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    Erratic File Explorer

    Sometimes even if you've closed the app that opened the file it is still "in use" by a service and won't let you eject (or move a file or folder) that still "in use". A reboot should solve this. There's also a free app called IObit Unlocker which can show you what's holding something (file...
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    Battery Icon Missing

    Have you tried Settings/Personalization/Taskbar and then Notification area/Select which icons appear on the taskbar and Turn system icons on or off?
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    Really agree with this Surface Pro 7 review

    I've been watching as many SP7 review videos as I can find and agree this is a pretty good one. Most complain it's not much of an upgrade from the SP6. Well most of us in the real world don't spend $2000 every year and a half. I upgraded from a SP3 core i7/8GB/256SSD to a SP7 i7/16GB/512SSD and...
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    WILL A SURFACE PRO OR PRO 2 WORK WITH JUST AC IF BATTERY IS DEAD AT 0 %

    Yeah, I was afraid of that. Will keep it in a safe place (like outside away from anything) until I can take it to a MS store, they did say they'd dispose of it for me.
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    WILL A SURFACE PRO OR PRO 2 WORK WITH JUST AC IF BATTERY IS DEAD AT 0 %

    These answers make sense but it's a shame, it means these are truly disposable devices. I have an old SP that doesn't always turn on and a SP3 with swelling and screen separation so they'd no good to give away, but would be nice to be able to use as a back-up, to get on the Web to get answers...
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    Which Surface to get?

    I too upgraded from the SP3 to this same config SP7. It's a huge upgrade in performance. Don't worry about the SSD space, you can add a mSD card and if you use OneDrive you can choice which files or folders you sync on both and which you leave on OneDrive to save space.
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    Can Microsoft make a pen that is 100% reliable?

    Let it sit plugged in for 20 minutes and try it again. If that doesn't work hold power button in for > 15 seconds, then wait a few seconds and press power button. If that doesn't work try holding power+volume up for > 20 seconds. Even if pen tip is seated in deep and right, others have found...
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    Surface Pro 7 + older type cover / stylus?

    I just upgraded from a SP3 to SP7 and yeah it's much faster. The SP3 type cover works but I can't speak to the fingerprint reader (don't know if the newest version of Windows 10 would use it instead Windows Hello, but I find it works fast and reliable).
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    Solved Spurious black rectangle appears on screen

    Sounds like you might have inadvertently downloaded malware. Do you have Desktop Gadgets? They have countdown timers. Check Task Manager and see if there is a process running that looks suspicious. A list of Windows Processes that are supposed to be running can be found here. Posting a screen...
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    Surface Type Cover

    Yes. Microsoft's web site says "Compatible with Surface Pro 7, Surface Pro 3, Surface Pro 4, Surface Pro (5th Gen), and Surface Pro 6 devices."
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    New Surface Pro Owner

    Try Settings/Ease of Access/Keyboard to toggle on screen keyboard to come up or not. Also Windows Logo Key+Ctrl+O will turn it on or off. Also in Settings/Devices/Typing/Touch keyboard you can turn off Show the touch keyboard when not in tablet mode and there's no keyboard attached.
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    Please for guide how to use surface pro without a keyboard

    Try Settings/Ease of Access/Keyboard to toggle on screen keyboard to come up or not. Also Windows Logo Key+Ctrl+O will turn it on or off. Also in Settings/Devices/Typing/Touch keyboard you can turn off Show the touch keyboard when not in tablet mode and there's no keyboard attached.
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    Surface Pro 7 vs Surface pro X

    From MS web site: "At this time, Surface Pro X will not install 64-bit applications that have not been ported to ARM64, some games and CAD software, and some third-party drivers or anti-virus software. New 64-bit apps are coming to ARM 64 all the time." Check out Surface Pro X app compatibility...
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    Surface Pro 2017 M3 wont turn on

    Did you try holding power button down for > 15 seconds first, then try single press to power on? Sometimes they get stuck in a sleep mode and need to be forced off in order to turn on.
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    Surface 7 Display

    Mine is as bright or even slightly brighter with better color depth. Here's both side-by-side each at 100% brightness.

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