... not sure what to say about the network thing. should be doable in 10 minutes with the patches from centroid... i'll withhold my comments on your rep.
loading windows? that will be a chore and for no benefit. if you are running a linux system, the control sw will not work under windows.
if you have no hard drive, you can make additional flash drives to boot to windows, but dont plan on using windows while machining anything !!