Microsoft Surface is a series of Windows 8 tablet computers by Microsoft. For the table-sized interactive touch device, see the microsoft-pixelsense tag.

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Is there any way to “Wake on LAN” a MS Surface Pro 2?

I have a Microsoft Surface Pro 2 that is embedded in an exhibit where it is difficult to access the physical power button. The exhibit space is only open for 8 hours of the day and I would like to ...
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How to better connnect between Laptop and Surface

I am using a laptop with Window 8.1 Pro and a Surface 2 with Window 8.1 RT. I heard rummer that Surface and laptop can make a really good connectivity which makes a user more easier to work with both ...
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Impact of storing a surface with dead battrey

I recently bought a surface pro 3 and the battery was dead when I took it out of the box. I charged it and the battery seems fine. I seem to remember reading somewhere that leaving your battery dead ...
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Surface Pro 3: Make Start Button bring Desktop

Is there a way to make the Start Button on my surface pro 3 bring up the Desktop instead of the start screen?
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Using the Adobe Reader Touch app, how do you rotate a page in a pdf document?

I am using a Surface 2 with the Adobe Reader Touch app to view a PDF document. I can rotate the whole PDF document but not just one page at a time. Can you help please?
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Use Surface Pro 3 as second or extended monitor instead using it as a computer?

Particularly how to use Surface Pro 3 as a 2nd monitor only. not as a surface pro itself. i.e. I have a laptop and use surface pro as a second monitor.
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How can I type a degree symbol (0176) from my Surface RT Touch keyboard?

I have a Microsoft Surface RT with a Touch keyboard. I regularly need to type a degrees symbol. On a full keyboard, I can use the code (0176) with the numeric keypad. But the Touch keyboard doesn't ...
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Surface Pro 2 DisplayPort 1.2 since recent update

I'm using the Surface Pro 2 and two Dell U2414H Displays connected via DaisyChain (Displayport to first monitor and then from the first monitor to the second monitor). This worked a long time, but I ...
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Is it possible to change the application opened by the Surface Pro 3's pen button?

The new Surface Pro 3 comes with a pen with a purple button at the end. When pressed, it causes OneNote to open shortly thereafter. Is it possible to change the application that opens this way? ...
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Are there Bluetooth remote controls which will work on a Surface RT tablet?

I'm looking for a remote control for my Surface RT tablet. It should work with the Xbox Music app to skip tracks and adjust the volume. To avoid using up the single USB port it should be Bluetooth ...
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Surface Pro won't boot from usb

I have had a surface pro for a while now and I have decided to try and boot from USB on it. It won't boot from it. I have tried an external hardrive with Windows Vista on, a Windows 98 Microsoft-dos ...
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How use Excel formula to add new row in table?

I'm using Excel 2013 on a Microsoft Surface 2 (which is an RT ARM machine). It's my understanding that the Surface 2/RT version of Office does not allow scripting or forms. I'm trying to create a ...
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How can I daisy chain a Surface Pro 2 to multiple monitors?

I am considering a Surface Pro 2, and have read on this Microsoft site that: If you have the latest Windows updates, you can daisy-chain multiple monitors from your Surface Pro 2. They don't ...
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Do other wacom styli work on Microsoft Surface Pro 2?

So, I've been eyeing Sufrace Pro 2 for quite some time... I know it has a wacom digitizer and a wacom pen. However, I already have a wacom drawing tablet, that is, CTH-470 to be precise. So, does ...
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vine.co causes Surface RT to crash

Whenever I try to watch Vine videos on https://vine.co, my Surface RT crashes and I have to do a hard shutdown. I can access vine.co just fine on a Windows 8.1 laptop with IE11 as well. Here is a ...
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Private Photos on Surface Pro

So when you take a picture with surface pro it adds it to the livetile slideshow, which I think I can disable all together (but not per photo), and I think my photos are automatically shared by ...
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Unable to install language pack on SurfaceRT as it assumes I have no internet connection

I installed the English language pack on this surface before, but after a reset and an upgrade to Windows 8.1 I am no longer able to do so. When I add a language, the place where the button should be ...
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Disable zoom-pinching, scrolling, ctrl+scroll lock on Windows 8, Surface Pro 2

I have a Surface Pro 2 that nearly 30% of the time, is sure that my touching the trackpad means I want to zoom. In a browser, it's as if there's a control key held down and every mouse movement makes ...
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Does the Type cover 2 work with the Surface RT?

I know that the type cover 2 came out for the Surface 2 and Surface Pro 2, but is it backwards compatible with the Surface RT? I intend to get the type cover 2 over the original because of the ...
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Surface Pro 2 - how many external 1080p monitors are supported with DisplayPort daisy chaining?

The Surface Pro 2 supports daisy chaining 1080p aka FullHD aka 1920x1080 monitors (and other resolutions too). Does anyone know for certain how many external 1080p displays the Surface Pro 2 can drive ...
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Surface (Pro) Soft Keyboard + Hardware Keyboard Issue

When I got my Surface Pro 2, I loved it, and everything seemed to work flawlessly, until, wait for it, windows updates... The issue that I am having is the following, I primarily use the TC ...
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How do I login to Surface Pro and use Office 2013 without internet connection?

I noticed that for successful login with my Microsoft account, I need to stay in a hotspot with the Surface Pro connected to the internet. Even more confusing is that I also need to use my Microsoft ...
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Save as dialog is not appearing in any “metro” app on Windows 8

I have a problem that Save dialog is not appearing in any metro app. Only save as dialog is not working, I think. For example if I find a download link and press it - everything is fine, but if I ...
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Remove wireless connections

After upgrade to Win8.1 I can no longer manage the wireless profiles nor connect to some of the more complex connections I once had. I have several serious problems: netsh wlan show profiles - does ...
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We weren't able to connect you to the Windows Store [duplicate]

I know this has been asked at least 100 Times, but still, I can't connect to the Windows Store on my new Surface RT running Windows 8.1 Preview. I tried: disable proxy correct date and time ...
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Simple HTTP Server for Windows RT

I'm looking for a dead simple HTTP server to deliver static files on a Surface tablet for a demo. I typically use a server like Mongoose for this purpose, but, alas, RT is crippled. Are there any ...
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Is there a way to take a screenshot on a Surface RT in a full screen remote desktop session?

That pretty much says it all. I've tried the home-key+volume button method, but it doesn't work when in a full-screen remote desktop session. Is this possible?
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On Windows 8, particularly on tablets with a permanently inserted micro SD card, is there a universal way to treat the card as a non-removable drive?

I have a Windows 8.1 tablet, a Surface Pro, and I have a micro SD card that is permanently inserted. I use it to store media files like music and video. Windows, recognizing that it is a removable ...
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Stream audio from Surface RT to Windows 8.1 PC

I would like to play music on my Surface RT, but have the audio streamed to and actually played on my Win8.1 PC (it has better speakers than the surface, naturally). With Surface Pro I could have done ...
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Can't start Zune software

I can't get the Zune software to start. At all. A fresh Windows 8 machine (Surface Pro 1, in case it matters) and I've just downloaded the Zune software from Zune.Net, so a brand new installer. ...
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How to save files on C: drive? (Surface 2)

I just bought a Microsoft Surface 2 and I tried to save fies (pictures) from Internet Explorer to mz local file system. But instead of saving the files to C:\Users\MyName\Pictures (which is the ...
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Difference between Surface 2 and Surface Pro 2 [closed]

Can anybody explain the difference between the Microsoft Surface 2 and the Surface Pro 2 in terms of hardware and software features?
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How does one switch tracks in Windows 8.1's XBox Music app?

In the XBox Music app (both app and Windows completely updated) I tried playing a folder full of MP3s from a USB HDD. In the screenshot above the track Sometimes is currently playing (indicated by ...
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Surface Pro 2 / Windows 8.1 - Charging Issue

I purchased the Surface Pro 2 a few days ago (release day) and it has been running great, but over the last 3 days I have encountered a weird charging issue. I like to drain my battery down to near ...
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Changing size of desktop icons

On a standard computer, I change the size of the desktop icons by pressing Ctrl + rolling the scroll wheel (the same operation for zooming in or out in most applications). But how can I change the ...
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What can I do with a Bluetooth connection between Windows Phone and Surface Pro?

I have both an HTC Windows Phone 8x and a Surface Pro, each of course with Windows 8. Both of them I log in using my same Microsoft Live account. I can manage to get my phone connected to the surface ...
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Virtualbox prevents Surface Pro 2 from sleeping/resuming from sleep

I have a new surface pro 2; installed virtualbox on it; it seems to prevent the surface pro from either sleeping or resuming from sleep (unclear which). Any ideas?
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How can I limit battery charging on a Surface Pro (2) or Windows 8(.1)?

Limiting the maximum amount that a battery can be charged extends its life. Historically, utilities for this have been provided by the manufacturer (i.e. on Sony and Lenovo). Does Windows 8 or 8.1 ...
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Surface Pro 2: differences between Type Cover or Type Cover 2?

With the release of the Surface Pro 2, there is a new version of the Type Cover coming out - the Type Cover 2. It is supposed to be an improvement over the original Type Cover, being both backlit and ...
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Surface RT doesn't show PIN pad on lock screen if keyboard detached in sleep

I've been seeing behavior with my Surface where if the keyboard is detached before the screen comes on (e.g. it is "asleep") then it never seems to recognize that the keyboard is no longer attached. ...
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Surface Type Cover: Context key?

Is there a way to simulate (or does there exist an actual key combination, perhaps making use of the Fn key, that acts as) the context key on the Surface Type Cover? I didn't realize until I tried to ...
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Surface display screen stops working after leaving cover on for a long time [closed]

I recently upgraded my Surface with Windows RT to Windows RT 8.1 Preview. When I close the Type Cover, the screen shuts down as it should. However, if I leave the cover on overnight, the display ...
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Windows 8 fails to identify Wireless-G wifi network

I have been using a G-type WiFi network at my home for a few years already, and up until now, all my devices were able to connect to it without any problems. My Android phone, my Windows 8 laptop and ...
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How can I enable/disable the Windows 8 Surface Pro's trackpad, now that the Trackpad Settings app is unavailable?

Earlier this year, anyone wishing to disable or toggle the Trackpad on the Surface's keyboard could download the Trackpad Settings app. However, it seems that this app is no longer available on the ...
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Dll fails to load on Surface Pro, but loads just fine on Win 8 on a PC

We (my company) have purchased a Surface Pro device to showcase our application as a tablet version. The app is run using an InstallShield installation process. The installation was tested and ...
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Using Surface as a CPU, is it possible to use a laptop's display + keyboard to operate it?

I was wondering if there is anyway that I could have the Surface Pro's screen extend onto my laptop's - in a dual monitor setup using something like MaxiVista (which does not work with Win8) but one ...
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Can the Surface RT be used to edit website code and test sites locally?

I'm looking into buying an economic, portable computer to present websites hosted on the local machine, and maybe make minor code edits to the site as well. I was considering the Surface RT, but I ...
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Can't refresh Windows RT on Surface

When I try to refresh my Surface RT tablet it comes up with the error message "The media you have inserted is not valid" Please Insert your windows installation or recovery media. I have done this as ...
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VS2012 Express unable to start correctly in Surface Pro

I have recently bought surface pro. It is running on a 64-bit Windows 8 OS running on Intel i5-3317U with 4GB RAM. By all standards as far as I know it should be able run any program I can run on my ...
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Creating and Deploying Windows 8 Pro images for Surface Pro tablets

I have a stack of Microsoft Surface Pro tablets that I would like to setup with a base image, and some software for the company I work for. I know on Desktop machines I can go into Audit mode, make ...