1. Jim Rice's Avatar
    I had to reset my Surface Pro 2, so I downloaded and successfully installed the Restore image from the MS website. However, it turned out to be Win 8.1, and since my Surface came with Win 8.0, my product key (that I got out of UEFI) will not work. I don't want to purchase a Win 8.1 key.

    Does anyone have a download location for the Win 8.0 EN-US recovery file?

    03-10-2015 03:56 PM
  2. jhoff80's Avatar
    For one, the Pro 2 didn't ever come with Windows 8.0. Secondly, the same keys should work for both. You also shouldn't have to actually manually input it. The OS is supposed to automatically activate with the internal key, so I'm not sure what is going on with your device.
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    03-10-2015 07:04 PM
  3. dirtyvu's Avatar
    An 8.0 key only applies to 8.0. You can upgrade to 8.1 for free from 8.0 but if you have an 8.0 key you must start at 8.0 and then upgrade. I went through that pain. The original Surface Pro came with 8.0 Pro. The Surface Pro 2 shipped with 8.1 Pro.
    03-10-2015 08:01 PM
  4. PiggyMiddle's Avatar
    Jim, you are playing in a dangerous area.
    We need to understand more. When you went to the msoft download site, did it ask for the serial number? If so, then it would have sent you the appropriate file 8.0 or 8.1 for your device.
    How do you know the current keys are no good? Have you checked the "System" page for "Activation?"

    Now the risky bit, but ALL YOUR RISK OK?
    PC Settings
    Update and Recovery
    Restart Now

    Going from memory now, look for "Change BIOS settings" or "Change UEFI settings"
    Do that and it will boot into the UEFI BOS.

    There are two options mentioning the Keys. One I think is "Restore keys" do that, reboot and then check the System page for Activation.

    Personally I would use the msoft Media Installation Tool and skip the old set-up. You will save a LOT of disk space.
    03-19-2015 02:24 PM

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