How to run Remix OS for PC on Surface Pro 3?

  1. Download Remix OS for PC package (EFI Version) and then unzip the file.
  2. Plug in a USB flash drive into your preferred PC.
  3. Run the Remix OS USB Tool and follow the instructions to burn the EFI file onto your USB flash drive.
  4. Reboot your PC.
  5. Press Volume UP key when you press and release the Power button.
  6. In BIOS Menu, select “Secure Boot Control” and select "Disable"
  7. In BIOS Menu, select ““Configure Alternate System Boot Order” and choose the USB as the first boot item
    1. Surface Pro 3: select “USB > SSD"
    2. Surface 3: select "Network > USB > SSD
  8. In BIOS Menu, select “Exit Setup"
  9. Select either "Guest Mode" or "Resident Mode" to start Remix OS for PC.
For more details about booting USB on Microsoft Surface products, you may refer to the following pages:
  1. Suface Pro 3 and Surface 3 
  2. Surface Pro 1 and Surface Pro 2



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    Will Sorley
    Tried all the above steps and still no joy, get errors then screen freezes
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    André Carlucci
    I tried all the steps on my sp3 and it doesn't work :(
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    Premananda Mohapatra
    The steps worked for me. I had a usb 2.0 pendrive and could test it out in guest mode. for resident mode, it did a write speed test and detected 7.7mb/s and told that system may fail to boot up. Lets see what happens!
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    Jorge Saldaña Alegre
    it works perfect and i see this as a confortable solution for surface pro 3, however i would like to use the microsd as the bootable unit, does anyone know how to do this?
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    I installed it on a micro SD card the same way you would on a USB.

    I used a 32GB micro SD card.

    Edited by COMPUTIAC
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    Jorge Saldaña Alegre
    Once the Remix OS is installed on the micro SD 32GB, what unit should i choose to boot first in the BIOS/EFI? USB -> SSD as well?
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    I have mine set to EFI and first boot is USB. Be sure secure boot is turned off.
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    Michael Antonputra

    is it the same for Surface Pro 4? the menu in EFI is a little bit different and i can't boot from SD

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    Philip Crawley

    Planning to use this to make my surface book Android app compatible. But I don't know whether from the remix os can you control the computer's bluetooth and wifi controls? So the work on surface pro3 and the play store work OK?

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    Rob Mulally

    On the Surface Pro 3, I managed to download version: Remix_OS_for_PC_64_B2016030106 

    Booted Resident mode fine had a play, rebooted a few times no drama, then suddenly wouldn't boot, but did in guest mode.

    Started again. Formatted usb (cleaned all partitions off) and now won't boot into resident mode. but does guest.

    The only difference I can assume is low power, so i'm waiting for my battery to drain and will attempt to boot. 

    Thats all i have left to try.  Can't imagine this is relevent but why it will install and boot find one min and not the next baffles me. 

    Time and Battery are only variables.

    Edited by Rob Mulally
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    Joel Dore

    How enable the touchscreen sur une surface pro 4 ?

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    Joel Dore

    Enable touchscreen sorry

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    Mayela Izaguirre Sousa

    Hello. I'm  sucessfully running Remix os on my surface pro 3 through a 128GB micro sd Card on the micro sd built in reader but once Im on remix its only showing 62GB of storage, why? I have been trying to find a solution to increase this everywhere but only solutions for hard disk intallation available, any help please? 

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    James Haines

    I'm trying to setup Remix Player.  I click open on flash screen and it just returns me to the flash screen,  Won't proceed to setup.   SP3 with 128mb ssd.

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    Kasey Eljoundi

    Alright I know nobody has commented here in a while but I got Remix 3 up and running on my sp3 after a LOT of trial and error. Hopefully what I write out here will help some of you that are still stuck. 

    1. The remix tool didn't work for whatever reason on my PC. The USB was blank after completion but was named "remix os". I had to download a program called Rufus and that worked easily. Flash the iso to the USB using FAT32 formatting

    2. Disable secure boot, set boot order, and also make sure the side USB port is enabled in the advanced options in the bios. Mine was labeled "not bootable" by default. 

    3. Boot into USB by changing boot order, or just hold volume down and tap the power button. 

    4. Boot into guest mode first to make sure it is all good. Touchscreen, sp3 cover and track pad, and the surface pen all worked without any changes from me. The arc mouse also connected and worked well.

    5. Then try to boot into resident mode so you can save changes and use the os like intended. This is another area that gave me trouble at first, I would get stuck at the remix os splash screen. If this happens to you, restart and in the boot menu where you can select "resident" mode press "e" and look for the text "select_data_partition=1" (all caps) and replace with "CREATE_DATA_IMG=1". Press f10 to boot, it will still take a few min first time. 

    5a. If step 5 worked then in Windows plug in your remix USB and look for a file called grub.cfg, I think it's in the boot folder but not sure, don't have access to mine right now, and edit with notepad++ or similar and make the same changes. If you don't you will have to edit that line at every boot 

    6 (optional). I changed the DPI of mine at boot because everything was tiny due to the high resolution of the surface pro 3. Using the same method as in step 5 add "DPI=216" right after the text you edited before. If its an improvement for you, use the same method as in 5a and make the change permanent 

    Hope this helps some of you. I've been using remix more than Windows lately

    Edited by Kasey Eljoundi
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    Kyle Doering

    Does everyone only run RemixOS via USB or SDcard? I want to dual boot from my surface pro3's internal SSD. I'm assuming it works the same way in that you create a small partition and install locally there. I did have one last question: if you turn off secure boot will the startup screen permanently be orange?  

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    Premananda Mohapatra

    With secure boot off, the color change is ugly but thats the way the Windows team decided to tell us that we have tweaked something :)

    I have RemixOS dual booted on Surface pro3. Infact the documentation says that it should run nicely with Win 7,8.1 and 10

    I have a separate drive with 20GB allocated. RemixOS installed on your harddrive is a much nicer experience. It really beats hands down any other Android Tablet. My daughter loves to play the Android games.

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    Kasey Eljoundi

    Premananda Mohapatra - you have it running on a 20gb partition on your surface pro 3? Would you mind sharing a few steps on how you got that to work?

    I was able to run it on USB, and with the standard remix install exe, but never on a separate partition. Any help would be appreciated. Thanks!

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    Premananda Mohapatra

    I did this a while back! But I remember this being a struggle especially with grub not installing properly and hence the dual boot was not working.

    I ran into a problem 2 days back after receiving the Windows 10 Creator Update. My dual boot was gone and only win10 was loading. However, I saw that my Remix drive was still intact. So, this was again some grub issue.

    But fixing that was easy. I downloaded the remix os package for PC. The exe asked for the iso and the target drive. During installation it detected that remix OS was already present and gave me option to do a fresh installation or keep the old android data. I took the later option and it was ready in 2 minutes. I could see all my old apps and they were running fine too!

    Recollecting what I had done last year for dual boot

    1. Use MiniTool partition wizard to carve a 20GB drive. NTFS.
    2. Secure boot needs to be disabled ( check SP3 guide from Microsoft )
    3. Download the compatible Remix OS PC package.
    4. This package has an exe and only takes the iso and the target drive if you want to install in your PC.
    5. Voila, it should be installed and you can see the dual boot option.

    Hope this helps.

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