Originally Posted by emmam202
What would u suggest I change it for? This is all new to me. Was tempted just to get windows put on it instead.
The factory Xandros is quite old, it was released in 2007 and was out of date the day it came out. It never got much love from Asus and is effectively abandoned by all but a few community members. It isn't unusable, but if you would like to use something newer than Firefox 2.x for browsing, which I assume is the netbook's primary function, it would be in your best interest to change it.
Putting Windows on it would be a challenge without an external CD drive, Windows XP does not like to boot from USB thumbdrives, not to mention you would have to nLite it because of space concerns. An XP SP3 install will eat your little 4gb SSD very quickly.
I did a EeePC 900 for someone a while ago, it has the same anemic Celeron and 4gb SSD, but has a bigger screen, so it is effectively the same as your 701. I put EasyPeasy
on it for her, she was thrilled, it gets more use than her brand new Windows 7 laptop. She is effectively computer illiterate and has no problem at all using it, even without any help from me. It is a variant of the ever popular Ubuntu, but is more tailored to netbook usage. I've tried it on my EeePC 2gb Surf, which is even more pathetic than yours, I found it quite usable.
To start out, you can download UNetbootin
on your Windows machine, which will turn the CD image into a bootable USB stick. Download the ISO from the EasyPeasy site and follow the directions here
Now you can run this OS just as a LiveUSB from a 1gb stick or SD card, which means changes will not survive a reboot, it will be a fresh start every time. This is a good way to get a feel of the OS and see if it is something you may want to use. It will also install to the internal SSD with plenty of space to spare, installation is very easy, just click on the nice shiny button and follow the prompts.
I'm not sure the the EeePC is setup to boot from USB or SD by default, but it is as easy as tapping the Esc key a few times as you're turning it on and selecting the stick or card reader from the menu.
One thing to keep in mind is the EeePC you have is quite old, it was one of the first netbooks, so it has many limitations that more modern ones don't have. It isn't a bad system by any means, but don't expect miracles.