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Breathing Life into Surface Pro 1


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#1
I got a Surface Pro 1 (1514) for a good price, the unit is almost pristine (almost)
I am having 2 different issues that I might get some answers to (I am not familiar with the Surface Line at all)

Battery;
sometimes it shows not detected, I do all the common fixes online..
it will then show 100% not charging, or just not charging, etc.. bottom line is "it's not charging"
Are these units prone to battery issues? will replacing battery resolve issue (best guess)

Upgrading from 8.0 to 8.1
I can't get this top upgrade, it keeps coming back with an update device drivers issue.
However, I also read if the battery is not at least 40% charged it won't upgrade.
Is that true? because I have done all the updates but yet it still won't go through.

One last thing I was also told that to upgrade I must have pretty much a pristine machine (no other software installed other than windows 8.0)
Is that true

OMG we noobs
thnx
 

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#2
I was also told that to upgrade I must have pretty much a pristine machine (no other software installed other than windows 8.0)
Is that true
I can't imagine this being true. But this is one thing that you need to be aware of: If you have installed anything in Windows (that is, you do not have a "pristine" machine), and you do a clean-install upgrade to a newer version of Windows, whatever you installed previously will be overwritten - in other words, you will end up once again with a "pristine" install of Windows.
 

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    Linux Mint 18.2 xfce 64-bit (VMWare host) / Windows 8.1 Pro 32-bit (VMWare guest)
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    Dell
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    Haswell
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    4 GB
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    Acer 23"
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    Two hard drives, 1TB each: One for Linux, one for my data.
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#3
Well I have already re-installed like 5 times, and it wouldn't upgrade. I thought I would keep it as a window 8 machine but one app I use is no longer supported on 8.

Does anyone have an answer on the battery question? I think that is the real culprit. Battery detection problems were notorious on the earlier Surface machines


[Updatted]

I actually got it up and running
 

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System One

  • OS
    windows 7 & 8