Unbox Your Microsoft Surface Computer - dummies

Unbox Your Microsoft Surface Computer

By Andy Rathbone

The Microsoft Surface comes artfully packed in a black box. Look at the top-right corner, and you can see a white box protruding from inside. It’s either an artful display of design creativeness or a waste of paper, depending on your mood.


To unpack your Surface, follow these steps:

  1. Remove the small strip of clear plastic tape holding the white box to the black sleeve.

  2. Slide the white box out of the black sleeve.

  3. If your Surface included a keyboard, remove the Touch Cover keyboard and its black cardboard packaging from beneath the box.

    Microsoft bundled a Touch Cover keyboard with some early Surface RT models. Now, none of the Surface models include a keyboard; it’s considered an accessory to be purchased separately.

  4. Remove the small strip of plastic tape holding the white box shut and then open the lid.

    The lid opens, with the hinge along the right edge. As the lid opens, you see the Surface resting peacefully inside, complete with its power adapter.


  5. Remove the Surface from the box and remove its plastic wrapper.

  6. Remove the manual and paperwork from the box beneath the Surface and remove the charger.

And that’s it. The Surface’s battery comes partially charged, but before turning it on, you should plug it into the charger.

As you remove the Surface from its packaging, take note of these things:

  • The Surface’s manual, if you can call it that, contains illustrations with IKEA-inspired instructions: single sheets of paper with line drawings and arrows. Microsoft supplements it with a downloadable user guide available at its website.

  • Pounce on the two blue cards, found as soon as you lift the Surface 2 or Surface Pro 2 from the box. One card has a password for 200GB of OneDrive (formerly known as SkyDrive) storage space, free for two years. The other card offers a year’s worth of Skype WiFi and Unlimited World.

  • Your Surface’s serial number is listed on the box’s UPC code sticker. (It begins with the letters S/N.)

  • Your Surface’s serial number and amount of storage space also appears hidden beneath the kickstand.

    If your Surface needs to be returned for service, you need to enter its serial number on Microsoft’s online support site.

  • The serial number for the optional keyboard appears on the right edge of its spine.

  • Okay, if you can’t wait, feel free to use the Surface while it’s charging.