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How do I turn the Intel® Boot Agent off or prevent it from running?

To prevent the Intel® Boot Agent from initializing, turn it off using the Intel® Ethernet Flash Firmware Utility (BootUtil.exe). The utility package contains versions of the utility for DOS, Windows, Linux, and UEFI.

Download the Intel® Ethernet Flash Firmware Utility (includes BootUtil.exe).
Note

These instructions for disabling Intel Boot Agent apply to add-on adapters plugged into a PCI, PCI-x, or PCI Express* slot.

If you have a built-in network connection, then you need to refer to the documentation for your computer. Usually the settings to disable or enable the boot agent are in the BIOS.

If you have a laptop computer then this page does not apply to you. Look in your computer BIOS for settings to disable the Intel Boot Agent.

The Intel® Boot Agent Guide is included in the Intel® Ethernet Flash Firmware Utility download package. Launch index.htm to open the guide. The guide includes detailed instructions for using the boot utility to disable Intel Boot Agent.

Installing the Boot Utility
For DOS or UEFI you can run the program from the folder for that OS. If you try to run the DOS version of the utility from the Windows command line, the program will fail to run. The DOS version of the utility will only run under DOS.

For Linux* and Windows* you must first run the install program.

The install and the boot utility programs are in the folder for your OS inside the \APPS\BootUtil folder. If the folder for your OS includes an install program, then you must run install before running the boot utility.

Installing this utility in Windows* overwrites some files required for Intel® PROSet for Windows Device Manager. Installation can cause system bug checks or loss of functionality when using Intel® PROSet or other tools using the same driver. Uninstall Intel PROSet before installing this utility. After you use this utility, reinstall Intel PROSet. Reinstalling PROSet can render this tool useless, because the files used by the utility are overwritten.

How Intel® Boot Agent works
The Intel® Boot Agent is software that allows your networked client computer to boot using an image on a remote server. PC vendors can implement the Intel Boot Agent to accommodate various environments and protocols. The BIOS inserts the Boot Agent into the list of boot devices. When the Boot Agent is ahead of any other bootable device in the list, it executes and tries to boot the computer over the network.

To prevent the Boot Agent from executing, enter your systems BIOS configuration and find the boot device order settings. Move the boot agent down the list after the hard drive or the device you prefer to boot from.

Intel® Boot Agent settings
Intel® Boot Agent initializes during the system startup, even if it is not the first boot device. Once the initialization screen displays, press Control-S to configure the Boot Agent settings.

Intel® Boot Agent is enabled by default on desktop adapters and disabled by default on server adapters. For server adapters, use the BOOTUTIL utility with the command-line BOOTUTIL -FE to enable Intel® Boot Agent.

If you are not booting from the network, disable Intel® Boot Agent to speed up booting your computer.

Related topics
Intel® Ethernet Connections Boot Utility includes the Intel® Boot Agent User Guide and BOOTUTIL.
Is your PXE Boot failing with an E74 error?
How do I troubleshoot PXE boot with a network protocol analyzer?
Download the Intel® Ethernet Flash Firmware Utility (includes BootUtil.exe)

Operating System:

OS Independent

This applies to:

Intel® 10 Gigabit AF DA Dual Port Server Adapter
Intel® 10 Gigabit AT Server Adapter
Intel® 10 Gigabit AT2 Server Adapter
Intel® 10 Gigabit CX4 Dual Port Server Adapter
Intel® 10 Gigabit XF LR Server Adapter
Intel® 10 Gigabit XF SR Dual Port Server Adapter
Intel® 10 Gigabit XF SR Server Adapter
Intel® Boot Agent
Intel® Ethernet Converged Network Adapter X520 Series
Intel® Ethernet Converged Network Adapter X540-T1
Intel® Ethernet Converged Network Adapter X540-T2
Intel® Ethernet Server Adapter I210-T1
Intel® Ethernet Server Adapter I340-F4
Intel® Ethernet Server Adapter I340-T4
Intel® Ethernet Server Adapter I350-F2
Intel® Ethernet Server Adapter I350-F4
Intel® Ethernet Server Adapter I350-T2
Intel® Ethernet Server Adapter I350-T4
Intel® Ethernet Server Adapter X520 Series
Intel® Ethernet Server Adapter X520-DA2
Intel® Ethernet Server Adapter X520-LR1
Intel® Ethernet Server Adapter X520-SR1
Intel® Ethernet Server Adapter X520-SR2
Intel® Ethernet Server Adapter X520-T2
Intel® Gigabit CT Desktop Adapter
Intel® Gigabit EF Dual Port Server Adapter
Intel® Gigabit ET Dual Port Server Adapter
Intel® Gigabit ET Quad Port Server Adapter
Intel® Gigabit ET2 Quad Port Server Adapter
Intel® PRO/100 M Desktop Adapter
Intel® PRO/100 S Desktop Adapter
Intel® PRO/100 S Dual Port Server Adapter
Intel® PRO/100 S Management Adapter
Intel® PRO/100 S Server Adapter
Intel® PRO/100 VE Desktop Adapter
Intel® PRO/100 VM Network Connection
Intel® PRO/100+ Adapter
Intel® PRO/100+ Management Adapter
Intel® PRO/100+ Server Adapter
Intel® PRO/1000 CT Network Connection
Intel® PRO/1000 F Server Adapter
Intel® PRO/1000 GT Desktop Adapter
Intel® PRO/1000 GT Quad Port Server Adapter
Intel® PRO/1000 MF Dual Port Server Adapter
Intel® PRO/1000 MF Server Adapter
Intel® PRO/1000 MF Server Adapter (LX)
Intel® PRO/1000 MT Desktop Adapter
Intel® PRO/1000 MT Dual Port Server Adapter
Intel® PRO/1000 MT Quad Port Server Adapter
Intel® PRO/1000 MT Server Adapter
Intel® PRO/1000 PF Dual Port Server Adapter
Intel® PRO/1000 PF Quad Port Server Adapter
Intel® PRO/1000 PF Server Adapter
Intel® PRO/1000 PT Desktop Adapter
Intel® PRO/1000 PT Dual Port Server Adapter
Intel® PRO/1000 PT Quad Port Low Profile Server Adapter
Intel® PRO/1000 PT Quad Port Server Adapter
Intel® PRO/1000 PT Server Adapter
Intel® PRO/1000 T Desktop Adapter
Intel® PRO/1000 XF Server Adapter
Intel® PRO/1000 XT Low Profile Server Adapter
Intel® PRO/1000 XT Server Adapter
Intel® PRO/100B Adapter
Intel® PRO/10GbE CX4 Server Adapter
Intel® PRO/10GbE LR Server Adapter
Intel® PRO/10GbE SR Server Adapter

Solution ID: CS-008018
Last Modified: 27-May-2013
Date Created: 22-Dec-2003
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