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I only know how this works with linux, but I can explain from the grub point of view (a Linux bootloader, others are available). Basically, the first thing the boot loader does is check what options it has (it looks at a list of drives). From this, it will see that after a hibernation, your swap partition (Again, there's other ways of storing hibernation ...


In addition to the below quoted text part of this answer, you may need to disable Fast Boot or Secure Boot options from the BIOS/UEFI screens, save once disabled it, have the USB device plugged in, and then reboot before the USB option will show in the boot menu options. You may need to press the DEL key at boot up to get to the BIOS/UEFI setup screens to ...


I discovered that there is an option in the Advanced Security Settings in the Surface BIOS to enable an onscreen keyboard during boot, which allows me to select my OS without having a physical keyboard attached.


Since you have a way of booting into Windows on the SSD, you can do a Repair install of Windows 10 by performing an in-place upgrade without losing anything. You should first verify the partition alignment as described here.


I don't think that Windows has a native way of doing this. DISKPART doesn't support it. I have had plenty of problems with Microsoft's "Windows USB/DVD Tool", so I just grab the iso file and use Rufus instead. Never had any problems with Rufus, and it's 4x as fast as Microsoft's tool.

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