Clean install of Windows 10 on Surface 3

I did a clean reinstall of Windows 10 on my Surface 3 (non-Pro).

  1. Grab a 64-bit version of Windows 10 ISO. 32-bit media will not work, even if your device has <= 4GB of RAM.
  2. Install Rufus and use it to make a bootable USB key. Use an UEFI format.
  3. Shut down the Surface.
  4. Press and hold the volume-up button.
  5. With the volume-up button held down, press the Power button until you see the Surface logo.
  6. Configure Alternate System Boot Order, and select Network > USB > SSD.
  7. Attach the USB key.
  8. Exit Setup, and Save the configuration.
  9. Press and old the volume-down button.
  10. While holding volume-down, press the power button.
  11. The device will boot off the USB key.
  12. While the install is proceeding, download the Surface 3 (Wi-Fi only) drivers.
  13. After install, shut down the Surface and revert the System Boot Order change above.

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