1. KawiNinjaZX's Avatar
    I just got my surface rt yesterday from eBay (new 64gb with touch cover). I charged it up and did all the updates. Got a few questions and looking for a few suggestions.

    1. Is there a way to "cleanup" the tablet after doing all the updates besides disk cleanup and deleting the temp folders?

    2. Any tweaks to the OS or especially IE. Performance on IE is inconsistent, usually pretty quick, then sometimes unresponsive. Is there an ad blocker?

    3. I knew before I bought it that the app selection is limited. Any really good games or apps to recommend? I also heard there are some apps you can side load, any good info on that?

    Any feedback is appreciated, thanks guys.
    06-05-2014 03:25 PM
  2. Alienhead95's Avatar
    Congratulations!! on the smart move. If you block the ad's by adding tracking protection from here. That definitely boosts the peformance of IE and gets rid of annoying ad's.
    Guytronic, xandros9 and Celandine like this.
    06-05-2014 03:36 PM
  3. Guzzler3's Avatar
    Run "Disk Cleanup", select the "Clean up system files" button (and wait, and wait, but it will come back), then select just about everything. Especially "Windows updates files" (or to that effect). This will clean up quite a bit of disk space and make thing a bit "snappier".

    The other thing is "defragment and Optimize Drives". Yea, it's a solid state drive, so it really doesn't do a real defrag, but it does run the SSD Trim command, which sometimes you might notice a speed improvement.
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    06-05-2014 04:27 PM
  4. KawiNinjaZX's Avatar
    Thanks for the tip I just ran the disk cleanup and put the tracking protection on, I'll let you know how it goes.
    06-05-2014 04:47 PM
  5. WillysJeepMan's Avatar
    Those are great tips. I'd also recommend creating a bootable thumbdrive for the restore image but DON'T delete the restore partition. You may find the need to refresh/restore your Surface RT and having the restore partition is very handy. But in very rare instances the entire drive could get corrupted, requiring a restore from a USB drive.
    Isaac Abraham1 likes this.
    06-06-2014 11:48 AM
  6. Guzzler3's Avatar
    Those are great tips. I'd also recommend creating a bootable thumbdrive for the restore image but DON'T delete the restore partition. You may find the need to refresh/restore your Surface RT and having the restore partition is very handy. But in very rare instances the entire drive could get corrupted, requiring a restore from a USB drive.
    Good catch!!

    Always, ALWAYS, make a recovery disk (CD, DVD, USB drive, etc.) when you get a new computer. Then store it in a safe place. You never know when you'll need it (especially when the hard drive dies and you need to replace it, or if you can upgrade it to a larger drive if possible).

    I just wish computer manufactures would just allow us to download copies of the recovery media. Especially now with UFEI BIOS's that embed the Windows key inside.
    06-06-2014 01:02 PM
  7. KawiNinjaZX's Avatar
    So far it seems to be working solid, IE gets a little unresponsive sometimes but overall not bad for a Tegra 3. I downloaded a fun racing game that looks and runs great.

    I like how I can watch a YouTube video then click a link for twitch and watch a livestream, very cool.

    Any really good games for the surface rt? I'm not above buying ones either.
    06-06-2014 04:03 PM
  8. Guzzler3's Avatar
    Machinarium (search the store for it)
    Guytronic likes this.
    06-06-2014 08:34 PM
  9. wiseguywood's Avatar
    Lots of decent games, where to start Halo Spartan Assault, Machinarium, ilomilo, Cut The Rope, the entire Where's My Water series from Disney, and from Microsoft, Minesweeper, Mahjong and Bingo (all 3 are free).

    That's a decent start..
    06-14-2014 11:31 AM
  10. Kasey Pierce's Avatar
    Snes8x (Super Nintendo Emulator) +Xbox 360 controller=Bliss. On top of all the games mentioned by wiseguywood, they all can use the controller minus maybe wheres my water. Asphalt 7 is a great racer game (8 on the original RT is pretty choppy). Nothing better than to pop the kickstand out and get some gaming on with a 360 controller.
    wiseguywood and DavidinCT like this.
    06-14-2014 06:21 PM
  11. wiseguywood's Avatar
    Snes 8x and xbox 360 controller, sounds like a great test and need to pick one up myself.
    06-15-2014 11:51 AM
  12. Kasey Pierce's Avatar
    Snes 8x and xbox 360 controller, sounds like a great test and need to pick one up myself.
    Oh and add an hdmi cable to a tv? even better! like playing a super Nintendo!
    drjekel_mrhyde likes this.
    06-15-2014 02:56 PM
  13. KawiNinjaZX's Avatar
    Any idea how to get a PS3 controller to work? I use motionjoy on my pc for titanfall and I paired it to my old Nexus 7 and had all the emulators running. Not really an XBOX guy, usually go with the PS, any other emulators out?
    DavidinCT likes this.
    06-16-2014 09:19 PM
  14. onlysublime's Avatar
    you actually like the PS3 controller???
    06-17-2014 12:14 AM
  15. KawiNinjaZX's Avatar
    I am used to it, I have been playing with that style since PS1. I played halo 1 and 2, but very little with the 360 controller, I can't get used to it. Also I have a PS3 so I have a spare controller.
    06-18-2014 08:01 PM
  16. KawiNinjaZX's Avatar
    After using this device for a while I have to say, Microsoft really screwed this thing up. This is a great device. First off the build quality is among the best out of any device I have used, and the snap keyboard and kickstand are awesome. The full IE, while occasionally sluggish, is so versatile you can do almost anything. The Tegra 3 is a solid processor, though not neck snapping fast, it does the job. The camera does suck.

    Microsoft could of had something here. The marketing along with the Pro really confused people. They should have made it clear what windows rt is all about, not leaving people scratching their heads wondering what they bought. If windows rt had been more successful and thus had a more robust app store, this device cold compete with any tablet easily. I hope rt and windows phone os merge so we can get a real app store, which is the main shortcoming. If we are lucky we will see support from Microsoft for at least a few more years, I would hate to have to give up on this device.
    06-24-2014 06:37 PM
  17. dirtyvu's Avatar
    The main issue with the Surface RT was that when it launched, it had a zero ecosystem. Many of the apps were poor or nonexistent. And this was something that was out of Microsoft's hand (you can't force developers to develop but Microsoft tried to entice through financial incentives). Now the ecosystem of apps is night and day with when the device launched. Still could be much better. But at least now there are alternatives to most desktop programs. But it's too late with many people because that first impression is lasting. I'll talk to someone who says there are no apps and ask him if he tried so and so and he'll say no. Then the next app and still a no. Then a confession that he didn't look at metro apps since the beginning. If the device was reviewed today, the focus would be on the speed. When it was released back then, the focus was on lack of apps.

    But 8.1 made a huge difference with usability (variable tiles, adĵustable splitscreen, better Mail app, etc.).
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    06-24-2014 10:07 PM
  18. onlysublime's Avatar
    Any idea how to get a PS3 controller to work? I use motionjoy on my pc for titanfall and I paired it to my old Nexus 7 and had all the emulators running. Not really an XBOX guy, usually go with the PS, any other emulators out?
    well, you might have to bite the bullet and get a 360 controller (or third-party 360 controller). that does work with the Surface RT out of the box. Many games are designed to recognize it too.
    06-25-2014 01:19 AM
  19. drjekel_mrhyde's Avatar
    06-26-2014 11:59 PM
  20. badMojo69's Avatar
    I like HydroThunder, Riptide, and ChessPro. Yes I'm boring.
    I also don't use my keyboard for the SP. I use it as a pure tablet. I do wish it was just a tad faster.
    06-30-2014 07:20 PM

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