Eee Box

Eee Box Unboxed

Loading Windows XP

Now that we've seen what Splashtop can do, let's check out our Windows XP install. After about 30 seconds of waiting, Windows is up and ready (unless this is your very first boot-up, in which case expect the boot time to be more like a minute). Once you boot up, your screen will look something like this:

Windows XP Desktop

A lot of times, new computers come loaded with aggravating software demos you neither need, use, nor want. Not the Asus Eee Box. Apart from driver software/utilities and standard Windows apps, it comes with:

That's pretty much it! I immediately uninstalled MS Works however, as it cannot do anything that StarOffice isn't capable of, and it freed about 400 MB of hard drive space.

After adjusting my usual settings - power options, Windows theme, setting up WiFi, folder options, etc. - I am prepared to begin installing some applications that I just can't seem to get along without.

NEXT: Installing Applications

Table of Contents

Part 0 - Introduction
* 0-1: Foreword

Part I - Plans and Preparations
* I-1: The Plan
* I-2: The Preparations

Part II - Unpacking the Eee Box
* II-1: Examining the Package
* II-2: Opening the Package
* II-3: Component and Accessory Layout
* II-4: Getting Ready for Setup

Part III - Setting Up for First Use
* III-1: Positioning the Eee Box
* III-2: Hooking Everything Up
* III-3: First Boot-Up

Part IV - Initial Run and Setup
* IV-1: Getting Acquainted with Splashtop
* IV-2: Loading Windows XP (You are here)
* IV-3: Installing Applications
* IV-4: Going Online
* IV-5: Running Software

Part V - The End Results
* V-1: Impressions
* V-2: The Hand-off

Part VI - Conclusion
* VI-1: Afterword

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