Boot Surface from a USB device

Applies to: Surface Devices

Starting your Surface from a USB drive can be useful if you want to change firmware settings or Windows startup settings.

Booting from a USB device doesn’t refresh or reset your Surface. Instead, it lets you start your Surface using Windows or another operating system that’s on your USB device.

For info about recommended recovery methods, see Restore or reset Surface.

Follow the steps in the Configure your Surface to start from a USB device section if you want your Surface to always start from a USB device. Otherwise, follow the steps in the Start Surface from a USB drive section.