Tips for Installing Desktop Programs on Your Surface
Surface with Windows 8 Pro tablets include a fully functional desktop, just like the one found on desktop PCs. But because Surface tablets don’t come with disk drives, how do you install a desktop program?
The Surface with Windows 8 Pro gives you several options:
Windows Store: When you browse the Windows Store app with a Windows 8 Pro tablet, many desktop programs appear on the Store’s list of apps. When looking at a program you want, tap the Go to Publisher’s Website link. The software publisher’s website appears, where you can buy the program, if required, and download the program’s installation file.
Website: Desktop programs not listed in the Windows Store can still be downloaded directly from the Internet, just as in previous versions of Windows.
Flash drive: All Surface tablets include a USB port. You can copy or download a program’s installation file onto a flash drive with another computer, and then insert the flash drive into your Surface with Windows 8 Pro’s USB port and install it from there.
SkyDrive: This online cubbyhole works well for swapping files between your Surface and desktop PC. From your desktop PC, copy a program’s installation file to any folder in SkyDrive. Then, open the Start screen’s SkyDrive app, visit the SkyDrive folder, and tap the program’s installation file to install it.
Surface with Windows RT tablets include a traditional Windows desktop, but with one big restriction: They won’t let you install any programs onto the desktop. Instead, Surface with Windows RT tablets are limited to downloads from the Windows Store app.