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In which of these cases would you be most likely to use a PXE?

A) Adding a storage device to an existing Windows server

B) Updating Windows 7 video drivers

C) Connecting to a Windows Media Center server

D) Replacing a motherboard

E) Installing Windows from a network server

F) It’s the pixie that turns of my wireless network at the worst times

The answer: E) Installing Windows from a network server

The Windows Preboot Execution Environment, or “pixie,” is a bootable version of Windows that is commonly used to start a very basic version of a Windows environment. This is the Windows environment that’s used during the Windows setup, and it’s also useful if you need to boot a workstation just enough to have it grab installation files from a central server.

Want to know more? Watch “Planning a Windows Installation.”

Upgrading the Windows operating system can be uneventful if you follow some simple procedures. In this video, you’ll learn how to upgrade Windows XP to Windows Vista, and you’ll see what happens when drivers aren’t available after an upgrade is complete.