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Network Boot (F12)
This document pertains to HP Notebook PCs with the HP Unified Extensible Firmware Interface (UEFI) beginning in late-2008.
To access the Network Boot option that allows the computer to boot directly from the network, turn on the computer and immediately press the esc key to display the Startup Menu, and then press the F12 key.
This is an option only found on HP computers designed for businesses. The Network Boot option allows you to boot from a network driver before trying to book from the hard drive on the computer. This option only affects the current boot process, and all subsequent boots will revert to the default boot order. For information about permanently altering your computer's boot order, see HP Notebook PCs - BIOS Setup (F10).
When would you use this boot option?
Some computers in business environments might be set up to boot from a specific location on the corporate network. This option is usually only used for specific technical tasks, such as downloading operating system elements from a server. As such, it is an option usually used only by IT management.
PXE Error Message
If the Network Boot (F12) option is used on a network that does not support booting from a server on that network, an error message referencing PXE is displayed. You will need to restart the computer and select a different boot option.
See also
Return to HP Notebook PCs - HP Startup Menu Overview for additional topics.