Surface Pro Clean 8.1 Install

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  1. opti390

    opti390 MDL Novice

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    Has anyone here done a clean install of Windows 8.1 on their Surface Pro?

    I've got my Windows 8.1 image, and I've got the newest Surface Pro driver pack from MS, but before I start I'm wondering if this goes as smooth as a computer would. I assume Surface Pro driver pack has every driver I should need to get back up and running, but I guess I can't be sure.

    Is there any way to include all these drivers in the original Windows 8.1 image like slip-streaming a service pack used to be? I found one tutorial but the process seems to have changed since mid-2003 when it was posted. Anyone know of any recent step-by-step tutorials out there? I find it surprising more people haven't tried this. I've already backed up my recovery partition. Am I wasting my time with a clean install? Thanks.
     
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    opti390 MDL Novice

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    Since I am installing Windows 8.1 Pro (I have a Surface Pro) this all still applies correct? I was looking foward to watching that video on page 3 but it was taken down. I'm tech inclined, but I'm not on the level of the majority of this forum.
     
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    chuckles MDL Junior Member

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    I have a windows surface pro and did a clean install of windows 8.1 with no difficulty.

    I used a usb drive and only had to disable safeboot to start from it. Did a format, including restore partition and all went smooth. The majority of drivers were in the iso and the rest I got from windows update. Be sure to copy your Windows key before installation.
     
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    WPNettwerk MDL Novice

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    What you mean including all drivers in Windows 8.1 installation? You dont need. New drivers what ever comes via Windows Update. I did clean install of Windows 8.1 on my surface and no problems.