I have a MacBook Air (2013) and I would like to run (that is, boot into) Windows without creating a partition for it. I also want to keep it mobile within an office area, so I would prefer not to use an external HD or flash drive.

Is it possible to use NetBoot to boot into Windows via WiFi?


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There are two questions here: can you netboot anything via WiFi, and can you netboot windows?

Historically netbooting over WiFi has been problematic. This may have been fixed in recent models (my newest computer isn't). If you can netboot via WiFi you can boot anything that is netbootable.

Now for netbooting windows. Pre-EFI windows probably won't work unless you use weird tricks like using bootcamp to load a linux boot loader off another partition and use it to load ipxe from disk to load older operating systems from the network, but this makes wifi even more difficult. Netbooting WindowsPE works well but reboots at around 70 hours, Other versions of windows may be possible to net boot with iscsi but I have not tried.

  • What exactly do you mean by "Netbooting WindowsPE works well but reboots at around 70 hours?" Do you mean the client-system automatically restarts, or that it takes 70 hours to boot into Windows? Apr 26, 2016 at 20:47
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    Windows PE Is a stripped down version of Windows designed for installing and repairing windows. It is netbootable. It is specifically not intended to be used for anything except systems administration, and to further that end it has a maximum run time, at which point it shuts down loosing your current session.
    – hildred
    Apr 26, 2016 at 20:55

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