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  • NIC Card Boot Query

    Having major issues getting a Dell X1 laptop to boot to an external CD drive or a USB drive. BIOS Boot order has been set several times first for the CD drive as first then the USB drive. Windows boots to the desktop in either case. I would now like to consider the onboard NIC card but have never booted to one.

    If the NIC card is the first device can I connect via ethernet cable to my router then to my desktop which has a CD drive? Looking for guidance on how to reinstall XP Pro via this route. Guidance sought.

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    Re: NIC Card Boot Query

    Download this network bootdisk and boot to the network.

    Share your cd/dvd drive and map a drive to it.

    Run you Windows XP Installer from there.

    Read more here for help running the installer from DOS