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 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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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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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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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 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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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“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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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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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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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 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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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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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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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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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 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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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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can I expand the haptic feedback capabilities of the Surface Pro?

I notice that, when I touch the Windows logo area on the Surface Pro, it vibrates some. However, this vibration is never utilized elsewhere in the experience. Is there any way I can expand this haptic ...
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Is it possible to mirror a droid 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 phone to recognize the surface pro as a device. Is there a better way to ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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 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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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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Onenote Producing Jagged Pen Ink on some areas of page Surface Pro 3

Windows Journal works fine. This is only in OneNote Anyone know the issue?
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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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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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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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Surface Pro: Outlook 2013 unable to connect to Exchange 2010

I've installed Office 2013 (via one of my 5 installation of office365 home premium) on my Surface Pro 128GB. I can't connect to Exchange 2010 to read emails via Outlook 2013. I keep receiving this ...
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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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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 ...