Surface 3 with Windows 8.1 Enterprise?

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  1. Ringo

    Ringo New Member

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    I want to test and have been trying to upgrade my Surface 3 to Windows 8.1 Enterprise x64 (trial version) using the instructions here:

    http://www.google.com/url?sa=t&rct=...9FVLSi1HWh9wysoEnQjS5nw&bvm=bv.96952980,d.cWw

    Problem is, whenever I try to boot to the USB key I created, it doesn't kick off the install, but rather skips the USB key, and then boots to the existing installation on the Surface Hard Drive. I tried editing the Boot settings, Advance Recovery boot, etc etc with no success...

    Has anyone tried this and got it to work?
     
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    jnjroach Administrator Staff Member

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    Is the drive formatted FAT32? As that is the only type that is bootable with UEFI....
     
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    Hey...that worked!!! Don't know how I missed that previously after creating USB install drives a gazillion times, but its working now.

    When I boot to USB on the Surface, I have to swap back and forth with a USB Mouse and the USB Install Drive as my Surface 2 Type Keyboard does not work. Not a problem, except when I get to the "Where do you want to install Windows" screen and on the bottom, it reads "Windows can't be installed on this device" with error code "0x80300001". I googled this, found DiskPart, Clean, Convert GPT instructions which I was able to do successfully with a USB keyboard. But still, when I go through the install screens (swapping USB mouse with USB Install Key), I still get "Windows can't be installed on this device" with error code "0x80300001".

    Is there another way to get around this? Many Many Thanks!
     
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    Did you try using a small USB hub?
     
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    Hi,

    Thanks all for your input...and yes, I did try an Anker USB hub with no success in getting both the Keyboard/Mouse and USB Key to work. The Keyboard/mouse worked...but not the USB Key when connected to the USB 3.0 Anker hub.

    Thanks for the link...I will definitely review and give it a go.

    Just one thing I noticed...is that when I kick off the USB key install and eventually go to Diskpart and do a List Disk command...it reports the Surface Hard Drive as Disk 1 (with no other Drives listed). Shouldn't it be Disk 0...and could that be the issue of why it wont install? Just throwing it out there as possibility. Thanks.
     
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    You shouldn't need to use diskpart....what happens if you do a normal install just via the wizard?
     

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