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Dr_Frankenstein
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right heres my problem i need to install xp on this dell GX150 system i picked up off ebay the cd rom drive is dead so until i get around to buying one i need to do a network install of XP the system has win 98 SE on it but when i run the upgrade via a shared folder not far from the end of install in gives up.

 

is it possible to do a clean install of xp if i format the drive but load the set-up from my shared DVD rom on my server

 

i have googled this but with no luck

 

i wanna get this thing folding as soon a possible while i plan the mods for it

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I don't think u can do a reformat an an install over a network. the data would go through the NIC, but wouldn't do anything if there no OS to go to, I don't think a motherboard can accept these commands from a internet connection.

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I'm pretty sure you can, however I think it depends on the type of NIC in the computer. It doesn't necessarily have to have a full fledge OS to recevie network data. Now I've never done this, but I know there are a few people on here who work as network admins and I would think that atleast some of them have done Network installs of XP. I know its possible, just haven't done it myself.

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Yes, it is possible, but it's a PITA to set up. On the client side, you need a supported NIC (which is most of them) and a boot floppy. Easy. On the server side, you need a Win2K/Win2K3 server running as a domain controller, as well as DNS, DHCP, and RIS (remote installation services). Not quick, not as easy. It's definately worth putting some time into, cause it's kinda cool to use.

 

WinXP RIS

http://www.microsoft.com/resources/documen...bc_cai_byil.asp

 

Doc for Win2k - deploy and using remote installs:

http://www.microsoft.com/windows2000/techi...CCM/chapt-8.asp

 

Win2K RIS:

http://www.microsoft.com/windows2000/techi...remotesteps.asp

 

Doc for Win23 - automating & customizing installs:

http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details...&displaylang=en

 

have fun reading...

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I've done this with win 2k.

 

Get the i386 folder of the OS you want to install and share it on the network somewere.

 

Run winnt32.exe from the shared folded on the win 98 box.

 

You can use winnt.exe to install from a dos envroment.

 

PM if U need more help.

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