How to install windows XP through the Network ?

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kentruong

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Hi there !

I got a laptop that don't have floppy or cd-rom drive ... the only thing that i can boot is lan ... how to boot from lan and install windows xp ???????

many thanks...
 
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si32015

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Boot from Lan

Hello.
Do you can resolve your problem from install windows xp from LAN?
I have the same problem and i can't resolve this problem.
I'm portuguese so I'm sorry for my English.

Thank you,
Rui Miguel
 
jimbo1763

jimbo1763

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kentruong said:
Hi there !

I got a laptop that don't have floppy or cd-rom drive ... the only thing that i can boot is lan ... how to boot from lan and install windows xp ???????

many thanks...
Does your BIOS have an option allowing you to boot from a network device? Or does it allow a USB device as a boot option, so that you could hook up an external CD-ROM?

Failing that, you may need to attach the hard drive as a slave to a desktop machine (using a notebook hard drive IDE adaptor) and copy the XP CD onto it-then reinstall the notebook hard drive and install XP from it.
 
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wrathchild_67

wrathchild_67

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You won't be able to install XP from LAN unless you have a Windows 2000/2003 server with Remoite Installation Services (RIS) enabled. If you're not familiar with any other ways of deploying Windows XP besides CD installation, then your best bet is to get a USB CD-ROM and hope that the BIOS supports booting from USB. And if you don't have a Windows 2000/2003 server, then you're out of luck for RIS.
 
wrathchild_67

wrathchild_67

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Tuttle said:
You don't strictly need RIS; I've used the ideas from Unattended to successfully do network-booted Windows installs on my laptop.
Why post something like that when it's more difficult to implement for someone than RIS? If you posted it to demonstrate that you can do it without RIS, well yes Unattended works, but is not practical for 95% of people on here which is why I wouldn't mention it. ;)
 
jankerson

jankerson

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wrathchild_67 said:
Why post something like that when it's more difficult to implement for someone than RIS? If you posted it to demonstrate that you can do it without RIS, well yes Unattended works, but is not practical for 95% of people on here which is why I wouldn't mention it. ;)

I am not understanding the purpose of that post.... :confused:

While you are correct that Unattended setup is harder, I don't see the point in posting what you did when all Tuttle did was give another option. ;)
 
wrathchild_67

wrathchild_67

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I stand by my statement. In fact, I remember him asking the same question before. Three years ago and the same question today, so I highly doubt he ever tried/knew about RIS and Unattended is probably beyond his skill level. I'm being realistic, not insulting.

http://discussions.hardwarecentral.com/showthread.php?t=149313

Care to keep trying to make me look like a bafoon? You already failed in the other thread about Remote Desktop.
 
jankerson

jankerson

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This thread started back on 03-22-2004 and nobody replied until si32015 did yesterday. This should have really been a new thread really. ;)
 
Tuttle

Tuttle

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wrathchild_67 said:
Why post something like that when it's more difficult to implement for someone than RIS?
For thread completeness (future searches), and because the time/effort involved in getting Unattended to work can easily look more attractive than the money involved in getting Windows Server.

I stand by my statement. In fact, I remember him asking the same question before.
But si32015 is new here.
 
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Gary73UK

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I found RIS much harder than unattended or any self built *nix or Windows TFTP server based systems for the simple fact:

You HAVE to have a windows supported network card (drivers in the drivers.cab) which relegates to OLD cards for it to work.

Most laptops or cards now use newer chips that run on the motherboard chipset so RIS won't work.

I know you can stick the drivers in the txtsetup.oem but i found getting a freeware tftp & dhcp server (in one program) easier, especially if its a one off installation.
 
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4302800

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kentruong said:
Hi there !

I got a laptop that don't have floppy or cd-rom drive ... the only thing that i can boot is lan ... how to boot from lan and install windows xp ???????

many thanks...
please tell
me
 

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