How to Setup PXE Network Boot Server in Windows

Posted by @AOMEI

April 30, 2015

How to setup PXE network boot server in Windows computer to boot a laptop that has a damaged hard drive? AOMEI PXE Boot Tool can easily guide you how to do it, and make your laptop boot safely and easily.

A user posted a thread in forum, and it said: He wanted to setup a PXE Boot Server for his laptop which has a damaged hard drive, and he wanted to use his desktop as PXE server to boot his laptop. But there was not a clear article to show the detailed operating steps.

The situation mentioned above is not unusual to computer users, maybe you have once encounter such problem. With computer is used frequently, it is very common that hard drive would depreciate, even malfunction. When computer can’t boot from your hard drive, what would you do? As the user said, it is a good way to make a desktop PXE server and boot laptop. Here comes a question: how to setup PXE boot server windows in one computer? AOMEI PXE Boot Tool will show you a guidance to setup PXE boot server in Windows safely and easily.

Steps to setup PXE boot server in Windows

Step 1. Download and install AOMEI PXE Boot Tool. You will see the interface as the picture below.

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Step 2. Create and upload bootable image file. The premise to use PXE boot service is that there must be an bootable image file. There are three kind of ways to create a bootable image file.

  • You can download a Linux image file, or download AOMEI Backupper to create bootable image file.
  • You can download AOMEI PE Builder to create Win PE. It contains many powerful tools, and you can pack portable drives to Win PE through AOMEI PE Builder.
  • Certainly, you can also use other software to make a bootable image file.

In this article, AOMEI PE Builder is set as an example to tell you that you can create a custom image file and AOMEI PXE Boot Tool can deploy it.

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Step 3. After you download Linux image or create a bootable image file with AOMEI Backupper,you can add it to the installation directory, and then, click on “Start Service”. Or in other way, select the second option in AOMEI PXE Boot Tool, and add the image file to custom file path. Finally, you can click on “Start Service.”

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Step 4. Set booting sequence in Laptop. Booting device can guarantee client sides to boot successfully when you setup PXE Boot server Windows. You have to start computer that need to boot from PXE network, and press specific key (usually is F2, F8 or delete) to enter BIOS, and then, set “Network” as the first booting device. In some computer applied with UEFI/EFI, you should turn on LAN PXE Boot. For more detailed about how to set BIOS, you could pay a visit on <AOMEI PXE Boot Tool>. After setting, you can save it and exit, and will see laptop will configure data automatically.

Tips: If you want to install system on new hard ware in PE, next time when you boot computer, don’t forget to set hard ware as the the first booting device in BIOS.

As you see, you can setup PXE boot server Windows computer easily with AOMEI PXE Boot Tool. With the help of AOMEI PE Builder, you can create a custom bootable image file, and also can add some portable drivers or software to image file while it creating. AOMEI PXE Boot Tool is very easy and useful for individuals and enterprises to setup PXE boot server in Windows computer and boot other computer(s) through network.