How can I boot off the network?

Discussion in 'Windows Desktop Systems' started by Quartersndimes, Jan 25, 2009.

  1. Quartersndimes

    Quartersndimes Complete Genius. . .

    I have a pc that doesnt have an HDD, and I dont want to have to go buy one, as the PC is not that good. Is there any way I can make the PC boot from another one with an OS?
  2. Admiral Michael

    Admiral Michael Michaelsoft Systems CEO Folding Team

    You can, I have no idea how to do it but I believe it's not a simple task. I would just go and buy a cheap HDD and save the headache.
  3. LeeJend

    LeeJend Moderator

    Fort Worth, TX
    The MB must support it and I beleive it requires a NIC (on board or add in card) with a BOOT ROM. Then there has to be a server with a boot image available.

    Lot of good discussion here but nobody has actually done it:

    If the MB supports it just make a bootable thumb drive. You can get 4 gig thumbs for $6. Or find a used HD.

    The used HD is really the right answer. Anything else has speed or life issues. Even dumbd terminal PCs have a built in HD. The network is just too slow to work from.
  4. Quartersndimes

    Quartersndimes Complete Genius. . .

    Gotcha. Thanks for the info. I will just resort to getting an HD.