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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Lock Windows 10 when the Surface Book power button is pressed

Is there a way to lock Windows 10 when the Surface Book power button is pressed? As is clear from the settings options when following Microsoft's instructions, the only official options for the power ...
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Surface 4 Pro Type Cover: How to get proper keyboard layout?

Love the surface. Love the type cover, but I can't actually use it because the F keys are overlaid with the pgup/dn/home/end keys. I use F keys and pgup/dn/home/end keys a TON. Is there a magical ...
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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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What is the version of OneNote included in Surface Pro 2?

The Surface Pro 2 ships with a version of One Note built-in. Is it a crippled version? Should I still get a full version?
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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 ...
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Why do smartphones have up to eight cores but many laptops still only have two? [closed]

I have been looking at buying a new smartphone as well as a new laptop. What has struck me as odd is that many smartphones now have quad cores or even octa cores, yet many laptops still only use dual ...
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Notification when full power

Is there a way I can get a notification to appear when my battery on my laptop is at 100%. I have a Surface Pro 3 with windows 8.1. I am needing to know this so i can unplug the charger when it is ...
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Auto Virtual Keyboard on a Windows 10 Preview Tablet?

I installed windows 10 preview on my surface 3 and I was kinda disappointed that the keyboard still does not automatically popup on input fields when in desktop mode. I even turned on "tablet mode" ...
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Can I use my Surface 3 as an external drawing tablet?

I have a Microsoft Surface 3 (not pro) with the Surface Pen stylus. I am wondering if I can use my Surface as an external drawing tablet (input device) for my desktop computer (running win 8.1 pro). ...
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Encrypting and Resetting Surface Pro Tablets

Is it more secure to wipe a Surface Pro Tablet by first applying BitLocker Encryption drive, logging into the device and cleaning the tablet using "Fully Clean The Drive" option as defined under the ...
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Surface RT Password Reset

Just bought this Surface RT tablet at an estate sale. User passed away. How do I create a new account without knowing his password?
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Install an alternative browser on Surface with 32bit Tegra 3 Processor

I found no solution to replace Internet Explorer on my surface 32 Bit ARM-Processor. I tried to install the RT Jailbreak Tool for Windows RT 8.0 But that one doesn't seem to work on my Surface with ...
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Surface pro 2 windows button behavior (in fullscreen app)

the windows hardware button of my surface pro 2 doesn't work when a fullscreen app like a game is currently shown. When I touch the windows button, the surface vibrates but I can't leave the game with ...
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Is it possible to create a reference Surface Pro 3 with all the required software and capture to be deploy to 15 Surface Pro 3

I just got 15 Surface Pro 3 from our client. They would like me to configure the tablets with the standard softwares for all of the systems. The tablet already has the Windows 8.1. I have configure ...