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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How can I play a DVD using an external drive on a Surface RT?

I have a Surface RT, I have an external DVD drive with a USB plug, and I have a DVD (actually, quite a few) that I want to watch on it. I don't want to rip or convert the DVD into some other format ...
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Is it possible to do any programming on the Microsoft Surface RT?

Is there any way to do some level of actual programming directly on the Surface RT? I expect that (just like with iOS) you need a "real" PC to develop actual apps for it, but perhaps there are some ...
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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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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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username or password incorrect

Windows 8 - Surface Pro - Active Directory Domain User I was once logged into our domain. At some point I started to get the "The Username or password is incorrect. Try again message." The same ...
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Set display scaling when using Remote Desktop from Surface Pro

I use my Surface Pro to remote desktop to various other machines. When I do, the display is crazy small because Surface Pro uses 150% scaling for it's local Windows display, but this is not the ...
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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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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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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 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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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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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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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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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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Can't install .net framework 3.5 on Windows 8 (Surface Pro) error 0x800f0906, no installation media available

I get the same error as in this question: Error 0x800F0906 while installing .Net 3.5 on Windows 8 However the Surface Pro didn't come with installation media so I can't follow the offline ...
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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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Customise on screen keyboard

How would one go about customising the on screen keyboard on a Microsoft Surface Pro? I've noticed that it doesn't have an alt or Esc key and I can't think of any good reason why those keys, among ...
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How do you exit fullscreen mode?

I've opened fullscreen mode in Internet Explorer on the Desktop. How do I exit out of it again?
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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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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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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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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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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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Can the Microsoft Surface Pro drive multiple external monitors?

I am interested in simultaneously connecting two Dell UltraSharp 2407WFP 24-inch Widescreen Flat Panels to my Microsoft Surface Pro. Currently I am attempting to utilize a StarTech Mini DisplayPort to ...
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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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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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Remap Surface Type keyboard “special keys” to standard function keys

The top row of the MS Surface Type keyboard mostly consists of special keys for increasing volume, searching, accessing settings, etc. But if you hold the "Fn" key, then that row becomes the standard ...
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Does Windows 8 Surface support stolen device tracking?

I recently had my home robbed and all my computers stolen. Now I have a new Windows 8 Surface tablet, and I would like to track and recover it if it is stolen or lost. Is this possible?
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Is it possible to lockdown a Microsoft Surface RT in kiosk mode?

I am wondering if it is possible to lock-down a Microsoft Surface RT tablet by allowing one application to always be in the foreground and restricting users from doing anything else. Is it possible ...
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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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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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Connect Microsoft Surface to ad-hoc network

I am trying to connect my Microsoft Surface tablet to an ad-hoc network that I setup on my Windows-7 desktop machine. The Surface machine can see and connect to other hotspots, but it cannot see the ...
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Middle click on Surface Pro [duplicate]

How can I get middle click functionality with the surface pro touch pad on the Type Cover keyboard? With Synaptics touch pads you can change settings in the Mouse section of Control Panel, but there ...
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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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How to sync SkyDrive files to Microsoft Surface device?

Today I got a brand new Microsoft Surface. With the touch keyboard this really feels like a small notebook, my only problem is: How do I sync my SkyDrive files to the device? There is SkyDrive app ...
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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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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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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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Does the Microsoft Surface Pro support multiple external monitors over displayport?

Has anyone tested a Microsoft Surface Pro with daisy-chained monitors? How many monitors are supported and at what resolution?
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How can I make another user an administrator on the Microsoft Surface?

I bought a Microsoft Surface and it's awesome. However, I setup the device using my @hotmail.com account. Later I added an @outlook.com account. But now I want the @outlook.com account to be the ...
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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 ...
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Can the traditional remote desktop client be accessed in Windows RT?

As mentioned in another question, I've been unable to connect through the Remote Desktop metro app to some computers, in particular those requiring VPN access or load balancers. I'm considering ...
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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 ...