I have the following situation on a laptop that I need to get Win8 (32-bit) onto:
- A laptop that:
- Can't boot from USB
- Doesn't have a working DVD drive apparently
- Apparently does have the ability to network boot
- Does not have a working version of Windows 7 on the laptop any more (since I attempted to start the install by formatting the HD to free up space. D'oh!)
- A Windows 8 32-bit install disc
- An ISO of the install disc
- My machine, a beefy Win8 Desktop that I could throw a VM onto if I had to.
I'm looking into PXE /TFTP solutions but don't need something to work for hundreds of machines, just easily this one time.
Can you make any recommendations as to the process I could utilize to achieve this?
The Initial Symptom
- Attempting to install Windows 8 yielded an error about setup files not existing.
- The evidence seemed to point to a faulty DVD drive (which would make sense; the laptop is quite old).
- Burned the ISO of the disk on my desktop and transferred to USB, upon which I realized that this laptop can't boot from USBs.
Things I've Tried so Far
(will update as I keep going)
- Looked into this ServerFault question but the answer in this case is to run the .exe from windows 7, which isn't an option for me due to having formatted the device and killed the boot sector.
- Looking into an app called Serva, which seems like it could be a solution but might be overkill and difficult to configure.