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Hi everyone, I'm new to the forum but it's nice to see a place where people are talking about the Surface tablets.  I just bought a Surface Pro 3 two days ago over the Dell Venue Pro 11.  I have finally made the switch over to a tablet over traditional laptops. Being an IT engineer, I wanted to run 8.1 Enterprise on it for Direct Access capabilities to my work network.  The process was actually quite simple.  I only had to disable secure boot in the UEFI BIOS and then used a bootable flash drive that had my copy of 8.1 Enterprise on it.  The installation went very smooth and fast using a flash drive.  I downloaded the June 2014 driver pack from Microsoft but only needed the wireless driver because as soon as I was online, windows update installed the firmware package for me.

 

Anyone who is looking to do a clean installation, please follow the below steps and you will be good to go.  Make sure you use Rufus's utility and NOT the Microsoft windows 7 USB/ISO tool.  The Surface Pro 3 uses a UEFI BIOS so you will need a UEFI bootable flash drive.

 

1 - Download Rufus's Utility at http://rufus.akeo.ie/

 

2 - Have your Windows 8.1 Installation DVD in your DVD drive (can be any version of 8.1)

 

3 - In Rufus's utility, under device, select your flash drive (4gb or higher).  **This process will erase the flash drive**

   - Under Partition scheme and target system type, choose GPT partition scheme for UEFI computer

   - Under File System, choose FAT32

   - Under Cluster size, choose "default" or 4096 bytes

   - Under Volume Label, write anything you like or leave the default

   - Under Format Options, leave check device for bad blocks unchecked and CHECK the next three options.

       - Those options are Quick Format, create a bootable disk using : ISO Image & create extended label and icon files

 

4 - Click "Start" and wait for the flash drive to get created.  this process can take up to 10-15 minutes depending on your system so be patient!

 

5 - Once the flash drive is created, plug it into your Surface Pro 3's USB port and start the booting process to the USB Flash Drive.

 

Secure Boot MUST be disabled on your Surface Pro 3.  To do this, turn your tablet completely off.  Hold the Volume UP button and press Power.  you can let go of the power button but keep volume up held.  This will take you to the UEFI BIOS screen.  Here you can disable Secure Boot.  Once disabled, simply follow the instructions on this link from Microsoft on booting to the USB Flash drive you just created:

 

http://www.microsoft.com/surface/en-us/support/storage-files-and-folders/boot-surface-pro-from-usb-recovery-device

 

 

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cversion7

Nice post!

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gparmar76

Thank you!

 

Everyone should note that Microsoft has created a restore partition on the internal SSD.  Once you learn this process, you no longer need that recovery partition taking up valuable drive space.  It can be deleted and you can add that space to the OS partition...a much better way to do system recoveries would be to use awesome 3rd party apps like Acronis or the free application from Ease Us.  You could do a nice clean install of the OS, do all the windows updates and driver pack from Microsoft and then create a recovery image with one of these applications in the event you get some virus or your system gets slow after a long time of use.  Personally, I always do clean installs twice a year and always make recovery images after the initial setup.  It has always kept my computers running fresh and fast.  The Surface Pro 3 is one hell of a fast machine.  The OS install off of my flash drive took like 10 minutes, if that. 

 

You can also use one of several different apps out there to get your OEM Windows 8.1 key. Using that key, you can use Microsoft's installer app to download Windows 8.1 Pro and create a flash drive installer or DVD.

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wiredlitigator

I'm a newbie here as well.  I'm a lawyer (don't hold it against me) and am looking to switch from my iPad and ditch the giant dell laptop I drag around to a SP3.  I'm not that familiar with Windows 8.1.  What I do know is that I just bought an all-in-one for my mother, and the Lenovo was so full of crap (apps, advertisements, etc.) that I'm worried i'll have the same issue with the SP3.  The OP mentioned Enterprise, so i don't think there was a clean install of 8.1 (unless I'm misunderstanding).  The question is, do you have all those crap Lenovo-type programs on the SP3 pre-installed?  All i want is office and a few entertainment apps (Netflix, Pandora, etc.).  Thoughts on a clean install or is it good to go?  Sorry if this looks like a hijack, but the clean install made me wonder.  

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gparmar76

If you buy the SP3, you will not have to worry about bloatware.  That has long plagued PCs and still does.  Thankfully, Microsoft did not do that with the Surface Pro 3.  I think it came with one or two additional apps and one was for drawing/painting.  Aside from that it comes very clean.  You don't need windows 8.1 Enterprise.  Professional edition is great and has just about everything you need.  I need Enterprise so that I can use my tablet on my work domain and Direct Access (sort of the new generation VPN access).  Enterprise edition of Windows is the only one that has direct access support.

 

Learning this procedure on how to do a clean install is probably a good idea for anyone though.  Over time you may wind up installing a lot of apps, games, etc etc which can slow your tablet down.  Also, you may just want to start over clean after some time as I do every 6 months.  The process of doing this is not hard at all and after you've done it once, you will be able to do it over and over with ease.

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I'm a newbie here as well.  I'm a lawyer (don't hold it against me) and am looking to switch from my iPad and ditch the giant dell laptop I drag around to a SP3.  I'm not that familiar with Windows 8.1.  What I do know is that I just bought an all-in-one for my mother, and the Lenovo was so full of crap (apps, advertisements, etc.) that I'm worried i'll have the same issue with the SP3.  The OP mentioned Enterprise, so i don't think there was a clean install of 8.1 (unless I'm misunderstanding).  The question is, do you have all those crap Lenovo-type programs on the SP3 pre-installed?  All i want is office and a few entertainment apps (Netflix, Pandora, etc.).  Thoughts on a clean install or is it good to go?  Sorry if this looks like a hijack, but the clean install made me wonder.  

 

You do not have all those pre-installed, bloatware programs installed on a Surface Pro. It is a clean install just as Microsoft intended. Most techies will either go through and delete any pre-installed programs or fully wipe and reload a clean install on a new machine. In gparmar76's case, he needed a feature from Windows 8.1 Enterprise that is not available in Windows 8.1 Pro, which is not something you would ever have to do. 

 

The only benefit you would gain from his method of doing the full wipe and reload would be to recover the drive space taken up by the recovery partition.

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wiredlitigator

You do not have all those pre-installed, bloatware programs installed on a Surface Pro. It is a clean install just as Microsoft intended...

Thanks!

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