Running Visual Studio 2017 and OneDrive off of an (micro)SD card

So, I got one of those Surface Pro Type Cover bundles, because it has 8 GB (which is my minimum, btw off topic, but when is Microsoft going to release a Surface with 32 GB of memory?) and while only 128 GB storage, I have a 300+ GB microSD card to put in it, and it’s over $300 off list. The idea is to run most programs (including SQL Server 2017 and Visual Studio 2017) off the microSD, as well as have OneDrive there, so that the local storage doesn’t get filled out.  Good plan. Except SQL and...

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“A phone that may replace your tablet and become your PC”


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WindowsCentral: Will the Surface Mini be reborn as the Surface Phone?

Interesting. But, I still want to ask, if it has Intel inside, will it run Windows 10 Mobile, or Windows 10 itself?

posted @ Thursday, November 19, 2015 12:30 PM | Feedback (0)
A ‘gotcha’ when it comes to OneDrive, (Micro)SD and Surface Book

So, Windows 10 can make it more difficult than it needs to be to move your OneDrive location to a MicroSD card (as I did on my Surface Pro 3).  There are various ways to do it that you can find using your Google-fu, but the way I did it was to create a Virtual HD through Disk Management on the MicroSD card that I have using an adapter in the Surface Book SD slot, and mounting that on its own drive letter.  OneDrive will not complain that it can’t be located there, as it does when you try to...

posted @ Monday, November 16, 2015 4:31 PM | Feedback (0)
Nerd Heaven

posted @ Monday, October 26, 2015 9:29 AM | Feedback (0)
You can hibernate a Surface Pro 3 running Windows Technical Preview 9926

….if you create a shortcut to use the command line option, and it is otherwise enabled using powercfg.

posted @ Wednesday, January 28, 2015 1:21 PM | Feedback (0)
A few nagging issues with Windows Technical Preview 9926 on a Surface Pro 3

I can’t say I’ve checked out all the newest features, but overall, I like it. However, there are a couple of nagging issues that I’ve run into: No hibernation.  It’s enabled in the registry, powercfg /h and all that is set, there is even a hiberfil.sys file available, but the normal trick of getting it to show up as an option when you ‘press’ the power button doesn’t work.  No hibernation option. Can’t sleep.  Or, should I say, it is so sensitive that when I choose for it to sleep, just about...

posted @ Tuesday, January 27, 2015 2:03 PM | Feedback (0)
Upgrading a Surface Pro 3 to Windows 10 Build 9926

First off, it works.  Slowly.  It took over 2 hours (not counting download). Other than building a few projects, I haven’t tested month.  Icons and stuff look all different.

posted @ Friday, January 23, 2015 4:34 PM | Feedback (0)
Hyper-V doesn’t block installing Windows Technical Preview 9879 on Surface Pro 3

Since WTP has the nice ‘feature’ of auto-installing updates, now that 9879 is on the slow band of updates, every day or two, it attempts to update from 9860, which closes whatever I am working on, and then fails.  Super. So, on the off-chance that it was Hyper-V that was causing the issue, I uninstalled it and tried the update myself.  No luck. Still with an obscure error message: Failed execution of queue item Installer: ServiceModelReg Installer ({79675b3f-2054-4efd-aa9d-e1830916be47}) with HRESULT HRESULT_FROM_WIN32(52).  Failure will not be ignored: A rollback will be initiated after all the operations in the...

posted @ Friday, November 28, 2014 12:13 AM | Feedback (1)
About those new Windows Technical Preview 9879 iso files


posted @ Tuesday, November 25, 2014 1:32 PM | Feedback (0)
Still can’t run WTP 9879 on Surface Pro 3

As part of the Windows Technical Preview program, you don’t have total control over whether or not Windows will try to update to any newly released builds if and when they become available.  I thought I had switched to the ‘slow’ build mode, but apparently not, as every couple of days, it tries to update from 9860 to 9879 and fails. I have read online that other people have been able to, so I’m not sure why my Surface can’t.  My guess, based on random things I’ve read, is that it is because of Hyper-V, which I don’t want...

posted @ Monday, November 24, 2014 9:39 AM | Feedback (0)
Does Windows Technical Preview 10 block Surface Pro 3 Firmware updates?

I haven’t read that it does, but I never received notification through Windows Update that the October update was available, and now that the November update is available, I don’t see that one either. I check here for the whole kit and caboodle and install them manually, but still….

posted @ Wednesday, November 19, 2014 2:46 PM | Feedback (0)
Microsoft Surface Chat Support: Generally Sucky

On October 28th, there was a firmware update for the Surface Pro 3.  Microsoft ‘staggers’ these updates (I don’t know why) through Windows Update.  It’s been a week, I haven’t gotten it yet. I have downloaded the latest firmware download, which contains all of the drivers and whatnot, but it doesn’t have an install program itself, and I don’t know exactly how it updates the firmware, and, generally speaking, I just don’t want to f%^k with it unless I need to (I could manually update each driver that is listed but I’m old and tired and would prefer not...

posted @ Tuesday, November 04, 2014 11:41 PM | Feedback (0)
Fixing wireless on a Surface Pro 3 under WTP 9860

There are no doubt other ways to do it, and this worked on my machine, so YMMV. First, go here and download the driver packs.  I think you only need the Surface Pro 3 zip file, but I downloaded all of them for the hell of it. Next, uninstall your wireless driver from Device Manager, choosing to delete it from your machine. Then, unzip the zip file (making sure to unblock it, if needed by right-clicking, choosing properties, and choosing unblock). Then, in device manager, you should have an unidentified network adapter/ethernet controller/whatever, so right-click...

posted @ Thursday, October 23, 2014 7:28 AM | Feedback (0)