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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What is the difference between Windows 8 and Windows RT?

I was reading the specs about MS Surface and saw that there are two Models offered. One with Windows RT and one with Windows 8 Pro. I'm wondering what's the difference between those two OS?
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Can we install Visual Studio 12 on the Surface RT?

As I'm planning on getting a Surface RT tablet, I was wondering if it is possible to install Visual Studio 12 on it for app development.
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Microsoft Surface Alternative OS

Is it possible to install a new operating system like ubuntu on the Surface, instead of windows 8?
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How to get to the Windows 8 Lock Screen on Microsoft Surface?

I just got my Microsoft Surface Tablet. So far it rocks, but I would like to be able to get to the main screen that shows date/time and background image (or, the "Lock Screen"). Thus far I have only ...
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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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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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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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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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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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How to sync OneDrive files to Microsoft Surface RT device?

Today I got a brand new Microsoft Surface RT. With the touch keyboard this really feels like a small notebook, my only problem is: How do I sync my OneDrive files to the device? There is OneDrive ...
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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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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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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 to have Windows 8 Surface tablet warn low battery?

While I use Windows 8 Surface tablet, the device will shut down at 6% battery, but never warns of low battery. Can I enable a setting that will warn me of low battery while in an app? Edit Changing ...
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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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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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Is there a workaround to enable classic Win32 Desktop apps to run on Windows RT (ARM)

According to this arstechnica article and this mozilla blog post the Win32 API is present on Windows RT, but Microsoft chooses to not make it available for third party applications. Office and ...
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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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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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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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What types of styluses would work on a Microsoft Surface?

I tried using a regular stylus on the Microsoft Surface, but that doesn't work; the screen is unresponsive. Is there a stylus available or does anyone already have good experiences with another type ...
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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 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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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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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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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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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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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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How do you keep the windows surface from going to the lock screen?

I like to play music on the internet of my Surface RT. But when I play it, it locks up and pauses the song. How do I keep it unlocked all the time?
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Sync folders between Windows 8 and Windows RT (Surface RT, MicroSD card)

I'm loving the Surface RT as a decent go-between device, great for meetings and conferences etc, especially with OneNote. I have a 64 GB microSD card for the Surface RT and would like to sync ...
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Can I install Windows 8 App Store apps to an SD card?

On Android it's possible to move apps to a connected SD card. Can I do this with Windows 8 to prevent the built-in memory from filling up?
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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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Equivalent of mouse hover on a touch screen

On the Samsung Galaxy Note, you can use the S Pen to achieve the equivalent of a mouse hover, even though its on a touch screen device. Does the Surface (or any of the new touch screen windows 8 ...
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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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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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Does software for Windows 8 on Surface always have to be signed? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Install a Windows 8 Modern UI app without the Windows Store We want to program for Windows 8 for Surface and have problems signing the software before installing for ...
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How to enable picture unlock feature on Microsoft Surface?

I saw something in the Microsoft Windows 8 presentation where instead of entering a password, a PC could also be unlocked via a picture by clicking on some user defined positions. Is this available on ...
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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 To Switch User On Microsoft Surface When Prompted For Another User's Password

I have a loaner Microsoft Surface RT to evaluate. When I turn it on and it boots to the login screen there is the previous user's name and prompt for their password. I don't seem to be able to do ...
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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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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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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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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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Surface Pro - Disable Wifi?

I recently purchased a Surface pro for one of our executive users (at their request.) I have successfully deployed our image to it, joined it to our domain, etc. When using the USB Ethernet adapter, ...
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Can I install an additional Language pack to Microsoft Surface

I currently live in China so my only options to buy a Surface tablet is to buy it here or in Hong Kong. Problem is that by default the entire UI is in Chinese. In the x86 version of Windows 8 you can ...
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How to get back to Lock Screen from Password screen in Microsoft Surface?

Similar to this question: Can I bring the lock screen back after dismissing it? ('go back a screen' from password entry) How do I go back to the Lock Screen once I've gone to the password ...
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How do you get iPlayer to work on Windows RT

I thought Internet Explorer on Windows 8 RT had a version of Flash to allow playback of various streaming services, including BBC iPlayer and 4OD. They both don't seem to work. Can this be fixed?
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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 ...