Installing Windows XP from a network. RIS, but not Microsoft

Introduction

The company Microsoft has an incredible technology entitled RIS, that is used for installing the operating system in large networks, using the possibility of network boot. For it to work the service RIS requires the presence of Active Directory (domain network organization), that requires a mandatory use of server operating systems Windows 2000 Server or Windows 2003 as well.

In this article I will describe a way to install Windows XP on computers with supporting network boot, but not requiring a domain, and, in turn, not requiring using server operating systems. Although the main emphasis in the description is placed on the installation of 32-bit Windows XP version (platform I386), it will fit very well for the installation of Windows 2003 as well. I will also try to look at some issues of installing 64-bit operating systems (platform AMD64).