I have a Surface RT (32 GB) and it only has 1.69 GB of space left on the HD. The thing is that I have almost nothing on it (just a few apps that I check and do NOT take a lot of space, and small files), so I don't know what is taking so much space. Does anyone knows where is all that memory going? I have not being able to find it (I have checked the size of the apps, delete the trash can, delete the internet history/cookies)...
Also, I want to upgrade to Windows 8.1. These are the two ways that I have think of doing it, but I will like your opinion on which option is better (or if there is a better way):
Plan 1: take the tablet to its original status (in PC settings > General > Remove everything and reinstall Windows), move the recovery files to a thumb drive (http://www.surfacegeeks.net/forums/index.php?/topic/192-surface-rt-how-to-free-up-4-gigabytes-of-storage-space-on-your-rt/), and do all updates to take it to Windows 8.1
Plan 2: free some space by moving the recovery files to a thumb drive, make the upgrade to Windows 8.1, run a cleanup disk and defragment the drive
Making a backup of the files in the tablet is easy b/c there is not much in it, but my main concerns for the process are: I am going to loose microsoft office? is it going to ask me for any key/license number (if I ever had one, I don't know where it is)? anything else that I am missing?
I wanted to give a quick review of the Plugable UD-3000 USB 3.0 Docking Station in use with Surface Pro
The Plugable UD-3000 USB 3.0 Docking station can be leveraged by any USB 3.0 device, however I have purchased this for use with my Surface Pro. I really enjoy the portability of my Surface Pro, however it is nice to rip the keyboard off and sit it on my desk and go dual monitor with full keyboard and mouse to rock out those Visio, Word, or Power Point documents. This device can be bought at Amazon at the link below:
The docking station has the following ports:
4 USB 2.0 Ports 2 USB 3.0 Ports 1 Headphone 1 Mic 1 DVI 1 10/100/100 Ethernet Port The device comes with converters for DVI to HDMI or SVGA. It also comes with the USB 3.0 cable required to plug into your device (Surface Pro). This is impressive as for the price this is a great deal.
I have mine plugged into a secondary monitor using the HDMI converter and am running a full 1080p screen along with my Surface Pro screen in the dual monitor extended mode. I have seen no issues with video performance. I wouldn't suggest that you try to play a game on this screen, but it performs well under typical scenarios.
The Ethernet port is working great and I am getting no issue with running at full 1000 Mbs.
Drivers for the device come down from windows update with no issue, however do take a few minutes to install. Keep in mind the number of ports and devices this is installing so that is understandable.
The device is mostly shiny plasic finish, but looks nice sitting your desk. The main issues you run into is that the USB and the power are on different sides of the Surface Pro and you still will need an extra power cable if you want to charge while docked. This can be combersome if you don't do some simple cable management. The other negative that I have is the size of the power plug of the device. Unlike the Surface Pro, this device uses one of those huge power converters in the actual plug that can cause you to eat up several ports on a powerstip. So, try to plan for the one on the end if you don't have one of the ones that accomodates this type of plug well.
Overall, I would give this a 9 out of 10. It is a great device and works as expected. There are some things like the power plug that irritate me, but hey it does its job and makes the Surface Pro an awesome desk machine.
Let me know if you guys have any questions about this device and I am happy to run any tests that you might want...
I was wondering if anyone has rebuilt an windows 8 device to windows 8.1 update 1 and saw an performance increase. Specifically my son has a Dell Venue Pro and I have an original Surface Pro.
I stated on episode 3 of the podcast, http://surfacegeeks.net/the-surface-geeks-podcast-episode-3.html , that I think I made a mistake getting the 32 Gb version. I have not loaded a whole lot, YET. I plan on installing a lot more this week and weekend. So far it has just been testing for me.
I'm not entirely sure of the return policy but I'm thinking of returning this one and getting a 64. What do you think?
Hello Surface Geeks. I listen to your podcast and you asked for people to post what they have from a Windows 8 perspective. Let me first preface this that I am a Microsoft employee. I have been with the company for 8 years and may be a little partial if you ask me about things. I can't give details about futures of Microsoft, but I can definately give you details about experiences and what I see. Here is the list of my current Windows 8 machines:
Surface Pro 128 GB - Primary Work machine (Type Cover) w/ Plugable USB 3.0 Docking station Surface RT 64 GB (2) 32 (2) - Primary Content Consumption Device w/ 64 GB SD and Type Cover Asus ZenBook Prime Touch UX31A - Primary Personal Laptop used for DJing and Lighting Design Samsung DP500A2D-A02UB All-In-One with Touch screen Gateway 23" All-In-One with Touch screen Dell XPS Workstation w/ Dual 22" screens one being a Dell Touchscreen Monitor Samsung Series 9 First Gen Laptop Samsung Series 7 Slate w/ docking station Gateway DX4840-11e Desktop Fujitsu Stylistic Q550 Slate w/ docking station Lenovo W510 Laptop - Old Work Laptop My current phone is a Nokia Lumia 920, however I have had the following phones as well:
Samsung Focus Samsung Focus S Nokia Lumia 900 HTC 8X Other items that might be of interest:
(6) Xbox 360 consoles - Used for Media Extenders and Gaming Dedicated Home Made Media Center Machine Dedicated Windows Home Server HDHomerun Prime w/ 6 HD Cable Feeds and (2) Cable Cards Smithson Martin DVS 32" - http://www.smithsonmartin.com/dvs/ I have a pretty elaborate setup for things and have made it quite simple for household activity, but figured that I would see what questions this list of items would spur...
Oh, and for those that are not Microsoft people. I do keep a stock of other items that I leverage to understand the the competitor solutions such as:
MacBook Pro w/ dual SSD drives 13" non-retina iPad v1 iPod 4th Gen Nexus 7 32 GB Asus Transformer 16 GB
Ok, enough about the hardware... Questions?