Booting my XP machine from a mapped drive on my vista machine

Discussion in 'Wireless Networking' started by Ned, Aug 11, 2008.

  1. Ned

    Ned Guest

    To anyone,

    Is it possible to boot one laptop on my wireless network from my mapped cd
    drive on another laptop on my wireless network. I know I can install
    software from my mapped cd drive to another laptop, because I did it this
    weekend. But now I want to take it one step further. I'm working on my
    friends laptop with an inoperable cd drive. We want to reformat his hard
    drive and reinstall the operating system. I want to know how I can get his
    laptop to boot from my mapped cd drive. I running Vista on my machine with
    the mapped drive and my friend is running XP on his machine with the
    inoperable cd drive. I need the step by step process on how this can be


    Ned, Aug 11, 2008
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  2. No you did not. You did not do what you think you did. You installed that
    sofware on the local machine you were sitting at with the "mapped drive"
    being simply the Installation Location. The Application did not install
    within the remote machine itself even though the application may be
    "sitting" on one of its drives.
    You have to replace the CD Drive with one that works.

    Phillip Windell

    The views expressed, are my own and not those of my employer, or Microsoft,
    or anyone else associated with me, including my cats.
    Phillip Windell, Aug 11, 2008
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  3. Ned

    GTS Guest

    It's not possible.
    GTS, Aug 11, 2008
  4. Hi
    Mapped drive or any other Network related function depends on a live working
    Networked computer.
    When you reformat, or want to install form CD the computer in question does
    not have in the process a normal live Network.
    If the laptop has the capacity to take a boot from External USB device you
    can get and external USB CD drive and use it to Boot the original OS CD.
    Jack (MS, MVP-Networking)
    Jack \(MVP-Networking\)., Aug 11, 2008
  5. Ned

    John Guest


    The quick and easy way: borrow a working CD drive

    The hard way:
    google "RIS" which is short for remote installation service (or server?).
    You'll have to install a Windows 2000 Server. I think Microsoft changed the
    name to "Windows Deployment Service" on Windows Server 2003. Not sure what
    it's called on Windows Server 2008.

    I successfully installed Windows 2000 Pro on a laptop that doesn't have any
    (internal/external) peripherals. The laptop only has an 10/100 ethernet
    port. It boots off the network. The laptop then looks for a RIS box and
    automatically kicks Windows setup. Btw, this isn't over WiFi though. I did
    it over wired connection (ethernet).

    Might be worth a shot if you're into learning new stuff and have so much
    free time :)
    John, Aug 13, 2008
  6. Ned

    Anteaus Guest

    A possible repair-scheme here is to boot into DOS or WinPE from a USB 'key'
    or USB hard-disk. You can then run the Windows install from a network share,
    if required, or from the USB disk. You cannot however boot from a network

    I'm assuming you don't have a floppy drive, of course.

    To run a Windows install you need the i386 folder from the Windows CD, and
    you run 'winnt.exe' from DOS or 'winnt32.exe' from WinPE to start the setup.

    Failing this, take the HD out of the laptop and connect it to a desktop
    computer with a 2.5/3.5 adaptor, SYS it with DOS, copy i386 (and subfolders)
    to it, put back in the laptop and proceeed.
    Anteaus, Aug 13, 2008
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