Supported operating systems for Surface Pro, Surface Pro 2, and Surface Pro 3

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This article contains information about which versions of Windows are supported on the Surface Pro, Surface Pro 2, and Surface Pro 3. The following table shows which 64-bit (x64) versions are supported:

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DeviceWindows 8 Professional x64Windows 8.1 Professional x64Windows 8.1 Professional with UpdateWindows 8 Enterprise x64Windows 8.1 Enterprise x64Windows 8.1 Enterprise X64 with UpdateWindows Embedded 8.1 Industry Enterprise or Pro with Update
Surface ProSupportedSupportedSupportedSupported SupportedSupportedSupported
Surface Pro 2UnsupportedSupportedSupportedUnsupportedSupportedSupportedSupported
Surface Pro 3UnsupportedUnsupportedSupportedUnsupportedUnsupportedSupportedSupported

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32-bit operating system support
Surface Pro devices are optimized for 64-bit versions of the operating system. 32-bit versions of Windows are unsupported on these devices. If a 32-bit operating system is installed, the devices may not boot into Windows correctly. This is true both when you boot from external media such as an attached USB or DVD drive, and when you try to boot to an image that was applied to the local disk.

Support for earlier versions of Windows
Surface Pro devices do not support operating systems earlier than the operating system that is included with the device from Microsoft. Installation of these earlier operating systems is not supported because of device driver support. For example, Surface Pro 2 does not support Windows 8 because the Surface Pro 2 ships with Windows 8.1. Refer to the previously mentioned chart for compatibility.


Article ID: 2858199 - Last Review: September 12, 2014 - Revision: 7.0
Applies to
  • Windows 8.1 Enterprise
  • Windows 8.1 Pro
  • Windows 8 Enterprise
  • Windows 8 Pro
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