- An existing network OR a straight-through network cable
- Windows 7 DVD Image
First download and extract the tftpboot from the given links. Then start configuring the tftpboot. I will give a quick guide. Here my tftpboot.exe is at C:\tftpboot\tftpboot.exe. So I am using C:\tftpboot as the current directory. (Not the obvious reason, but this is to make simple and easy)
Here I have assigned a static IP address to the computer that I am running tftpboot. It makes things a little bit easier later on.
IP pool starting address is the IP which this DHCP server starts allocating address with. I have left pool size as 10. This will allow 10 computers to be connected to the tftpserver simultaneously.
Boot file is the file that will be initially loaded and then it will load Windows Pre-Installation Environment
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Windows_Pr ... nvironment
The DNS server is not very important. But the default gateway should be the IP of the router you are connected to. Otherwise you might experience problems later.
Put something in Domain Name box and hit save. You will have to restart tftpboot in order to the changes to take effect.
Then click settings button at the bottom of the tftpboot main window
Check your settings with this one.
Then extract your Windows 7 DVD image(ISO file) to somewhere with a short path. For an instance, you can extract it to C:\Win7Setup\ . Then make sure that you have setup.exe at C:\Win7Setup\Setup.exe in order to make it easy to follow this guide. Then make sure that you share the Win7Setup folder across the network for everyone. I am not covering how to do that here.
We have finished setting up the server. Now it is time to boot up via network card. Go to your CMOS utility and enable network boot. Then boot through network. That is simple. I have made a little video to demonstrate it.
Then you have to mount the Win7Setup folder in the Windows Preinstallation Environment after your computer has booted up from network to a command prompt.
I have observed that it is required to have a password for a user account on the host machine (the pc which runs tftpboot) for at least one account. I could not find a fix for this, sorry .
Now mount the share on the host machine as a network drive.
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Net use \\192.168.1.20\Win7Setup Z: /User:Harindra-PC\Harindra
Then it will ask for the password for the user. Provide the password and it will mount your share as Z: drive.
Then change in to Z: ,
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Start the windows setup by typing “setup” at the command prompt and press enter.
Go through the installation.