So I have my PBE's upto date with all the network drivers.  I just today went ahead and created a Windows 10 PBE as well incase it worked better.

I have been using the USB EFI Boot method for imaging pretty much any tablet device for a while now with no issues.  The Surface 3 however is giving me a problem that I have not solved.

I am not getting a flat out error that would indicate missing a driver needed in the environment, but I have a super slow Apply Image task (almost 24 hours) and at random it will fail.  I have not been able to successfully image any Surface 3  yet.

I do not know if its to do with the hardware, or some kind of lockdown on the device.

I have EFI mode on, Secure Boot Off.  The Surface 3 is supposed to run full real windows and I am trying to put a Windows 8.1 image on that I have used on many different computers with no problems. 

Just curious if anybody has come across this and found the solution.
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This should drastically decrease deployment times:
Answered 03/08/2016 by: gerald_mack
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  • I'll check it out, but take note that its only the surface 3 giving me these long image times. Normal machines and other tablets image within 30 minutes.
    • surface 3 drivers can be found here --> and although this is helpful in a generic sense, it can also prove to be v. helpful on specific systems, esp. something like this that is taking 24 hrs. although, i would look into recreating a kbe based of winpe 5 or winpe10 with the latest surface 3 drivers, as well. since there may be more that 1 issue, at play.
      • I actually just did that before I left yesterday, unfortunately no difference. (WinPE5) for WinPE10 it looked like it was running just as slow, but did give me a lower estimated time (12 hours) but after about 3 hours the tablet died of a dead battery even though I had it plugged in while imaging....
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If you're not using the Microsoft branded USB to ethernet adapter, make sure you add the driver for the adapter to the KBE. 
Answered 03/10/2016 by: rjasutis
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  • Yes I have tried two different adapters, both of them have drivers in the KBE and work with other devices.
    • Did you ever come up with a solution for this? I am just now attempting to image Surface 3's and I am running into the same issue.
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