Network boot with home network XP

Hewlett-packard Compaq presario cq2009f...
July 12, 2010 at 11:03:43
Specs: Windows XP
Hello. This is the first time I have been on the forum.

I'm using a different computer than what I'm writing about (just to let you know). The hard disk in the CQ2009f needs to be replaced. As of right now, the only thing that would work is to network boot, as it needs to run Windows XP. Both computers, the desktop and netbook, have XP and were home networked with the home networking wizard.

My question therefore is whether the desktop can boot off the netbook using the home network--not a server. I'm totally new to this whole thing--this really is curiousity. Both computers have an activated copy of XP, if anyone is curious.

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July 12, 2010 at 11:46:19
Are you proposing to boot XP from a network share rather than a local hard disk?
I understand that this has been done but I would consider it highly impractical for home use. I don't think it could be done with a standard version of Windows.

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July 12, 2010 at 12:24:32
Thanks for replying. Yes, sir, this is what I would like to do. Both PCs run Windows XP Home Edition SP3. I would basically (and I imagine what I'm asking may be impossible) like to have the netbook with the working hard disk boot the desktop via PXE and still run, leaving both PCs running simply with two ethernet cables and a router. I'm only suggesting this to avoid replacing the hard disk, but if I have to replace it, I certainly can. :) Is this sci-fi or possible?

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July 12, 2010 at 13:03:03
At one time booting from a network was a common thing. But that was with what was essentially a DOS based environment, not a modern version of Windows. PXE network cards were designed primarily for OS installation in large organizations.

As I said, this is possible, although I doubt it could be done with your current hardware and software.

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July 12, 2010 at 13:06:15
I thought this might have been close to sci-fi in this case. :)

Thanks so much for your help. I'll just replace the disk, then--that oughta be a lot easier.

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July 12, 2010 at 15:16:58
Get barts network boot floppy. Share another computer with a shared cd drive. Access the network shared drive setup.exe.

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