Windows 10: Cleanest/Best Way to Upgrade to Windows 10 on a Surface Pro 2/VTN8?

Discus and support Cleanest/Best Way to Upgrade to Windows 10 on a Surface Pro 2/VTN8? in Windows 10 Installation and Upgrade to solve the problem; Would running the upgrade through Windows Update, and then Resetting WITHOUT keeping files be equivalent to a fresh clean install via boot/installation... Discussion in 'Windows 10 Installation and Upgrade' started by FlabberGhast, Nov 11, 2015.

  1. Cleanest/Best Way to Upgrade to Windows 10 on a Surface Pro 2/VTN8?


    Would running the upgrade through Windows Update, and then Resetting WITHOUT keeping files be equivalent to a fresh clean install via boot/installation media?


    Also, does Windows 10 recognize devices? As in, will I still receive firmware updates for the Surface Pro 2 after Windows 10 is installed? Are there concerns regarding drivers?


    TL;DR: What is the CLEANEST way to get Windows 10 on a Surface Pro 2 and VivoTab Note 8?

    Thanks all *Smile...

    :)
     
    FlabberGhast, Nov 11, 2015
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  2. Updating from Windows 8.1 to Windows 10 before or after resetting Surface Pro 2 for another owner/user?

    I want to give my Surface Pro 2 (with Windows 8.1. installed) to another person (my wife), who will need to register an account with Microsoft Live ID and become the user of the Surface Pro 2. I have Microsoft Office 365 for the family, including a license
    for this Surface Pro 2.

    Is "Resetting your Surface" the best way to hand over the Surface Pro2?

    If so, should I update to Windows 10 before or after resetting the Surface 2 Pro?

    Thanks
     
    SergioPagliarini, Nov 11, 2015
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  3. neilpzz Win User
    New HDD

    The best way will be to install Windows 10 as a clean install. It will give the cleanest and most stable OS. You can if you wish install Windows 8 first, to upgrade to Windows 10 you need first to update to Windows 8.1 and then upgrade to Windows 10.

    Still think Windows 10 straight off is the best way to go.
     
    neilpzz, Nov 11, 2015
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  4. spapakons Win User

    Cleanest/Best Way to Upgrade to Windows 10 on a Surface Pro 2/VTN8?

    Do the update and activate so your hardware is registered at Microsoft server. Then you can clean-install the same version (Home or Pro) by skipping key, it will activate automatically. Download any drivers beforehand, since you may not have internet access at first. Since the touchscreen may not work, you may need to use a USB keyboard/mouse until you install all drivers. I don't know if you receive firmware updates through Windows Update. If there is another update utility you should download and install it. If there are no drivers for Windows 10, you can use those for 8 or 7, don't worry.
     
    spapakons, Nov 11, 2015
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  5. Thank you,

    So, I can find an ATK packages for the VivoNote 8: ASUS USA

    But I'm having trouble finding any driver packages for the Surface Pro 2. They all seem to redirect to a page designed for the Surface Pro 3.

    As far as not receiving firmware updates through Windows Update (as Windows 8.1 DOES do on the Surface Pro 2), this is leaving me with a fair bit of unease, as these updates can do some pretty major things with battery life and general functionality.

    Really appreciate the response, though. Thank you *Smile...
     
    FlabberGhast, Nov 11, 2015
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  6. spapakons Win User
    I am not sure, but maybe the drivers for Surface 2 are also compatible with Surface 3. Do a little research and if this is the case, download them. You can also use a utility such as Aida64 to find out exactly all the hardware of your system and then download directly from the device manufacturers (Intel, Realtek etc).
     
    spapakons, Nov 11, 2015
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  7. genet Win User
    -OR-

    If you want to clean install Windows 10.

    Create a bootable Windows 10 November update (build 10586) USB flash drive or DVD. -> Windows 10

    If you have an OEM computer with UEFI firmware (BIOS) embedded Windows 8/8.1 product key, the Windows 10 installer should automatically detect product key from UEFI firmware (BIOS) and you will be taken straight to the License Agreement screen. When installation is finished, Windows 10 will be activated automatically, if your internet connection is up and running.

    But if you are being prompted for a product key, it means that you have the wrong installation media and that's when the Windows 10 installer can't detect Windows 8/8.1 product key from UEFI firmware (BIOS). Note: Do not select the "I don't have a product key" option, because activation is not successful. You need to download the correct version of Windows 10.
     
    genet, Apr 4, 2018
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