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I have installed WinPE from the adk onto a usb drive as my surface has Surface Pro 2 seems to have failed.

 

When it is turned on it seemingly goes to a "bios" screen which has very little options and does not run windows 8.1. I assume either the ssd has failed or has been disconnected but i want to try and access any data before sending it in for "repairs". so WinPE is on teh usb but it seems to ignore it and go staright to the bios screen with no option to boot form usb. it isn't the usb as it correctly works on my other machine. 

 

What can I do?




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... it isn't the usb as it correctly works on my other machine. 

Probably it is the USB :w00t: :ph34r:

The Surface is AFAIK/AFAICR UEFI, is the PE on USB prepared for and tested on a UEFI machine?

 

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The Surface is AFAIK/AFAICR UEFI, is the PE on USB prepared for and tested on a UEFI machine?

 

I haven't used WinPE before and i'm not that techincal I just heard it coudl help view the drive. I knowwhen i boot my main computer i can either boot uefi usb or jus tteh usb but only the usb section boots WinPE so that means it cant do it?. I just followed the guide on the microsoft website to put WinPE on a usb.

 

 

what do I have to do to make it UEFI?



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Well,  :) there are hundred of thousands of pages on the MS website, and possibly tens related to or containing guides to build a WinPE form any among Windows Vista, 7 or 8/8.1, if you followed one for making a BIOS bootable WinPE, what you have in your hands may be a BIOS bootable USB stick, which won't normally boot from UEFI.

 

UEFI (stupidly) needs a FAT (FAT12, FAT16 or FAT32) partition/volume and needs it's own EFI bootloader.

 

You may have followed "latest" instructions (related to Windows 8/8.1) and in this case you should have created a USB stick with a single FAT32 partition that should be bootable on BOTH BIOS and UEFI:

https://technet.micr...y/hh825109.aspx

 

BUT you may need to access the UEFI controls on the Surface and select the .EFI file manually and/or change a few settings, like disabling TPM and secure boot, see:

http://www.microsoft...e-the-bios-uefi

you can also use this as a reference:

https://winfe.files....uefi-winfe1.pdf

which is appropriate, since most probably what you really want to try doing is to use the WinPE (or WinFE) to make an image of the internal disk (if your Surface has a single USB port you will need a powered USB hub, besides a suitable USB hard disk).

 

This is going to be a bit "technical" though.

 

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Ok, it turned out to be i tried running the 32 bit version (x86) amd64 fixed it. Thanks heaps! 

 

I ran diskpart and it could only also find the usb so... yeah, crossing fingers to see if Microsoft can get my data (will get my data......)






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