Windows 10: Surface 3 Clean Install Solved

  1.    12 Apr 2016 #1

    Surface 3 Clean Install


    Hi Everyone

    I have recently upgraded my Surface 3 to Windows 10 and I wish to do a clean install, to install a fresh copy of windows without having all the old data from Windows 8.1. Would I be fine following, "How to do a clean install" tutorial via Ten Forums or would there be a different process for doing this for a Surface?

    I am guessing since its basically a mini laptop I would just follow the same steps? I have made a boot-able USB for this. Also would my Surface automatically activate or should I note down the product key just in case it doesn't?

    Thanks
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    64-bit Windows 10 Pro build 18262
       12 Apr 2016 #2

    Hello Elliot, :)

    Yes, you will be able to do a normal clean install on a Surface 3 if you like.

    https://www.tenforums.com/tutorials/1...n-install.html

    Here are the drivers for Surface 3 Pro below from Microsoft to install afterwards.

    Download Surface Pro 3 from Official Microsoft Download Center

    Here's some more information if you like.

    TechNet Blogs
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  3.    12 Apr 2016 #3

    Thanks Shawn :).

    I don't actually have the Surface Pro 3.
    Just the Surface 3 but I found drivers for this here.
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    64-bit Windows 10 Pro build 18262
       12 Apr 2016 #4

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  5.    13 Apr 2016 #5

    I've done it numerous times. You'll need to create a flash drive unless you have an external USB CD/DVD drive, but the rest of the steps are identical.
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  6.    13 Apr 2016 #6

    DeaconFrost said: View Post
    I've done it numerous times. You'll need to create a flash drive unless you have an external USB CD/DVD drive, but the rest of the steps are identical.
    Great! Thanks
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    Windows 7, Windows 8.1, Windows 10
       15 Apr 2016 #7

    You may want to look here for your Surface 3 image: https://www.microsoft.com/surface/en-us/support/warranty-service-and-recovery/downloadablerecoveryimage

    On this site Microsoft has the image for Win8.1 and Woin10 now for the Surface Pro 3.
    I donít have a Surface 3 so I cannot sign in and check. You might want to give it try.

    The image will have all the drivers and firmware for your Surface.
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  8.    18 Apr 2016 #8

    Metalman said: View Post
    You may want to look here for your Surface 3 image: https://www.microsoft.com/surface/en-us/support/warranty-service-and-recovery/downloadablerecoveryimage

    On this site Microsoft has the image for Win8.1 and Woin10 now for the Surface Pro 3.
    I donít have a Surface 3 so I cannot sign in and check. You might want to give it try.

    The image will have all the drivers and firmware for your Surface.
    Thank you!

    Also people who are wondering how to boot from USB on Surface: Boot from USB Surface

    EDIT: To control menu's drop downs etc... I plugged both my USB and a mouse into a 4 port usb hub to work my way through the setup. To my knowledge the setup menu can't be controlled any other way.
    Last edited by Brink; 18 Apr 2016 at 09:41. Reason: updated link
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  9.    18 Apr 2016 #9

    I have come up to the custom installation step and I can see "Drive 0 Parition 4: Windows RE tools."

    Should I keep this partition? Or if I remove all partitions, will it create a new one?

    Thanks in advance.

    EDIT: I have re-read guide and can see how to deal with Windows RE tools.
    Last edited by ellellell1; 18 Apr 2016 at 04:00.
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  10.    30 Nov 2017 #10

    Bumping this up!

    The info here was helpful in doing a clean install on a recently purchased Surface Pro 3. I was having problems updating to the current version of 10 because of a conflict with the USB driver.

    My install was a little different as I did not have to download the Pro 3 drivers beforehand. The touch screen was working during usb boot/install and all drivers were automatically updated after the installation was complete.
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