Asus Eee PC: How to change to Advanced Mode (Full Desktop Mode)

This entry is about my Asus Eee PC. It’s the instructions on how to switch from the EASY MODE Graphical User Interface (GUI) to a Windows-like GUI or better known as ADVANCED MODE.

This is the Easy Mode.

Here are the simple steps that I used to get to the Advanced Mode (Full Desktop Mode). Be careful though. You do not want to do anything else that could ruin the whole system.

1. Press Ctrl+Alt+T

2. Gain root access by typing “sudo bash”

3. Type “apt-get update”

4. Type “apt-get install kicker” and answer “y”

5. Type “apt-get install ksmserver” and answer “y”

6. Type “exit” twice to leave the terminal

Now press the power button on your Asus Eee PC. You’ll see something like this:

The “Full Desktop” option has emerged. Now, click that.

Your Asus Eee PC will reboot and moments later…

Full Desktop Mode!

So, there you go.

Visit here and here to get the full breakdown on what “apt-get update” and other what-nots are all about.


Disclaimer: Please take note, I’m just a messenger. All these instructions were taken from other professionals on the web. I’m not a professional. Don’t ask me why it won’t work on your computer. It worked on mine. I have no idea why it hadn’t on yours. As such, I do not guarantee that it’ll work well with yours. When making changes to your computer, always exercise caution.


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  1. is it slow when you enable the full mode. I’ve read the forum that it will slow the laptop. But if nothing happen, i would like enable full mode too.

  2. Yup, it does slow down my Eee PC a lil’ bit. However, there’s always the option of reverting it back to Easy Mode.

    So, you’ve got an Eee PC as well? 🙂

  3. Talking about slow Eee PC, I really want to upgrade my RAM. But the warranty prevents me from doing so!

  4. im angry says:

    loook this thing dus nt wrk it ds nt wrk n im so angri at you youuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuu
    so until some one helps me you shall ru the day bucko

    you herd me so urr bye:-(

  5. It worked fine for me.

    You might want to check out the links I gave in the post. The instructions that I followed were all from there and they’ve got an extensive discussion established.

  6. hey. I have a blue 901 asus eee pc 2gb & every time i try to change it to advance mode it like malfunctions when I get to apt-get install kicker it says that it has no instllation canidate and it doesn’t work. Any suggestions?

  7. You might want to check with the guys whose links I’ve provided in the post. They are the experts.

    Perhaps, it is not compatible with your 901 eee pc?

  8. MSI Wind saya dapat RAM tambahan percuma 1 GB kerana beli ketika pc fair.

    & sekarang digunakan bersama suse

  9. Asus Eee is very convenient to carry. It is my walkaround laptop wherever i go. The battery life could have been better though

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