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Hello Everyone im new to Tech Forum and have a burning question hope its in the correct place.

I am used to running images of operating systems from disk but i have been tasked to role out images of Win 7 Student onto Netbooks.

I know i will will to do this over a network which i have set up a basic network running static IP to cut cost of running a server OS with DHCP installed.

The company have asked me to take the Netbooks to XP Pro from Win 7 Starter and then upgrade to Win 7 student for cost and licencing.

This has completely baffled me and i may be being blind or looking into it more complicated than it really is but any advise would be much appreciated.


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Hello and welcome, Dan.

I think I understand what they want done. Take a look at the chart here: Windows 7 Upgrade Paths

As far as I know, 7 Student is just like 7 Starter but with a student discount. Because of this, you can't really upgrade from Starter to Student. If you were using a full installation instead of an upgrade, you could simply install the new Windows 7 Student over the current Starter version.

Rolling back to XP means that you can perform an "upgrade" to any version of Windows 7, but it's more like a clean install.

If you still have questions, feel free to ask.

Many Thanks for your reply.

The thing is i am stuck on how i am going to push these images over the network.

im used to doing this all by disks and thats simple just i have never done it over a network connection. Dont know where to start after setting up the network lol

Many thanks
Honestly, I've never done it over a network either. TechNet does provide a nice guide for it though: Step-by-Step: Basic Windows Deployment for IT Professionals

I'm interested to know if it works for you. Best of luck and keep us posted!

Note that the Technet link you pointed to walks you through doing it manually with the AIK tools - while this will work, it's hardly easy. Instead, I think the OP should be considering installing MDT 2010 on a Windows 7 machine (or better, a 2008 R2 server so he can PXE boot and deploy over the network) and use the deployment workbench to add the operating system, create a standard client task sequence, and then deploy Windows. All of this from installation of tools (assuming a pre-existing Windows 7 or Server 2008 R2 machine) to deployment of a machine can be installed, built, and completed in about a day for a novice, and an hour or two for someone who's done it before.
Ah, I didn't know there was a way around using the WAIK tools. Great to know.
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