A system and method for remote software installation and maintenance. A number of workstations are connected by a network. Each has basic peer-to-peer communication ability providing remote file transfer and remote command execution. An arbitrarily selected workstation captures user installation requirements and controls installation and maintenance processing. Task lists are selected based upon requirements and the steps of the task list are executed locally, or remotely, to satisfy the installation or maintenance requirement. Task list process is logged so that processing may be resumed following a failure or intentional suspension.