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[Tutorial] How to change the asset tag on a Surface Pro 3

Scenario: When logging into the UEFI BIOS, you can see the asset tag’s current value set as 0, but are unable to change it.

Solution: To change the asset tag on a Surface Pro 3, you must download a utility by Microsoft.

  1. Download a copy of the Surface Pro 3 Asset Tag CLI Utility
    http://www.microsoft.com/en-us/download/details.aspx?id=44076
  2. Extract the files from the zipped folder
  3. Open up an elevated command prompt
    Elevated Command Prompt
  4. Navigate to the folder you extracted the Surface Pro 3 Asset Tag CLI utility to
    Surface pro 3 AssetTag Directory
  5. Execute the following command
    1. AssetTag.exe -s ENTERYOURASSETTAGHERE
      AssetTag set Surface Pro 3

      1. Note: The asset tag can be up to 36 characters long. Valid characters include A-Z, a-z, 0-9, period and hyphen.
  6. Reboot the machine for the changes to take effect

 

About the tool

The utility comes with a readme on additional functionality.  This is copied directly from the Surface Pro 3 Asset Tag README.txt file for convience:

This tool gets or sets the proposed Asset Tag, which will be applied on next reboot.

The current Asset Tag is an SMBIOS setting which can be queried via WMI:
(Get-WmiObject -query “Select * from Win32_SystemEnclosure”).SMBiosAssetTag

Get proposed asset tag:
AssetTag -g

Clear proposed asset tag:
AssetTag -s

Set proposed asset tag:
AssetTag -s ABc-45.67

Valid values:
The asset tag can be up to 36 characters long.
Valid characters include A-Z, a-z, 0-9, period and hyphen.

PowerShell script demonstrating way to get proposed value and interpret errors.
Note that stout contains the Asset Tag and stderr contains error messages.

AssetTag -g > $asset_tag 2> $error_message
$asset_tag_return_code = $LASTEXITCODE
$asset_tag = $asset_tag.Trim(“`r`n”)

if ($asset_tag_return_code -eq 0) {
Write-Output (“Good Tag = ” + $asset_tag)
} else {
Write-Output (
“Failure: Code = ” + $asset_tag_return_code +
“Tag = ” + $asset_tag +
“Message = ” + $error_message)
}