Questions tagged [microsoft-surface]

Microsoft Surface is a series of Windows tablet computers by Microsoft. For the table-sized interactive touch device, see the [microsoft-pixelsense] tag.

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How to stop windows 10 trying to constantly log in, but failing. Stuck in a loop

In the past I've prepared a "Microsoft Surface Go" tablet with Windows pro 10 on it. Here I created a local user with password (during initial setup) and made it so that this user ...
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Unable to format/wipe Window Disk without Error (Tried Ubuntu Gparted and Diskpart [duplicate]

I am trying to wipe/reinstall Windows, however, all have no success. In usb live boot to Window installation set up, install new Window to override it, unable to delete or format any of my exisiting ...
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Microsoft Surface Headphones 2 - mic button with sensitivity issue on Mac OS x

I just bought a Microsoft Surface Headphones 2 and I'm using it with multiple devices. My main computer is running Mac OS X. The headphones are really great, the problem is, when I press the mute ...
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Is there any gesture in Windows 10 (tablet mode) to perform an 'undo' or 'redo' operation (Ctrl+z / Ctrl+y)?

When using Windows 10 in tablet mode, is there any gesture for 'undo' (Ctrl+z)? Is there any gesture for 'redo' (Ctrl+y)?
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Windows 10 on Microsoft Surface acting up. Windows closing, right click not working

Windows10 on MS Surface is acting really weird. Symptoms: I open Putty. As soon as I click on the UI or type anything in there, it shuts down. this happens to various apps: they close as soon as I ...
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USB network card not detected at startup Ubuntu16.04

I have been using Ubuntu 16.04 on the surface GO since 2018. To get wired network I am using a USB-C 3 port USB + LAN adapter. Problem Sometimes when starting up only the network card does not get ...
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How to force connect to Bluetooth to a non speaker device

I have a Microsoft surface keyboard, and I'm able to connect it, but when I turn on my computer again it just says "paired", but not connected. I know the "windows + k" which I ...
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Selecting entries in boot manager without using keyboard

My goal is rather simple to put in words: I want to install Windows and Chrome OS in dual boot on my Surface Go 2 and be able to select entries in the boot manager without having to use a physical ...
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How to use a Surface pro as a microphone for my desktop?

I'm currently using my Surface pro 4 as a second screen by using the connect to a wireless display functionality, is it possible to also use it as a microphone?
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USB-C display compatibility

I'm searching for a monitor to connect it to my Surface Book 3 15". And I want to use only the USB-C cabele (also use to load my laptop). The Surface Book offers USB 3.x Gen 2 @ 10Gb/s DP alt ...
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Disable One Point on Touchscreen

Is there any software / drivers I am able to install which allow one pixel or an area of the screen to become 'touchscreen dead'? I have a 'phantom touch' problem on my Microsoft Surface Pro 4 where ...
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Can I use this charger with my surface?

So I bought this CHOETECH USB C Charger that has a 60W USB-C and three 12W USB-A ports. I also have a Surface Connect to USB-C cable. The 60W usb-C output from the charger are: 5V/3A; 9V/3A; 12V/3A; ...
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Mic stopped working after Windows Update (Microsoft Surface Pro 7, Headset connected to USB-C hub)

Microsoft Update just rolled a huge set of updates to my rather new Surface Pro 7... and I can no longer use Skype with my gaming headset (with boom mic). This worked great before the update. (Note, ...
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Suspected GPU crash

I've recently purchased a Microsoft Surface Book 3, currently running Windows 10 Pro Version 20H2, with a NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1660 Ti Max-Q graphics card. I've been quite frustrated with repeated ...
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Microsoft Surface - Disabling driver does not disable my trackpad, when it should

My trackpad is acting strange. Randomly stops working, and I have to use 3 fingers to get it to work, and even then its choppy. Then it snaps back into behavior. I tried booting into Ubuntu, and this ...
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USB type C to type A adapter for surface pro 6

Recently, I bought a USB type C to type A adapter and when I connected it to my Surface Pro 6 I encounter the error Unknown USB device (Device Descriptor Request Failed). Also, I found the following ...
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3rd Monitor flickering on/off, Surface Book 3 with 2 external monitors

I just got a new surface book 3. I have the surface dock with 2 external monitors extended using QGeeM USB-C to HDMI Female adapters . The 3rd monitor (second external) keeps flickering on and off ...
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Mini DisplayPort to USB-C docking station - Surface Book

I have a first generation Surface Book. It does not have HDMI or USB-C. It does have a Mini DisplayPort. I also have a couple of monitors that are connected to a docking station that wants to connect ...
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Can't install Windows 10 ARM64 on Surface Pro X 1876 128GB from USB

I can't install Windows 10 ARM64 on Surface Pro X 1876 128GB. I flashed USB using latest Rufus version with Windows 10 ARM64 1903 Enterprise ISO. I have an adapter (USB -> USB-C), secure boot is ...
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Microsoft Surface Go: “Slow Charger” warning - intermittent

I have had this new Surface Go for a month (since June 2020). It works great! I have experienced, both with the OEM Microsoft charger AND when powering via a USB-C hub, the tablet shows a warning in ...
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Will my Surface 3 work with no battery installed?

I have a surface 3 and the battery has swollen causing g the screen to bulge if I remove the battery will it work from power supply cable without battery I installed
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Surface Book 1: issues with updating firmware

Recently, I bought a SB1 (i7, 512GB SSD, 16GB RAM, dGPU) second-hand with the understanding that the battery would not hold a charge. I was able to inspect the unit before purchasing it, and there was ...
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clipboard won't charge with oem power adapters

recently I had to replace my Surface Book 2 with another one with identical specs. I had a full disk backup and restored it to the new machine, after allowing the new machine to be updated with ...
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Disable virtualization on a Surface Book 3

Does anyone know how to disable virtualization on a Surface Book 3? Most articles show going into the BIOS to change this setting however, Surface Book 3 uses UEFI instead of BIOS. When going into the ...
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Windows 10 update failing on surface pro 7

I have been trying to install 1909 for the last few days and I cannot for whatever reason. I have tried using cmd to stop/start the server settings and delete the download folder and tried the update ...
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Laptop (Surface Go) keeps disconnecting USB-devices on a hub, power saving disabled

I have a USB-C Hub (Digitus Multiport DA-70874) connected to my MS Surface Go's only USB-C port. Usually I have an external SSD and a Ethernet adaptor connected to the Hub, sometimes I add a USB-stick ...
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surface desktop MS Magnet keyboard intermittent failure

my surface desktop has a magnetic keyboard which only works intermittently. I have tried disabling the keyboard and reloading the driver but to no avail. Any help would be appreciated. Windows 10 is ...
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What iCloud for windows is doing in the background - it takes 25% cpu capacity by average | and how to solve it

I am using a surface book, and take the document fold synchronized with iCloud. So I have installed the iCloud for windows since I transferred from MacBook to surface pro/surface book (I have both). ...
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Setting up a VPN on a Surface 2

For those not in the know, Surface 2 is one of the few Microsoft tablet & laptops that use the ARM architecture. The combination of a full Windows OS (8.1 RT & 10) & ARM being rare, few ...
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how to install New-LocalUser and read the help file from PowerShell

Looks to be a 64 bit OS but 32 bit powershell, if I'm reading this correctly: ********************** Windows PowerShell transcript start Start time: 20200329133946 Username: DESKTOP-9AKB65V\thufir ...
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Installing OpenSSH with PowerShell

How is ssh used? ********************** Windows PowerShell transcript start Start time: 20200325223558 Username: DESKTOP-9AKB65V\thufir RunAs User: DESKTOP-9AKB65V\thufir Configuration Name: Machine:...
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Surface pro 7 (USB-C) to UWQHD (DP, HDMI, DVI)?

Is it possible to use a UWQHD 3440x1440 monitor for my surface pro7? The surface only have USB-C and the monitor have HDMI (HDCP 1.4), DP and DVI. Do I need a specific adapter or do all adapters ...
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For Surface Book 2 how to use dedicated video with dock station

I am using Surface Book 2, with its original dock station, where I have wired 2 Lenovo T2454 monitors. I wanted to force SB2 to use only the dedicated GPU (not integrated one), but I cannot seem to be ...
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Battery shows 5% remaining after 8 hours of charging and sometimes says “Battery not detected.”

Some Observations The computer runs as expected when it is plugged in. After charging overnight (about 8 hours), the battery life is at 5%. Sometimes, the battery task bar icon says, "Battery not ...
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Some text on Windows 10 UI appears as boxes

I have been recently experiencing an issue where some text/buttons on the Windows 10 user interface appears as empty rectangular boxes. I have tried the following already: Switching between ...
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Unable to install Windows 10 on Surface Book 2?

I'm trying to install Windows 10 on a Surface Book 2, but Windows keeps giving the error "Windows could not update the computer's boot configuration. Installation cannot proceed." I have tried ...
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What are the advantages/disadvantages of 3:2 aspect ratio over other aspect ratios? [closed]

I have been recently looking at buying a new laptop and came across the Microsoft Surface Laptop 3. Its display seems to have a 3:2 aspect ratio. Now I have little to no knowledge about aspect ...
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AppX deployment for Microsoft.SurfaceHub fails

Every few seconds a new .evtx file and a new .txt file appear in c:\windows\temp. Each .evtx file has nearly identical content (except for timestamps), ditto the .txt files. The .evtx files are ...
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How to install the nano CLI editor on Windows 10?

Didn't DOS used to have an "edit" or something? I'm used to nano, like nano, and want to use nano. Does it install on Windows 10? https://showtop.info/install-nano-text-editor-windows-10-command-...
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Re-Installing Windows 10 fails on Surface Book 2

I have recently been given a used Surface Book 2 (15", maxed out). However, it seems like the previous owner had some Windows Insider Preview version installed on it (Slow Ring). And all of the ...
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Can I speed up the tablet detaching for my Surface Book?

I have the surface book with the i7, GTX 965m. When I press the button to detach, it takes 5-10 seconds to do. I end up removing and replacing the tablet half quite often in class, so these delays add ...
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Surface Laptop 2: unable to click on anything on the right two inches of the screen

My Surface is six months old and works great. Within the past few weeks, the strangest thing has arisen. If I have a window, say notepad (but this is for any app), and the right edge of the notepad ...
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Features turned off in Windows 10 Pro, after reboot

The system in question is a Microsoft Surface Book 2, running Windows 10 Pro. I would like to turn on the following Windows features: Hyper-V Containers Windows Subsystem for Linux I'm able to turn ...
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Does sunlight damage warnings for displays also apply for sunlight on the back of the display?

I read the question here: Should I keep my monitor away from direct sun light? It clearly states that direct sunlight is a bad idea. I'm buying a Surface Studio 2, and I intend on placing it in ...
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Could anyone identify this precise surface?

Yesterday I bought this surface. Can anyone firstly identify what surface it is? I thought it was a pro 4 but my partner is not so sure. Secondly, I wanted to ask what are my options for buying ...
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Microsoft Surface Book 2 - “Clear” bar at top of screen in Windows Apps

Encountering a strange recurring issue involving a Microsoft Surface Book 2. When any Microsoft applications are full screen (ex: Windows Explorer, Settings, Office Suite, Edge), an occasional ...
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AAC Bluetooth codec on Surface Book 2

Does Windows 10 and the Surface Book 2 hardware support the AAC Bluetooth codec? I do notice a rather big difference in sound quality when changing between an iPhone (that do support AAC) and the ...
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GnuPlot how do I plot a wireframe surface with uneven grid data

I am trying to plot a set of grid data with specific axis values where the y-axis is uneven (eg ... 150 180 195). Believe it or not, it's the deformation in an concrete ceiling that I want to level ...
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Touchscreen swipe to switch between virtual desktops

I want to change between my desktops by using 2-3-4 finger gestures on my Microsoft Surface Go. At the moment I can open up the on-screen touchpad (yes, that's a thing apparently), and I can use 4 ...
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Wake from sleep & navigate UEFI settings with Bluetooth keyboard/mouse?

I've just built a new PC [motherboard: Gigabyte Aorus Pro WiFi Z390 with ACPI 5.0] that has BT and WiFi onboard, and I have two problems: I'm unable to enter the UEFI firmware settings: It seems ...

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