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With the release of a new tablet, I'm inclined to wonder how similar it is to other tablet devices, specifically those by Google and Apple. Is privilege escalation possible on a Surface? What I'm referring to is the equivalent process of Jailbreaking on iOS devices, and Rooting on Android devices. Or is the Surface more like a desktop OS, where privilege escalation is the simple matter of knowing the admin password?

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Only time will tell. But then again, I'm more excited about rooting the other tablets (Kindle HD & Nexus 7) so I can get a cheap Windows RT device! – Caleb Jares Oct 29 '12 at 6:09
Wait so let me get this straight. On a Surface tablet you don't have admin permissions? – Matthew Wong Oct 29 '12 at 6:10
@mwong I don't think you have access to the hardware before Windows RT loads. See Secure Boot. – Louis Oct 29 '12 at 6:15
Why is this being downvoted? – Caleb Jares Oct 29 '12 at 6:17
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At the moment, no. In the future, possibly. Places you might want to keep your eye on:

  1. XDA Developers
  2. Hack N Mod

Sources: first ten google results of the following queries

  1. root microsoft surface
  2. hack microsoft surface
  3. hack windows rt
  4. linux on microsoft surface
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There is a Jailbreak tool for Windows RT 8.0.

But none for 8.1 so far. It seems like the one developing a Jailbreak for RT 8.1 stopped working on 8.1 months ago and started working on Windows 10 instead now.

So I hope, there will be a Jailbreak for RT 8.1 soon.

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