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Not really sure if this is allowed, or even suppose to be in this forum, but I'd figure I'd post it anyways, it's useful for installing windows on a computer without a DVD drive. This method uses PXEboot and Windows PE.

1. Download this: http://www.megaupload.com/?d=V04T7KQ8 (tftpboot.exe)

2. Open tftpboot.exe and extract the contents to the root of your C: drive (or whatever drive you use)

3. Open the file tftp32.exe that you just extracted

4. Click settings and match the screenshot below:


5. Press OK and return to the main window, and now click on DHCP Server tab

6. Match your settings to the screenshot below:


7. Now plug both computers into the network, but make sure you don't have a conflicting DHCP server plugged in, or disable it.

8. Turn on the computer and now jam the f12 key until it starts to network boot. Eventually you will be in a vista-esque desktop with a cmd window open.

9. Insert or mount the CD you wish to install, and make sure it is shared on your network. Give it a share name of something you can remember.

10. Go back to the target computer and in the cmd window, type “net use y: IP\\CD share name” replacing IP with your computers IP

11. For the username type "IP\\User Name" replacing “User Name” with the name of a user account on the computer with the shared drive. Also enter your password, or leave it blank if you don't have one and press enter.

12. You should see “the command completed successfully.” Type “y:” and press enter. Type “setup” and press enter. The setup program on the CD will then load and you will be on your way to installing a new operating system.


This is specifically for installing vista, but can be easily changed for XP, all you need to know is the name of the exe that the cd boots off of, and instead of typing setup, you type what you found. (It might be setup still, I don't have a xp cd handy)

To do this with your router acting as a DHCP server forward ports 67, 68, 69 all UDP to your computer running the tftp server and it SHOULD work.

Hope you guys get some use out of this, it's nice to not have to use/buy DVD drives.
Edited by smm298 - 6/17/08 at 8:49am
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That's interesting, I'm going to try that
 
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Nice walkthrough, but i want to know how to do this on a home router, without disabling DHCP.... Think you could hook it up???
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Originally Posted by HatesFury View Post
Nice walkthrough, but i want to know how to do this on a home router, without disabling DHCP.... Think you could hook it up???
Added to the guide. To do this with your router acting as a DHCP server forward ports 67, 68, 69 all UDP to your computer running the tftp server and it SHOULD work. 67-69 are the requests to use a network boot, so they should go straight to your computer instead of the router.
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Quote:
Originally Posted by smm298 View Post
Added to the guide. To do this with your router acting as a DHCP server forward ports 67, 68, 69 all UDP to your computer running the tftp server and it SHOULD work. 67-69 are the requests to use a network boot, so they should go straight to your computer instead of the router.
Very nice, very repworthy
This should be very helpful since i have this nasty habbit of not labeling blank CD's, and loosing my XP disc's XD.
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Hi,
I found your post really useful 'couse I am in trouble with a laptop without floppy and CD-ROM.
I need to install win XP on it but I never do that before.
I tried your solution and it is running fine.

So my problem with that is I have to install WIN XP and I didn't understand the last part of your post wher you say:

" his is specifically for installing vista, but can be easily changed for XP, all you need to know is the name of the exe that the cd boots off of, and instead of typing setup, you type what you found. (It might be setup still, I don't have a xp cd handy)"

please can you give me some suggestions how to specifically deploying win xp over net

thanks
nolo



PS: To give you more info:

net use g: \\\\<SERVERNAME>\\share /user:<SERVERNAME>\\administrator password
command completed successfully...

cd g:
cd: i386
winnt.exe


Answer:
the system cannot find the file G:\\i386\\winnt.exe
Edited by nolo - 7/14/09 at 4:56am
post #7 of 20
Does anybody know what the screenshot in #6 in the original post looked like? I don't know about anyone else but I don't see that graphic - all I see is an "X".

I'd like to try this but need to know how the DHCP tab is set up.

Please help if you can!
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That's what happens when people don't attach photos.
    
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Well, it looks like there was a screen shot there at some point but the link is broken. I don't know - I can tell you that in IE I see a red "X" where the screen shot used to be. In Firefox I don't see a thing there though.

Hopefully he can come back and fix the link. I'd really like to try this but I don't want to attempt it - even in my test lab - until I have the full set of instructions.
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His last post was a year ago. Probably not going to happen.
    
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