OneDrive Not Syncing on Surface

OneDrive Not Syncing on Surface

Having issues with your OneDrive not syncing files on your Surface?

Do you see errors like the one above when you go into your OneDrive settings? If so, this post is for you. I’ve come up with a list of things you can do to troubleshoot (and hopefully fix) OneDrive sync issues.

In this post I’ll cover how to do the following:

  • Fixing OneDrive sync problems for only one or two files
  • Using the OneDrive Troubleshooter Tool
  • Checking Time and Date Settings
  • Checking OneDrive Related Settings
  • Checking Available disk space
  • Checking the Offline Access Option
  • Switch to a Local Account and Back

Following the procedures outlined in this article will fix around 95% of OneDrive sync issues.

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Configure Windows 8.1 Automatic Maintenance on your Surface

One of the less advertised but useful features that your Surface tablet offers is the Windows 8.1 Automatic Maintenance Tool (or WAM – Windows Automatic Maintenance).

This tool is part of the Action Center and automatically performs mundane tasks, such as security updates, security scans, and system diagnostics. It also makes sure your Windows and its applications up-to-date; all this while you’re not using your computer.

As you can imagine, Windows 8.1 Automatic Maintenance is quite useful for making sure your Surface tablet is running well with a minimum of interaction from you. Continue reading Configure Windows 8.1 Automatic Maintenance on your Surface

Cloud Storage Options for your Surface

A few months back, Microsoft raised the free OneDrive account capacity to 15 GB and their Office 365 OneDrive storage to 1 TB. Then, just last week, Microsoft started quietly removing the 2GB file size limit on uploads to OneDrive.

As you might expect, Microsoft added these features to keep up with (or get ahead of) other cloud storage services like Amazon Cloud Drive.

When I saw this, it got me thinking about the free cloud storage options for your Surface tablet. And so, I decided to make this post that outlines what each service offers. Continue reading Cloud Storage Options for your Surface

Troubleshoot Surface Type Cover Touchpad Issues

We did a post on Keyboard Problems with Surface Tablets a while back but we were focused on the type and touch keyboards as a whole. However, lately, some folks have been reporting problems in various tech forums stating that their keyboard is working fine but the track pad is not.

If you’re having Surface type cover touchpad issues and already tried the steps outlined in the keyboard problems post but the problems persist, this post will help you out. If you haven’t tried the above steps yet, follow the link and try those first.

OK, let’s get to the meat of this post. I’m going to lay out, in order, the steps you should take to identify and correct your Surface touchpad issues. Continue reading Troubleshoot Surface Type Cover Touchpad Issues

Using the Windows 8 Share Charm on your Surface

If you’ve had your Surface for any length of time, you’ve probably noticed the Share Charm when you bring up the Charms bar but have you figured out how to use it?

The Share Charm is a handy little feature that let’s you easily share screenshots in a contextual manner. For example, you could use the Share Charm to capture a screenshot of your desktop background and send it to someone via e-mail or use it to upload files to your Dropbox account.

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Get a Touch Screen Qwerty Keyboard on your Surface

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If you’re like me, you use tour Surface in touch screen a majority of the time. Having done so a lot, there are times when I find the default keyboard layout a bit awkward; I have to use the &123 button to switch back and forth between numbers/punctuation and letters.

It turns out there is a touch screen qwerty option available on your Surface but it’s just not turned on by default.

So, in this post, I’m going to show you how to do it. Continue reading Get a Touch Screen Qwerty Keyboard on your Surface

Patch Drama: August Update Issues

Well crap….

According to Microsoft’s support website, the security update released earlier this week (MS-045) had various issues and it could cause Windows not to boot or even blue screen in some cases.

Here’s a rundown of the issues Microsoft identified with the update:

  • Known Issue 1: After you install this security update, fonts that are installed in a location other than the default fonts directory (%windir%\fonts\) cannot be changed when they are loaded into any active session. Attempts to change, replace, or delete these fonts will be blocked, and a “File in use” message will be presented.
  • Known Issue 2: Microsoft is investigating behavior in which fonts do not render correctly after the updates are installed.
  • Known Issue 3: Microsoft is investigating behavior in which systems may crash with a 0x50 Stop error message (bugcheck) after the updates are installed

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Pick Default Programs for Files on your Surface

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Today, I’m going to cover how to pick default programs on your Surface tablet.

A default program (or default app) is the program that Windows uses by default when you open a particular type of file, such as movie, picture, or webpage.

For example, you might have more than one web browser installed on your Surface Pro. You can choose one of them to be the default app that starts whenever you open a webpage.

The same goes for things like photo files. Let’s say that you want jpg files to open in the Modern Photos app but bmp files to open in MS Paint so you can easily edit them. Well, you can do that by setting different default programs for each type of file.

Makes sense, right?

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Troubleshoot Surface Touch Screen Problems

Are you having Surface touch screen problems?

It can be really frustrating if you are. The Surface is primarily a touch-screen device and if the touch functionality is acting up, it pretty much makes the Surface useless.

Fortunately, troubleshooting and fixing touch screen issues is possible to do on your own and I’ll cover how to do so in this post.

I’ll start with the most common/easiest things to try and I will keep escalating to more difficult, as I go a long. Hopefully, your problem will be resolved in the first or second step but, if not, don’t worry as I have a lot of different things you can try. Continue reading Troubleshoot Surface Touch Screen Problems