I have recently been given a used Surface Book 2 (15", maxed out). However, it seems like the previous owner had some Windows Insider Preview version installed on it (Slow Ring). And all of the usually pre-installed apps were missing (among them: store, mail, calendar, ...) so the thing was basically useless. Any attempt of re-installing them manually failed.
As things could not become worse anyway (narrator: like hell they would!) I decided to simply migrate to the fast ring update ring in the hope that the migration / update would somehow restore windows to a better state. But alas, the apps were still missing.
So the only means left was to completely re-install Windows 10 from scratch.
The first thing I tried was creating a recovery medium via: https://support.microsoft.com/en-au/surfacerecoveryimage and then try to reinstall this. This completes to ~80% and then simply says:
"There was a problem resetting your PC. No changes were made."
Apparently though, changes were made. Since booting was impossible after this failed installation attempt.
So I decided to try something else: Using a plain simple bootable usb stick that had a windows installer on it (freshly created via https://www.microsoft.com/de-de/software-download/windows10
This installation attempt was not much better, resulting in the following error message (rough translation from German):
"The boot configuration of the computer could not be updated. The installation can not continue".
From the German: "Die Startkonfiguration des Computer konnte nicht aktualisiert werden. Die Installation kann nicht fortgesetzt werden".
So in a hail mary i simply wiped the whole disk, deleting all volumes and starting with a fresh volume. But again, running in the same error.
I am now pretty out of ideas and left with nothing but a $3000 brick of magnesium on my desk.
Any help would be highly appreciated.
Thanks folks !