Boot Microsoft Surface Laptop From USB

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This post was originally published on October 10, 2017
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Boot Microsoft Surface Laptop From USBBoot Microsoft Surface Laptop From USB

The Microsoft Surface Laptop has a built in keyboard, but still follows the same process as Surface Pro units to boot from USB devices.

The hotkeys <POWER> and <VOL DOWN> will provide a one-time boot to USB.

Some things to keep in mind, specifically with the Surface Laptop:

  • Make sure the ‘Fn’ (function key) light is NOT  lit – you are looking for <VOL DOWN>, not <F5>.  When the ‘Fn’ key is illuminated, you will are using the Fx keys.
  • This process works from a completely powered down Surface Laptop – not from a unit that is sleeping.
    • To be sure it’s off : shutdown the operating system or hold the <POWER> key for at least 5 seconds to force a hard shut off.
  • The Microsoft logo will appear on the screen and flicker once after about a second, let go of <POWER> at that time but continue to hold <VOL DOWN> until the device is clearly booting from USB.

Boot Microsoft Surface Laptop From USBImage : Surface Laptop Keyboard
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  • Having trouble?  Try following these steps:
    • Make sure your USB drive is bootable and working.  Recreate boot USB drive if possible.
    • Eliminate any hubs, additional accessories, etc. for troubleshooting.
    • Try a different USB drive if problems persist  (We’ve had the best luck with drives up to 16gb that are USB 3.0 compliant).


Note: The above process has been successfully tested hundreds of times imaging units from Microsoft SCCM 2016 using USB bootable media thumbdrives.

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Tags: #techsupport #surfacelaptop #microsoft #sccm

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