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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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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Possible to “Root” Microsoft Surface?

With the release of a new tablet, I'm inclined to wonder how similar it is to other tablet devices, specifically those by Google and Apple. Is privilege escalation possible on a Surface? What I'm ...
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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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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 ...
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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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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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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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Bluetooth keyboard using a Surface Pro 3

I recently purchased a surface pro 3. I did not however opt for the touch cover; instead I use a regular travel bluetooth keyboard. It works well, but the behavior is not optimal: even when it is ...
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Can you screenshot only the focused window using hardware buttons on the Surface 3?

With a regular keyboard when you want to print only the focused window, instead of the entire screen, you use and hold Alt + Prt Scrn keys. I just learned from this site two different methods to ...
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How to have windows 8 windows adapt to a second screen lower resolution ? (surface)

I have a surface pro 3 (high dpi) with windows 8.1 and a second screen (normal dpi). When opening a window on a screen and switching this window to the other screen, it used to adapt gently. For ...
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windows 8.1 can't remove existing paired bluetooth device nor connect new one

I have a surface pro 3 with windows 8.1 and currently installed microsoft sculpt touch mouse and creative inspire 2 sound system. I have bought a new bluetooth microsoft sculpt mobile keyboard. The ...
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Is there a trick to pressing the “u” button in the Surface Pro 2 on-screen keyboard?

I find it exceedingly difficult to hit the U on the on-screen keyboard on my Surface Pro 2 running Windows 8.1. Here are the specific symptoms: very carefully tapping directly over the on-screen U ...
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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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Surface Pro 3 Create M/soft account

Surface Pro 3. I want to bypass Microsoft account sign in, but when I pass the first screen and try to open, e.g. Skype I am required to sign into a M/soft account. Any suggestions? N
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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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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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Surface Pro 3 Dock - Blinking light, no charge

I have a Surface Pro 3 and a dock. When I attach the Surface to the dock, the indicator light blinks and will not charge the device: Steps I have taken: Ran and installed all Windows updates with ...
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What's the correct way to start up the computer?

I'm not sure if it's me or if it's Win 10 not being fully sane. When I close the lid on my Surface, it goes into the default sleep mode (it's set not to shut down but just sleep for both lid-closing ...
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Use Miracast (or other wireless display tech) to extend screens to Multiple Wireless Displays

Is it possible to use a Surface Pro 3 (or other tablet/laptop/netbook/desktop) and two Microsoft Wireless Display Adapter (or other similar devices) to extend a Windows 8.1 desktop (or other OS) so it ...
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How do you disable swipe history navigation?

On my Surface Pro, when I drag my finger across the browser window, Chrome will navigate back and forth through the browsing history. click to open on Youtube How do I disable this feature?
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How do you exit fullscreen mode?

I've opened fullscreen mode in Internet Explorer or Chrome on the Desktop. How do I exit out of it again?
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microsoft surface 2 win 8.1 RT [closed]

I live in London and I am finding it difficult to buy a Surface capacitive pen The stores that sell the surface tablet have not got a clue The ones on ebay when I email the seller they dont know if ...
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Microsoft Surface Pro 3 and Windows 7

Is it possible to install Windows 7 on Microsoft Surface Pro 3? I would like to buy it but I don't like Windows 8 (and later versions).
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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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use surface pro 3 ntrig pen on regular windows 8 touch screen pc

I wonder if its even possible? As I do not really see what's the apparent difference (excuse my innocent thought) between surface screen and a regular touch screen PC's one. If not, is there a trick ...
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New Dropbox update on Surface 1 on Windows RT: No download funcion

All: Good morning. I recently updated my dropbox on my Surface 1 Unit, running the Windows RT operating system. The new dropbox app does not seem to have a "download" function. I keep masters on ...
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USB recovery: error 0xc000000f

I'm trying to reinstall Windows on my Surface Pro 3 with a USB recovery drive. I have downloaded the required files from the Microsoft website ...
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micro-SD card slot not working on Microsoft Surface RT tablet

Whenever I try to put a micro-SD card into the slot on my Surface RT, the card does not show up at all. I don't even get an acknowledgement that some device was inserted (other than the usual sounds). ...
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Microsoft Surface Pro 3 prevent sleeping with attached keyboard closed?

Microsoft Surface Pro 3, keyboard attached, placed in Surface 3 docking station. When the keyboard is unfolded (open) the SP3 operates just fine while docked. When the keyboard is closed (flush with ...
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How do I encrypt a folder in Windows RT?

I'm apparently unable to encrypt folders on my Surface RT. When I view the properties of a folder, and then go to the "Advanced Attributes", the option to "Encrypt contents to secure data" is ...
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How do I restore my Surface 3 after installing Windows 10 Tech Preview

Before installing the Windows 10 Tech Preview, I created a recovery media on an USB stick, so that I could completely reset my Surface 3 and repave it with Windows 8.1, should I need to. After the ...
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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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Visio freezes on Surface Pro 2

Scenario: Visio 2010 in Windows 8.1, or a Surface Pro 2 with all of the current updates. Problem: Visio 2010 starts without issue, but as soon as you try to open a new template, or a document, it ...
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Why is my Windows Surface Pro fn key stuck on?

It seemed like out of nowhere my Windows Surface type pad PgUp and PgDn keys stopped working, being replaced by their F11 and F12 values instead. How do I get it back to normal?
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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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Microsoft Surface Pro 3 Wake-on-LAN

Is there any method to enable Wake-on-LAN (WoL) option in Windows 8.1 of Surface Pro 3, connected to the Ethernet via original Docking Station? I tried almost everything, what is a somewhat related ...
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“Win” tooltip appears under Surface Pro 3 pen - how do I stop it from showing up?

Occasionally, when I use the pen with the keyboard folded underneath my Surface Pro 3, a tooltip labeled "Win" will show up under the pen's pointer. This tooltip doesn't show up under my finger when ...
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Surface 3 doesn't auto-reconnect to wifi

Everytime I move my surface 3 from work to home, and back to work, the wifi gets stuck on the last network I was connected to. If I leave it on the work connection when I get home (and not reconnect ...
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Windows RT App for multiple users

I've installed Twitter and mZip on a Windows RT Surface tablet. The apps are running on the outlook.com-Account User I used for the installation. The apps are not shown on my local user account. Is it ...
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function keys from surface pro 3 tablet virtual keypad : how?

Does anyone know how i can access the function keys whilst using the surface pro 3 without the keyboard attached, i.e. how can i pull up the function keys from the surface keypad ?
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Surface display screen stops working after leaving cover on for a long time

I recently upgraded my Surface with Windows RT to Windows RT 8.1. When I close the Type Cover, the screen shuts down as it should. However, if I leave the cover on overnight, the display screen ...
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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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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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Surface Pro magnetic connectors next to laptop

I have seen questions about magnets and damage to laptops, but they were about weaker magnets like headsets and mobile phones. I normally place my laptop in a backpack when I travel. I recently ...
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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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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 replace the Surface RT NVIDIA 1.4 GHz Tegra 3 Processor with an Intel i5 or i7?

Tear down difficulty aside, is it possible to simply remove the NVIDIA 1.4 GHz Tegra 3 Processor in a Surface RT and replace it with an Intel i5 or i7? I admit I am not much of a hardware guy ...
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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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Dual/triple booting Surface Pro?

Before I purchase a Surface Pro, I would like to know how well it dual boots. I often develop for Mac, Windows, and Linux, so I highly value in a computer the community-supported ability to natively ...