Travel with a Surface RT

Travel with tabletWhether you travel for business or pleasure, if you’re like me, you don’t want to haul any more on your trip than you absolutely need.

It just so happens that, one of the great things about tablet computers is their portability. It makes them a perfect device to take along with you on a trip. This is especially true when you are traveling for pleasure as I like to do. So, I thought I would share my thoughts and experience with my Surface RT tablet as a travel companion to help keep me entertained and in touch with my friends and family back home.

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How Can I Backup My Surface? (Windows 8.1)

If you’ve been using computers for any length of time and you have a Surface RT/2 or Surface Pro (1,2 or 3), you’ve probably already asked yourself “how can I backup my Surface?”.

If you haven’t you really should.

You need to protect your data in case something bad happens. This is especially true with tablet computers (like the Surface) and laptops since they are more likely to be dropped or stolen.

In this post, We’re going to be covering functionality built into the Surface you can use to make sure your files and operating system are recoverable if the worst happens. Continue reading How Can I Backup My Surface? (Windows 8.1)

How To: Easily access SkyDrive in Desktop mode.

Although SkyDrive won’t let you see your data when you’re not connected to the internet from a Surface RT device (see my post on that here) it is still a valuable tool when you have an internet connection.

While Windows RT has a SkyDrive Metro application installed by default, it doesn’t allow you access content from the Windows RT desktop. You can, however, setup a mapped drive that will allow you to do so while you’re in desktop mode.

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Getting started with Surface

Getting Started with Surface: So you’ve gotten your Surface and the first thing that’s going through your head is, “OK, now what?”

Well, getting started is pretty simple and we’re going to cover the things you should do right away to make sure you have the best experience getting started with your new Surface tablet.

 These 8 steps should get you up and running on either The Surface RT (running Windows RT) or Surface Pro (running Windows 8) so, I’ll sometimes refer to Windows as “Windows 8/RT” just to signify that it is the same thing for the purposes of this getting started guide.

OK, ready? Let’s go….

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Skydrive won’t make an offline copy on Surface

UPDATE: Microsoft has corrected this with the Windows 8.1 Update. If you need this functionality, upgrade your device to the latest version of Windows. Please see our post Windows 8.1 Quick Start Guide for instructions.

One of the most appealing features of the Surface RT tablet is Skydrive. Skydrive is a program that allows you to automatically sync data between your Surface and the cloud.

If you’ve used Skydrive in the past with your PC or laptop you might remember that it keeps a local copy that you can access when your computer isn’t connected to the Internet.

Unfortunately with the Surface RT tablet Skydrive does not keep a local copy of your files, though some folks at Microsoft say they’re looking into changing it so it can cache locally.

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