The Way of Setting Up Windows PXE Server

Posted by @AOMEI

May 21, 2015

If you want to boot a broken computer without disk, maybe setting up Windows PXE server is a good solution. In this way, you don’t need to prepare a USB flash drive, or CD/DVD, and you can boot your computer easily.

If there are two computers, and one of them breaks down, how to boot the broken computer? Maybe you will answer “use bootable CD or USB”. Yes, it is right, and perhaps most of people will take such measure to boot broken computer. But if a bootable CD or USB drive is not available for you, what would you do? Under this circumstance, PXE function will do you a favor, and setting up Windows PXE server can boot other computers easily.

PXE, is short of Preinstall execute environment. It supports workstations to download system image file from remote server, and boot computer from the network. Therefore, if you don’t have USB flash drive or CD, you can totally use PXE Boot Tool to boot your broken computer. Of all software, AOMEI PXE Boot Tool is a good free software to help you setting up Windows PXE server. The main function of AOMEI PXE Boot Tool is to boot your computers from an image file on network.

The way of setting up Windows PXE server

Step 1. You can download and install AOMEI PXE Boot Tool. You will see the interface as the picture below showing. There are two options in the main interface of AOMEI PXE Boot Tool, and it let you load bootable image file. A bootable image file is the premise of setting up Windows PXE server. AOMEI PXE Boot Tool can guide you to download Linux system image file and AOMEI Backupper, which can make a AOMEI bootable image file. Or, you can use other software to create a customized image file.

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Tips: AOMEI PE Builder can help you to create a customized bootable image file, which gathers many drivers and AOMEI products, and also, you can pack some portable software into bootable image file.

Step 2. After you click on “Start Service” on the previous step, you have to set booting sequence in BIOS of broken computer. For most computers, network should be set as the first booting device, and in some computers with UEFI, you should turn Disabled to Enabled in PXE option. For more details about setting BIOS, please visit <How to Use AOMEI PXE Boot Tool>. After configuring booting device, you can save it and exit.

Step 3. The rest of procedures will be finished automatically. The broken computer will configure data and load the bootable image file transmitted from the server computer. All connection will be shown in the PXE server. After broken computer boots, setting up Windows PXE server is finished, and you can click on “Stop Service”.

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As the above steps show, you can use AOMEI PXE Boot Tool freely to boot a computer easily. With three steps, setting up Windows PXE server to boot your broken computer is easy. Comparing with some other software or programs, AOMEI PXE Boot Tool can offer you to download a bootable image file or use AOMEI PE Builder to create a Win PE bootable image, which offers a lot of drivers and software, therefore, it is more convenient for you to maintain computer.