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Hello to the whole community. I have a somehow stupid question to all of you.

Currently I have in my possession a Microsoft Surface 2 Windows 8.1 RT and since this is my only let's say my only PC I would like to know if it is possible somehow to change the operating system to something else or if it is possible to upgrade it to Windows 10. Below I am attaching some photos of the specifications.

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Their used to be a way to run Linux and andriod on one but, pretty sure Microsoft cracked down on the exploit to do so. Don't think anyone ever bothered to find another way to install a diff OS due to lack of interest and Microsoft really locking down those devices.

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3 hours ago, Basilis said:

Hello to the whole community. I have a somehow stupid question to all of you.

Currently I have in my possession a Microsoft Surface 2 Windows 8.1 RT and since this is my only let's say my only PC I would like to know if it is possible somehow to change the operating system to something else or if it is possible to upgrade it to Windows 10. Below I am attaching some photos of the specifications.

 

The thing is those devices with RT are usually ARM devices, so good luck on trying to update the OS.

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49 minutes ago, This_guy1998 said:

The thing is those devices with RT are usually ARM devices, so good luck on trying to update the OS.

In case there was any doubt, the screenshot clearly shows it has a tegra 4 which is most definitely arm. That wouldn't really matter, there are plenty of linux distros for arm, but ms locked the tablet down...

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Nope, it can't be done. You're stuck with Windows 8.1 RT.

 

The RT has a locked bootloader, which means that you can't change it to boot let's say Ubuntu.

It also has secure boot permanently enabled, which means that even if you could get to the stage where the device tries to load another OS, it will refuse to boot because only software signed with Microsoft's key will work.

And last but not least, the Surface 2 has a Tegra 4 processor, which Windows 10 doesn't support. You could get a GNU/Linux distro to run on it, but the other things I mentioned hinders that.

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