Applies to

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


Boot Surface from a USB device

You can start Surface from a bootable USB device. This can be useful if you want to change firmware settings or Windows startup settings.


Note
Booting from a USB device doesn’t refresh or reset your Surface. Instead, it allows you to start or boot your Surface using Windows on a USB device. For info about recommended recovery methods, see Refresh or reset your Surface RT or Surface 2 or Restore, refresh, or reset your Surface Pro.

Start from a bootable USB device when Surface is off

Step 1: Attach a bootable USB device to the USB port.
Step 2: Press and hold the volume-down button.
Step 3: Press and release the power button.
Step 4: When the Surface logo appears, release the volume-down button.
Surface will start the software on your USB device.

Start from a bootable USB device when Surface on

Step 1: Attach a bootable USB device to the USB port.
Step 2: Swipe in from the right and then tap Settings.
(If you're using a mouse, point to the upper-right corner of the screen, move the mouse pointer down, and then click Settings.)
Step 3: Tap or click Change PC Settings.
Step 4: Tap or click Update and recovery, and then tap or click Recovery.
Step 5: Under Advanced Startup, tap or click Restart now.
Step 6: On the Choose an option screen, tap or click Use a device.
Step 7: On the Troubleshoot screen, tap or click Advanced options.
Step 8: On the Advanced options screen, tap or click the name of the USB device. Surface will restart and boot from the USB device.

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