Microsoft Surface is a series of Windows tablet computers by Microsoft. For the table-sized interactive touch device, see the [microsoft-pixelsense] tag.

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Stream Xbox One to Surface RT Running Windows 8.1

Not sure if I'm on the right forums here or not, but I'll post it here anyways. I was wondering if it was possible to stream my Xbox One games to a Surface RT running Windows 8.1. I don't think it's ...
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double clicking button on stylus doesn't do what it ought to be doing

Here's a screenshot of my Surface configuration: As can be seen on the screenshot double-clicking the stylus button should take a screenshot. But that's not what it's doing. Instead, it's opening ...
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Surface Pro 3 not working with Mac Thunderbolt Display (Windows 10) - should it?

I'm using a Surface Pro 3 right now with Windows 10 and am at a clients site. I've been offered the use of a spare Mac Thunderbolt display but connecting it to the Surface's mini Display Port does ...
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Surface Pro 2 TypeCover partially broken on Windows 10

I just did a clean install of Windows 10 on my SP2. Now, the Type Cover is not fully functioning. When I connect it the trackpad and the function meta keys (play/pause, mute, brightness) all work. But ...
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Disable Surface Pro 4 Type Cover Fn key toggle behavior

The Surface Pro 4 Type Cover has a "Fn" key that can be toggled on and off, which switches the behavior of the top row of keys from F-keys to utility keys like turning the volume on and off. I use ...
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don't see keyboard in tablet mode on surface book

I just bought Surface Book and have the strange problem. When I detach keyboard and use it in tablet mode and try to print something in text field, virtual keyboard appears only in some applications. ...
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Surface book startup slowness issues

I have a Surface Book i7 250GB I have 2 issues related to startup slowness. When I first start up the machine for the day, I'll hit the start button, the screen will show "SURFACE" then go black, ...
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Where to find the Windows 10 license key on the surface book?

Where can one find the key of the installed windows 10 operating system on the surface book? I tried to find it on the case and asked google but couldn't find an answer.
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Surface Pen 3 not writing

The top button on my Surface 3 pen works, but it will not write. I have seen countless posts of this online and they say replace the battery or the pen tip to resolve. I've tried both and still no ...
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Microsoft Surface Pro 4 - Disable Virtual Desktop Swipe

I have a Surface Pro 4 and I'm left handed. This means that whenever I try to write something with the pen, I accidentally activate the swipe gesture to see the open tasks / add new virtual desktop. ...
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Is there a way to disable automatic movement of the pen input window?

I am using a Microsoft Surface 3 with the newer Surface Pen. When using the pen input window, it moves around of it's own accord. It's clearly intended to be "helpful" by moving itself where it thinks ...
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What file is executed when pressing Win + Shift + S?

From my understanding, shortcuts are convenient ways of executing files on a computer. What file is executed when clicking Win + Shift + S, the shortcut that allows you to take a snip of the screen ...
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Activate tablet Volume buttons when when explorer.exe not running

we are developing a Win 8.1 tablet desktop application in LabView, running in a Kiosk-like mode. I know Windows 8.1 offers the Kiosk mode for this, but only for Windows store apps. I changed Shell ...
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Surface 4 went to zero battery, and now will not stay running

This is a brand new Surface 4, unboxed 4 days ago. Issue #1: Surface 4 keeps shutting down with no warning. It is plugged in, 0% battery charge. Boots up runs fine for a few minutes, then shuts down ...
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Surface Pro 4 - Half of my screen Flickers / Shakes

Currently I have this issue: I bought the Surface Pro 4 a month ago. It was doing fine. Then for some reason 3 days ago, half of my screen either flicks or shakes uncontrollably. I have contacted ...
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Remote Desktop: Zoom AND full screen — how? (Win10 remote, Win7, 2008 & 2003 hosts)

Problem: When I use remote desktop from a Surface Pro 4, running Win 10, to a Win7 or Win2003 system, the high dpi of the Surface results in the remote desktop being too tiny to see. In this case, the ...
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Surface Pro 4 Microsoft

I got a SP4 (Surface Pro 4) for Christmas and all was working perfect, but then I turned it on one day, swiped up and then went to put in my pin but when I typed using the keyboard, nothing appeared. ...
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I've forgotten my bitlocker key and password, is there a way to get my computer running again?

My brother was playing games on my Surface RT (mainly only used for Steam games) and he messed with some settings and managed to enable Bitlocker encryption without my knowledge and he has no idea ...
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Does Surface 3 Require Admin Privileges To Connect Bluetooth Keyboard?

I have a Surface 3 (non pro) with Win 10 that belongs to my company for work, thus I don't have access to the Admin account, but I would like to use a bluetooth keyboard like this Logitech unit. Can ...
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How to add a enviroment variable without GUI [duplicate]

Is there a way how I can add a new environment variable specifically PATH without going into control panel etc. Is there a file I can edit for this or a command line argument that can do the same ...
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Lock when power button is pressed in Windows 8

I have a surface, and it's getting very irritating when it sleeps when I press the power button. Since I use it mostly as a tablet, I'd like it to behave as one, and lock when I press power.
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how to connect surface pro 3 to a vga monitor wirelessly

I have a surface pro 3 and would like to connect it wirelessly to a vga monitor but I can't work out how to do it! What hardware would I need? I would like not to have a dongle in the tablet, but ...
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Mircosoft Surface 3 Allow this device to wake the computer grayed out

I have a powershell script that wakes computers on lan (wol) using a magic packet. The script works fine for normal desktops but won't work with Microsoft surface 3 tablets. The device is connected ...
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Surface 3/win 10 how to put file shortcut on tablet home?

Is it possible to put a link to a folder or file as a square on tablet mode? I tried send to> desktop but it only puts it on the desktop mode desktop.
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fps drop in maximized windowed mode

I have noticed when I play games in maximized windowed mode that my fps drops by close to 50%. I'm using a Surface Book with the dgpu from Nvidia. I have played with almost every setting I can think ...
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Surface 4 Pro - where are detailed video specs?

Looking at the top end, Core i7 Surface 4 Pro (16GB RAM, 512GB SSD). It has the i7 with Iris graphics. I will be using it with the new docking station (which has 2 mini dp, so with the device itself ...
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Unable to boot Microsoft Surface Pro

I have been given a Microsoft Surface Pro to fix. When you try and turn it on you can see the Surface logo and a series of dots spinning in a circle and that is it. It will sit like that for hours ...
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Changing default Draw colors for Onenote from Windows App Store

I work daily on the Surface Pro 4 (Windows 10) with the Onenote app from the App Store. Is there a way to change the 4 default colors (Blue, Red, Green, Red) (e.g. substitute Blue for Purple)? I know ...
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Surface touchpad not working

Sometimes my Surface Pro 4 touchpad stops working when I resume from sleep. The keys on the type cover still work, just no responsiveness from the touchpad. Microsoft support recommends reattaching ...
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how to deploy WIM image to surface pro 2

I tried to deploy a windows image (wim) file using imageX to a surface pro 2 but the tabled is not booting up, it stays on boot menu. any help on how can I do troubleshooting? sorry this is the ...
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Prevent metro apps which have to maintain remote connections from closing when backgrounded

How can I prevent Windows from closing/hibernating/sleeping/etc... backgrounded Metro applications? Basically, I have a Surface 2 (the ARM one), and I often have two applications open. A text editor, ...
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Firmware Update for Windows 8.1 Pro Surface through Windows Update Fails

I am trying to update to the latest version of the firmware on my Windows 8.1 Pro Surface. The firmware update is presented through Windows Update. I click on the "Install and Restart" button, but ...
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Remove the charger, when my Surface Pro 2 is fully charged?

I have a Surface Pro 2. When I use it on my desk, I have access to wall outlet and I can use my charger all the time. When the charging reaches about 100%, and the battery is fully charged, I don't ...
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Surface 3 w Win10 — audio stopped working, troubleshooter sees issue but does not fix

All audio playback.... is silent. Via built in speakers and via headphone jack. No issues in the OS are visible. It thinks audio is there and happy. MS has an audio troubleshooter that goes through ...
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Microsoft Surface Book - Detach screen while off or unpowered?

Does anyone know if the screen of the new Microsoft Surface Book will be able to be detached WHILE: It is powered off / in hibernation, Sleeping, It is frozen or hanging, Both batteries (in keyboard ...
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Use Surface Pro as a digitizer with another laptop preserving pressure sensitivity

I have a first generation Surface Pro (third generation Core i5 processor, 4GB RAM, Wacom touchscreen with pen). I bought it for drawing and sketching and it works great. The problem is that the it ...
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My Surface 3 goes into sleep/screen saver mode while I am actively using it (e.g. typing or scrolling with the mouse)

I have a Surface 3; when I am using it; typing etc, it keeps randomly going into sleep/screen saver mode. I haven't locked the screen, it's not inactive, I'll be typing or scrolling and the screen ...
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Global audio controls not working correcly for Surface 3

I've been running into audio issues with Microsoft Surface running Windows 8.1 that seem to point to the global audio settings (e.g volume, mute, etc) not being respected for all applications when ...
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Will my files be erased if I use a recovery image on my Surface Pro?

I’m following the official Microsoft instructions here to attempt to restore my Surface Pro 2 from a Windows 10 Technical Preview from expiring. I’m going to copy the recovery image to a USB. Will it ...
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Muting mouse click on specific part of tablet screen

My surface tablet has broken screen. It just automatically clicks a very specific part of the screen. So I can't use it because mouse cursor goes to that part with frequency higher than 1 click per ...
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Is it possible to mirror an Android device’s screen to a Surface Pro?

I have a Galaxy S5 and I’d like to mirror my screen to a Surface Pro. I have Chromecast but so far I’ve been unable to get my Galaxy S5 to recognize the Surface Pro as a device. Is there a better ...
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Can’t move one-drive in a micro-SD card

I’m having trouble while moving my windows one-drive folder to a SD-card. I have the SD-card NTFS-formatted and it is located in my C: drive. When I try to move one-drive by going to its properties ...
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Surface reinstall windows media inserted not valid

I am trying to reinstall windows on a surface however when attempting to reset the pc I get the error the media inserted is not valid. I can't boot into windows at all on this device only into the ...
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How to adjust pen sensitivity on Surface3

When trying to adjust pen sensitivity using the Surface App in Windows 10 I get the following message: Refreshing the stated window 3 times has no effect. How can I fix this?
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Files cannot be uploaded or downloaded in One Drive

I know this is a known issue and wondering if anyone has a fix. I am trying to use one drive as my primary back up option. As a developer, I have long file paths and names. This is causing one drive ...
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Turn Surface pen on and touch off

When using a pen on the Surface or similar computer, resting the hand on the screen can trigger unwanted actions. How can the hand-touch function be disabled while allowing pen functions to continue ...
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How to find what processes are eating up battery?

I have a new Surface 3 (a little over a month old) and in the past few weeks I have noticed that the battery drains very quickly and does not charge when I am using it if it is plugged in. After ...
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How do I use a Surface as a drawing tablet?

I have a Microsoft Surface. No, it's not a Surface Pro. But since I don't have a Wacom tablet, I'd like to be able to use my surface like a Wacom tablet and have the things I draw on it show up in ...
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Type Cover 2 not working with WIndows 10 (Release)

I have a Surface Pro 2 with the Type Cover accessory. After updating to Windows 10 yesterday, my type cover keys no longer work (though the mouse touch pad part seems just dandy). I found this help ...
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Surface RT signs out user immediately

I have an administrator account and a normal user on my Surface RT (first generation), running Windows 8.1. I can log into the administrator account just fine... However, whenever I log into the ...