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Need info about Windows 8.1 RT (and Microsoft Surface)

  1. #1


    Manila, Philippines
    Posts : 32
    Windows 7 Ultimate

    Need info about Windows 8.1 RT (and Microsoft Surface)


    Hi, I'm in the market to buy a Microsoft Surface and I noticed it says its running on Windows 8.1 RT. I was wondering if this was just a fancy name for the tablet version of Windows 8.1 on desktops/laptops or is it really that different?

    I've searched around for info on the net but there seem to be mixed feelings about it, especially with it running Windows 8.1 RT. Can anyone tell me if its worth getting one? For the record, I have another tablet, a Samsung Galaxy Tab, which I use for personal stuff. The reason why I want to get a Microsoft Surface was because I noticed that it has MS Office on it, which I need for work. I don't like lugging around a laptop when I move from place to place, so the Microsoft Surface made sense to me since it would be easy to carry.

    Any thoughts or suggestions? It would be much appreciated. Thanks!

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  2. #2


    Posts : 22,581
    64-bit Windows 10


    Hello Teitoku, and welcome to Eight Forums.

    Basically RT doesn't allow you to install desktop type programs. Instead, you will only be able to install modern Store apps.

    If you wanted a full Windows 8.1, then you would want to get a Surface Pro model instead.

    Here's a comparison chart of features between them to help.

    Compare Windows 8.1 Editions
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  3. #3


    Manila, Philippines
    Posts : 32
    Windows 7 Ultimate


    Thank you for clearing it up. I'll probably try to get one of the pro models then. Though I heard that some people were able to run normal Windows desktop apps via jailbreak on RT models or something?
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    Posts : 22,581
    64-bit Windows 10


    It really depends on what your needs are, but if you need to run desktop apps, then I'd go with a Pro model to be safe.
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