Sunday, June 17, 2012

Windows 8 Release Preview on ASUS R2H

ASUS R2H takes on Windows 8 Release Preview!

Installation not much different from before:

Pleasant first impressions, it’s probably the fastest Windows I’ve seen on the unit – scrolling Metro is fluid enough (fingernail obviously, the unit doesn’t do finger touch), desktop / Explorer UI generally responsive even with high CPU usage with background work.

Windows 8 Release Preview - ASUS R2H - Metro
Windows 8 Release Preview - ASUS R2H - My Computer
Windows 8 Release Preview - ASUS R2H - System Properties
Windows 8 Release Preview - ASUS R2H - Performance Rating


  1. I completely agree. It is the fastest version of Windows that I have run on my R2H. It's a pity we don't have graphics drivers so that we can use the metro apps.


  2. Yeah, I don't think there's going to be any panning video driver, I think we should consider ourselves lucky that it just works :-)

  3. How did you get around the 1ghz minimum on the isntall?

  4. @Michael
    Don't install from previous Windows, prepare a bootable flash and install from that - not only that won't complain about the CPU frequency, but you won't run into not-enough-disk space issue, since you're probably going to overwrite the old partition (have split mine into two separate partitions, one Windows and programs and one for data, for the exact same reasons, see previous posts).

    Also I'd recommend you using the Windows Easy Transfer tool, very useful to transfer some of the profile and apps settings.

  5. Hi,
    I've tried to install 32-bit windows 8 on my R2Hv but failed the Physical Address Extension (PAE) test with an error code 0xc0000260, saying that my processor doesn't compatible with the OS. Any suggestion? Thanks.

  6. You mean this one?

    That's a bit odd, I thought they were pretty much standard. Send me an email at dan.dar33 at with a few screenshots from CPU-Z on your R2H and we'll compare.

  7. That is a shame - you seem to have a slightly older revision (Intel Pentium M, family 6, model D, stepping 6, revision B1), while mine has an Intel Celeron M, but with stepping 8, revision C0. It's a shame cause yours has 1GHz CPU with a L2 of 2MB, I bet is generally faster than mine. AIDA64 also shows that mine supports NX/PAE, while your doesn't.

    Damn shame, I don't think MS will go back, as I software developer myself, I can only imagine their costs (effort) in trying to support older architectures with missing features and trying to code for both. Just as well it can be a product decision and give a helpful hand to OEMs, but at the end of the day, that's business I guess...