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Deleted ALL partitions on Surface Pro - Now I can't boot

  1. #11


    Central IL
    Posts : 3,468
    Linux Mint 17.2


    See this Reset or Refresh Windows 8 PC without Any Installation Media Otherwise your only choice is to contact the Surface Technical Team. Contact Microsoft Answer Desk for Surface

    See if this will work, using the instructions on how to install Linux with Linux Live Boot USB How to install Ubuntu on the Surface Pro | Microsoft | Geek.com You can download a Bootable USB image through Tuxboot - About so that you can attempt to use Gpartd to format or even rescue the Windows image.

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  2. #12


    Posts : 11
    Win8.1 Pro


    Quote Originally Posted by theog View Post
    Can the UEFI/BIOS firmware see the USB drive as a UEFI bootable device?
    Surface Pro EFI BIOS doesn't ever give an option as cool (and normal) as that.
    Really wish I'd gone with a laptop instead of Surface Pro. It's so freakin limited.
    It is a fast tablet though.
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  3. #13


    Posts : 5,592
    ME, XP,Vista,Win7,Win8,Win8.1


    Yes, not much in the UEFI/BIOS Firmware, just be watching a video on youtube.

    Where do you buy your DVD/ISO & Full Windows 8 Product Key from?
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  4. #14


    Posts : 11
    Win8.1 Pro


    Quote Originally Posted by theog View Post
    Where do you buy your DVD/ISO & Full Windows 8 Product Key from?
    I'm in IT and have my own MSDN account.
    So I have keys to all versions of Windows OS and access to the ISO downloads.
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  5. #15


    Posts : 11
    Win8.1 Pro


    Quote Originally Posted by broe23 View Post
    See this Reset or Refresh Windows 8 PC without Any Installation Media Otherwise your only choice is to contact the Surface Technical Team. Contact Microsoft Answer Desk for Surface

    See if this will work, using the instructions on how to install Linux with Linux Live Boot USB How to install Ubuntu on the Surface Pro | Microsoft | Geek.com You can download a Bootable USB image through Tuxboot - About so that you can attempt to use Gpartd to format or even rescue the Windows image.
    Just noticed your post... I'll look at it on my next work break. Thanks for the links.
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  6. #16


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    ME, XP,Vista,Win7,Win8,Win8.1


    Try re-downloading the Windows 8 Pro x64 ISO from your MSDN account.
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  7. #17


    Posts : 11
    Win8.1 Pro


    Quote Originally Posted by theog View Post
    Try re-downloading the Windows 8 Pro x64 ISO from your MSDN account.
    Thanks. It's a good idea but I already ruled it out.
    I can't boot to *any* bootable ISO media. I can't even boot to the Acronis bootable USB that I used to wipe my partitions in the first place.
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  8. #18


    Posts : 5,592
    ME, XP,Vista,Win7,Win8,Win8.1


    Did make the MS Surface Pro Recovery USB drive.
    If YES.
    Try booting that USB drive.


    How to boot the MS Surface Pro Recovery USB drive.
    Surface Pro Restore from USB recovery drive - YouTube
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  9. #19


    Posts : 11
    Win8.1 Pro


    Well, my mistake. I tried booting to the Acronis boot media one more time and it did go through. Maybe the last time I didn't have the volume- button pressed properly.

    So now I know bootable USB is still able to work on some level.
    I guess I'll just keep trying different ways of building a Win8 bootable USB, even though the ones I've tried so far are working fine on my desktop.

    Thanks everyone.
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  10. #20


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    tried so far are working fine on my desktop.
    Is the desktop UEFI.

    I'm in IT and have my own MSDN account.
    Do you have a MSDaRT Windows 8 USB drive to boot from?
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