1. Yes you can do a network install of an operating system.
2. This is achieved by configuring one of the computers as a Server. This server holds the copy of the operating system that is to be installed on rest of the computers.
3. However, for installing Windows, you require Windows Server 2000,2003 or 2008 with or without Service Pack on the main computer that will provide the files to your Laptop.
3. You also need to inform me about the Operating System you need to install on the Laptop - Windows 2000, Windows Xp or Windows Vista.
The procedure can be split in three categories based on the differences in server operating systems.
1. Windows Server 2000 or Windows Server 2003 without service pack. This supports network installation of Windows 2000 and Windows Xp on clients.
2. Windows Server 2003 with Service pack 2. This supports network installation of Windows 2000, Windows Xp and Windows Vista ( I need to check the Vista installation part on this)
3. Windows Server 2008. This supports installation of Windows 2000, Windows Xp and Windows Vista.
Subsequently I require the information from you with regards to the Server Operating System you will use for installation. Either 1,2 or 3 as in the previous paragraph.
Windows Server 2008 requires additional software to supplement the process, so the easiest to configure is Windows Server 2000 or 2003 without service pack.
I would also need to know the make and model number of the wired network card on your Laptop.
After you provide me the above information I will be able to guide you with a step by step procedure to initiate a network based install for your Laptop or any other networked computer.