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I have a microsoft surface 3 tablet that I want to reset to

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hello, I have a microsoft surface 3 tablet that I want to reset to factory settings as new. However I cannot do this because when I try to recover or reinstall it ask for an administrative password ***** I do not have. (purchased this unit online, probably what I get for doing that) Is there a way to recover the password, or just bypass so I can reset the tablet?
Submitted: 1 year ago.
Category: Computer
Expert:  Michael Hannigan replied 1 year ago.

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Customer: replied 1 year ago.
I'm not sure this matters, but when turned on, the surface ask for a domain log in.
Expert:  Michael Hannigan replied 1 year ago.

Was it connected to a domain at a time previously?

Normally, when you use the device, you are logged in under your user account, which is an admin account. This means you should be able to complete the reset by using the account you normally use just to log into Windows.

If you haven't been able to log in at all, that's a little more difficult, since someone else has their account protecting the operating system. And without being able to rest your (their) password, you won't be able to reset it the typical way.

Expert:  Michael Hannigan replied 1 year ago.

You an try using a password ***** program from a third party like password *****

Customer: replied 1 year ago.
it was connected to a domain previously by the looks of it. I have used 2 different 3rd party software; Konboot and nt password ***** I believe. Both which did not work. I'll try the Password ***** and see if that works.
Expert:  Michael Hannigan replied 1 year ago.

If that doesn't work, you should be able to install a fresh copy of Windows from USB. Not the ideal situation, but a fallback if you need it.

Customer: replied 1 year ago.
I have tried to install a fresh copy of Windows 8.1 however it always ask me for a administrative password ***** I can proceed
Expert:  Michael Hannigan replied 1 year ago.

You should be able to do it with a downloaded recovery image:

If you recover from an external drive, it will format the drive on the surface.

Customer: replied 1 year ago.
When I try to download the recovery image from Microsoft I get this error message:
Expert:  Michael Hannigan replied 1 year ago.

This is not good. That means that it belongs to an Enterprise customer and the person who sold it to you is not the rightful owner. I would either contact the seller or contact the company to whom it belongs if you can figure that out from the domain.

Customer: replied 1 year ago.
Uh oh, so looks like I'm up the creek. The seller is no where to be found, and I have no idea what company it's from
Expert:  Michael Hannigan replied 1 year ago.

Unfortunately, I think that may be the case. It may be something you should report to the police in case it is stolen. Just to CYA.