Living with the Surface RT [Day 100]

Surface RT

I have hit 100 days with the Surface RT and I can say that they only thing about it that has been an uphill struggle has been this blog (only at times!). I certainly would have liked it to be more educational that it has been but attempting to blog daily has limited that. Id on’t intend to stop blogging, but I do not intend beyond today to blog on a daily (or attempt) basis but I do feel that this entry should look back at what I have tried to do and where i still/want to go with the Surface RT.

  1. Connecting wirelessly to another display
  2. Tethering to my phone for when I cannot get Wifi (made some headway – Bluetooth only real solution from a cost perspective, and so far not needed to!)
  3. Finding at least one good app (and free) for all categories (a bit ambitious now the categories have expanded i.e. sport & government not my thing!)
  4. Trying to write this blog from the Surface itself (setup has been on a PC, entries have been on an iPhone 5)
  5. Not writing this blog retrospectively (which it has up till now!)
  6. Purchase & use a stylus

I still have a few projects/research pieces involving the Surface RT that will be a part of this blog.

  • Tethering to my phone for when I cannot get Wifi (from my original list above)
  • Micro HDMI to mini HDMI adapter (on order)
  • VGA adapter (on order)
  • Working with whole groups of students and staff to utilise tablets in the classroom

I do have to say that I have not powered up my works laptop since July 2013, the Surface RT has been a great replacement and the abilities it has serves it well:

  • light
  • portable
  • Small form factor
  • Amazing battery Life
  • Productive (especially love office and OneNote app)
  • App store is starting to mature

 

I am going to have to dust off the laptop, if only because I’m teaching game engines and the software is on my laptop ready to utilise. I am still holding out hope that miracast will come to the Surface RT (although knowing it not coming), but overall I don’t see myself being drawn back to the iPad.

In fact I would probably be persuaded to move onto a Surface Pro or similar tablet/laptop device.

 

Andy

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Media on your Surface RT SD Card [Day 15]

So today I have been looking into making the SD card more integrated into the system to relieve any burdens on the internal memory (with not a lot of success).

There are guides for mounting the SD card as your default picture location, but it involves Mounting within an empty NTFS folder and removing the drive letter. I have already assigned all my apps to use the card to I am loathe to start removing drive letters. An alternative option would be to relocated my user folders to the SD card (pictures, video, music, documents, downloads) however the system reports that it is not capable of accessing the drive, and it does not show the pictures folder in the photo app. So after restoring defaults I have settles to purely have a shortcut on the classic desktop directly to the SD card as well as pinning to the Start Screen.

I am not one to give up so easily but on my travels around the web looking for various solutions I came across numerous discussions saying that this issue is addressed in Windows RT 8.1, I can wait a month or so for this solution easily 🙂

Andy

Turning a 32GB Surface RT into 96GB [Day 2]

So after a huge amount of updates and time I am now in a position to start setting up and becoming familiar with the Surface RT. It should be stated that I have not toyed with Windows 8 so have a large learning curve.

Apps on the micro SD Card

Before I dive-in installing apps to the internal memory its worth highlighting that half the memory is taken up by the installed Operating System (O/S) and the system backup. So installing apps on the SD card is going to be a worthwhile endeavour. There are numerous YouTube video walkthroughs for this (I used http://youtu.be/dg3PH3f9h-s).

  1. Formatting a 64GB card as NTFS and unchecking quick option on the surface via the desktop (by selecting the desktop tile) takes approx. 3hrs! …… more waiting……
  2. Create a folder on the SD card called “WindowsApps”
  3. you need to call up the charms menu and search for “regedit”
  4. select HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE > SOFTWARE > MICROSOFT > WINDOWS > CURRENTVERSION > APPX in the right-hand-side pane
    1. Select Edit > Permissions in the toolbar of regedit
    2. Click advanced button
    3. Click on change at the very top of the new window (to the right of TrustedInstaller)
    4. Click on the ADVANCED button on the bottom left hand corner
    5. Click on the FIND NOW button
    6. Select the Administrators (with an S) and press OK
    7. Click OK again
    8. Now check the “Replace Owner on subcontainers and objects” at the top of the dialog box
    9. Press OK again
    10. Select Administrators (you should be in the “permissions for APPX dialogue box)
    11. and allow full control to be checked
    12. Press OK
  5. on the right hand side from the APPX folder select PackageRoot
  6. Type the location of your SD card WindowsApps folder (mine was D:\WindowsApps – this was different from the YouTube video I watched)
  7. Restart your Surface RT for the changes to take effect
  8. Installing any app should then be seen if you look at your SD card WindowsApp folder

Note: Mine did not work first time as I mistakenly made the location as E:\ not D:\

It is recommended that you uninstall older apps and reinstall them as opposed to move over older apps. Hence I did this early on.

Now you can install without prejudice 🙂

Andy