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

  1. #21


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    Windows 7 Ultimate 64-bit Windows 8.1 Pro 64-bit with Media Center


    You need to disable secure boot first. Volume up then power button, then disable secure boot save and exit.
    To boot to usb you use volume down then power button. It will see your usb or dvd drive and then boot to it.
    I just did this to my surface pro to make an image.

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  2. #22


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


    Quote Originally Posted by Metalman View Post
    You need to disable secure boot first. Volume up then power button, then disable secure boot save and exit.
    To boot to usb you use volume down then power button. It will see your usb or dvd drive and then boot to it.
    I just did this to my surface pro to make an image.
    All Genuine Microsoft Windows 8/8.1 x64 DVD, or UEFI USB drive will boot with SECURE BOOT ENABLED.
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  3. #23


    Posts : 29
    Windows 7 Ultimate 64-bit Windows 8.1 Pro 64-bit with Media Center


    Quote Originally Posted by theog View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by Metalman View Post
    You need to disable secure boot first. Volume up then power button, then disable secure boot save and exit.
    To boot to usb you use volume down then power button. It will see your usb or dvd drive and then boot to it.
    I just did this to my surface pro to make an image.
    All Genuine Microsoft Windows 8/8.1 x64 DVD, or UEFI USB drive will boot with SECURE BOOT ENABLED.
    That’s good to know that it will work with a Windows 8/8.1DVD. I had to disable secure to boot to an Acronis DVD to make an image ofWindows.
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  4. #24


    Central IL
    Posts : 3,468
    Linux Mint 17.2


    Quote Originally Posted by theog View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by Metalman View Post
    You need to disable secure boot first. Volume up then power button, then disable secure boot save and exit.
    To boot to usb you use volume down then power button. It will see your usb or dvd drive and then boot to it.
    I just did this to my surface pro to make an image.
    All Genuine Microsoft Windows 8/8.1 x64 DVD, or UEFI USB drive will boot with SECURE BOOT ENABLED.
    Finding out though if you are making a copy from a .iso, Secure Boot has to be turned off to do the install. I keep it off on both of our laptops in our household, due to it was giving nothing but headaches, with Secure Boot turned on.
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  5. #25


    Central IL
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    Linux Mint 17.2


    Quote Originally Posted by CZ Eddie View Post
    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.
    When everything is done. go to tuxboot.org and download Tuxboot, to make a Clonezilla USB Pendrive, to back up the unit. I have found that Acronis with the latest edition, along with others, that it is not playing nice with Windows 8.

    I have not had any issues using Clonezilla to make images of the drives of our units. A whole lot faster then using Acronis also.
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  6. #26


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


    Quote Originally Posted by broe23 View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by theog View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by Metalman View Post
    You need to disable secure boot first. Volume up then power button, then disable secure boot save and exit.
    To boot to usb you use volume down then power button. It will see your usb or dvd drive and then boot to it.
    I just did this to my surface pro to make an image.
    All Genuine Microsoft Windows 8/8.1 x64 DVD, or UEFI USB drive will boot with SECURE BOOT ENABLED.
    Finding out though if you are making a copy from a .iso, Secure Boot has to be turned off to do the install. I keep it off on both of our laptops in our household, due to it was giving nothing but headaches, with Secure Boot turned on.
    All Genuine Microsoft Windows 8/8.1 x64 DVD, or UEFI USB drive will boot with SECURE BOOT ENABLED. Also DVD/USB drive made from a Genuine Microsoft Windows 8/8.1 x64 ISO.
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  7. #27


    Posts : 11
    Win8.1 Pro


    Okay, I finally found a way to make the USB stick bootable with a Windows OS on it.

    Create bootable USB for UEFI | Windows 8 content from Windows IT Pro

    Most USB boot sticks are formatted as NTFS, which includes those created by theMicrosoft Store Windows USB/DVD download tool. UEFI systems (such asWindows 8) can't boot from an NTFS device, only FAT32.
    Therefore you need to create a bootable USB device that's formatted as FAT32 instead, then copy the contents of the Windows installation media to it. For example use the commands below to create a FAT32-formatted USB device:

    1. Open an elevated command prompt, then start the diskpart utility:
      diskpart.exe

    2. List all the disks and identify your USB stick:
      list disk

    3. Select the disk number that is your USB stick, e.g.,:
      select disk 4

    4. Remove all existing partitions:
      clean

    5. Create a new partition, make it active and format as FAT32, then assign a drive letter:
      create partition primary
      select partition 1
      active
      format quick fs=fat32
      assign


    6. Exit diskpart:
      exit



    Example of Diskpart Output in Response to Commands Above
    The final step is to copy all the files from the Windows install media to the USB device--for example, where d: is my ISO mount of Windows media and f: is my USB stick:

    xcopy d:\* f:\ /s /e

    You can now boot your UEFI system and install Windows from this FAT32 USB drive. (See my FAQ about installing UEFI to a Windows machine.)
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  8. #28


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    ME, XP,Vista,Win7,Win8,Win8.1
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  9. #29


    Posts : 2
    windows 8


    Hi CZ Eddie, with your last reply, you did revive your surface pro 1 ?
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  10. #30


    Posts : 11
    Win8.1 Pro


    Quote Originally Posted by prince24 View Post
    Hi CZ Eddie, with your last reply, you did revive your surface pro 1 ?
    Yes, and then I sold that MS POS.
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