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Adding AoE boot support to Microsoft Windows

First download the latest WinAoE package from [] and extract all files to a directory.

Then go to:

Control Panel → Add Hardware


Wait a few seconds to minutes

“Yes, I have already connected the hardware”

“Add a new hardware device”

“Install the hardware that I manually select from a list (Advanced)”

“SCSI and RAID controllers”

“Have Disk…”

Select “Browse…”, browse to the bin directory from the unpacked WinAoE directory and press ok.



“Continue Anyway”


You are now done with installing the WinAoE driver. You should be able to run the “aoe” utility in a command prompt to get general aoe mount/unmount and scan functionality.

Next steps make the disk ready for booting over SAN.

First go to:

Control Panel → System, and select the “Hardware” tab.

“Device Manager”

press the + in front of “Network adapters” and select the network adapter you will be booting over.Rightclick on that one and choose “Properties”

In the Properties screen go to the tab “Details” and choose “Service” in the pulldown menu. Note the service name for the next step.

Open regedit (Start → Run → “regedit”) and browse to the key “HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Services”. There browse to the key which you found in the last step (the “Service” of the network adapter)

Double click the “Start” key on the left panel, change the Value data to 0 and press Ok.

You are now done with installing WinAoE with boot support.

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