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How to Boot Microsoft Surface Pro from USB Flash Drive

July 17th, 2013 by Admin

Occasionally, if you’re troubleshooting your Surface Pro tablet or resetting forgotten Windows 8 password, you’ll have to boot it from a USB flash drive. Here’s how you can boot your Microsoft Surface Pro tablet from a USB flash drive.

How to Boot Microsoft Surface Pro from USB Flash Drive?

  1. Shut down your Microsoft Surface Pro tablet.
  2. Plug in your USB flash drive.
  3. Press and hold the Volume down key on the left side of the Surface Pro and press the Power button once.
  4. If you do the combination correctly, the system will attempt to boot from the operating system which is installed on your USB flash drive.

Please note that Microsoft Surface Pro tablet runs with only UEFI native mode. It doesn’t support Legacy BIOS mode. So you can only install a 64-bit UEFI capable operating system on your USB flash drive. Additionally, UEFI can’t recognize NTFS device and you need to format your USB flash drive as FAT32, along with a GPT (GUID Partition Table) partition scheme instead of MBR partition scheme. You can make such a boot USB drive using ISO2Disc.

How to Remove Microsoft Surface Pro Password with A Bootable USB Drive

June 28th, 2013 by Admin

Forgot your password for signing in to Windows 8 on your Microsoft Surface tablet? There are lots of Windows password recovery bootdisks which could be used to reset Windows 8 password, but they would be unable to boot up your Surface Pro. That is because Microsoft Surface Pro only supports UEFI native boot. Luckily, PCUnlocker can create a 64-bit UEFI capable USB drive which can be used to remove your lost Microsoft Surface Pro password easily! It works even if you’ve turned on the UEFI Secure Boot option.

How to Remove Microsoft Surface Pro Password with A Bootable USB Drive?

First you need to make a UEFI bootable USB drive. Download the zipped ISO image of PCUnlocker Enterprise on an alternate PC you have access to. Unzipping the download file and you’ll find a bootable ISO image file: pcunlocker.iso, which needs to be burned on a CD or USB drive. Obviously, USB drive is better choice for Microsoft Surface Pro.

Download and install ISO2Disc on your computer, and then start ISO2Disc program. Click on Browse button to select the ISO image file of PCUnlocker, then choose your USB drive and select GPT from the partition style drop-down box. Click on Burn. The program will format your USB drive with a GPT partition table and copy the contents of the ISO image to the partition.

After creating a bootable USB drive, you can use it to boot up your Microsoft Surface Pro tablet. No need to disable the Secure Boot option. Just hold down the volume-down (-) button as you press the Power button. Once you see the Surface logo, release volume button and now it will boot from your USB drive.

The computer will load the 64-bit UEFI capable operating system inside the USB drive. After a while, you’ll see the PCUnlocker program open up, which shows you a list of user accounts existing on your Microsoft Surface Pro.

Select a user account and then click on Reset Password button. It will remove/reset your lost Windows password and also unlock/enable your user account in no time. Unplug the USB drive and restart the Surface Pro, you can then log back into Windows without a password!


So this is how can you remove Microsoft Surface Pro password with a bootable USB drive. Quickly unlock your Microsoft Surface Pro tablet when you lost or forgot your Windows password. No need to reset or restore your Surface Pro back into factory settings, especially when there are important data or files left in your tablet.