Unable to PXE boot X86 UEFI-based system


When trying to PXE boot a x86 UEFI-based system, you may encounter one of the following symptoms

  • System may obtain an IP address but do not complete the PXE boot process.
  • System may attempt to PXE boot but returns to the BIOS boot options.
  • Various PXE boot errors (Depending on the exact hardware).


This can occur if the Windows Deployment Services Server is running the following operating systems:

  • Windows Server 2003
  • Windows Server 2008
  • Windows Server 2008 R2


Update the Windows Deployment Services (WDS) server to Windows Server 2012 and make sure you add a Windows 8 x86 boot.wim.

More Information

The x86 UEFI support was added to Windows Server 2012 WDS.

For more information on the support for UEFI in Windows Deployment Services see the following article:

2841475 Windows Deployment Services (WDS) support for UEFI