR will extract the content from WINPE.ISO to the hard disk. WinZip or 7-zip may also be used (not tested).
PeToUSB will format the USB Flash Drive, make it bootable and then copy the extracted files from WINPE.ISO to the drive.
1. Extract all files from WINPE.ISO
Create a new folder with the name WINPE in the root directory of a drive. In my example i will use drive D:\.
Open WinRAR and select the file WINPE.ISO from the Support DVD.
Click “Extract To” and choose D:\WINPE as destination path. Click “OK” and all files from WINPE.ISO will be extracted.
2. Choose Symantec Ghost as start application
This step is very important to start Ghost automatically after booting into the Windows Preinstallation Environment from the USB Flash Drive.
Doubleclick to open the file WINPESHL.INI located in D:\WINPE\I386\SYSTEM32 and change …
… to …
… and save the changes (Command: File > Save). Do not save the file under a new name or in another folder!
3. Format USB Flash Drive and copy files
Connect a USB Flash Drive with at least 4GB of storage to your PC and start PeToUSB. It should show up under Destination Drive. Check USB Removable, Enable Disk Format and Enable File Copy. Finally browse to the Source Path of the WinPE files, in this example located at D:\WINPE.
Click “Start” and answer the following two questions “Continue?” with “Yes”.
Depending on the write speed of your USB Flash drive it may take a while to copy all WinPE files. If everything goes well, the message “Operation Completed Successfully!” should appear. Click “OK” and close PeToUSB.
4. Copy image file
Copy the image file EEEPCAH.GHO from the “Recovery” folder on the 1000H XP Support DVD into the root directory of the USB Flash Drive. This may also take a while because the file size is 2.53GB.
5. Recovery process
Connect the USB Flash Drive to your Eee PC and turn on the Eee. Press “ESC” at the boot screen and you will be able to select the USB Flash Drive as your boot device from the boot menu.
After booting from USB Flash Drive, WinPE (Windows Preinstallation Environment) should start and finally Symantec Ghost.
Click “OK” and then “Local > Disk > From Image”. From the pulldown menu on the top choose your USB Flash Drive. It should be drive X:, because Windows assigned this drive letter during boot up. From here you can choose the image file EEEPCAH.GHO.
Now you have to select the destination drive. Of course this should be the Eee PCs hard drive. For my 1000H it’s drive 1 and the size is 76319MB. Please make sure to select the correct drive!
The next window will show you the destination drive details. Here you can change the partition layout or just click “OK” to keep the default settings. There will be one last question “Proceed with disk restore?”. If you click “Yes”, the process will be started.
After the restore process is finished, you have to reboot the Eee PC.
This guide should only be used for the ASUS Eee PC 1000H with Windows XP and cannot be extended to other models because of the different storage solutions ( one or two SSDs, one HDD). The name(s) of the image file(s) in the “Recovery” folder on the Support DVD are also different.
I can not be held responsible for data loss or any damage to your hardware!