Windows 8 and 8.1 Forums

Surface Pro 3 will not boot from USB

  1. #51

    Posts : 1
    Windows 8.1

    Had the same issue as OP. Checked my USB Drive's file system on Main PC using Mini Tool Partition Wizard.
    Some how the file system on the USB had gone from FAT32 to NTFS after moving the restore files over.
    I converted it back to FAT32 using Mini Tool and then it worked just fine !!

      My System SpecsSystem Spec

  2. #52


    Hi all, i have had the same issue you have been having getting the Surface 3 to USB boot. I have finally solved it.

    First I was starting with a fresh system that we are getting ready for our users. We put a custom windows 8 image on them using MDT.

    I first had to boot up the surface with the stock image and run Windows update to install a firmware patch from 5/19/15.

    Then when i rebooted i was able to enter the bios by holding the Volume Up button.
    There are now some other options avail in the bios that were not there before, mainly the boot options were changed.
    I selected usb->ssd and saved.
    The system rebooted from the USB stick in the side of the surface (finally!)

    I have test so far with a boot drive i made with rufus (the instructions are in this thread somewhere), mainly if was formatted with fat32 and not NTFS, and no MBR record.

    Hope this helps some of you.
      My System SpecsSystem Spec

  3. #53

    Posts : 1
    Mac OS X

    I've successfully reset my Surface 3 back from Windows 10 to 8.1 using the recovery USB I made before install 10.
    At the beginning, I met the same problem that seems not able to boot from USB. However, it DID boot from USB, just the UI looks the SAME as Windows 10. The target system to reset was only Windows 10 for me, but it is FAKE. It restore 8.1 image from USB with this option, just as How to Reload Windows 8.1 on Your Surface Pro Tablet said "You’ll want to select the one that you want to wipe… even if it says Windows 10 or something else. It doesn’t matter, because it’ll reload from the USB drive you created.".
      My System SpecsSystem Spec

  4. #54

    In my case the problem was having disabled “Boot from side USB” in UEFI advanced security settings. After enabling this my SP3 boots fine from USB.
      My System SpecsSystem Spec

  5. #55

    Posts : 1
    windows10, 8.1, 7, xp, RemixOS, OSX

    Booting Surface 3 from USB (might work for Pro)

    Ok to boot from USB on a Surface 3 you need to switch your surface on holding down volume up button. When in EFI bios, disable secure boot. Save and restart. Once win10/8 has loaded up sign in and open up start>settings>update&security>recovery>advancedrecovery(restart now) Select boot from USB when it restarts. Important last note, write down your bitlocker code before starting either of the above, as you will need to enter this code the first time you boot windows after turning off secure boot. Enjoy
      My System SpecsSystem Spec

  6. #56

    Posts : 1
    Windows 10

    Quote Originally Posted by buda56 View Post
    See this post, I have tried this and successfully booted to the USB setup using Rufus, FAT32, and GPT partitioning, not MBR.

    I want to emphasize this post, and add a little. My Surface 3 was not bootable. It had the Tech Preview on it, and was reporting a blue screen error on reboot. Since I could not boot into Windows, none of the suggestions on this thread that were related to taking actions within Windows were useful.

    The most important point is that the Windows 7 USB/DVD Download tool will not work. It formats the USB drive as NTFS. Here are the steps I had to take:

    • Create the bootable USB drive using Rufus rather than the USB/DVD Download tool.
    • Hard shut down the Surface by holding down the power button for about 15 seconds.
    • Press the power button and volume DOWN button simultaneously, and then release them after the Surface logo appeared.

    At that point I finally booted from the USB stick and was able to delete my primary partition, recreate it, and install Windows 10 from scratch.

    Obviously this will completely wipe out your existing Windows installation. If you need to try to recover your existing files or Windows installation, don't do this.
    Last edited by xiard; 22 Sep 2016 at 09:51. Reason: Clarifying that Windows will be erased
      My System SpecsSystem Spec

Page 6 of 6 FirstFirst ... 456
Surface Pro 3 will not boot from USB
Related Threads
Hi, I used Acronis to delete all partitions on my Surface Pro. So there is no recovery, C drive, nothing at all. Just a blank SSD drive without any partitions. Now the Surface Pro refuses to boot to any of my USB sticks so I can clean install an OS like I wanted to do. I've verified both of...
Hello, I recently picked up a new 64GB MS Surface Pro 2 tablet for work, but I've run into a problem with it... I need to install some special hardware drivers for some of the devices I need to use the Surface for at work, but these drivers are for Windows Vista/7, not for Windows 8 so I...
How to Boot from a USB Drive on Surface This tutorial will show you how to boot from a USB drive on Surface RT, Surface 2, Surface Pro, Surface Pro 2, and Surface Pro 3. This is a per usage option that will not configure Windows or Surface to always boot from the USB drive. You will need...
Hi there. Great news for those wanting to run other OS'es on the new Surface 3 Pro - or simply access the firmware. This also means that when you disable protected boot you can also install Linux or other OS'es on the...
Hi all, I really need some help, I bought a surface pro from a friend yesterday, it had been turned on before I got it so I thought I would reset to factory settings, all was fine until the reset was around 90%, then a box appeared saying "the computer has restarted unexpectedly or encountered...
Surface Pro will not boot in Drivers & Hardware
Hello, I'm having a issue which is complicated and would really appreciate some help. I have a Surface Pro which hard froze during a windows update and now will not boot at all. It just sits at the 'Surface' logo when you turn it on with the loading circles. I didn't have a USB recovery...
OK. I have searched for "boot to desktop" and I got nothing good. I am setting up a Surface as an interface for a medical device. Our program runs as a Startup program, and this seems to work- except that it's running on the Desktop while the user stares at the Start screen Is there...
Eight Forums Android App Eight Forums IOS App Follow us on Facebook