This guide introduces how to install Windows 10 over the network.
The steps discussed in this tutorial are for Windows administrators. If you are a home user, use the steps in the article: How to install Windows 10 from a USB.
Steps to install Windows 10 over the network
1. Install and configure Windows Deployment Services (WDS) Server
To be able to install Windows 10 over the network, you need a server with a Windows 10 image. One way to do this is to install and configure WDS Server.
For the steps to complete this task, read the tutorial: How to set up Windows Deployment Services in Windows Server 2016.
To be able to install Windows 10 from WDS through a PXE boot, the WDS server must have at least one boot image and one install image. The boot image to boot from the network, the install image is the actual operating system image you will install. You must also have a DHCP server with scopes configured for PXE.
2. Install Windows 10 over the network (using WDS)
Here are the steps to install Windows 10 over the network:
Boot PC into BIOS and modify the boot sequence to boot from network first. Save changes and restart your PC.
Depending on how the WDS server is configured, you will receive a prompt: Press Enter to boot from the network or the PC will boot directly into PXE. If you receive a prompt, press Enter .
The computer will begin to install Windows 10 through Windows Deployment Services. Confirm that the Locale and the Keyboard or input method are correct. Then click on Next.
You will then be asked to provide login information to the WDS server. Enter the credentials in the format DomainName UserName. Then enter the password and click OK.
If your credentials are correct, you’ll get an option to choose which operating system to install. Here is a list of WDS install images configured on the Install Image node. Choose one and click Next.
To install Windows 10 from the network, select the hard drive to install Windows. Then click on Next.
The installation will begin. Wait for the Windows 10 setup to complete this phase.
When setup completes this installation phase, your PC will reboot.
It will then begin the next installation phase. The installer will be on the Getting Ready screen for a while.
When the screen below appears, you can see if the available options are ok, make adjustments if needed, then click Next.
If you get this message, click Next.
From this point, the installation is very simple, just follow the steps on the screen.