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  1. anon(8195883)'s Avatar

    Last edited by Jon4248; 08-09-2017 at 06:51 PM.
    05-10-2015 08:53 PM
  2. livekyle's Avatar
    Thanks for your effort!
    Could you elaborate on how to do this? I would like to create my own recovery image (I need it in German...) with all updates included so that after resetting the S2 with said image it won't install tons and tons of updates like it usually does...

    05-13-2015 03:01 AM
  3. anon(8195883)'s Avatar
    Your welcome! Adding a language pack directly into the WIM file I made maybe possible, but might push it over the 4GB fat32 limit.
    see here; https://technet.microsoft.com/en-ca/.../hh824893.aspx

    German Language Pack - Windows RT 8.1 update: ~ 227740KB

    Anyways, this is how I make mine. First I started with building an IR5 image, see my guide here;

    Once I have that installed, I go through the OOBE and don't connect to a network with it so it prompts to create a local account, any name but Administrator... it will be deleted later. Once in windows, connect to WiFi and do updates and then restart after complete. Once rebooted check for more updates and install them if more are there, repeat until there are no more updates. Once done, open file manager and browse to c:\windows\system32\sysprep\ and run sysprep.exe. Select 'Enter system audit mode' pull down, and then reboot, do NOT select generalize. Once rebooted, delete the account you created from the control panel, then I run a cleanup in a ADMIN command prompt;

    Dism /Cleanup-Image /Online /StartComponentCleanup /ResetBase

    Once that is done, open sysprep.exe again, and select Enter Out-Of-Box-Experience (OOBE) pull down menu, and this time select generalize, and the SHUTDOWN pull down menu. The system will shutdown in a moment, and will no longer boot as it is now prepared for imaging.

    Boot from your USB (better to have a large one, like 16GB to make sure there is enough room, or use an NTFS formatted USB hard drive) and select troubleshoot, advance, and command prompt. Once at the command prompt, (remove USB, plug in NTFS USB HD if using) then we need to make a Scratch DIR for DISM logs so they are not in the image, C:\Recycler is ignored so we put it there by entering;

    md C:\Recycler\Scratch

    then create the wim by running;

    DISM /Capture-Image /Compress:max /ImageFile:"D:\install-UPDATED.wim" /CaptureDir:C: /Name:"Windows RT 8.1 Updated" /ScratchDir:C:\Recycler\Scratch

    FYI, you can change the /imagefile & /name to whatever you'd like, just leave the quotes & .wim ext.

    lots more info here;

    Hope this helps, have fun!
    Last edited by Jon4248; 08-25-2015 at 07:33 PM.
    05-13-2015 08:38 PM
  4. livekyle's Avatar
    Thanks for your long answer!
    I might look into this but it seems to be too time-consuming for my taste...thanks again though : )
    05-14-2015 03:10 AM
  5. anon(8195883)'s Avatar
    lol, yeah it does take a bit of time. That's why I posted my final image
    05-14-2015 04:35 AM
  6. anon(8195883)'s Avatar
    Updated image to July 3rd 2015. This time I used the official recovery image from https://forums.windowscentral.com/e?...token=OafT0I4_ as base and I used a highly compressed recovery install.esd to fit all the updates in under 4GB. Enjoy!
    Last edited by Jon4248; 07-05-2015 at 08:28 AM.
    07-04-2015 11:16 AM
  7. sutt359's Avatar
    Is there a way to install the UK language pack? When installing it comes up with US English.

    Thanks and keep up the good work. :)
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    07-06-2015 05:58 AM
  8. anon(8195883)'s Avatar
    I'm sure its possible to add it in..but it maybe easier to add/change the language after installing, see here;
    Using multiple languages - Microsoft Windows Help
    07-06-2015 03:17 PM
  9. sutt359's Avatar
    Cheers Jon

    Question does your image overwrite the backup image partition on the surface drive?

    Cheers again
    07-08-2015 10:50 AM
  10. anon(8195883)'s Avatar
    Yes, it does if you select recreate partitions during the reset.
    07-11-2015 02:27 PM
  11. farhandxb's Avatar
    Ho John,

    Thanks for your great contributions. I am stuck. I extracted and copied this latest image (July 3) to a USB drive. Then I booted on my surface 2 using recovery -> advanced startup and chose USB. (earlier I had tried volume down and power button). Both methods dont work - i.e. i dont boot into the usb.

    What am I doing wrong?

    Thanks in advance.


    07-13-2015 09:30 AM
  12. anon(8195883)'s Avatar
    Hello farhandxb,
    Make sure your USB stick is formatted FAT32. Also, make sure you are extracting/copying the files to the root of the USB drive, not in a folder. You need to boot using the volume down method, it should work. Perhaps try a different USB stick if still having problems.
    Good luck, I hope it works for you.
    07-14-2015 05:07 AM
  13. farhandxb's Avatar
    Thanks Jon,

    I got the first two right. I guess I have to try another USB stick. The volume down boot up doesnt seem to work on my surface 2. SO I had to use the Recovery method.

    EDIT: I am using an 8GB USB stick. Do I need to change any files in the root? Everything is extracted 'as is' from the zip to the root.

    Hopefully this should resolve it.

    Thanks again for everything.


    Last edited by farhandxb; 07-14-2015 at 05:18 AM. Reason: EDIT
    07-14-2015 05:14 AM
  14. farhandxb's Avatar
    Thanks, the new USB worked! Now I have a scary blue screen after the reset with a request to clear the TPM???!!! Yaaargh!!!
    07-14-2015 06:41 AM
  15. farhandxb's Avatar
    ok, cleared the TPM and everything working fine after using the new USB ! Thanks
    07-14-2015 06:51 AM
  16. anon(8195883)'s Avatar
    You're welcome. Enjoy!
    Last edited by Jon4248; 07-18-2015 at 10:14 AM.
    07-16-2015 05:32 AM
  17. helpincanada's Avatar
    I tried downloading this recovery but after I download it then what do I have to do with it?
    07-31-2015 09:22 PM
  18. anon(8195883)'s Avatar
    I tried downloading this recovery but after I download it then what do I have to do with it?
    Hello fellow Canadian You can reset your Surface 2, see here; Refresh or reset Microsoft Surface RT or Surface 2 | Surface factory settings
    08-02-2015 09:02 AM
  19. anon(8195883)'s Avatar
    Added "Update 3"
    09-15-2015 07:06 PM
  20. farhandxb's Avatar
    Thanks Jon. Unfortunately, my Surface 2 touch is not working at all. I am not sure if its related to the first update because it was working fine for a while. I have tried resetting and refreshing the device and used the update for recovery. Nothing works. Its probably a hardware issue. Unless its not? anyone else have this problem?
    09-16-2015 01:28 AM
  21. anon(8195883)'s Avatar
    Yeah, it must be hardware. It's very odd issue indeed. I would try and drain the battery and let it sit for a week, trying to power it on randomly to ensure its completely drained, then after a week of no power, charge it up full, then power on. I've read that has helped some people.
    09-16-2015 05:41 AM
  22. farhandxb's Avatar
    i'll try that. thanks!
    09-16-2015 06:29 AM
  23. anon(8195883)'s Avatar
    Updated to today. Enjoy!
    12-18-2015 06:51 PM
  24. Michael C7's Avatar
    What if I don't want any updates, just the original Surface 2 RTM image?
    04-09-2016 09:48 PM
  25. andosurface's Avatar

    it seems that the above DL link doesn't work. Is this correct or my experience only? Would you know where to get kind of fresh recovery image for Surface 2 ready to be used?

    06-17-2016 05:50 PM
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