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 after service

After a service request, you'll need to set up your Surface, install updates, restore your files, and reinstall your apps.

Step 1: Complete setup

Turn on your Surface and complete setup.

  • Be sure to connect to Wi-Fi when you set up your Surface. Syncing or sending data across a mobile broadband connection could result in extra charges against your data plan. For more info, see Manage your mobile broadband data use.
  • Be sure to enter the same Microsoft account you were using on your original Surface. This enables you to access your same settings, calendar, contacts, and email.

Step 2: Install Surface and Windows updates

Once setup is complete, install the latest Surface and Windows updates. Here’s how:

Step 1: Swipe in from the right edge of the screen, and tap Settings.
(If you're using a mouse, point to the lower-right corner of the screen, move the mouse pointer up, and click Settings.)
Step 2: Tap or click Change PC settings, and tap or click Update and recovery.
Step 3: Tap or click Check now.
Step 4: If there are updates available, tap or click View details.
Step 5: Tap or click to select the updates you want to install, and tap or click Install.
You may need to restart Surface after the updates have been installed.

Step 3: Restore your files

Add your files that you previously backed up, as recommended in How to prepare your Surface for service.

Use OneDrive

If you backed up your files to OneDrive using either the OneDrive app or File Explorer on the desktop, you can access them whenever you need them. For more info about using OneDrive, see Using OneDrive on Surface.

Other ways to restore your files

Use the steps below to restore your files if you used one of these backup methods.

  • File History. On the Start screen, swipe in from the right edge of the screen, tap or click Search, and in the search box, enter restore file. Then tap or click Restore your files with File History.
  • File Explorer. You can manually copy files to your Documents, Videos, Pictures, and Music libraries from another storage location from within File Explorer in Windows.
  • HomeGroup. To restore your files from a homegroup, see HomeGroup from start to finish for tips.

Step 4: Reinstall your apps

When you get a Surface back from our service center, you’ll need to reinstall your Windows Store apps and other software you may have, like Microsoft Office.

Reinstall Windows Store apps

Step 1: On the Start screen, tap or click Store.
Step 2: Swipe down from the top edge of the screen (or right-click), and tap or click Your apps.
Step 3: Tap or click the apps that you want to install, and tap or click Install.

Reinstall Microsoft Office

If you have an active Office 365 subscription, or you own a copy of Office 2013 or Office 2013 RT, the steps to reinstall Office will depend on the Surface model you have and the Office version.

Surface Pro models

Office 365. If you have Surface Pro, Surface Pro 2, or Surface Pro 3, and you have an active Office 365 subscription, you can reinstall Office by signing in to your Office 365 account at

For info, see Install Office 365 Home, Personal, or University.

Office 2013. If you own a copy Office 2013, you’ll need to have your 25-character Product Key in order to reinstall and activate Office.

  • If your copy of Office 2013 wasn’t included as part of your Surface purchase—for example, you bought your copy at a store or from an online retailer—tap or click Office on the Microsoft support page to find out about your options for getting a replacement Product Key for Office 2013.
  • If your Surface came with a copy of Office 2013 (not available in all countries or regions), and your Surface was exchanged for a replacement, your original Office Product Key won’t work on your replacement Surface. To get a replacement Product Key for Office 2013, contact Surface Support.

For more info, see Install and use Microsoft Office on Surface Pro.

Surface RT or Surface 2

Office 2013 RT. After service, your Surface RT or Surface 2 comes with Office 2013 RT apps pre-installed, so you don’t need to reinstall Office.

To start an Office app like Word or PowerPoint, go to the Start screen, and tap or click the Office app tile.

For more info, see Microsoft Office 2013 RT.

Reinstall other apps (Surface Pro models)

To reinstall apps from a CD or DVD, the Internet, or a network, see Install and uninstall apps on Surface Pro.