ASUS PRO60e - WinDoze Installation

Asus F6P site has only drivers for Vista. Anyway, most of them will work properly also on XP Pro.

A problem comes with the SATA drive, which is impossibile to detect and use under XP. A solution is recommended on Asus forums, which basically involves the following steps:

  1. configure the BIOS to run SATA drive in "Compatible" mode
  2. do a standard XP Pro install
  3. install Intel SATA driver
  4. configure BIOS to run SATA normally
  5. finish XP installation, adding the relevant drivers

More in detail, here's Asus recommended procedure for XP downgrade:

  • In BIOS, at Advanced/IDE Configfuration, set SATA Operation Mode to Compatible.
  • Do a standard XP Pro installation
  • Download the Intel Matrix Storage Manager Driver for Windows XP, Vista (32bit) – ThinkPad from
  • Install SATA support:
    1. Extract the driver, double clicking the 7kim04ww.exe file, to C:\DRIVERS\WIN\IMSM
    2. Run Intel Matrix Storage Manager Driver. To do this, go to the just created folder C:\DRIVERS\WIN\IMSM\PREPARE, and double-click install.cmd.
    3. Turn the computer off and
    4. Then start the notebook and press F2,
    5. Enter the BIOS SETUP UTILITY,
    6. Go to Advanced,
    7. Enter IDE Configuration,
    8. Change SATA Operation Mode from Compatible to Enhanced,
    9. Save the changes and exit,
    10. Start Windows XP. The Welcome to the Found New Hardware Wizard appears.
    11. Click No, not this time and click Next.
    12. Select Install from a list or specific location (Advanced), then click Next.
    13. Select Search for the best driver in these locations. Then select Include this location in the search:, specify the path, C:\DRIVERS\WIN\IMSM, and click Next. The Completing the Found New Hardware Wizard appears.
    14. Click Finish.
    15. When the System Settings Change window appears, click Yes. Then restart the computer.
    After that you can start installing the drivers.