Posted by: kurtsh | February 21, 2013

INFO: Reimaging or Reinstalling Surface Pro with Windows 8 Enterprise (or a Custom Image) [UPDATED 5/1/13]

UPDATE 5/1/13:
We just released the Surface Pro Driver Pack for Windows 8, an important component to successfully creating custom installations of Windows 8 for Surface Pro.  Take a look at this post for more information.

UPDATE 4/24/13:
Well… if you’re reading this, it means you’re payin’ attention.  I’m going to have good news to post here soon, so stay tuned.  🙂

UPDATE 2/28/13:
I originally wrote a post here that essentially explained how to install “Windows 8 Enterprise” on a Surface Pro device, since Surface Pro comes natively installed with “Windows 8 Professional” & most Enterprise customers deploy the Enterprise edition of our client operating systems.

I’ve since been told that there many issues that can result from the process I originally documented.

Here are a few examples:

  • Touch cover audible “clicks” will not work.
  • SDXC cards will not perform as expected.
  • Using the SDXC card slot can prevent the unit from going to sleep or dramatically reduce battery performance.
  • The display may have features that fail because while the stock driver will work, the one that ships with Surface Pro is a custom Intel display driver.

Consequently, I’m working with the Surface product team on presenting both a complete set of drivers and installation instructions that I’ll be able to publish here at a future date.

I apologize for the inconvenience to readers of this blog.




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