Remotely installing Vista from XP (local PC)?

Intel / To be filled by o.e.m.
December 11, 2009 at 07:05:03
Specs: Microsoft Windows XP Professional, P4 3.06 GHz / 512 MB
Is it possible to install Windows Vista on a remote computer from a local computer running Windows XP?

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#1
December 11, 2009 at 07:20:22
Yes and no. Yes if you had an ISO of Vista you could install from the ISO by mounting the ISO as a CD drive. The No is because it requires a reboot which would kill any remote connections and you would have to have physical access to the box to answer the questions.

That being said, you could setup a PXE server using Windows Server 2003 Distributed File Serves. Then you just create an Unattended Install Script for the install. This would how ever, require that all of the computers have their BIOS set to boot from a Network PXE Server.

If this is what you want to do read this article carefully...

http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/...

http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/...

You may have to explain what you mean by remote. Are you remoting into the computer or do you mean that you want to do it through a network role out?


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#2
December 11, 2009 at 12:28:40
I don't have Windows Server 2003. All I have is two PCs at home running XP. I have physical access to both of them; so by remote I mean remoting from one to another - no network roll-out.
I've got a dvd of Vista but I don't have a dvd drive on the computer which I want to install Vista on.
Is there any way to do it?

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#3
December 11, 2009 at 13:15:50
Sure, share your DVD drive and run the setup through the Share.

Just right click on your DVD drive and goto Properties. Then goto the Share tab and turn on sharing.

On the other computer go to My Network Places and find the computer with the Shared Drive and double click on it.

http://www.practicallynetworked.com...
http://support.microsoft.com/kb/304040


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#4
December 11, 2009 at 17:41:14
"On the other computer go to My Network Places and find the computer with the Shared Drive and double click on it."

One presumes that this "Other Computer" is the one on which the OP wants to instal an operating system. Just how is he supposed to go to "My Network Places" on a machine that has no operating system installed?
Are these desktop or laptop systems? Is there some reason you cannot physically remove the DVD drive from one and instal it temporarily in the blank system?

Goin' Fishin' (Some day)


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#5
December 14, 2009 at 07:08:10
He is upgrading from XP to Windows 7.

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#6
December 14, 2009 at 14:34:38
Read his question again. He asks about installing Vista on a REMOTE system from a LOCAL system that is running XP.
Says nothing about Windows7 or upgrading an existing operating system on the "remote" .

Goin' Fishin' (Some day)


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#7
December 15, 2009 at 07:30:44
If you would take the time and read all of the replys you would realize what the problem is....

From the poster...

"I don't have Windows Server 2003. All I have is two PCs at home running XP. I have physical access to both of them; so by remote I mean remoting from one to another - no network roll-out.
I've got a dvd of Vista but I don't have a dvd drive on the computer which I want to install Vista on.
Is there any way to do it?"

Now stop trying to start and argument or I will report you.


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