How to Boot from the Network Using PXE Safely?

Posted by @AOMEI

May 21, 2015

How to boot a broken system? Many people will create a bootable media. Actually, if you have other computer that runs well, you can make your broken system from the network using PXE. AOMEI PXE Boot Tool will help you do that safely and easily.

When your laptop breaks down, and coincidentally, there is no USB flash drive or CD to let you make a bootable media, how to boot your broken computer? If there is other Windows system computer that runs well, you can easily and safely to make laptop boot from the network using PXE. AOMEI PXE Boot Tool can help you to boot computer from the network freely.

The preparation of making computer boots from the network using PXE.

You need to prepare a bootable image file. It is the precondition to use PXE to boot other computers. No matter which way you use to boot computer without disk, you have to create a bootable image file. If you use AOMEI PXE Boot Tool, There are three ways to recommend you.

  • You can download Linux bootable image file.
  • You can use AOMEI PE Builder freely to create a Win PE bootable image file. It will contain many little tools and drivers.
  • You can download other third software such as Bart’s PE, to create a custom PE bootable image file.

If you have a bootable image file, before you make laptop boot from the network using PXE, you must make sure that client computer and server computer are in the same network segment.

The steps to make computer boot from the network using PXE

Step.1 You can download and launch AOMEI PXE Boot Tool. You will see the interface as the picture below showing. You can select any one of them to deploy images. The first option will offer you a link and you can click it to download Linux system bootable image file and AOMEI Backupper. The second option is to let you load custom image file. You can add the path of image file into it, and click on “Start Service”.

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Step.2 After clicking on “Start Service”, you have to set boot sequence in BIOS. There are different setting methods on different computers. In a word, network should be the first booting device if you want to use PXE function. In computer with UEFI/EFI, You have to turn PXE into enabled status. For more information, please visit <How to Use AOMEI PXE Boot Tool>

Step 3. After finishing set in BIOS of client computer, you can save changes and exit, and PXE service will run between two computers automatically. The connection status can be seen in the PXE Boot Tool interface. If client computer boots from network, you can close PXE service in server computer.

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After laptop (client computer) booting, you can use the tools or software in PE to maintain it, and find out reason that cause computer crashing. Without CD/DVD or USB flash drive, you can easily make computer boot from the network using PXE. With the help of free AOMEI PXE Boot Tool, every computer user can boot broken computer without disk skillfully.