NOTE: Changing the BAND settings below will cause 5Ghz wifi to no longer work on your Surface. You must keep BAND at 6 for 5Ghz wifi connectivity.
This setting is now found in the following location:
"[2.4Ghz or 5Ghz]AutoUse40MHz"=dword:00000000
Tip came from: https://kb.iu.edu/d/bdms and modified slightly by me.
This helpful tip came from a long Microsoft community thread. Until Microsoft gets a fix for this, the best result is to disable Wireless N mode on the Surface, which is the cause of the connection problems.
1) Open regedit.
2) Go to the following tree location:
3) Find “AutoUse40Mhz” and set it to “0” (“1” is default)
4) Change the entry below this named “Band” to “4” (“6” is default)
Reboot and Surface will connect using only the 802.11 b/g band, instead of the N band.
This has been working well on my Surface RT so far. Hopefully Microsoft gets a permanent fix for this. :\
I encountered this error on 2 different computers. All but one of my USB devices would work, and the port I plugged it into was fine, because other devices worked with it.
There were many posts about how to fix this issue on the internet, but none of them worked for me. I stumbled upon my own answer based off ideas of uninstalling the USB Controllers (close, but didn’t work for me). Try this simple fix below.
1) Open Device Manager
2) In “Universal Serial Bus controllers” delete all entries that are “USB root hub”. Unplug and re-insert any USB devices (mice or keyboard for example) that stop working, and when they’re active again continue uninstalling any remaining listings.
Disabling the Windows 7 Welcome screen can provide an increase in security for logging into the computer, as someone who steals a laptop isn’t presented with a list of all possible users.
Unfortunately, you cannot hide the list of all users in Windows 7 Home Premium, but you can in Professional and above.
Disable the Display of All User Accounts on login
To increase login security, you can also force the user to press CTRL+ALT+DEL like older Windows versions required.
Enable Control + Alt + Delete for Windows 7 or Vista
This link also listed a couple other registry settings that I have not tried yet, but will soon.