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I've never booted with PXE or network share, but now need to reinstall an OS on my laptop with a dead DVD drive and no budget to replace it.

Looking for a free product to host the boot image on Windows 7, then connect to it via PXE or Network Share. I don't know which is better or easier. Looking for advice on that too. This is a one-shot problem and solution.

Let me know if you need more details.

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so do you have access to a win7 wim file – tony roth Aug 30 '11 at 0:59
I'm hosting the OS image on Win7, its not a Win7 image. – Robert Kerr Aug 30 '11 at 4:23

Is there any reason why an USB-based install won't work? It will be much simpler and faster. If it all possible, I would try to go that route. PXEboot can be... er... troublesome.

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I'm open to all. More info? If it requires a UDF, I can't find mine, grrr. – Robert Kerr Aug 30 '11 at 0:44

MDT will do. It's free, and pretty nice.

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