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Do I get Windows 8.1 Installation Media When I Buy a Windows Surface 2 Pro machine? RRS feed

  • Pergunta

  • I need to be able to do a clean install of Windows 8.1 Pro on a Windows Surface 2 Pro.

    I cannot find a description of what comes in the box with a Windows 8.1 Surface 2 Pro machine.  Does it come with installation media and if so can I create a bootable USB stick that can be used to do a clean install of Windows 8.1 Pro?  If it doesn't come with installation media can I download an ISO image once I have the machine and create a bootable USB stick with the installation data on it?


    http://www.saberman.com

    sábado, 19 de outubro de 2013 07:02

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  • YOU DON'T GET A CLEAN WINDOWS 8(.1) DVD WHEN YOU BUY SURFACE! IT INCLUDES A RECOVERY IMAGE LIKE 99% OF THE OEM DEVICES.


    Now I no longer reply to you.


    "A programmer is just a tool which converts caffeine into code"


    domingo, 20 de outubro de 2013 07:05
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  • no, the Pro 2 will not have a DVD. Buy the MC key and add it with "Add new Features to Windows"

    Did you read my post.  After paying $2,000.00 for the size Microsoft Surface 2 Pro with accessories why would I need to buy any key?  The system comes with Windows 8.1 Pro installed on it.  All I want is a copy of the installation media so I can rebuild the system with a clean install whenever I need to.  The cost of Windows 8.1 Pro is included in the cost of the system.  I am entitled to installation media.  So how do I get it?


    http://www.saberman.com

    sábado, 19 de outubro de 2013 18:44
  • @Moderator

    The post by Ziegler needs to be unmarked as an answer.  It is totally unrelated to my original post.

    When I try to do it I get the spinning icon followed by a popup that says unexprected error.


    http://www.saberman.com

    sábado, 19 de outubro de 2013 18:47
  • Everyone has to pay for the Media Center key, no matter how expensive your Surface is.

    Because of our trolling, you no longer get help.


    You should learn to read.  I never said anything about Media Center.  I don't want Media Center.

    Please read the original post.

    All I wanted to get was a Windows 8.1 Pro installation media that matched the system on a purchased Microsoft Windows Surface 2 Pro.  This is standard practice when purchasing any computer.  The installation media is always available as a no cost option.  Since Microsoft does not make the Windows 8.1 Pro ISO available for downloading by non technet users they need to provide it with the Microsoft Windows Surface 2 Pro machines they are selling.

    You seem to have a fixation about Media Center.  You should see someone about that before assuming that every post you read is about Media Center.


    http://www.saberman.com

    sábado, 19 de outubro de 2013 20:34


  • YOU DON'T GET A CLEAN WINDOWS 8(.1) DVD WHEN YOU BUY SURFACE! IT INCLUDES A RECOVERY IMAGE LIKE 99% OF THE OEM DEVICES.


    Now I no longer reply to you.


    "A programmer is just a tool which converts caffeine into code"


    domingo, 20 de outubro de 2013 07:05
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  • Now I no longer reply to you.

    Thank you. That makes up for the fact that the Microsoft forums do not provide an ignore option that allows one to filter out undesirables.

    http://www.saberman.com

    domingo, 20 de outubro de 2013 07:25
  • @Moderator

    Please unmark as an answer the post by Ziegler.  When I try to do that I get the spinning icon and then a popup saying unexpected error.


    http://www.saberman.com

    domingo, 20 de outubro de 2013 07:48
  • @Moderator

    Please unmark as an answer the post by Ziegler.  When I try to do that I get the spinning icon and then a popup saying unexpected error.


    http://www.saberman.com

    You can buy windows 8.1 here

    http://www.microsoftstore.com/store/msca/en_CA/pdp/ThemeID.27659600/productID.288437600

    The terms for the surface is the OS is used on that machine only. So yes a restore disk tied to the UID is in place for your surface. Your post is falling into a complaining whiner.


    Hope this Helps
    • Sugerido como Resposta colakid domingo, 20 de outubro de 2013 10:17
    • Editado colakid domingo, 20 de outubro de 2013 10:18
    domingo, 20 de outubro de 2013 10:17
  • >The terms for the surface is the OS is used on that machine only.
    I only want to use the OS on that machine.  If I buy a Windows Surface 2 Pro I have the right to have Windows 8.1 installed on the machine.    I simply want to be able to rebuild it from scratch without the recovery partition and without the extra stuff that Microsoft preinstalls.

    I normally rebuild my machines every six months or so to get rid of accumulated junk and to create a clean environment for development and testing. 

    Microsoft's current policy makes absolutely no sense.  The ISO image is all over the internet -- many of them with embedded malware.  It is not like Microsoft doesn't make the ISO image available -- it is available to technet subscribes and anyone that buys it from the Microsoft store.  I am buying it via my Windows Surface 2 Pro purchase and Microsoft should put it in the box or offer it as a download to Windows Surface 2 Pro owners.


    http://www.saberman.com

    domingo, 20 de outubro de 2013 16:47
  • You will be able to Reset Windows 8.1 to factory condition using the Reset procedure of Windows 8.

    http://windows.microsoft.com/en-US/windows-8/restore-refresh-reset-pc

    You can create your own recovery media to a USB flash drive if desired.

    http://winsupersite.com/article/windows8/windows-8-tip-create-recovery-media-144098

    You will not get Recovery Media with your purchase of any Surface device.

    -steve


    ~ Microsoft MVP Windows Live ~ Windows Live OneCare| Live Mesh|MS Security Essentials Forums Moderator ~

    segunda-feira, 21 de outubro de 2013 03:02
  • I don't want to be able to reset it to factory condition.  I want to be able to format the hard drive and do a clean installation with my settings and without the extra junk that is included in "factory condition".


    http://www.saberman.com

    segunda-feira, 21 de outubro de 2013 05:50
  • I don't want to be able to reset it to factory condition.  I want to be able to format the hard drive and do a clean installation with my settings and without the extra junk that is included in "factory condition".


    http://www.saberman.com


    If you don't want the extra junk/bloatware/etc., then just remove those programs. Unfortunately, the days of including an OS install disk with your system are long past. Your best option is what Steven said and make yourself some recovery media. That should accomplish what you wanted when you said you would like the ability to wipe your hard drive and reload from USB.
    segunda-feira, 21 de outubro de 2013 06:21
  • It appears that Microsoft is writing off small businesses and ISVs.  I guess it intends to focus strickly on larger companies that have either volume licenses or technet memberships as either of those can get an ISO and do a from scratch installation.

    So the choice is to either buy the license twice -- once with the machine  and once just to get the ISO -- or to ignore the Surface 2 Pro and Windows 8.1 and look at other machines and operating systems. 


    http://www.saberman.com

    segunda-feira, 21 de outubro de 2013 17:05
  • Hah! I completely empathise with your situation, Saberman (can I call you Sabreman =)

    The responses you received sound like 1950's robot's, except programmed to hurl insults, expect results because 'you don't understand.' rather than provide help to your clearly described issue.

    This is why I only have one windows machine left in my network of 7 devices at home. I came here looking for the 8.1 ISO so I could support the increasingly diminishing number of users who run Windows (due to smarts and tabbies).

    And if what you say is true about MS abandoning SMB etc (as would indicate with the SMB Server doing odd things), then yeah. Might be time to move on mate. There's plenty of pre-built SMB server's (even one called SMB Server) if you're after something tight and reliable for personal/SMB use. and have MS compatibility.

    I feel for your purchase. And it appears the 8.1 ISO's are starting to appear; http://technet.microsoft.com/en-au/evalcenter/hh699156.aspx?ocid=wc-tn-wctc

    I couldn't find anything before this. Maybe the eval would properly activate once you applied and registered your key through the usual means.

    Good luck.

    P.S. do you have all the drivers for the SPro2, then?

    quinta-feira, 24 de outubro de 2013 07:21
  • >I feel for your purchase. And it appears the 8.1 ISO's are starting to appear;
    Yes, but only for large companies -- ones that use the Enterprise version.  As I said, it appears Microsoft is focusing on their large customers at the expense of their small ones.

    I suspect that one of the reasons that Microsoft is only offering the 8.1 upgrade via the Windows Store is to get users to act as testers for the store.  They have forced users to stress test the store and the store has failed the stress test.

    Microsoft is trying to move the PC support model to the phone support model where all updates are done online either through the phone network or via a WiFi connection. 

    >P.S. do you have all the drivers for the SPro2, then?
    My assumption is since the Windows Surface Pro 2 is a Microsoft product all of the drivers would be on the installation media.


    http://www.saberman.com

    quinta-feira, 24 de outubro de 2013 20:40