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How to Factory Reset Surface Pro 3

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When your Surface Pro 3 is frozen or you are unable to log in then, this may be the time to factory or soft reset Surface Pro 3. Soft reset of Surface Pro 3 is restarting the device as it will close all the running applications. The data saved in the hard drive will remain as it is, whereas all of the unsaved work will be deleted. Hard reset or factory reset or master reset deletes all system as well as user data. Thereafter, it updates the device to its latest version. Factory reset Surface Pro 3 would be the best option to get rid of minor bugs and issues like screen hang or freeze. We bring to you a perfect guide that will teach you how to factory reset Surface Pro 3. You can proceed with a soft reset or a factory reset as need be. So, let us begin!

How to Factory Reset Surface Pro 3

Soft Reset & Factory Reset Surface Pro 3

Procedure for Surface Pro 3 Soft Reset

The soft reset of the Surface Pro 3 is basically, rebooting the device as explained below:

1. Press and hold the Power button for 30 seconds and let go.

2. The device turns OFF after a while and the screen turns black.

3. Now, press-hold the Volume up + Power buttons together for about 15-20 seconds. The device may vibrate and flash the Microsoft logo during this time.

4. Next, release all the buttons and wait for 10 seconds.

5. Finally, press and release the Power button to reboot Surface Pro 3.

Note: The above procedure is also applicable for the soft reset of Surface Pro, Surface Pro 2, Surface Pro 4, Surface Book, Surface 2, Surface 3, and Surface RT.

Also read: How to Hard Reset Samsung Tablet

Once you complete all these steps, your device will undergo a soft Reset. It will then restart and function properly. If the problem persists, it is advised to go for Factory reset, and here are the two ways on how to Factory reset Surface Pro 3. Factory reset is usually carried out when the device setting needs to be altered due to improper functionality or when a device’s software gets updated.

Method 1: Factory Reset Using PC Settings

1. Swipe to the left of the screen and tap Settings.

2. Now, tap Change PC settings, as shown below.

Now, tap Change PC settings | How to Factory Reset Surface Pro 3

3. Here, tap Update and recovery from the given list.

4. Now, tap Recovery from the left pane.

5. Tap on Get started under Remove Everything and reinstall Windows.

6. Choose either Just remove my files or Fully clean the drive.

Just remove my files or Fully clean the drive

Note: If you plan to resell your device, opt for the Fully clean the drive option.

7. Confirm your choice by tapping Next.

Note: Connect your PC to your device using a portable USB cable.

8. Finally, tap the Reset option. Factory reset of Surface Pro 3 will begin now.

Also Read: Fix Amazon Fire Tablet Won’t Turn On

Method 2: Hard Reset Using Sign-in Options

Alternatively, you can also perform a Hard or Factory Reset Surface Pro 3 by using this method. When you restart your Surface Pro 3 device from the sign-in screen, you get a reset option and you can utilize the same, as follows:

1. Press and hold the Power button to turn off your Surface Pro 3 device.

2. Now, tap-hold the Shift key.

Note: If you are using an on-screen keyboard, then click on the Shift key.

3. Now, tap the Restart button while still holding the Shift button.

click on Power button then hold Shift and click on Restart (while holding the shift button).

Note: Choose Restart anyway prompt, if it appears.

4. Wait for the restart process to be completed. The Choose an option screen will appear on the screen.

5. Now, tap on Troubleshoot option, as shown.

Choose an option at windows 10 advanced boot menu

6. Here, tap the Reset your PC option.

Finally, select Reset your PC | How to Factory Reset Surface Pro 3

7. Choose any one of the following options to begin the process.

  • Just remove my files.
  • Fully clean the drive.

8. Begin the entire reset process by tapping on Reset.

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We hope that this guide was helpful and you were able to soft reset and factory reset Surface Pro 3. If you have any queries, or suggestions regarding this article, then feel free to drop them in the comments section.

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Elon Decker

Elon is a tech writer at TechCult. He's been writing how-to guides for about 6 years now and has covered many topics. He loves to cover topics related to Windows, Android, and the latest tricks and tips.

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