Applies to

Surface RT, Surface 2, Surface Pro, Surface Pro 2, Surface Pro 3, Windows 8.1, Windows RT 8.1.

Set up your Surface

Ready to set up your new Surface? Grab it and let’s go!

It’s best to have a wireless network available when you set up Surface.

Set up Surface

Step 1:  If you have one, attach your Surface Typing Cover to your Surface. It clicks into place.
Connect Surface to a Cover
Step 2:  Flip out the kickstand on the back of Surface.
Step 3:  Plug the power cord into an electrical outlet or power strip.
(Connect the plug to the power supply if needed).
Step 4:  Connect the power connector to the charging port on Surface.
The connector clicks into place (either direction works). When the small light at the end of the connector is lit, it means Surface is getting power.
Power connector on Surface RT, Surface Pro and Surface Pro 2
Power connector on Surface 2
Power connector on Surface Pro 3
Step 5:  Press and release the power button on your Surface.
Surface turns on and Windows setup begins.

Set up Windows

Windows setup runs the first time you turn on Surface. Here’s what you need to do next:

Choose a language, colour and name for Surface

Choose a language, colour and name for your Surface. You can change these things later if you want. You will also need to accept the Licence terms to continue.

Surface Pro 3: Pair your pen

During Windows setup, you’ll set up your Surface Pen for use with Surface Pro 3. It just takes a few seconds for your pen to be “paired” with Surface using Bluetooth®.

Step 1:  On the pen, press and hold the top button until the light in the middle of the pen clip starts to flash.
Step 2:  When the pairing is successful, you’ll see the following message on screen: “Your device is connected.”

Surface Pen is designed to work with Surface Pro 3. It doesn’t work with other Surface models.

Connect to a wireless network

Step 1:  On the Wireless screen, tap a wireless network name and then tap Connect.
Step 2:  If prompted, type your wireless network password and then tap Connect. If you don’t know your password, see How to find your wireless network password.

If your wireless network isn’t listed or you can’t connect to one, tap Connect to a wireless network later and follow the steps on the screen to set up to a local account. You can connect to a Microsoft account later by following the steps in Switch a local account to a Microsoft Account.

Choose your default settings

On the Settings screen, tap Use express settings to use the default settings, or tap Customise to choose your settings. You can always change these settings later.

Create an account on Surface and sign in

For the best, cloud-connected experience, we recommend using a Microsoft account—an email address and password. When you use your Microsoft account to sign in to your Surface, you'll get free online storage, mobile entertainment, tons of apps in the Windows Store, and connecting your devices and accounts seamlessly.

Not sure if you have a Microsoft account? A Microsoft account is the email address and password that you use to sign in to Microsoft services like, OneDrive, Xbox or your Windows Phone. If you've used these services, then you already have a Microsoft account. Use your Microsoft account (email and password) to sign in to your Surface.

You have more than one Microsoft account? If you have more than one Microsoft account, you’ll need to choose one for your Surface. To figure out which Microsoft account to use, see Choose a Microsoft account (English only).

Got all that? Now, let’s create an account on Surface and sign in.

If you already have a Microsoft account

Great! Follow these steps:

Step 1:  Type the email address for your Microsoft account and then tap Next.
Step 2:  Enter the password for your Microsoft account, tap Next, and then follow the instructions to add or change your security info.

If you've forgotten your Microsoft account password, you can reset your password online.

If you don’t have a Microsoft account

No problem. Setup can create a Microsoft account for you using an existing email address, or you can create a new email address.

To create a Microsoft account using an existing email address:

Step 1:  Enter your favourite email address, and tap Next.
Step 2:  Enter a new password for your Microsoft account, tap Next, and then follow the instructions to add or change your security info.

To create a Microsoft account using a new email address:

Step 1:  Tap Sign up for a new email address at the bottom of the Sign in to your PC screen.
Step 2:  Choose an email address, enter the info needed to create your Microsoft account, and then tap Next.
Step 3:  Add security verification info and then tap Next.
It will take a moment for Surface to set up. Once set up completes, you'll be taken to the Start screen.

Apply settings from another PC

If you already have a PC or Surface with Windows 8.1 or Windows RT 8.1, you can apply the settings you use on it to your new Surface by simply signing in using the same Microsoft account. See Sync settings between PCs with OneDrive for more information.

OneDrive options

If this is your first time setting up a PC or Surface with Windows 8.1 or Windows RT 8.1, you'll see the new OneDrive options. If you click Next, your Surface will use these default OneDrive settings:

  • Photos you take with your Surface are saved to your camera roll folder, and a smaller copy of each photo is automatically backed up to your OneDrive.
  • When you create a new document, the default save location is OneDrive. But you can always choose to save individual documents locally or on another drive.
  • Windows will save a backup copy of your Surface settings to OneDrive. If something ever happens to your Surface and you need to replace it, your settings are saved in the cloud and you can transfer them to a new Surface instantly.

You can change any of these settings later in Change PC settings. If you'd prefer to turn off all of these settings now, tap or click Turn off these OneDrive settings (not recommended).

If you already have a PC running Windows 8.1 or Windows RT 8.1, and you chose to sync settings on that PC and have signed into your Surface using the same Microsoft account, then your OneDrive settings will also sync from your existing PC to your Surface, and you might not see the options screen.

Great! You're all done! Ready to explore?

Head over to one of the following pages to learn more about what you can do with your Surface.