Set up your Surface

Applies to: Windows 10Windows 8.1

Ready to get started with your new Surface? Grab it and let’s go!

Set up your Surface

  1. If you have a Surface Typing Cover, attach it to your Surface by clicking it into place.

Connect Surface to a Cover

  1. If you have a Surface Book, make sure the Clipboard is attached securely to the keyboard.

Attach the clipboard to the base on Surface Book
Step 2:If you have a Surface Pro model or Surface 3, flip out the kickstand on the back of your Surface.Step 3:Plug the power cord into an electrical outlet or power strip. Step 4:Connect the power connector to the charging port on your Surface.

  • On Surface Pro models, the power connector clicks into place (either direction works).

    Power connector on Surface Pro and Surface Pro 2


    Power connector on Surface Pro 3 and Pomegranate

  • On Surface Book, click the power connector into place on the side of the keyboard.

    Power connector on Surface Book


  • On Surface 3, plug the Micro USB connector into the Micro USB charging port with the power cord extending downward and the light on the power connector facing toward you. Plug the full-size USB connector into the power supply.

    Power connector on Surface 3
Step 5:Press and release the power button on your Surface.
Your Surface turns on and Windows setup begins.

Set up Windows

Windows setup runs the first time you turn on your Surface. Here’s what you need to do next:

Choose a language, color, and name for your Surface

Choose a language, color, and name for your Surface. You can change these things later if you want. You'll also need to accept the license terms to continue.

Pair your Surface Pen

    Surface Pro 3, Surface Pro 4, and Surface Book: Windows will prompt you during setup to pair your Bluetooth®-enabled Surface Pen with your Surface.
  1. On the pen, press and hold the top button until the light in the middle of the pen clip starts to flash.
  2. When pairing is successful, you’ll see Your device is connected on the screen.

Surface 3: Windows won’t prompt you to pair your Surface Pen with your Surface 3 during Windows setup. Instead, you’ll need to pair it manually after setup. For how-to info, see Using Surface Pen.

Connect to a wireless network

  1. On the pen, press and hold the top button until the light on the pen starts to flash.
  2. If prompted, enter your wireless network password and select Connect. If you don’t know your password, see How to find your wireless network password.

Choose your default settings

On the Settings screen, select Use express settings to use the default settings or select Customize to choose your settings. You can always change these settings later.

Create an account on your Surface and sign in

For the best cloud-connected experience, we recommend using a Microsoft account—an email address and password. When you use your Microsoft account to sign in to your Surface, you'll get free online storage, mobile entertainment, tons of apps in the Windows Store, online password reset, and more.

Not sure if you have a Microsoft account? A Microsoft account is the email address and password that you use to sign in to Microsoft services like Outlook.com, OneDrive, and Xbox. If you've ever used these services, you already have a Microsoft account.

Got all that? Now, let’s create an account on your Surface and sign in.

If you already have a Microsoft account

Great! Follow these steps:

  1. Enter the email address for your Microsoft account and select Next.
  2. Enter the password for your Microsoft account, select Next, and follow the on-screen instructions to add or change your security info.

If you don’t have a Microsoft account

No problem. Setup can create a Microsoft account for you using an existing email address, or you can create a new Outlook.com email address.

To use an existing email address to create a Microsoft account:

  1. Enter your favorite email address and select Next.
  2. Enter a new password for your Microsoft account, select Next, and follow the on-screen instructions to add or change your security info.

To create a Microsoft account using a new Outlook.com email address:

  1. Select Sign up for a new email address at the bottom of the Sign in to your PC screen.
  2. Enter an email address, enter the info needed to create your Microsoft account, and select Next.
  3. Add security verification info and select Next.
    It will take a moment for your Surface to set up. When setup completes, Windows goes to the Start menu.

Windows Hello

If you have a Surface Pro 4 or Surface Book, you can set up Windows Hello, a more personal way to sign in to your Surface with just a look or a touch. For more info, see Windows Hello.

Apply settings from another PC

If you already have a PC or Surface with Windows 10, Windows 8.1, or Windows RT 8.1, you can apply the settings you use on it to your new Surface by signing in using the same Microsoft account. See Sign in with a Microsoft account for more info.

Surface app

Once you’re set up, check out the free Surface app to get quick access to Surface help and how-to topics, find helpful customization options, and more. Use the app to give us feedback so we can keep making Surface better.

The Surface app is pre-installed on Surface 3. For Surface Pro models, go to Windows Store, enter surface in the search box, and in the search results, select Surface.

For more info, see Install and use the Surface app.

You're all done! Ready to explore?

See one of these pages to learn more about what you can do with your Surface.