|An easy way would be to borrow a usb cd/dvd if it is supported in bios as a boot device.|
Otherwise you need a way to boot it. Things left or pcmcia, usb, pxe and docking port maybe.
All slightly complex.
Might just fork out $250 for a netbook and save some time.
"Best Practices", Event viewer, host file, perfmon, antivirus, anti-spyware, Live CD's, backups, are in my top 10