1. twgolf78's Avatar
    I purchased a new Surface Book last night (amazing machine !!)

    I am super OCD so I would like to do a fresh install. How Do I keep the Windows 10 pro activation key?

    I don't want to go through windows settings, I would like to boot from a USB and start fresh formatting the drive.

    Can somebody help me?
    Do I need surface specific drivers (For pen, base attachment, ....)

    I have a copy of Windows 10 Home that I purchased on USB but I would like to use the Pro that came with system.

    Thanks!!
    12-30-2016 10:18 AM
  2. peter leung 10586's Avatar
    I purchased a new Surface Book last night (amazing machine !!)

    I am super OCD so I would like to do a fresh install. How Do I keep the Windows 10 pro activation key?

    I don't want to go through windows settings, I would like to boot from a USB and start fresh formatting the drive.

    Can somebody help me?
    Do I need surface specific drivers (For pen, base attachment, ....)

    I have a copy of Windows 10 Home that I purchased on USB but I would like to use the Pro that came with system.

    Thanks!!
    yes you can do this with ease. firstly go to ms official page and download the win 10 pro iso. then*make a bootable usb from that iso.*go to advanced bootup page and run the "clean" command in "diskpart" so as to erase everything.*freshly install windows by the usb you just created. connect to wifi and let the system do the rest. no need to*worry about the license and drivers. the system will automatically make the way.
    aximtreo likes this.
    01-04-2017 01:30 PM
  3. crazycanucks1977's Avatar
    I just did this. Windows will download and install all teh drivers its needs. Pretty painless. It took more time to actually download and create the stick
    aximtreo likes this.
    01-08-2017 03:53 AM
  4. aximtreo's Avatar
    Great feedback. I did not know that doing it this way would keep your license in tact.
    01-08-2017 10:22 AM
  5. peter leung 10586's Avatar
    Great feedback. I did not know that doing it this way would keep your license in tact.
    try*it out. it is safe. the license is stored in the hardware (bios/uefi?). you don't need to enter the product key even if you erase everything and perform a clean install using an ISO downloaded from Microsoft.
    aximtreo likes this.
    01-17-2017 10:50 AM
  6. peter leung 10586's Avatar
    for your reference if you like installing preview versions, go here:

    https://forums.windowscentral.com/e?...token=CpLmJSya
    01-17-2017 10:53 AM

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