If you’ve ever had a Mac that had become completely corrupted, or if you simply deleted the disk partitions, then you’ve probably discovered that Apple has a built-in solution. When you try to boot up the Mac, it will simply connect to the internet, download the version of macOS that came with your PC, and take you through the process of installing it.[..]
It seems that Microsoft has an idea in mind now that’s more similar to what Apple does. As discovered by Microsoft leakster WalkingCat, you’ll have the option to ‘cloud download’ Windows 10, or restore from the local image.
I used FTP installation on Mandrake Linux ages before this ever became an option for the Mac, so it’s not like this is exactly a very modern or novel feature. Still, better late than never I suppose, and it will make a Windows install a much less cumbersome process if you can’t find your installation medium.
I think the trick for a solution like this is seamlessness and no effort on the part of the user. For example, I would expect something like this to be integrated with the firmware of computers being sold by the vendors.
Could be concerning…When it comes to these kinds of built in system features one should always identify the ways that vendors might abuse it and take away owner freedoms. Ideally such a feature in the system bios would be vender neutral and allow the user to enter their own image download urls. Otherwise it could one day for vendor locking potential (ie prevent owners from installing old or alternative operating systems).
This will require firmware support, otherwise you’ll still require bootable media. It works well for Apple because they control the hardware too, so it’s easy to add and ensure that the firmware supports all the network interfaces present in the device.