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Red boot screen on Microsoft Surface Pro

Surface Pro 2 Red Boot Screen

If your Microsoft Surface Pro 2 starts has a red boot screen instead of the normal black then you may have disabled the UEFI (Secure Boot) function in the BIOS. If you enter the BIOS as detailed here BIOS, then re-enable the Secure Boot option and reinstall the Secure Boot Keys. The screen should then be back to normal.

Access the BIOS screen on Microsoft Surface Pro 2


If you wish to access the BIOS screen on a Surface Pro 2 then you will need press the volume increase rocker and hold it down whilst pressing the power button as normal. The Surface logo should appear, keep the volume button pressed and you should be in the setup screen, although there is not a lot you can do here!

Surface Pro 2 Will not boot up

Surfarce Pro 2

Microsoft Surface Pro 2 will not boot up

I found the other day that the Surface Pro 2 decided it would no longer turn on!!

It appears the device had gone into some kind of deep hibernation state, whether to avoid overcharging or due to an Application altering the system I’m not sure, anyway this is how to get it back to normal:-

On the Volume key on the left side press the increase volume rocker whilst you press the Surface Pro 2 power button…This can take 20 seconds…. when you see the Surface logo appear let go of the buttons. Then press the Power button as normal. This should allow the device to boot normally.




Is This The Desk Of The Future

Is his the desk of the future? if so I’d like one. With Windows 8 Metro style arriving soon this could be the natural evolution of Tablet computing. At least you won’t get such tired arms whilst using this touch interface, a problem I mentioned in my post on Windows 8.


Picture Source: “Tableg” concept by Wunderman Design

Google Maps..Google Streets now Google Drive

Cloud storage is a popular topic at the moment with online storage options coming from, among others, Apple, Microsoft, DropBox, Samsung and Amazon.  This week a new option arrived on the scene, Google Drive.  If you sign in with your Google account you can request notification when your Drive is ready to use.



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Windows 8 …… A Users View


I have been using Windows 8 for a month or so and can’t decide if I like it or not.

I ran a clean install initially of Windows 8 but I could not find some of the drivers required for the integrated devices, so I installed a vanilla version of Windows 7 and then upgraded to Windows 8 Consumer version and all devices are now successfully installed.

Xbox software update with Kinect Voice Control

Microsoft will release a free update to the Xbox console this week which is designed to encourage more people to use the device for Television content.

New Software for Xbox TV

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Windows 8 Developers Preview Available For Download


With windows 8 release due in 2012, you can have a play with the new version for free before it’s released.

You will need to download the Release To Developers version which is free to install. This is not a Beta version and the software may change before the final release, also I would not recommend installing it on anything other than a test PC as it is not an upgrade and once installed you cannot revert to a previous installation of Windows.  If you do not have a spare PC with the right specifications you could always install it on a virtual machine for free and play with it there without sacrificing a current windows installation.

Follow Technology for more details on Windows 8

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Duqu Virus takes advantage of open Windows

Duqu became known in October when Symantec discovered a virus that used code similar to another virus called Stuxnet. Stuxnet was thought to have been used to disrupt Iran’s nuclear program…. I wonder where that came from??

The Techy guardians and cyber police are now trying to understand the virus and stop the spread, hoping it won’t become the biggest threat yet to our corporate and government computer infrastructures.

Microsoft has to stop the Duqu virus

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Like movies … You can now watch 24/7 on all your gadgets with Ultraviolet


A new movie service called Ultraviolet went live in October bringing “buy once watch anywhere” to life.

If you purchase a DVD or Blue Ray disc with the Ultraviolet logo on it as well as getting the disc you will also be able to use online apps and services to stream or download the movie to your other devices. Currently you can use the services to watch it on Apple iPad or iPhone, Android devices and Pcs and Macs.

Ultraviolet Movie Streaming

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