Microsoft Surface Laptop scores zero for reparability

Image iFixit

Image iFixit

While Microsoft's Surface Laptop might look the goods, once you get inside the thing, well, it reveals its uglier, less repairable side. The OS can be upgraded to Windows 10 Pro for free for a limited time - until the end of the year, according to reports.

Microsoft has released an official recovery image of Windows 10 S which is now available from its support page. If app developers begin creating more apps for Microsoft's education-focused operating system, however, it's possible that it could become a viable, low-priced option to the standard version of Windows 10. Well, that's exactly what this official Surface Laptop recovery image allows for - resetting your notebook back to how it was when you first received the machine. Just ahead of the weekend product teardown experts at iFixIt had a Microsoft Surface Laptop in the labs and scored it zero out of ten for reparability. Users can download it from there by entering their device's serial number. Microsoft also unveiled new hardware accessories, and even unveiled a new console called the Xbox One X. All that, and more on this weeks episode of the Windows Central Podcast.

The initial upgrade might be tempting to folks who've shelled out close to £1,000 for the Surface Laptop, once they realise the only way to install apps is through the Windows Store. The $50 charge will possibly be in force starting in 2018, but Microsoft could extend the deadline to encourage users to upgrade. That's why the easy downgrade option, perhaps?

However, if the latest reports are to be believed, while the exteriors might be really appealing, the device has a major flaw - it is very hard to fix the Surface Laptop. It would mean a lot to us.

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