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Greetings people,

So here is what I am trying to do. I have a program, Farstone Total Recovery 9 which has a PXE booting image. I have a small shop, where I usually just image every computer that comes in over to a 10TB NAS drive. Normally I would just pop in a disk, and boot from it. However one I am always running out of disks, or the disk drive doesn't work, or it just doesn't have one period. Now I know the solution in most peoples mind is to just use USB. I don't want to do that. Here is why. There are 2 different versions of the software a 32bit and a 64bit image. Also when it goes to USB you also have MBR and UEFI. So that would mean I would need 2 different CD's, and 4 different USB's. Or I could just have 2 network images and call it good. The system I am using to do this is AMD based (FM2 socket) and windows 7 pro x64 with 8GB of ram. I am trying to find out the best and simplest way to do this.

Some key things:
I do NOT want to change OS's
The simpler the better
If it costs more than $50 to accomplish, I am not interested.
As this is a computer repair shop, I have most tools and software at my disposal.
there are 2 different images that need to be loaded depending on the computer, if there is a way to toggle between them on boot that would be awesome and you would have my undying gratitude. tongue.gif

I check my email like 200 times a day, so I should be prompt in responses.

Thanks in advance for all of your help!
Gasia
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One thing worth mentioning: not all consumer grade boards have the PXE boot option, very few consumer pre-buits.
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Have you considered using Symantec Ghost to build your images? you can build your self as many OS version and drivers you need and throw them on Ghost and just one time connect the drive, choose the option and image it. We use this tool in our huge envoirment and have many different Images for the variety of PC's we have (Mostly dell's which simplifies things)
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