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    Burning DVDs, installing without DVD

    I downloaded Windows Server 2008 Beta yesterday as a 1.8Gb .iso image. I thought I had some spotware to write discs from images but I can't find it.
    Can someone recommend a good free tool for this - of course it must support DVD writing.

    Secondly, the pc I want to install it on has no DVD capabilities. It is on the network though. Is it possible I could burn my DVD (I want a DVD copy for the future) and then copy it to the PC over the network and install from the HD somehow? I guess I can't do a network install because the PC will forget the network once it kills off the existong OS. But then, if I do it off the HD won't it get wiped during the install?

    The PC has boot-from-CD abilities, if I found a DVD drive and swapped it temporarily with the CD drive would it work as a bootable DVD device? This might be easiest...

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    I would install daemon tools on the pc youre gonna install it too and mount the ISO image. No dvd drive required.

    http://www.daemon-help.com/index.html



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    But once I start installing, won't the entire HD be trashed as it's converted to the new file system? And a Windows install requires multiple restarts doesn't it, so things in memory would get lost?

    I guess another option is to partition the HD but I dislike having a special partition for this reason alone.

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    Phish suggestion is the right, and yes, you'd need either a partition on your install HD, or perhaps use a second HD

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