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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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 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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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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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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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 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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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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On Windows 8 or 10, particularly on tablets with a permanently inserted SD card, is there a universal way to treat the card as a non-removable drive?

I have a 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 drive, deletes ...
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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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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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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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Uninstall Windows Store App from tablet

Yesterday I installed an alarm clock app from the Store onto my Windows Surface tablet. Now I would like to uninstall the app, but I cannot find how to do so. How do I uninstall an app that I ...
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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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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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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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Laptop battery software to disable charging AND battery usage

I'm going to buy a Microsoft Surface notebook that does not have the capability to easily remove the battery. I'm also going to be near a powerpoint for around 90% of my usage of this notebook. To ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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 ...