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I'm wondering if I should try to put Windows 11 on my Surface Pro 3. Obviously the device shipped with Windows 8.1 and still struggles sometimes, so it's probably a lost cause.

I went from 8.1 to 10 with little hiccups, but it's only an Intel Core i5 processor and 4GB of RAM. Think it's worth a shot?
 
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I'm wondering if I should try to put Windows 11 on my Surface Pro 3. Obviously the device shipped with Windows 8.1 and still struggles sometimes, so it's probably a lost cause.

I went from 8.1 to 10 with little hiccups, but it's only an Intel Core i5 processor and 4GB of RAM. Think it's worth a shot?
It never hurts to try it
 

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After seeing this post, I thought I'd put Windows 11 on my old Surface 3, but I've just looked and I've no idea where it is, and tbh haven't seen it since I moved house last year :(
 

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It never hurts to try it
Well I took your advice, and it's running well!

The only complaint I have so far is I can't seem to install .NET 3.5 to install the Zune software.

I've tried registry edits, enabling it through Programs an Features, and forcing it with admin command prompt, and it just won't install. Keeps showing this error code:

1625602830916.png

Any idea what I'm missing?

Edit: Never mind, I got it working randomly... I uninstalled a couple of things and restarted and it worked!
 
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Just don't forget that MS has relaxed the requirements on the Dev build for now.
 

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So I have one little hiccup so far on my Pro 3.

After using this method to load it onto my Pro 3, the power button doesn't work. I press it and it does nothing. This also means I can't seem to use it to wake up my PC from it's sleep, and none of the keyboard buttons work to wake it up either on the Type Cover.

I ran the Firmware Tool from this page, but still no luck.

Any ideas?
 

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So I have one little hiccup so far on my Pro 3.

After using this method to load it onto my Pro 3, the power button doesn't work. I press it and it does nothing. This also means I can't seem to use it to wake up my PC from it's sleep, and none of the keyboard buttons work to wake it up either on the Type Cover.

I ran the Firmware Tool from this page, but still no luck.

Any ideas?
Did you check the power button settings? 1626224506996.png
 

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Did you check the power button settings? View attachment 2879
Here's what mine looks like:

1626225191238.png

This isn't as much an issue with the power settings as it is getting the power button functionality to work. For example I can't lock my screen by closing the Type Cover or tapping the power button. It's strange!
 

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Here's what mine looks like:

View attachment 2883

This isn't as much an issue with the power settings as it is getting the power button functionality to work. For example I can't lock my screen by closing the Type Cover or tapping the power button. It's strange!


go to Control Panel >>> Power Options , then...

1626225698112.png
 

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I'm still stuck with my same issues - Windows 11 on my Pro 3 doesn't seem to register my volume rocker or power key.

Does anyone have an idea of how I can fix?
 

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Looks like these folks are all having the same problem as me, with some people getting it to work while it doesn't work for others.

https://www.reddit.com/r/windowsinsiders/comments/oad1ht
I've tried this step in Device Manager but no dice:

1627938892520.png

Don't know if I'm willing to go through a PC reset or not. I don't have much on this machine, so maybe it's worth a go.
 

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    HP EX920 M.2 1TB (OS + apps + high performance files), WD Blue 3D NAND SSD 1TB (video editing + games), WD Blue 1 TB HDD: 3.5 Inch, 7200 RPM (rest of personal files), two WD My Book 3 TB drives (backup + games) and two 8TB Seagate Backup + Hub archive drives.
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    5 fans + Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO - CPU Cooler with 120 mm PWM Fan Heat Sink for CPU
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    Originally shipped with Windows 8.1 Pro in 2014, upgraded to 10, and now Windows 11.

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The issued has probably something to do with the touch keyboard and physical keyboard conflict. But I just can't believe Microsoft did not even look at this first before releasing the insider OS. They are probably working on a totally different Surface hardware for Windows 11.
 

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