Booting from a USB Flash Drive in Microsoft Surface

Recently, I provided the instructions on how to copy the backup partition in a Microsoft Surface on to a USB flash drive. Obviously, it’s also worth knowing how to use the backup if you do wipe the recovery partition from your tablet – so here’s how:

  1. Power off the Surface,
  2. Plug in the USB flash drive,
  3. While holding down the volume down button push down the power button briefly and then release it,
  4. After about a minute the Surface should boot from the USB flash drive (depending upon its speed).

From there, just follow the setup wizard to recover your Surface 🙂

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