Windows RT Update 3

If you have a Surface RT or Surface 2, you may not have noticed that Microsoft quietly rolled out the Windows RT Update 3 as an optional update.

The update (KB3033055) is rolling out now, so you should be able to go into Windows Update and install it at your leisure, in case you haven’t installed it already.

Windows RT Update 3: What’s Changed?

Unlike the Windows 10 update on the Surface Pro tablets, which was impossible to miss, you may not have even noticed when the Update 3 installed. There’s really only a couple of things that changed and the most dramatic thing (the Start Menu) has to be manually configured before you’ll see it.

  • Start Menu: The new Start Menu looks a lot like the new Start menu in Windows 10.

  • Circular Pictures: MS replaced the old, square user account picture frames with round “Windows 10 style” picture frames.

There may be some more changes but even Microsoft’s own update notes only list these two things.

Windows RT Update 3: Get The New Start Menu

Once the update is installed, you’ll still need to manually configure your Surface RT to use it. To get the new Start Menu, follow these steps:

  • Go into Desktop mode.
  • Tap and hold (right-click) on the taskbar and select Properties from the menu that appears.
  • When the Taskbar Properties menu appears, select the Start Menu tab then make sure the Use The Start Menu Instead of The Start Screen checkbox is checked. Press OK.

  • There will be a popup like the one below. Press Sign Out and Change Start.

After your Surface restarts, you’ll have the new Start Menu instead of the Start Screen.

If you decide you don’t like it and want to go back to the Start Screen, simply uncheck the Use The Start Menu Instead of The Start Screen check box.


Surface News Roundup: July 19th, 2015

Here’s your Surface News Roundup for this weekend. Today, I have the following Surface-related stories for your perusal:

  • Windows RT Update Coming in September
  • 3D Touch System Patent Application
  • Surface Coming to India

Since Surface Pro 4 rumors continue to comprise about 85% of the Surface related news stories that show up in my mailbox (this week, the wild speculation is an October release), all other Surface-related stories have largely been overshadowed. However, I think the three above are noteworthy for Surface owners and enthusiasts. Continue reading Surface News Roundup: July 19th, 2015

Troubleshooting Miracast on Surface Tablets

If you have a Surface tablet (except for the Surface RT), one of the cooler features it offers is built-in support for the Miracast protocol. If you don’t know about Miracast, it basically lets you send video and audio to a compatible TV or projector wirelessly.

It’s awesome when it works but, what about when it doesn’t?

With that in mind, I’m going to cover some advice for troubleshooting Miracast on Surface tablets. Continue reading Troubleshooting Miracast on Surface Tablets

Issues With the Clock on Surface Tablets

In this article, we’re going to discuss the clock on your Surface and how to make sure that your clock is accurate as possible.

So, why should you care if the clock on your Surface is off by a couple of minutes?

I’ll bet every clock you own is different from each other by a minute or two, right?

Well, the time on your stove or microwave isn’t used by certain internet security protocols (such as Surface is. As a result, you may not be able to login or connect to certain network resources (especially in an enterprise environment). Continue reading Issues With the Clock on Surface Tablets

Fix Windows Store Problems on Your Surface

In this article, I’m going to cover how to fix Windows Store problems on your Surface.

Windows Store problems usually result in you either not being able to connect to the store or not being able to download/install the applications.

If that sounds like the issues you’re having then this article should be a great help. Continue reading Fix Windows Store Problems on Your Surface

High CPU Usage Could be a Runaway Process

If your Surface is acting slow or getting hot when you’re not doing anything intensive, it could be due to a runaway process.

A runaway process is a process that is consuming increasing amounts of CPU, which in turn, causes your Surface to have fewer resources available for other (critical) processes. Worse yet, the runaway process can also cause your battery life to be impacted, see post Why My Surface Does Not Sleep. Continue reading High CPU Usage Could be a Runaway Process

Presenting with PowerPoint 2013 on Surface Tablets

The portability and touchscreen on a Surface tablet really makes presenting with PowerPoint 2013 an easy and effective way to convey your points.

Even more, the inclusion of a pen or stylus makes it a great device for presentations. Since PowerPoint comes built-in Windows RT, it’s one of the things a Surface RT or Surface 2 excels at, despite the fact that Microsoft stopping the manufacture of Surface 2 (RT) devices. Continue reading Presenting with PowerPoint 2013 on Surface Tablets

How To Troubleshoot Surface Battery Drain Issues

Here’s the scenario…

You got a new Surface a few months ago and it was awesome! The battery life was good and you were happy with it. However, lately, your Surface battery life seems to be shorter than it was and you have no idea why.

In this post, I’ll go over a series of steps you can take to try to troubleshoot your battery drain issues.

This isn’t the first time we’ve touched base on Surface battery issues, in the past Joanna and I have covered individual things you could do to figure out what’s going on with your battery but, now I’ll cover a more complete process for troubleshooting (and hopefully, correcting) battery issues with your Surface tablet. Continue reading How To Troubleshoot Surface Battery Drain Issues

Using Skype on Surface Tablets

In this post, l’m going to go over some tips and tricks for using Skype on Surface tablets.

The Modern (or Metro) version of Skype comes pre-loaded on every account created on a Windows 8.1 machine (like your Surface) and it works both with the Surface 2 and Surface Pro 3 lines. As a result, it’s likely that when you start using Skype on Surface tablets, this is the version you’ll use. Continue reading Using Skype on Surface Tablets

Free Up Space on Surface Tablets with OneDrive Options

NOTE: This Doesn’t Work If You Upgraded To Windows 10.

A while back, I did a series of posts on how to free up space on Surface tablets (PART1, PART2, PART3). It’s been a popular series and has helped a lot of people.

However, since then, Microsoft has been making improvements to Windows and now there are a couple more things you can do to help free up space on your Surface tablet that weren’t covered in the original series.

  • Set OneDrive files to Online-Only so they don’t take up as much space on your hard drive (they will still take up some but it will be just a tiny fraction of the original amount)
  • Move your OneDrive files to a Micro SD card, so they don’t take up any space on your internal hard drive

Continue reading Free Up Space on Surface Tablets with OneDrive Options