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Adding AoE boot support to Microsoft Windows

Installing the AoE initiator

You need to download and install the Windows AoE initiator (WinAoE). Download the latest WinAoE package from and extract the contents of the .zip file to a temporary directory.

Start up the Add Hardware Wizard (StartControl PanelAdd Hardware) and proceed to the “Is the hardware connected?” screen:

Click on “Yes, I have already connected the hardware”, then click on Next.

Scroll down to the bottom of the list and choose “Add a new hardware device”, then click on Next.

Click on “Install the hardware that I manually select from a list (Advanced)”, then click on Next.

Choose “SCSI and RAID controllers”, then click on Next.

Click on “Have Disk…”.

Click on “Browse…”. Browse to the directory containing the extracted WinAoE files, then to the bin directory within this directory. Click on “OK”. You should see “AoE Driver” show up in a list of available drivers to install:

Continue clicking on Next until the installation process is complete. You will see a warning about the driver being unsigned:

Ignore this warning and click on “Continue Anyway” to complete the installation of the AoE initiator.

Identifying the network service name

Open up the System Properties (StartControl PanelSystem) and go to the Hardware tab. Click on “Device Manager”.

Locate your network card within the device list. Right-click on your network card and choose “Properties”.

Go to the Details tab 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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