Creating a bootable USB drive with Windows 8.1 for Surface Pro 3

On this Sunday morning my beloved Surface Pro 3 decided to crash out of the blue and upon restart I was met with this not-so-nice BSOD:

Surface Pro 3 BSOD

Urgh… Well, okay. No biggie. I will just go to MSDN Subscriber Downloads (link) and get a Windows 8.1 image to make myself a bootable USB drive. I have done that a million times before.

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