Microsoft Surface RT Review – How to factory reset a surface RT

Posted by Chris on November 19, 2012 in Microsoft Surface |

Lol well as you can see from my title I have some mixed feelings about the Surface RT.

I am sure I will miss a lot of good things about the RT, but here are the reasons I wanted it and why I am returning.

First my Overall Review of the Surface RT

  • I  have to say it is a pretty nice piece of equipment. The slate color is really cool, but look out for fingerprints all over it. The stand and the magnetic click noise is pretty sweet too. After seeing the commercials I had to make my own symphony of clicks… which my wife told me to stop doing later 😉  I really think the surface does not know if it is a Tablet or a PC. I know its Windows 8 and supposed to offer both, I just felt like it wouldn’t commit to what it wants to be. Maybe it is not supposed to. The performance was OK. Compared to my ipad “first gen” it was more sluggish. There were many times I opened a program and it would take 5-10 seconds to load. Not  huge deal, but not what I am used too. I think it has a lot of room to grow, but Microsoft better get working on it!

Surface Type Pad

  • First I really liked the type pad. I saw the type pad and said this would really be great for getting some real email type work done. I have an ipad, but I never do any real emails on it. I know there are 3rd party keyboards for iPad, but I liked what the surface had to offer.
  • With that said the type pad worked really well. I cannot complain about it. It even had a mouse pad to use as well.

Surface RT Stylus

  • I saw a video where the guy was writing on the Surface with a stylus and it looked great. Even had the magnetic attachment to stick to the surface awesome. I guess I should have researched a bit more. It did not come with a Stylus and I cannot find the one in the video. Supposedly this is coming out with the Surface Pro.
  • I am the type of person who likes to write in notebooks, but I always lose them and its nice to have a digital backup. That is why I would have loved this thing for jotting down notes and ideas etc… Microsoft support could not even recommend a stylus for the Surface lol.

Email Client

  • This was prob the biggest turn off to me! It is horrible!! It was like going back 8 years. I mean how can you not make a good email layout that will actually function. I did not even want to look at email. I figured there might be a gmail app, but there are none.

Lack of Apps for Surface RT

  • I know its new and there will be more, but there were really no apps I found interesting.

Final thoughts on the Surface RT

  • Like I said I have an iPad. I love my iPad, but for me my ipad is really just for surfing the web checking email and playing some apps. I wanted the Surface to be a bit more of a work horse while I travel. Writing emails, taking notes etc…. I think I will wait till the Surface Pro comes out and see what they have figured out by then. Oh also support is clueless. I called and it took them five minutes to investigate the stylus then tell me they don’t recommend any as of now. I would wait till the pro comes out and some more apps. Save your hard earned money. On the lighter side it was pretty cool to play with, but you will def need to spend a few hours just messing around and getting used to it.

How to Factory Reset Microsoft Surface RT

To reset your Surface without logging in, please try the following:
1. Attach your Touch Cover / Type Cover
2. Power on your Surface
3. Press and hold the Left Shift key at the Login screen
4. Press the Power icon
5. Press Restart

Your surface should boot to a light blue screen with some options on it.
1. Click on Troubleshoot
2. Click on Reset your PC
3. Follow the prompts.

Took about 45 minutes to do the reset as well. Even the iPad resets faster then that!!

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