As you know by now there are a number of different hacks, tools and modifications that you can apply to your Surface or Windows RT device, unfortunately there seems to be a lack of a common piece of software that allows you to easily modify all of those settings from one place.
So to fix that issue I have created a simple tool named Windows RT Tools, this can be used on jail broken devices and will allow you to quickly and easily modify a number of different settings without getting mucky with the registry editor or an XML editor. You can download the tool and try it out at the bottom of this post, please do leave comments about bugs or other settings you would like added to the tool and I'll do my best to update the tool.
Note: You'll need to have jail broken your device and if you haven't done that already then head on over to here to find out how to do that.
Reverse trackpad scroll direction
Increase touch sensitivity
Modify flash whitelist easily
Simply unzip the zip folder on a jail broken Windows RT device below and then run the app it's as simple as that!
So by now you've had your Microsoft Surface for a few weeks and your wondering, why can't I just install all of the desktop apps like all of the other Windows devices I have, well that's because Microsoft has made the decision to block out any non Microsoft based software on your Surface (other than metro apps). Well a couple of days ago a clever guy by the name of clrokr managed to find a loophole in this which means you'll now be able to run any non Microsoft app as long as it's been recompiled for ARM devices (I'll talk about this a bit more later).
Unfortunately the method of jail breaking your device was rather difficult and only real hacking experts could do it, that was until today when another clever guy named netham45 created a rather simple tool for jail breaking your Surface. This “How To” article will cover the steps you need to complete in order to jailbreak the Microsoft Surface, as well as where you can get some compatible apps.
A few weeks back we discussed how you can go about enabling flash on your Microsoft Surface for certain websites, well now theres a tool which can do this automatically for you, which is great for those of you who are little more hesitant when it comes to editing XML files. It's been developed by Droidkid and allows you to add websites easily to your Flash whitelist, you can also copy over the original copy of the XML if for example you'd prefer to return to having some websites being restricted by Microsoft. Check out the steps below to begin easily adding websites to your whitelist.
Download this zip and extract it to somewhere on your PC.
Open the Windows RT Whitelist Flash tool.bat file that you can find within the location you extracted it to.
Hit '3′ on your keyboard and then type in the website that you would like to whitelist on Metro IE, you'll need to do this without entering www or HTTP an example of a valid website can be found below.
Once that has completed you should now be able to run flash on the websites you couldn't before!
Are you annoyed about the default search engine within Metro IE 10 or perhaps you jut fancy a change of search engine now and again? Well look no further this How To will guide you through the steps of replacing that for a Google alternative.
Firstly open the Desktop IE which you can find on under your Desktop tile, from there you'll need to visit the below link.
For those of you who enjoy to play Microsoft games such as Minesweeper, it may have been a bit disappointing to hear that a lot of the games that were re-created for MetroUI were only available on desktops and PC's that use the x32 or x64 architecture (i.e not available for the Surface), well now at least one of those games has been ported to ARM so you'll now be able to download Minesweeper directly from the marketplace.
Minesweeper for Windows 8
Just head on down to the Marketplace and you'll be able to download it to your Surface Tablet.
Update: Microsoft has now released a store app which will reverse the touch covers scroll direction without having to fuss around with the registry settings, you can find it at the Microsoft Store.
For those of you with the additional touch cover or type cover you may have found that with Windows 8 the scroll direction has been reversed to match what you expect when you scroll with a finger on the screen, for some myself included this is a bit difficult and annoying to get used when you have so many other devices that follow the other direction when scrolling.
Some clever guys at XDA Developers have come up with a solution to this problem however just follow the steps below or if you prefer you can download the included zip file and run the appropriate reg file, if you don't feel as confident around changing your registry.
Way back when Windows 7 was released into the world, a feature was discovered that allowed admins to access all of the Windows settings in one window, that feature was called “God Mode”, that very same feature is also available to Windows 8, and if you like to fiddle with the settings of your Surface Tablet, then this is a How To guide for you!
A single window with all of the settings for your Surface