Download Surface RT recovery image to fix Windows RT 8.1 problems

Surface 2 vs Surface RT

Microsoft releases Surface RT Windows 8 recovery image to help users to fix bricked Surface after trying to update to Windows RT 8.1. If you recall the software giant had to pulled the Windows RT 8.1 update, due to some issues affecting a number of users.

During the weekend I wrote a guide with a set of instructions to help you get your bricked Surface RT tablet up and running again. However, the biggest problem was that users needed to have a previously created a USB recovery drive or needed to find someone with a tablet to create the Surface recovery image for Windows RT.

Now the company has just made available the official recovery image for its tablet running on the ARM processor. This will help you to fix the problem and continue installing Windows RT 8.1 in the tablet. You’ll need a secondary computer to download and create the recovery USB drive.

Download the files from Microsoft download center:

Update: While Microsoft keeps working on permanently resolving the issues with its tablet operating system, here is a video that will help you create a USB drive with Windows RT Recovery Image that Microsoft just made available for everyone to download.

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Mauro Huculak is a Windows expert and the Editor-in-Chief who started Pureinfotech in 2010 as an independent online publication. He is also been a Windows Central contributor for nearly a decade. Mauro has over 12 years of experience writing comprehensive guides and creating professional videos about Windows, software, and related technologies, including Android and Linux. Before becoming a technology writer, he was an IT administrator for seven years. In total, Mauro has over 20 years of combined experience in technology. Throughout his career, he achieved different professional certifications from Microsoft (MSCA), Cisco (CCNP), VMware (VCP), and CompTIA (A+ and Network+), and he has been recognized as a Microsoft MVP for many years. You can follow him on X (Twitter), YouTube, LinkedIn and About.me.