Surface pro 4 – clean install?

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I have used a Surface Pro 4 for the last four years now. Given the amount of software installs / uninstalls over the years I’m wondering:

– is a clean install or refresh of windows possible?

– is it prudent to do so? Does anyone have experience with this?

Comments (6)

6 responses to “Surface pro 4 – clean install?”

  1. rob_segal

    Yes, it's possible. The reset option in Windows Settings - Recovery can do it. Can also install a fresh copy by using Microsoft's Windows Installation Media Creation tool to create a bootable USB drive and you can delete and recreate the partition through installation process. Surface may have a cloud factory restore function in Advanced Startup found in Recovery.

  2. robinwilson16

    I reinstall Windows at least once a year and normally download the Windows Media Creation tool and create a bootable USB with the latest version on it and then select to shut down the Surface, plug in the pen drive then hold the volume down button whilst I power it on and keep holing until I see the Windows logo then it should boot from the pen drive allowing a full reinstall.

  3. wftw2016

    Thanks for the feedback!!

  4. irfaanwahid

    My Surface Pro 4 has been rocked solid since I bought it in 2016, apart from the battery that does not last on me for more than 60min.

    Unfortunately where I am there is no Microsoft Store nor channel partner to support the device.

  5. wright_is

    The built in refresh, as rob_segal says, should be fine.

    That said, I've never re-installed Windows on any device, but I don't really install and uninstall all that much software.

  6. justme

    Dont have a 4, but do have an SP3. I've done it a couple times now, no issues. Clean install is very possible - I did it moving from W8.1 to W10 on the device, and again later.


    My first clean install, I downloaded the SP backup image from Microsoft. Install was fine, but the image was not up to date, so I spent most of the clean install time brining the SP up to the current release. No problems per se, just time consuming and WIndows update being what it is, a bit of a pain. I ended up re-doing this after a week or so, only this time I downloaded a fresh ISO from Microsoft. Everything went fine. The second time I did it, I started with the fresh ISO route and didnt have any major problems,

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